Police Misconduct Blog


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...

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...