Kern County Inmate Died While Staying At The Central Receiving Facility In Maricopa

MARICOPA, CALIFORNIA (January 4, 2024) – A 31-year-old female inmate has tragically died while awaiting trial at the Central Receiving Facility in Maricopa.

Kern County officials are saying that the incident began on Sunday. Correctional officers noticed that the female inmate was unresponsive in her own cell.

Jail staff entered the cell and began life-saving measures. Sadly, she was not able to be revived and later pronounced dead.

Her death is believed to be due to suicide. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Kern County Inmate Deaths

Suicides remain one of the leading causes of inmate death in the United States. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “From 2001 to 2019, the number of suicides increased 85% in state prisons, 61% in federal prisons, and 13% in local jails. During 2010-19, suffocation, including hanging and self-strangulation, accounted for nearly 90% of suicide deaths in local jails.” There are a number of signs an inmate is at greater risk of suicide.

  • Inmates may express suicidal thoughts or intentions.
  • Inmates may have attempted suicide on previous occasions.
  • Inmates may have drastic mood changes.
  • Inmates may give away their possessions for no apparent reasons.

Jails have a legal obligation to protect the inmates in their care from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. To that end, they must be given adequate healthcare. This includes providing them with mental healthcare. Some inmates may need therapy while others may need certain medications. There are a number of steps that jails should take to prevent inmate suicides.

  • All inmates should undergo a thorough mental health screening.
  • Jails should identify which inmates are at a greater risk of suicide.
  • Inmates at increased risk of suicide should be closely monitored and placed in specialized cells.

If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the prospect an inmate may commit suicide, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Sadly, though, jails will often do everything that they can to deny responsibility if an inmate in their care dies. The family of any person that dies in a Kern County jail may have legal recourse through a civil 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 Kern County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the woman that died at the Central Receiving Facility in Maricopa. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of this person’s family.

Do you need more information about a Kern County inmate death? 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 to account for their unconstitutional actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we may be able to help. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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