A Santa Clara County inmate died at the hospital Monday, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
On April 21, the 36-year-old man was booked without bail for an outstanding warrant at San Jose’s Main Jail, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. James Jensen said.
Medical staff knew about the man’s many pre-existing health conditions, Jensen said, so they placed him in the jail infirmary, where he received 24-hour medical care.
During a medical exam Monday afternoon, nurses decided that the inmate needed emergency care. An ambulance took him to Valley Medical Center, where he died hours later after experiencing a “medical emergency” just after 8pm.
The Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the county’s two jails, will follow standard protocol, Jensen said. That involves, but isn’t limited to, calling on detectives, alerting the District Attorney’s Office and the Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.
Jensen said that until the family is notified, no more information will be released.
The Sheriff’s Office has faced unprecedented scrutiny since a mentally ill inmate was found beaten to death on the floor of his cell last August. Three jail guards were charged with murder in connection to Michal Tyree’s death.
In the month that followed, another two inmates died while in custody.