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In-custody death of inmate from the Theo Lacy Facility

On Sunday, July 3, 2022, an inmate housed at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange died at the hospital.

The inmate, Eric Garcia, 40, was booked into jail on June 25, 2022, by the Garden Grove Police Department for vandalism.

Garcia was pronounced deceased at the hospital after being transferred to the hospital for a medical issue on June 29, 2022. A final cause of death will be determined following toxicology and an independent autopsy.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office will investigate the in-custody death. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will conduct an in-custody death review. No additional information will be released at this time.

This article was released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.


  1. The Theo Lacy facility has a ongoing pattern of abuse of prisoners and violations of human and constitutional rights. For example, they consistently deny prisoners the rights to legally mandated phone calls, access to food and toilet paper, access to necesssary prescribed medication (such as medication for diabetic inmates) and medical care (such as treatment for known heart conditions). They engage in human rights abuses such as keeping full lights on for 24 hours/day and blaring loud music all night long. They force prisoners to sit/lay in feces from other inmates. They forcibly expose female prisoners’ naked bodies to male prisoners and staff. It does not surprise me in the least that a death occured as a result of the abuse in this facility. Why are we letting human and constitutional rights violations happen in our own backyard? Wake up Orange County! Prisoners are human beings.

  2. That’s it? Not gonna look into this at all? I’m not familiar with the OC Breeze but apparently there is nobody there who is interested in finding out what happened. A 40 year old was booked….now they are dead. Case closed? Great work.

    1. Mr. Harker,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      Orange County Breeze published the news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department regarding the in-custody death of Eric Garcia because in-custody deaths should be looked into (as it will, according to the article, by two outside agencies) and because Mr. Garcia was a resident of Garden Grove, which is within the extended coverage area of Orange County Breeze.

      Orange County Breeze has no standing for conducting an independent autopsy, but an independent autopsy will be performed according to procedures already in place.

      Orange County Breeze has no standing for conducting an independent investigation, but an independent investigation will be performed by the office of the Orange County District Attorney (OCDA).

      As we receive or uncover further information, we will publish that information. But our resources in comparison to an independent medical examiner and the OCDA are vanishingly small.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

      1. That is crazy and I want answers for my brother-in-law he was only in there for four days and he was in the hospital pronounced dead. It doesn’t seem right at all The story that we got does not add up.

        1. Ve,

          I am sorry for your loss.

          However, there is little that Orange County Breeze can do other than to watch for the autopsy results and a report from the investigation by the Orange County District Attorney.

          Shelley Henderson
          editor, Orange County Breeze

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