Police Misconduct Blog


COVID-19 Enters the New York and Federal Prison Systems

At least 38 people – likely more by the time you read this – have been infected with the coronavirus in New York’s Riker’s Island and other city jails. Roughly half are inmates, while others are employees. While the response to the pandemic has ground American and global...

Too Many Inmates Are Dying at Douglas County Georgia Jail

Too Many Inmates Are Dying at Douglas County Georgia Jail

The Douglas County Jail in Douglasville, Georgia is no stranger to controversy. The facility, operated by Douglas County Sheriff Tim Pounds, has been sued multiple times. Numerous people have died in the jail because of poor medical care. At least two jail staff were indicted after an inmate died...

Coronavirus in our Jails? Who Is Liable?

Coronavirus in our Jails? Who Is Liable?

The recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is causing lawyers, governments and the private sector to grapple with new legal issues every day. Nursing homes aren’t allowing family members to visit, some jails are now faced with deadly coronavirus outbreaks and businesses are balancing privacy...

Woman Dies of Preventable Infection After Two Jails Refuse to Help

Woman Dies of Preventable Infection After Two Jails Refuse to Help

In late September 2018, Madelyn Linsenmeir was booked on a New Hampshire warrant on charges of giving false information to a law enforcement officer. She told these law enforcement officers that she was having difficulty breathing and felt like her chest was going to “cave in.” She told...

Jay-Z Helps Mississippi Prisoners File Lawsuit

Jay-Z Helps Mississippi Prisoners File Lawsuit

Rappers Jay-Z and Yo Gotti are helping 152 inmates incarcerated in Mississippi’s notorious Parchman State Penitentiary with a lawsuit filed February 26 in the federal court in the Northern District of Mississippi. Both rappers also assisted 29 inmates in filing a lawsuit in January, but this...

15th Inmate in a Month Dies in Mississippi Prison

15th Inmate in a Month Dies in Mississippi Prison

If the condition were a virus, the entire state would go into quarantine. By any measurement, it is a crisis, and Mississippi prison officials are trying to determine and deal with the tremendous number of inmates who have died while in custody in little more than a month. As of February 3, the...



Forbidden Phones Reveal Horrors of Mississippi Prisons

Forbidden Phones Reveal Horrors of Mississippi Prisons

Smartphones aren’t permitted in prisons. Of course, that does not mean they aren’t readily available - for a price. These days, the use of contraband smartphones by inmates are revealing, through images and words, the horrors of conditions in Mississippi and other prisons.
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Five Inmates Killed, Two Missing in One Week in Mississippi Prisons

Five Inmates Killed, Two Missing in One Week in Mississippi Prisons

The Mississippi prison system is a well-known hellhole. Its horrible reputation just got worse (if possible) after five inmates were killed, and two are currently missing since violence erupted at three facilities beginning December 29. The Mississippi Department of Corrections (“MDOC”)...