Police Misconduct Blog


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?

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...