Male Inmate, 58, Died After Suspected Attack At Kern Valley State Prison In Delano

pexels-pixabay-236380DELANO, CALIFORNIA (April 18, 2024) – A 58-year-old inmate has tragically died in a suspected homicide at the Kern Valley State Prison in Delano.

Kern County officials are saying that the incident took place on April 5. An inmate was attacked at the prison. The incident may have involved other inmates.

Medical staff began life-saving measures before taking the inmate to the Triage and Treatment Area. Despite those efforts, the inmate later died due to the severe nature of his injuries.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Inmate Deaths At Kern Valley State Prison

Violence remains commonplace in jails and prisons across the United States. According to Statista, “In 2019, 143 inmates of state and federal prisons in the United States were killed by homicide. This is a significant increase from 2008 levels, when 40 inmates were killed in state or federal prisons in the United States.” There are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent inmate-on-inmate attacks at jails.

  • Jails should create a risk assessment profile for all inmates.
  • Violent inmates should typically be segregated away from non-violent offenders.
  • Jails should be adequately staffed.

Jails have a legal obligation to protect inmates from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. This includes attacks at the hands of other inmates. If jail officials have specific knowledge of particular threats and fail to act, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that certain steps are taken after any inmate homicide.

  • Medical records related to the assault should be preserved.
  • The history between the victim and their attackers should be understood.
  • Jail records related to the attack should be preserved.
  • A civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Inmate deaths due to homicide are largely preventable. Violence within jails is rarely a random occurrence. Rather, they tend to be the byproduct of a series of escalating altercations between two or more people. It is important that inmates are aware of their rights. The family of any person who died in custody 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 Inmate Deaths At Kern Valley State Prison 

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the families of the man who died at Kern Valley State Prison. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim’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 inmates get the support and justice that they are entitled to under the law. 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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