Police Misconduct Blog


Family Has Questions About Woman Who Hanged Herself While in Custody

Family Has Questions About Woman Who Hanged Herself While in Custody

In the early hours of December 18, Irene Chavez was arrested at a gay bar on the South Side of Chicago. Before noon, she was pronounced dead after police found her hanging by her shirt in her cell.
The 33-year-old Chavez had been arrested for an alleged misdemeanor of simple battery. She...



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...


Oklahoma County Jail Can No Longer Hold Juveniles After Inmate Death

Oklahoma County Jail Can No Longer Hold Juveniles After Inmate Death

In July, a surprise inspection of the Oklahoma County Jail by the state Health Department resulted in the facility being barred from holding juveniles. In addition, inspectors found that procedures were violated in the June 24th death in custody of an adult detainee.
Lee Chouteau, 31, was...