Inmate David Moreno, 38, Died In Suspected Homicide At The California Correctional Institution In Tehachapi

TEHACHAPI, CALIFORNIA (November 24, 2023) – An inmate identified as David Moreno has tragically died in-custody while staying at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi.

Kern County officials are saying that the death took place on Wednesday morning. Two inmates attacked David Moreno with inmate manufactured weapons.

Correctional officers were able to break up the fight with the use of chemical agents. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim.

David Moreno was treated for multiple stab wounds but later died due to the severity of his injuries. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Tehachapi Jail Inmate Deaths

Jails can be very violent and dangerous places. According to Statista, “In 2019, 143 inmates of state and federal prisons in the United States were killed by homicide. This is a significant increase from 2008 levels, when 40 inmates were killed in state or federal prisons in the United States.” There are many steps that jails should take in order to prevent inmates from harming one another.

  • All inmates should get a thorough screening and assessment to identify people with a history of violence.
  • Inmates should receive mental health services including counseling.
  • Inmates should typically be segregated based on their propensity for violence and gang affiliations.

Jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes attacks at the hands of other inmates. When jail officials have specific knowledge of particular threats, they must take action. Deliberate indifference to the prospect that an inmate will be harmed or killed could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate homicide.

  • The relationship between the victim and the assailant should be understood.
  • Surveillance footage of the incident should be sought.
  • Medical records related to the attack should be preserved.

One of the major mistakes that jails often make is putting violent inmates in a shared cell with a non-violent offender. This often ends in assaults and needless violence. It is important that inmates and their family members understand that they do have rights. The family of any person that died in a jail homicide may have legal recourse through a constitutional claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.


Investigating Tehachapi Jail Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our  deepest condolences to the family of David Moreno. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to authorities. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim’s family.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi? 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 doing everything in their power to keep inmates safe. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any jail death we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at  (949) 825-5200.


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