Male Inmate, 26, Died In Custody At Pleasant Valley State Prison In Coalinga

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6064908COALINGA, CALIFORNIA (May 26, 2024) – A 26-year-old inmate has tragically died in custody at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga.

Fresno County officials are saying that the incident took place on January 13. Correctional officers were performing routine wellness checks when they noticed an inmate in medical distress.

Jail and medical staff began life-saving measures in order to help the inmate. Despite life-saving measures, the inmate later died at Pleasant Valley State Prison.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Kern County Inmate Deaths

Thousands of inmates die in custody every year in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “A total of 4,234 persons died in state and federal prisons in 2019, a 6.6% decrease from the 4,515 deaths in 2018 reported to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) Mortality in Correctional Institutions (MCI, formerly the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program) data collection.” There are a number of common causes of inmate deaths.

  • Homicide
  • Suicide
  • Heart attacks
  • Cancer
  • Infectious diseases

Depending on the facts of any case, a jail or private healthcare provider could face civil liability for the death of an inmate in their care. The United States Supreme Court held in Estelle v. Gamble that all inmates have a right to reasonably adequate care for their medical needs. Failing to give inmates medical care is considered a form of cruel and unusual punishment and therefore prohibited. A jail may have failed to properly care for an inmate in any number of different ways.

  • A jail may have failed to properly screen an inmate.
  • A jail may have failed to follow the instructions of healthcare providers.
  • A jail may have failed to give an inmate the care that they needed.

Inmate deaths are often highly preventable. This is particularly true when any death is due to drug overdoses. Despite this, jails will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility if someone in their care dies. This is why it is so important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate’s death. 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 Pleasant Valley State Prison

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died at the Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. Any person who may have more information should reach out to investigators.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga? 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 out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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