Seventh Lompoc Inmate Dies in Nine Months

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This story was originally published by the Santa Barbara Independent and is reproduced here in partnership with Edhat.


By Tyler Hayden of The Independent

A 46-year-old inmate of the federal prison complex in Lompoc died Tuesday, officials said, marking the seventh inmate death at the facility in nine months. Five of the deaths were linked to the massive COVID-19 outbreak there last spring. The sixth remains under investigation, and federal officials have offered few details on the most recent case. 

Fermin Maldonado-Lopez was found unresponsive by staff at around 6:45 a.m., the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) said in a press release. Attempts to revive him failed, and emergency responders declared him dead at the scene. Maldonado-Lopez was serving a 63-month sentence for illegally reentering the United States after he’d previously been deported. He’d been in custody since August 13, 2018.

The section of the prison where Maldonado-Lopez was housed is currently experiencing a second COVID-19 outbreak, with 36 active cases among inmates and six among staff.

The BOP and the Lompoc facility have been widely criticized, by both the public and members of Congress, for failing to adequately respond to the ongoing health crisis within its walls. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit alleging delays and failures to act created a “medical and humanitarian crisis” that at its peak infected more than 1,000 inmates and staff. An inspection by the Department of Justice blamed bad policies and poor leadership for the deadly outbreaks.

Across the BOP system, nearly 40,000 inmates and 3,800 staff have contracted COVID-19; 200 inmates and three staff have died.

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sandy1 Jan 22, 2021 06:26 AM
Seventh Lompoc Inmate Dies in Nine Months

JB California MediCal costs 12+ million recipients absolutely nothing (free medical) for medical care and most prescription drugs . An absolute necessity for a healthy society .

JB86 Jan 22, 2021 03:32 AM
Seventh Lompoc Inmate Dies in Nine Months

Gee, it seems to me a total lockdown would be easy in a prison. Just confine everyone 24/7, no personal contact with anyone. How hard is that? Maybe the ACLU would have a problem with that, I don't know.

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