Police Misconduct Blog



Breaking Story: 62 Year Old Detainee Found Dead in Cell

Breaking Story: 62 Year Old Detainee Found Dead in Cell

As a former corrections officer and prosecutor, I cringe whenever I read about someone dying in prison or jail. Many of these deaths, especially those of recent arrestees, are preventable. To many people die in jails around the country each year because of poor medical care. Tonight we share...

Michigan Jail Doctor Accused of Sexual Misconduct with Inmates

Michigan Jail Doctor Accused of Sexual Misconduct with Inmates

Macomb County prosecutors have accused Dr. Steven Cogswell, a physician treating inmates at the Macomb County Jail, with six counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact.
Cogswell was employed by Correct Care Solutions, a Tennessee-based company supplying medical services to Macomb County...



Mentally Ill Man Starves to Death in Florida Prison

Mentally Ill Man Starves to Death in Florida Prison

In 2013, Vincent Gaines was sentenced to serve five years in prison on robbery charges. Since Gaines was known to suffer from hallucinations both auditory and visual, state officials recommended his placement in a mental health unit. That was presumably done for his mental health, but the prison...


16 Inmates Die in Mississippi in August

16 Inmates Die in Mississippi in August

August is brutal in Mississippi, and more so if you’re stuck in prison with no air conditioning. Still, that doesn’t explain the extraordinary death toll in Mississippi correctional facilities during the month of August 2018.
Sixteen inmates died last month, more than tripling the...

1% of Police Misconduct Complaints Lead to Discipline

1% of Police Misconduct Complaints Lead to Discipline

Study Shows Shocking Lack of Accountability by Chicago Police We give police officers tremendous power. Life and death power. Along with that power comes tremendous responsibility. But who polices the police? What happens when the police abuse their power? In Chicago, absolutely nothing.
The...

Jail Inmates Dying for Lack of Medical Care

Jail Inmates Dying for Lack of Medical Care

Across the country, inmates suffering from medical crises are being denied the care they need to survive.
Sometimes, the inmates don’t know why they are in such distress, but even when an inmate tells authorities what is medically wrong with them based on past experience, their pleas...