Police Misconduct Blog


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...


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....

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...

Woman Dies of Preventable Infection After Two Jails Refuse to Help

Woman Dies of Preventable Infection After Two Jails Refuse to Help

In late September 2018, Madelyn Linsenmeir was booked on a New Hampshire warrant on charges of giving false information to a law enforcement officer. She told these law enforcement officers that she was having difficulty breathing and felt like her chest was going to “cave in.” She told...

Jay-Z Helps Mississippi Prisoners File Lawsuit

Jay-Z Helps Mississippi Prisoners File Lawsuit

Rappers Jay-Z and Yo Gotti are helping 152 inmates incarcerated in Mississippi’s notorious Parchman State Penitentiary with a lawsuit filed February 26 in the federal court in the Northern District of Mississippi. Both rappers also assisted 29 inmates in filing a lawsuit in January, but this...

15th Inmate in a Month Dies in Mississippi Prison

15th Inmate in a Month Dies in Mississippi Prison

If the condition were a virus, the entire state would go into quarantine. By any measurement, it is a crisis, and Mississippi prison officials are trying to determine and deal with the tremendous number of inmates who have died while in custody in little more than a month. As of February 3, the...