In-Custody Death

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A death that occurs “in-custody,” refers to the death of a person while in the custody or supervision of police officers, correctional officers, or other government officials.  While many in-custody deaths result from natural or lawful causes, some in-custody deaths result from violations of civil rights.  These deaths are either intentionally caused, or are caused by the deliberately indifferent actions of law enforcement or correctional personnel.

The law does not require the government to keep everyone safe. However, the law does not permit law enforcement personnel to place people in greater danger (such as the passenger of a car who is forced to walk home and is killed after the driver is arrested) or to permit people in their custody to be killed by others (a prison cellmate) or themselves.  While in-custody death cases appear on their face to be easy personal injury cases, they are not.  These are difficult legal cases that require experienced legal counsel, like Attorney Jacob, to prosecute.

When selecting a civil rights attorney, be cautious of law firm website’s that tout “results,” and “experience,” or lawyers who claim to “be super,” or to have handled “complex cases.” Instead, insist that the lawyer provide you with a list of the civil rights cases that s/he has actually litigated. When you retain Jacob Litigation, you are retaining Attorney Devon M. Jacob who has extensive proven national civil rights experience.

If a loved one or you have experienced a violation of your Federal Constitutional rights, please contact Jacob Litigation at 717.796.7733 or at

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