Police Misconduct Blog


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....

Keep Coronavirus from Overwhelming Jails By Reducing the Population

Keep Coronavirus from Overwhelming Jails By Reducing the Population

California is in complete lockdown due to coronavirus. Those who are literally locked up, the local inmate population, will prove prime victims as the virus sweeps through such facilities. Jails are the ideal place to spread such a disease, as they consist of lots of people packed in a small area....

COVID-19 Enters the New York and Federal Prison Systems

COVID-19 Enters the New York and Federal Prison Systems

At least 38 people – likely more by the time you read this – have been infected with the coronavirus in New York’s Riker’s Island and other city jails. Roughly half are inmates, while others are employees. While the response to the pandemic has ground American and global...

Coronavirus in our Jails? Who Is Liable?

Coronavirus in our Jails? Who Is Liable?

The recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is causing lawyers, governments and the private sector to grapple with new legal issues every day. Nursing homes aren’t allowing family members to visit, some jails are now faced with deadly coronavirus outbreaks and businesses are balancing privacy...