Police Misconduct Blog


Sandra Bland Traffic Stop Video Discovered

Sandra Bland Traffic Stop Video Discovered

In 2015, Sandra Bland’s jail cell suicide made national headlines. The 28-year-old African-American woman from Chicago was arrested in rural Texas after a traffic stop and hanged herself in her jail cell three days later. Now it turns out Bland videoed the traffic stop herself.
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Mentally Ill Inmate Gives Birth Alone in Jail

Mentally Ill Inmate Gives Birth Alone in Jail

A 34-year old mentally ill woman gave birth alone in a Broward County, Florida jail cell – even though the Sheriff’s Office knew she was nine months pregnant and did not send her to the hospital when she asked for help.
In the early morning hours of April 10, Tammy Jackson told...

Prisoners Speak Out on Alabama’s Hellish Conditions

Prisoners Speak Out on Alabama’s Hellish Conditions

In early April, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report detailing the horrendous conditions in Alabama’s prisons. In the month since the report’s release, the New York Times states that three corrections officers have been attacked and at least one prisoner stabbed –...

California Inmates Dealing with Mice and Maggots at Dinner

California Inmates Dealing with Mice and Maggots at Dinner

Prison inmates don’t expect fine dining when they head to their meals, but they shouldn’t expect to deal with vermin like mice and maggots when eating. Yet that is what’s happening at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, and elsewhere...

Justice Department Finds Violence in Alabama Prisons Goes Unchecked

Justice Department Finds Violence in Alabama Prisons Goes Unchecked

Justice Department investigators found that Alabama’s prison system – which has the highest homicide rate in the nation – have permitted such murders, along with rapes and other forms of violence, to go unchecked for decades.
Investigators place the blame on overcrowding and...

Photos from Alabama Prison Reveal Horrific Scenes

Photos from Alabama Prison Reveal Horrific Scenes

Alabama’s St. Clair Correctional Facility is one of the nation’s worst prisons. It has the dubious distinction of the prison with the nation’s highest homicide rate and among the highest suicide rates. Recently, the New York Times received over 2,000 photos taken inside the prison...

Oklahoma Sheriff and Deputies Resign Over Jail Conditions

Oklahoma Sheriff and Deputies Resign Over Jail Conditions

In Oklahoma’s Nowata County, the sheriff and 12 members of her department – including deputies and civilian employees – resigned on March 18 instead of obeying a court order to move inmates back into the county jail.
The jail has been closed since last month when four...

JP Morgan Chase Ends Private Prison Financing

JP Morgan Chase Ends Private Prison Financing

Banking behemoth JP Morgan Chase recently announced that it will no longer finance the private prison industry. The largest United States bank in terms of assets is following the lead of other well-known banks that have stopped such financing.
JP Morgan Chase was involved in the financing of...


New Book Details Rikers Island Cruelties

New Book Details Rikers Island Cruelties

New York City’s Rikers Island jail has long been known as one of the worst such institutions in the country. Now, a new book by Dr. Homer Venters, the former chief medical officer for New York City’s Correctional Health Services, outlines just how deadly Rikers Island is.
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