Why Did Marc Moreno Die?

A Preventable Death

Attorneys at Rooted in Rights’ parent organization, Disability Rights Washington, began investigating the death of Marc Moreno early in 2016. At the time, Marc’s death had made local headlines in his community in central Washington State. Most of the attention focused on the Benton County Jail, where Marc died. But Marc had been arrested while experiencing a mental health crisis, which raised many more questions.

Why didn’t he receive proper treatment at the jail? Why was he arrested when he needed treatment?  Why hadn’t community mental health services given him better support?

Why did Marc Moreno die?  

This video lays out some of the facts of his story and asks you to think about what contributed to his death. How we can improve the system of community mental health services to make sure other young people with mental illness aren’t denied the care they need?


Follow Updates from Marc’s case at this link:

Justice for Marc Anthony Moreno Facebook Page

Local News Reports

No place to be sick: When jail cell becomes a death chamber

Mentally ill inmate’s family to sue Benton County for $5M

Family: Mentally ill teen didn’t need to die in Benton County jail

Video sparks protest of teen’s death at Benton County jail

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provided federal funding for the cost of producing this video (Award #2X98SM005397-17). The contents are the sole responsibility of Disability Rights Washington, the parent organization of Rooted in Rights, and do not necessarily represent the official views of SAMHSA.