Inmate Caleb Adams, 26, Died In Custody After Medical Emergency at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Texarkana
BOWIE COUNTY, TEXAS (October 29, 2023) - An inmate identified as Caleb Adams has tragically died after suffering a medical emergency at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Texarkana.
Bowie County officials are saying that the incident took place around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday. Correctional officers noticed that Caleb Adams was unresponsive in his jail cell.
Medical staff entered the cell and began life-saving measures. Caleb Adams was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
A full investigation into the in-custody death remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Bowie County Inmate Deaths
Jails are supposed to be places of rehabilitation. But far too often, even short terms stays in a jail or prison can be akin to a death sentence. According to the Behind Bars Data Project, “In 2020, at least 6,182 people died in U.S. prisons. This is a 46% increase in the lives lost behind bars from 2019, despite a 10% decrease in the overall prison population. The U.S. has seen a significant, continual increase in deaths in prisons over the past two decades, but never before have the country’s prisons seen such a steep increase year-to-year.” There are many common causes of inmate death.
- Many inmates enter the jail system with pre-existing health conditions that are often exasperated by jail stays.
- Inmates often enter jail with substance abuse problems. When not treated properly, withdrawal can actually be deadly.
- Inmates may die in attacks involving other inmates.
Medical neglect is one of the most common causes of in-custody death. It can also come in many different forms. An inmate’s health may be deteriorating. In normal circumstances, jails should get such inmates to the hospital so that they can get more extensive care. Most jails are simply not equipped to meet all of the various medical needs that an inmate might have. Sadly, though, jails will often delay getting inmates care. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are several steps to take after any in-custody death.
- Medical records related to the death should be sought.
- All documents and court records related to the death should be examined.
- An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.
Jails will often act as though they’ve done nothing wrong after any in-custody death. In far too many situations, they will leave family members completely in the dark. This is not right. Jails should be transparent about the circumstances surrounding any death. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they do have rights. The family of any person that died in-custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim.
Investigating Inmate Deaths At Bowie County Jails
We at Scott H. Palmer, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Caleb Adams. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.
Do you need more information about an inmate death at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Texarkana? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We understand how difficult it can be to get information after you’ve lost someone in-custody. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of assistance we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 214-987-4100.