10th Inmate Died In Custody at Kern County Jail

KERN COUNTY, CALIFORNNIA (January 4, 2024) – A 60-year-old male inmate has tragically died while in-custody at a Kern County jail.

Kern County Sheriff’s Officers are saying that the death took place on October 6. Correctional officers noticed that the inmate was in some type of medical distress.

Jail medical staff began life-saving measures in order to save the inmate. Those efforts were taken over by paramedics. Sadly, the male inmate was not able to be saved.

He was later pronounced deceased. This is the 10th in-custody death this year in Kern County. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Kern County Inmate Deaths

Thousands of people die in U.S. prisons each year. But many of the deaths that take place are never even properly documented. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, “Two decades ago, Congress passed the Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA). This law requires states to report information about the number of people who died in local or state correctional facilities or while being arrested. But DCRA has never been properly implemented, which has resulted in spotty, inadequate data.” There are a number of common causes of inmate death.

  • Suicide
  • Homicide
  • Drug overdoses
  • Medical neglect
  • Excessive force

Every jail has a legal obligation to provide the inmates in their care with reasonably adequate healthcare. Failing to give inmates healthcare is considered a form of cruel and unusual punishment and therefore prohibited. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that certain steps are taken after any inmate death.

  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • The autopsy report related to the death should be reviewed.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Jails are often quick to claim that any inmate death is “natural.” But this designation can be misleading. Many of the supposedly “natural” deaths that take place involve inmates in their 20’s and 30’s. This is why it is so crucial to get a second opinion if someone that you love has died in custody. A civil rights attorney can examine the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know if a death was due in part to neglect.


Investigating California Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man that died in this Kern County jail. This is the 10th in custody death at a Kern County jail in 2023. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.

Do you need more information about a Kern County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. 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 out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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