Apolinar Solis Jr Died In Custody At Iroquois County Jail
Wrongful Death - October 19, 2022
Apolinar Solis Jr, of Hoopeston, Died In Custody After Being Found Unresponsive At Iroquois County Jail
IROQUOIS COUNTY, ILLINOIS (October 19, 2022) – A 32-year-old inmate identified as Apolinar Solis Jr has died after being found unresponsive in his Iroquois County Jail.
Iroquois County officials are saying that the inmate was booked into his jail cell on an outstanding warrant. Correctional officers found Apolinar Solis Jr unresponsive in his jail cell.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the inmate. He was taken to the hospital but later died.
An autopsy was performed in order to determine a cause a death. The toxicology report listed acute toxicity of cocaine and methamphetamine as a cause of death.
A prison rights coalition said that the inmate was restrained and tasered prior to his death. An investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Iroquois County Jail Deaths
Jails are supposed to be places of rehabilitation. But far too often they are places where people go to be abused and neglected. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “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.” Many inmate deaths are totally preventable. There are a number of measures that jails should take to help keep inmates safe.
- Correctional officers should be well trained.
- Correctional officers should be able to identify when an inmate is in medical distress.
- Correctional officers should periodically check on inmates to make sure that they are ok.
All jails have a constitutional obligation to provide inmates with reasonably adequate healthcare. When a jail is deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. For example, a jail may have failed to intervene to save an inmate dying from an overdose. Most overdoses can be prevented if treatment is provided quickly. There are number of steps that should be taken after any inmate death.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Jail records should be reviewed.
Dealing with the death of a family member is one of the most difficult things that most people will ever go through. To make matters worse, jails are almost never transparent about the death of any inmate in their care. It is important for everyone to remember that inmates and their families have rights. When a jail abuses those rights or contributes to the death of an inmate through negligence, they can be held accountable.
Investigating An Iroquois County Jail Death
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of Apolinar Solis Jr. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There have been numerous reports of inmate neglect at the Iroquois County Jail. It is our sincere hope that there is oversight and that steps are taken to protect the constitutional rights of all people staying there.
Do you need more information about an Iroquois County Jail inmate death? Our team of inmate’s rights advocates are 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 a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.