San Bernardino County Detectives Investigating In-Custody Death of Male Inmate At High Desert Detention Center In Adelanto

ADELANTO, CALIFORNIA (December 2, 2023) – A male inmate has tragically died in-custody at the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto.

San Bernardino County officials are saying that the incident took place on Monday. Correctional officers were called to the cell of the inmate in order to help him.

Jail and medical staff began life-saving measures. The inmate was transported from the High Desert Detention Center to a local hospital in order to receive more care.

Sadly, he was later pronounced dead at the hospital. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For San Bernardino County Inmate Deaths

Thousands of inmates die in custody each year. Many were awaiting trial at the time of their death. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “In 2019, the mortality rate in state prisons was 330 per 100,000 state prisoners, while federal prisoners in facilities operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) died at a rate of 259 per 100,000.” There are many common causes of inmate death.

  • Homicide
  • Suicide
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Liver diseases
  • Accidents

When the state assumes control over a person’s autonomy through incarceration, certain constitutional standards will apply. Inmates must get adequate healthcare for all of their health conditions. This includes mental healthcare. For example, when an inmate is at risk of suicide, they should get care. There are many steps that jails should take if an inmate is at risk of self-harm.

  • The inmate may need to be placed in a specialized cell.
  • The inmate will need to be closely monitored.
  • The inmate may need medication or other medical interventions.

A large number of inmate deaths are preventable. This is particularly true when deaths are attributable to suicide or homicide. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any in-custody death. Evidence is what will ultimately be used to determine liability. The family of any person that died in-custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Getting Legal Help For San Bernardino County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man that died at the High Desert Detention Center. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. The number of in-custody deaths across San Bernardino County remains deeply concerning.

Do you need more information about an in-custody death at the High Desert Detention Center? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to making jails safer places that uphold constitutional standards. 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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