Police Misconduct Blog


Were You or a Loved Injured or Killed at Rikers Island?

Were You or a Loved Injured or Killed at Rikers Island?

Justice for Rikers Island Inmates Rikers Island is a small 413 acre island in the middle of New York’s East River. It is also the home of New York City’s primary jail complex. For years, the city has promised to close the archaic facility and replace it with a network of modern...

Jail Suicide Results in One Million Dollar Payout

Jail Suicide Results in One Million Dollar Payout

Here is a fact that most people don’t know. 41 percent of jail suicides happen within the first week of incarceration. Those figures come from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. A significant percentage of suicides also happen in the next two weeks.
Jail suicides have become a...

Louisiana – Incarceration Incorporated

Louisiana – Incarceration Incorporated

Louisiana has the highest percentage of its people behind bars. Five times more than Iran, thirteen times more than China and far more than any other state (although a few other states are vying for second place.) It’s bad here. But what is worse, inmates are dying in record...

Murder Inside Florida Prisons - Why Is the Death Toll So High?

Murder Inside Florida Prisons - Why Is the Death Toll So High?

Florida has some of the most dangerous prisons in the United States. In 2001, there were 191 homicides and suicides inside Florida’s prison. In 2017 that number skyrocketed to 428.
Who knows what 2020 will look like after COVID-19 raced through several jails and prison in the state....

Delivering a Baby in a Jail Cell

Delivering a Baby in a Jail Cell

Having a baby is supposed to be a blessed event. It can quickly become a nightmare for mothers who are forced to deliver in a tiny jail cell without any medical assistance. Sometimes, babies can come very quickly and with little warning. In most cases, however, there is plenty of time to get the...

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...

Too Many Inmates Are Dying at Douglas County Georgia Jail

Too Many Inmates Are Dying at Douglas County Georgia Jail

The Douglas County Jail in Douglasville, Georgia is no stranger to controversy. The facility, operated by Douglas County Sheriff Tim Pounds, has been sued multiple times. Numerous people have died in the jail because of poor medical care. At least two jail staff were indicted after an inmate died...

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...

Louisiana -  Highest Incarceration and Worst Prison Healthcare?

Louisiana - Highest Incarceration and Worst Prison Healthcare?

It’s the day after Christmas and for most Americans, it’s another peaceful day to spend with family. Many are back in work although the week between Christmas and New Years Eve is usually more relaxed. For tens of thousands of inmates, it’s just another day in prison.
Unless...

Two Kentucky Corrections Officers Plead Guilty to Abuse Charges

Two Kentucky Corrections Officers Plead Guilty to Abuse Charges

Two former correctional officers with the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to the beating of an inmate. A third officer pleaded guilty earlier this year.
According to a plea agreement filed in court last week, David Schwartz and...