Inmate Jocelin Alvarez (Full Name: Jocelin Berly Alvarez) Found Dead At  Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility In Bakersfield

pexels-ron-lach-10474996BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (March 9, 2024) – A 30-year-old woman identified as Jocelin Alvarez has tragically died under mysterious circumstances at the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility.

Kern County officials are saying that the incident took place around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. Correctional officers noticed that Jocelin Alvarez was unresponsive.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help her. But those efforts were not successful, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Very few details have been released so far about what may have contributed to the death of Jocelin Alvarez. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Bakersfield Inmate Deaths

Thousands of inmates die in custody every year. A large portion of these deaths involve suspects who were never even formally convicted of a crime. According to National Public Radio, “Unlike state and federal prisons, which hold people convicted of serious crimes, jails are locally run lockups meant to detain people awaiting arraignment or trial, or those serving short sentences. The toll of jail inmates who die without a case resolution subverts a fundamental tenet of the U.S. criminal justice system: innocent until proven guilty.” There are a number of common causes of inmate death.

  • Inmates may not receive adequate treatment for drug withdrawal.
  • Inmates may not receive care if they are going through an overdose.
  • Inmates are often harmed by other inmates within a jail.
  • Inmates are more likely to have pre-existing health conditions and are more susceptible to numerous negative health outcomes.

All inmates have a constitutional right to receive reasonably adequate medical care for all of their health conditions. The level of care that any inmate may need will depend largely on their unique health profile. Some inmates may only need occasional care, while others may need extensive monitoring and treatment. Inmate deaths often involve instances where jails are not providing adequate care.

  • A jail may have failed to adequately monitor the inmates in their care.
  • A jail may have failed to give an inmate the medication that they need.
  • A jail may have failed to take action if they were aware an inmate was in medical distress.
  • A jail may have failed to perform CPR on an inmate.

Jail deaths are rarely the result of the negligence of a single person. They are much more likely to be the result of faulty systems and processes within a jail. This may include instances where jails are not performing regular wellness checks on the inmates in their care. The family of any person who died in custody may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine the unique facts of your case free of charge and let you know if any death was the result of medical neglect.


Investigating Inmate Deaths At The  Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jocelin Alvarez. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Kern County jails have had an unprecedented rise in inmate deaths in 2023. State officials need to do their part and implement greater oversight to ensure constitutional standards are being followed.

Do you need more information about a death at the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to making sure that inmates are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of assistance, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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