Police Misconduct Blog


Cuyahoga County Jail Deaths Spark Uproar

Cuyahoga County Jail Deaths Spark Uproar

In 2018, eight inmates died in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County Jail. In May 2019, a ninth inmate succumbed. Before 2018, the annual death toll for the past decade at the facility never exceeded two. The causes of the 2018 deaths involved four suicides, three drug overdoses, and one related to...

California Jail Care Is So Bad That Some Inmates Ask to Go to Prison

California Jail Care Is So Bad That Some Inmates Ask to Go to Prison

Over the past eight years, huge changes occurred in California’s criminal justice system. Reduction of prison overcrowding was the impetus behind these changes after a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court decision required prison downsizing, and there is no question that there are far fewer inmates in the...

$1.5 Million for 45 Years Wrongfully Convicted Man Spends in Prison

$1.5 Million for 45 Years Wrongfully Convicted Man Spends in Prison

There are things money can’t buy, and that includes time. All the money in the world can’t set the clock back and give back stolen years.
For Richard Phillips, a Michigan man who spent 45 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, the $1.5 million he’ll receive from...


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...