Inmate Keith Crossley, 62, Died While Staying At The West Valley Detention Center In Rancho Cucamonga

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIFORNIA (January 24, 2023) – A 62-year-old inmate identified as Keith Crossley has tragically died while staying at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

San Bernardino County officials are saying that the incident began around 4:14 p.m. on Saturday. Correctional officers noticed that Keith Crossley was unresponsive in his cell.

Medical staff began life-saving measures and paramedics were called to the scene. Keith Crossley was taken to the Inland Empire Hospital in order to receive additional care.

Sadly, he was not able to be saved and later pronounced dead. A full investigation into the cause of the death remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Rancho Cucamonga Inmate Deaths

California has one of the highest instances of inmate deaths in the United States. According to Open Justice, “The majority of deaths in custody from 2010 to 2019 resulted from natural causes such as illnesses among jail and prison inmates serving their sentences after a conviction. Roughly one-fifth of deaths occurred during the process of arrest. Homicide by law enforcement officers or staff and suicide among the incarcerated were the second and third leading causes of death. The fourth leading cause was accidental deaths.” There are a number of signs of inmate medical distress that jail officials should look for.

  • An inmate may have difficulty breathing.
  • An inmate may experience chest pain or discomfort.
  • An inmate may have convulsions or seizures.
  • An inmate may experience a severe headache.

Jails must do everything within reason to keep the inmates in their care safe. This includes providing all inmates with healthcare for their medical conditions. The level of care that any inmate will need typically depends on their unique health profile. All inmates should get regular wellness checks during their stay. If a jail fails to routinely check on the inmates in their care, they could easily miss helping an inmate going through a medical emergency. There are many ways that jail officials may have contributed to an inmate’s death.

  • Jail officials may have failed to give an inmate the medication that they needed.
  • Jail officials may have failed to regularly check on an inmate.
  • Jail officials may have failed to transport an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.
  • Jail officials may have failed to notice symptoms an inmate was in medical distress.

Jails are often quick to label many inmate deaths as “natural.” But the fact of the matter is that a large portion of inmate deaths involve some amount of medical neglect. This could include failing to properly care for inmates with pre-existing health conditions. The family of any inmate that died in a county jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

 

Investigating Inmate Deaths At The West Valley Detention Center

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Keith Crossley. Any person that may have more information should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the West Valley Detention Center? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are held accountable for their negligent actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

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