Police Misconduct Blog


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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Local Jails Charge Outrage Rates for Inmate Phone Calls

Local Jails Charge Outrage Rates for Inmate Phone Calls

A whole generation has come of age unfamiliar with phone booths and other means of communicating in the pre-cell phone era. Pay phones are still a staple of local jails, and the fees charged inmates to make such calls are often exorbitant. One 15-minute phone call will often cost an inmate over...

Family of Dead Monterey County Inmates Receives $1.6 Million Jury Award

Family of Dead Monterey County Inmates Receives $1.6 Million Jury Award

In the middle of the afternoon on January 20, 2015, Mark Pajas Sr. was found face down in his own vomit in his detox jail cell at the Monterey County Jail. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at age 56.
Just over four years later, his family was awarded $1.6 million by a jury who...

$20 Million Wrongful Death Suit Filed by Stephon Clark’s Family

$20 Million Wrongful Death Suit Filed by Stephon Clark’s Family

Last year, Sequita Eddy Thompson watched in horror as two police officers shot her 22-year-old grandson, Stephon Clark, to death in the backyard of her Sacramento home. Clark was unarmed, carrying his cellphone, which the cops apparently mistook for a gun.
He was shot either seven or eight...

Heat Fails in Brooklyn Jail During Polar Vortex

Heat Fails in Brooklyn Jail During Polar Vortex

Hundreds of inmates became sick and “frantic” as heat failed in a Brooklyn jail during the recent polar vortex. The temperature in New York City was as low as two degrees, but more than 1,000 inmates had neither heat nor power during this perilous cold spell.
The Metropolitan...

Guards Ignore Inmate Begging for Help – She Dies

Guards Ignore Inmate Begging for Help – She Dies

Almost from the moment Lamekia Dockery entered the Elkhart Community Corrections (“ECC”) work-release facility in Goshen, Indiana, she told guards she was having severe stomach pains and needed medical attention. For six days, she begged to go to a hospital, only to have corrections...

Red Flags Ignored in Inmate Suicide

Red Flags Ignored in Inmate Suicide

Some people kill themselves and no one saw it coming. Keith Kosirog, 39, was not one of those people. His was a life full of extraordinary misfortune, and by the time he finally succeeded in taking his own life at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility (“CNMCF”), he had...