Cady Moore Died In Custody At Jefferson County Jail
Wrongful Death - June 19, 2023
Inmate Cady Moore (Full Name: Cady Leigh Moore), of Mt. Vernon, Died After Being Found Unresponsive In Her Cell at Jefferson County Jail
MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS (June 19, 2023) – A female inmate at the Jefferson County Jail in Mt. Vernon identified as Cady Moore has tragically died after being found unresponsive in her cell.
Jefferson County officials are saying that the incident took place in the early morning of January 15. Cady Moore was found unresponsive in her cell and jail officials began performing CPR.
Medical responders were called and eventually took over. Cady Moore was transported to a local area hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
A full investigation into her death remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Jefferson County Jail Deaths
Far too many inmates die in custody at jails every year. State prisons tend to have a worse track record than those operated by the federal government. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS), “In 2019, the mortality rate in state prisons was 330 per 100,000 state prisoners, while federal prisoners in facilities operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) died at a rate of 259 per 100,000.” There are a number of steps that jails should take in order to keep inmates safe.
- Inmates should get a health screening before being admitted.
- Inmates should get periodic health and safety checks.
- Violent inmates should be segregated from the general population.
Every jail in Illinois has a legal obligation to provide inmates with reasonably adequate healthcare. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate and they die, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. For example, a number of inmates die when jail officials fail to properly care for inmates prior to a medical emergency. There are several steps that should be taken after any inmate death.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Jail records of the incident should be reviewed.
- Medical records should be examined.
- A thorough investigation should be conducted.
Jails are supposed to protect the constitutional rights of all inmates. But far too often, the rights of inmates are trampled on. In many circumstances, jails are not adequately staffed. Or, as is often the case, correctional officers are not properly trained. The family of any person that died in a Jefferson County jail may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Sadly, though, jails will often fight hard to deny all responsibility if an inmate dies in their care.
Investigating Jefferson County Jail Deaths
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of Cady Moore. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about any in custody death at a Jefferson County jail? Our team of civil rights advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.