Male Inmate, 35, Died of Suspected Drug Overdose At The Kern Valley State Prison In Delano

pexels-luis-quintero-2257453DELANO, CALIFORNIA (April 18, 2024) – A 35-year-old inmate has tragically died in custody at the Kern Valley State Prison in Delano.

Kern County officials are saying that the incident took place on April 7. Correctional officers noticed that an inmate was in medical distress.

Jail staff began life-saving measures, which were taken over by paramedics. Despite life-saving measures, the inmate was later pronounced dead.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Kern County Inmate Deaths

Drug overdoses remain one of the leading causes of inmate deaths in the United States. According to the Vera Institute, “Research has confirmed that overdose is the leading cause of death among people recently released from prisons, as well as the third leading cause of deaths in custody in U.S. jails.” There are a number of measures that jails should take in order to prevent overdose deaths.

  • Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.
  • Jail staff should be trained to recognize the signs of an overdose.
  • Jails should do everything within reason to prevent illicit substances from entering the jail.

All jails have a legal obligation to take steps in order to prevent inmate deaths. To that end, inmates should always be given adequate medical care for all of their health conditions. This includes acute care in the event of an overdose. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to the medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that certain steps be taken after any inmate’s death.

  • Medical records related to the death should be preserved.
  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

The vast majority of inmate overdose deaths are preventable. They often involve some amount of negligence on the part of jail officials. This includes allowing inmates to gain access to illicit substances. It also includes failing to intervene in the event of an emergency. In some situations, jail officials will inadvertently cause an overdose by giving an inmate too much medication.


Investigating Inmate Deaths At Kern Valley State Prison

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to the family of the man who died at the Kern Valley State Prison. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the authorities. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of this man’s family.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at Kern Valley State Prison? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims 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 may be able to help you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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