Sheriff’s Department makes changes to health care services, drug-treatment programs for inmates

In 2014, the family of Daniel Sisson was awarded $3 million in a wrongful death lawsuit after he died in his Vista jail call from an asthma attack brought on by symptoms of heroin withdrawal.

Years later, in 2019, Elisa Serna, who was a daily heroin user, was going through withdrawal when she collapsed from a seizure and died in the isolation unit at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee. Her family has filed a lawsuit alleging the department was deliberately indifferent to the 24-year-old woman’s medical needs.

Sisson and Serna are just two of the hundreds

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