Inmate Corey Bennett, 50, Died Following Medical Emergency At The High Desert Detention Center In Adelanto

ADELANTO, CALIFORNIA (December 6, 2023) – A 50-year-old inmate identified as Corey Bennett has tragically died shortly after being booked into the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto.

San Bernardino County officials are saying that the incident took place around 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. Corey Bennett was arrested on Friday night and booked into the High Desert Detention Center.

He was placed in a cell for observation after deputies said he tried to bring a controlled substance into the jail. Around 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Corey Bennett became ill and was provided medical attention.

His condition continued to deteriorate and he was transported to a local hospital. Sadly, he was later pronounced dead by medical staff.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For San Bernardino County Inmate Deaths

California has one of the highest instances of inmate deaths in the United States. A large proportion of these deaths involve illicit drugs and other controlled substances. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “Substantial evidence shows that incarceration is associated with increased risk of overdose death due to a loss of tolerance to opioids, limited access to harm reduction and treatment services, and disruptions in health care and social support during and after periods of incarceration.” There are a number of steps that jails should take in order to prevent deaths brought on by substance abuse.

  • All inmates should get a thorough health screening when they are first admitted.
  • Jails should do their best to prevent illicit drugs like fentanyl from entering the prison system.
  • Jails should have medical detoxification centers to help inmates who are going through drug or alcohol withdrawal.
  • Jails should be stocked with Nalaxone, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.

All jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with access to healthcare for their medical conditions. This includes care for acute medical conditions. In many situations, simply getting an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner might mean the difference between life and death. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate death.

  • Jail medical records related to the death should be preserved.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • An independent autopsy may need to be performed.
  • Eye witness statements should be taken.
  • The police records of the inmate’s arrest should be reviewed.
  • Copies of relevant policy procedures related to inmate welfare, supervision and emergency response should be reviewed.

Jail deaths are often highly preventable. This is particularly true when any in-custody death involves a drug overdose or drug withdrawal. Many jails across California are overcrowded. This places and undue burden on the jail’s healthcare resources and impacts the quality of care that every inmate receives. The family of any person that died in-custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know if any jail death was brought on due to neglect.


Investigating San Bernardino County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Corey Bennett. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There are so many questions that remain unanswered. Was this inmate being properly monitored? How many other deaths like this have taken place at the High Desert Detention Center?

Do you need more information about a San Bernardino County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that inmates are aware of  their rights and that jails are upholding constitutional standards. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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