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Mentally Ill Man in Jail on Minor Charges Beaten Into a Coma

Mentally Ill Man in Jail on Minor Charges Beaten Into a Coma

On September 23, Jayshawn Boyd, 22, was placed into a “designated gang unit” at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, New Jersey. Within 10 minutes, he was beaten so badly that he was left in a coma for two months. He still cannot walk or eat solid food.
The men...

Family Has Questions About Woman Who Hanged Herself While in Custody

Family Has Questions About Woman Who Hanged Herself While in Custody

In the early hours of December 18, Irene Chavez was arrested at a gay bar on the South Side of Chicago. Before noon, she was pronounced dead after police found her hanging by her shirt in her cell.
The 33-year-old Chavez had been arrested for an alleged misdemeanor of simple battery. She...