Police Misconduct Blog


Federal Prisons Losing the War Against Coronavirus

Federal Prisons Losing the War Against Coronavirus

Since the pandemic hit the U.S. in March, 135 inmates and 2 staff members in the federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) system have succumbed to Covid-19. The situation will worsen, as BOP practices such as prisoner transfers exacerbate the situation and spread disease. Rather than limit...



COVID-19 Deaths and the California Department of Prisons

COVID-19 Deaths and the California Department of Prisons

There are 168,336 men and women in the custody of the California Department of Corrections as of last week. That doesn’t count the county jails and federal correctional centers. Los Angles County Sheriff’s Department alone is responsible for an additional 18,000 inmates and 18,000 staff...


Coronavirus and Fires Threaten California’s Prisons

Coronavirus and Fires Threaten California’s Prisons

Since March, California’s prison population has faced the threat of COVID-19, a disease spreading quickly among those living in close quarters. Now, there is an additional potentially deadly menace.
As raging wildfires spread throughout the state, those outside the prison system in...

Coronavirus Mismanagement Causes Federal Prisons to Become Death Traps

Coronavirus Mismanagement Causes Federal Prisons to Become Death Traps

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) holds more inmates than any other U.S. jail system. Currently, 163,000 inmates are incarcerated at BOP facilities. Relatively few of those prisoners are on Death Row, but the BOP’s inadequate response to COVID-19 has caused its prisons to become death...



Louisiana Federal Prison in Dire Straits After Coronavirus

Louisiana Federal Prison in Dire Straits After Coronavirus

A 1,700 inmate facility approximately 100 miles from Baton Rouge has the dubious distinction of having the first federal prisoner diagnosed with the coronavirus and the same individual becoming the first inmate in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) to succumb to COVID-19....