Kevin Payne Jr, 33, Died In Custody At The Men’s Central Jail In Los Angeles County

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (December 3, 2023) – A 33-year-old inmate identified as Kevin Payne Jr has tragically died in custody at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the death took place on a Sunday. Kevin Payne Jr was suffering from the effects of fentanyl toxicity.

Jail medical staff began life-saving measures, but those efforts were not successful. Kevin Payne Jr was later pronounced dead at the jail.

The County of Los Angeles Medical Examiner listed his manner of death as an “accident.” A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

Drug overdoses remain one of the leading causes of in-custody death in the United States. According to Health & Justice, “Fentanyl and related compounds have recently saturated the illicit drug supply in the United States, leading to unprecedented rates of fatal overdose. Individuals who are incarcerated are particularly vulnerable, as the burden of opioid use disorder is disproportionately higher in this population, and tolerance generally decreases during incarceration.” There are a number of signs that an inmate may be going through a fentanyl overdose.

  • Cold or clammy skin
  • Limp Body
  • Discolored skin
  • Small, constricted pupils

All inmates have a constitutional right to receive reasonably adequate healthcare. This includes care for acute health conditions such as a drug overdose. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. There are many steps that jails should take to prevent in-custody deaths.

  • All jails should have well-trained medical staff.
  • All jails should have clear policies related to drug overdoses.
  • Correctional officers should have easy access to Nalaxone which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.

Drug overdose deaths in jails are highly preventable. They tend to happen when jails are indifferent about the inmates they are charged with caring for. In far too many situations, jails are doing a poor job at stopping illicit drugs from entering the jail in the first place. The family of any person that died in a Los Angeles 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.

Getting Legal Help After Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Kevin Payne Jr. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here for you. We focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by abuse and neglect by law enforcement. 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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