pexels-pixabay-236380Male Inmate, 49, Died While Staying At Kern Valley State Prison In Delano

DELANO, CALIFORNIA (April 25, 2024) – A 49-year-old inmate has tragically died in custody at the Kern Valley State Prison in Delano.

Kern County officials are saying that the incident took place on March 27. Correctional officers noticed that an inmate was in need of medical assistance.

Jail officials began life-saving measures for the inmate before he was transported to the infirmary. Despite those efforts, the inmate later died in custody.

Jail officials have released very few details about the death, other than that it was unexpected.

Liability For Kern County Inmate Deaths

Inmate deaths remain all too common in both state and federal prisons. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “A total of 4,234 persons died in state and federal prisons in 2019, a 6.6% decrease from the 4,515 deaths in 2018 reported to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) Mortality in Correctional Institutions (MCI, formerly the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program) data collection. In 2019, the mortality rate in state prisons was 330 per 100,000 state prisoners.” Inmate deaths may be due to a variety of different factors.

  • Under-staffing
  • Gang rivalries
  • Inadequate medical care
  • Drugs entering the prison system

Depending on the facts of any case, there could be numerous liable parties for any inmate’s death. This could include the jail and private healthcare providers. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Not every failure to provide care will rise to the level of a constitutional violation. It is important that all relevant evidence related to a death is properly preserved.

  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • An independent autopsy may need to be performed.
  • The inmate’s health profile should be reviewed.

Jail deaths are rarely the result of the inaction or negligence of a single person. They tend to be the result of systemic failures within any jail system. This could include instances where jails are overcrowded or where correctional officers are poorly trained. It is important that inmates and their families understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in a jail setting may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

 Kern Valley State Prison Inmate Deaths 

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died at the Kern Valley State Prison in Delano. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. State officials should do their part to ensure that this jail upholds constitutional standards.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Kern Valley State Prison in Delano? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to helping inmates understand their rights and holding jails accountable for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we may be able to assist you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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