pexels-rdne-stock-project-6069522Lope Tolosa (Full Name: Lope Elwin Tolosa) Died In Custody At The Sacramento County Main Jail 

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (June 6, 2024) – An inmate identified as Lope Tolosa has tragically died while in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Sacramento County officials are saying that the inmate was taken into custody on May 2, 2024. Jail officials noticed that Lope Tolosa was unresponsive in his jail cell.

He was in a housing section designed to help inmates detox from substances. Medical staff began life-saving measures in order to help the inmate.

But those efforts were not successful. Lope Tolosa was later pronounced dead at the jail. A full investigation into the death remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Sacramento County Main Jail Deaths

Drug overdoses remain one of the leading causes of inmate death. According to National Public Radio, “From 2001 to 2018, the number of people who have died of drug or alcohol intoxication in state prisons rose more than 600%, according to an analysis of newly-released data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In county jails, overdose deaths increased by more than 200%.” There are a number of signs an inmate is going through an overdose.

  • Unconsciousness
  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Blue or grayish skin color
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures

In addition to overdoses, inmates are also at risk of serious injury from withdrawal. There are medical procedures that jails must follow in order to help inmates going through withdrawal. Generally speaking, inmates at risk from withdrawal must go through medical detoxification, which is done under the supervision of trained medical professionals. If jail officials are deliberately indifferent to the medical needs of an inmate going through withdrawal, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmates from dying from withdrawal.

  • Correctional officers should be trained to recognize when an inmate is going through withdrawal.
  • Jails should ensure that all inmates get a thorough health screening.
  • Jails should have specific units dedicated to medical detoxification.

Jails should be doing everything in their power to prevent foreseeable death and injury within prisons. This requires taking a holistic approach. But far too often, jails can become overcrowded. This can negatively impact the quality of care that all inmates receive. The family of any inmate who died in a Sacramento County Jail may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.


Investigating Sacramento County Main Jail Deaths 

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Lope Tolosa. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There are many questions about what took place that still need to be answered.

Do you need more information about an inmate death at the Sacramento County Main Jail? 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 jails are held accountable for their unconstitutional 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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