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...


Georgia Man Dies in Jail After Arrest for Not Changing Address 

Georgia Man Dies in Jail After Arrest for Not Changing Address 

A man arrested for not changing his address with his probation officer died in jail three days later. Lee Michael Creely, 34, was on probation for a drug possession offense. He had moved into a new home with his girlfriend, Jessica Hodges, and their sons, ages 7 and 12, just three weeks...

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...


Death Toll Rises as U.S. Jails Outsource Medical Care

Death Toll Rises as U.S. Jails Outsource Medical Care

It is a plaintive, heart-wrenching plea. Matthew Loflin, 32, an inmate at the Chatham County Detention Center (“CCDC”) in Savannah, Georgia, tells his mom on a phone call that “I’m gonna die in here.” His words were prophetic.
As of early 2014, Loflin had spent...

Oregon to Pay $2.7 Million in Inmate Flu Death

Oregon to Pay $2.7 Million in Inmate Flu Death

The largest settlement in the Oregon Department of Corrections’ (“DOC”) history, $2.7 million, was awarded to the brother of a man who suffered for weeks while prison medical staff ignored him. His half-brother, Stephen Brown, filed the lawsuit.
In January 2018, Oregon State...


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....