pexels-rdne-stock-project-6069522Male Inmate, 32, Died In Custody At California Correctional Institution (CCI) In Tehachapi After Suspected Drug Overdose

TEHACHAPI, CALIFORNIA (April 26, 2024) – A 32-year-old inmate has tragically died while in custody at the California Correctional Institution (CCI) in Tehachapi.

Kern County officials are saying that the incident took place on March 7. Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was having medical symptoms consistent with a drug overdose.

Life-saving measures were taken in order to help the inmate. But those efforts proved to be unsuccessful. The inmate was later pronounced dead at the jail.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Kern County Inmate Deaths

Drug overdoses remain a leading cause of inmate death in the United States. Fentanyl has proven to be particularly deadly for inmates. According to Health and 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 symptoms commonly associated with a fentanyl overdose.

  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Limpness
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Bluish lips or nails
  • Unconsciousness
  • Shallow breathing

Jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with care for all of their medical conditions. This includes acute conditions brought on by a drug overdose. If jail officials are deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate overdose death.

  • Autopsy records should be sought.
  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • The source of the drug that caused the overdose should be understood.

Overdose deaths can be caused by a wide variety of different factors. They are often the product of jail officials who fail to keep illicit substances out of the jail. In certain circumstances, jail medical officials may cause an overdose by giving an inmate too much medication. The family of any inmate who died in custody may be able to seek some measure of accountability through a wrongful death claim. A civil rights attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and get to the bottom of what caused any death.

Getting Legal Help After An Inmate Death At
 California Correctional Institution (CCI)

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died at the California Correctional Institution (CCI) in Tehachapi. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of this man’s family. These types of deaths are often highly preventable. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent similar tragedies.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the California Correctional Institution (CCI) in Tehachapi? Our team of civil rights attorneys can help get you the information that you are looking for. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that jails are held accountable for their neglect. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we may be able to assist you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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