prison-g441076801_640Male Inmate, 46, Died At California Correctional Institution In Tehachapi

TEHACHAPI, CALIFORNIA (May 26, 2024) – A 46-year-old male inmate has tragically died while in custody at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi.

Kern County officials are saying that the incident took place on January 9. Correctional officers noticed that an inmate was in medical distress.

He was taken to an off-site hospital in order to receive care. Despite life-saving measures, the California Correctional Institution inmate was later pronounced dead.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time. His medical cause of death was listed as “infectious disease.”


Liability For Kern County Inmate Deaths

Infectious disease is a leading cause of death after people exit prison. According to Public Health, “In this study of mortality among people after release from prison, infectious disease contributed to approximately one in 10 deaths, suggesting that infectious disease is an important driver of preventable mortality among this population.” Jails should take a number of measures in order to slow the spread of infectious diseases within inmate populations.

  • Jails should conduct thorough health screenings on all inmates and isolate those with infectious diseases.
  • Jails should provide vaccinations for preventable diseases like influenza to inmates and staff.
  • Jails should ensure that all areas within the prison are regularly cleaned and disinfected.

Jails have a legal obligation to provide inmates with adequate care for all of their medical conditions. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of inmates, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Deliberate indifference could come in many different forms and include instances where jails fail to take precautions to stop the spread of diseases. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate’s death.

  • Medical records related to the death should be preserved.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Jail records related to the death should be collected.

Jail deaths are often highly complex and may involve numerous liable parties. This could include the healthcare companies that a jail contracts with. In most instances, jails will hire private medical providers to provide care for inmates. The family of any inmate who died in custody may be able to seek support 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 California Correctional Institution

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died at the California Correctional Institution. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to the police. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to prevent other incidents like this.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the California Correctional Institution? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that 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 us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

 

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