Sixth Inmate Dies at North County Detention Facility

I have been contacted by a woman whose brother-in-law died at the North County Detention Facility in Santa Rosa, California. The man’s death is referred to in this newspaper article: http://www1.pressdemocrat.com/article/20080313/NEWS/796295436
Death of (redacted) at the North County Detention Facility, honor farm parcel, in Santa Rosa, California

Dear (redacted),

I am writing to you regarding the death of (redacted)at the North County Detention Facility in Santa Rosa, California. He was a 36 years-old man of Mexican origin. He died on March 13, 2008, while he was serving a six-month sentence at the North County Detention Facility. Samuel died alone. For the past seven years he had not seen his daughter or any of his relatives. In 2004 Samuel was convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. I believe that he should not have been found guilty since the woman who accused him may have lied to the authorities. He was never violent. On the contrary, the woman took advantage of him. He was vulnerable. He was undocumented, alone and away from his family. She exploited him. She may have made him believe that she was going to get him a green card. Because of that she made him give her all his money. She also made him stop calling his sister and his daughter in Mexico. Later, for several years, another girlfriend, Joyce Varela, took advantage of him because of his vulnerability. Again, she exploited him. She made him believe that she was going to get him a green card.

Because of that he worked hard and she made him give her all his money. She also made him stop calling his sister and his daughter in Mexico. According to co-workers and friends of Samuel he did not want to see her anymore. Therefore, she harassed him. She went to the place where he worked to puncture the tires of his car. In addition, deliberately, a couple of times, she tried to run over him while she was driving a car. She then reported him to the police. The police arrested him on January 3, 2008. He was sentenced to six months in prison for drinking alcohol when Joyce Varela made Samuel go to bars to make him drink alcohol with her so she could exploit him. Not only did Joyce Varela take advantage of Samuel but she also frequents bars to drink alcohol and to chase other men. I believe that he was unjustly incarcerated. Once in jail, Joyce Varela visited him just to laugh at him. She is a cruel woman. While Samuel was in prison, he fell into a severe depression. He lived in anguish and desperation since he was going to be deported to Mexico. According to prison officials, he also worked out.

On March 13, 2008, he died. The North County Detention Facility officials failed to provide the proper medical treatment for his depression. They also let him worked out without a doctors’ supervision. If they had provided the appropriate medical care to Samuel potentially he would still be alive today. The American dream turned into a nightmare. Also according to the media the security and the quality of jail medical care at the honor farm parcel are questionable.

The enclosed article published by the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, California states, “Castillo-Martinez is the first Sonoma County inmate to die since Nov. 30, and the fifth since June 17. Each case has been investigated amid criticism by civilian groups skeptical of the quality of jail medical care.” I am looking for an attorney to file a lawsuit against the North County Detention Facility for damages suffered by my niece Naomi Castillo Ramirez due to the death of his father, Samuel Castillo Martinez, which could have been prevented. And also to press charges against Joyce Varela, and against the woman who accused him of domestic violence, for exploiting Samuel, for destroying his life, and for making him forget about his daughter Naomi.

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