Keith Files

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Federal Lawsuit Seeks $15 Million for OC Inmate Death

    Placentia Police arrested 31-year-old Matthew Shawn Gordon on September 8, 2013 for possession of heroin. Authorities transferred him to Orange County Central Men's Jail later that day. The very next night fellow inmates found him dead in his cell. The circumstances of the in-custody death are curre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Woman Jailed In Long Beach Chooses Death Over More Time Behind Bars

    Lawanda Sockey had been clean for years. She did a dangerous dance with crack cocaine in the 1990s, running afoul of the law on a few possession charges. But by the end of the millennium she was clean, with a steady job and a place of her own. For a decade things were good. Lawanda helped raise her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Keith Files, OC Jail Inmate, Died of Methadone Overdose, Says DA

    More than a year after the Weekly reported that Orange County Jail inmate Keith Files likely died of a methadone overdose behind bars, the Orange County District Attorney has confirmed the story. In an investigative report letter posted on the DA's website yesterday, the agency said that Files, a he ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 27, 2011
  • News

    January 20, 2011

    Who'll Stop the Pain?

    A recent spate of suicides and strange deaths inside Orange County's jails has jail staff and activists alike clamoring for reform