CALIPATRIA — The county Coroner's Office is investigating the possible alcohol-related death this morning of a Calipatria State Prison inmate.
County Coroner Investigator Gary Hayes said a specific cause of death will not be determined until after an autopsy is done this week, but he said an initial investigation indicated alcohol was involved in the death of the 21-year-old inmate.
The inmate's name was not released pending notification of family.
Hayes said the inmate was found unconscious in his cell around midnight.
A spokeswoman for the prison said the inmate was taken to the prison infirmary, where prison medical staff attempted to revive the man.
He was pronounced dead around 1 a.m.
Hayes said it appears the man may have consumed "pruno," an illicit inmate-manufactured alcohol.
He said inmates take fruit such as prunes or fruit cocktail or some other sweet substance, use yeast material such as that from bread to ferment the sweet substance and put it a container.