Man Who Died in San Jose Jail Sunday ID’d as Isai Lopez

Santa Clara County officials have identified a man who died in custody at San Jose’s Main Jail on Sunday as 23-year-old Isai Lopez.

The inmate was found unresponsive at 8:06pm in his cell at 150 W. Hedding St., according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Reginald Cooks.

San Jose firefighters pronounced him dead 15 minutes later after unsuccessfully trying to revive him, officials said.

Lopez is believed to have taken his own life, according to jail officials. He had been incarcerated in a one-man cell since his Sept. 16 booking on suspicion of assault.

The Sheriff’s Office is following standard protocol for an in-custody death, including a joint investigation with the District Attorney’s Office and the Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.


  1. Funny how the headline is titled “San Jose” main jail. Does it have anything to do with the current election and you not wanting to say County Sheriff in the headline (which is the only thing 99% of people will read). And ironic how to the right of it is a campaign ad for Laurie Smith.

  2. Yep, my sentiments exactly!
    L.S. has had enough time to get things in order since the last trajedy. BTW, what exactly has been done? Let me guess…..

  3. I think Sheriff Smith has done a lot to improve the jail system in Santa Clara County.

    Although I generally laud Raj’s efforts, transparency and advocacy works two ways and he never seems to support victims of crime or their families after those that he advocated for while they were behind bars are found guilty and spend the rest of their lives in prison.

    Not enough is done for victims these days. Why does debug never hold rallies to highlight the heinous monstrosities committed by gangsters against innocent communities? Maybe Raj has too much of a “Robin Hood” complex…

  4. As long as these tragedies keep on happening and the County and officers are getting away with murder there will be no change until the Community organizes and keeps in demanding a response on how these inmates are really dying under their watch! RISE UP!

  5. Smith. Has not done nothing about all the bad things that go on at main jail? My son jordan who gets stabbed from two other inmates and offers did nothing but watched for 3minutes well two inmates continue to stabbed my son . ????

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