Investigation Underway After Death of 29-Year-Old Inmate At California State Prison, Corcoran

pexels-pixabay-236380CORCORAN, CALIFORNIA (May 9, 2024) – A 29-year-old Hispanic inmate has tragically died after some type of medical emergency at California State Prison, Corcoran.

Kern County officials are saying that the incident took place on March 30. Correctional officers were performing wellness checks in the prison when they noticed an inmate in medical distress.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the inmate. The inmate was transported to an off-site hospital in order to receive further care.

But efforts to revive him were not successful, and he was later pronounced dead. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Kern County Inmate Deaths

Kern County has a particularly poor track record when it comes to caring for inmates. According to KGET, “Marcella Rosen of Care First California, a coalition that collects data on in-custody deaths in California, said Kern is one of the most problematic counties.” Inmates in Kern County have complained about numerous forms of mistreatment.

  • Inmates have reported being held in solitary confinement for extended periods.
  • Inmates have reported being denied mental healthcare.
  • Inmates have reported excessive force by correctional officers.

All inmates have a legal right to receive reasonably adequate care for their medical condition. The United States Supreme Court held in Estelle v. Gambele that failing to give inmates adequate care is a form of cruel and unusual punishment. In particular, jails can be held liable if jail officials are deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of inmates. There are many different ways that a jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate.

  • Correctional officers may not have taken an inmate to the hospital in a timely manner.
  • Correctional officers may not have given an inmate the medication that they needed.
  • Correctional officers may have harmed an inmate through excessive force.

Jails are often quick to deny liability if any inmate dies in their care. But the fact of the matter is that a large number of inmate deaths often involve some amount of jail medical neglect. The family of any inmate who died in 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 inmate who died at the California State Prison, Corcoran. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at California State Prison, Corcoran? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions  you may have. We care deeply 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 support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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