Unidentified 60-Year-Old Male Inmate Died At Kern County Jail

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (February 8, 2024) – A seventh person has died in the custody of the Kern County Sheriff’s office after some type of medical emergency.

Kern County officials are saying that the incident began on Friday. An inmate was taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment for a medical condition.

The male inmate was awaiting trial when he was transported to the hospital. Despite life-saving measures, the inmate died at the hospital. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Kern County Inmate Deaths

Inmate deaths are far more common than many people may realize. Many of the inmates being held were awaiting trial and thus never convicted of the alleged crimes they were being held on. Many of these deaths are misleadingly classified as “natural.” According to National Public Radio, “Autopsies are not required for federal prison deaths that are classified as natural. NPR found cases where medical neglect, poor prison conditions and a lack of resources contributed to these deaths. But families were given little information.” There are a number of ways that an inmate death listed as “natural” might involve some amount of medical neglect.

  • An inmate may not have gotten timely care in the event of a medical emergency.
  • An inmate may not have been adequately monitored for their health condition.
  • Environmental factors within a jail such as poor sanitation can lead to an inmate’s death.

If someone is placed under arrest, there are certain legal standards that must be followed with respect to their treatment. They must get medical care for all of their health conditions. Many deaths may be due to the excessive force of arresting officers. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. Or a death might be due to medical neglect. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate death.

  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be collected.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Jails can be extremely violent and dangerous places even in the best of circumstances. Just the process of being in jail can have a severe impact on the pre-existing health conditions that inmates have. A large portion of inmate deaths are preventable and involve some amount of medical neglect. This is particularly true when inmates are going through a drug overdose. It is important to seek legal counsel early on if someone that you love has died in custody.


Investigating Kern County Inmate Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man that died in the custody of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. The number of Kern County inmate deaths remains deeply concerning.

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 jails are held to account for their illegal actions. 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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