Legal Reader, 10/17/23: “A new federal lawsuit alleges that a 57-year-old Pennsylvania man with severe mental health problems was left to die inside a Pittsburgh-area jail.
According to The Associated Press, the complaint, filed earlier this week, alleges that doctors and other medical staff at the Alleghany County Jail failed to provide Anthony Talotta with adequate care.
Attorneys for the Talotta family also claim that the jail’s policies, which prohibit inmates with mental illnesses from being housed in the facility’s medical unit, violate the Americans with Disabilities Act by making it significantly more difficult for them to obtain effective treatment.
Furthermore, the lawsuit states that at least 17 people apparently died at the jail between March 2020 and September 2022.
Most of these inmates, lawyers say, had mental health problems or chronic medical needs.”