Official Grilled About Deaths, Breaches at Miami-Dade Jail


Four months after reaching an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice over a series of civil-rights violations at Miami-Dade County jails, the corrections department is again under fire for a series of inmate deaths and security breaches, reports the Miami Herald. Corrections Department Director Tim Ryan was questioned by county commissioners for about an hour Wednesday concerning eight inmate deaths over the past five months and a pair of incidents in which electronic doors mysteriously unlocked, freeing criminals.

On Monday, a man who was jailed for driving with a suspended license was found unresponsive in his cell on the notorious ninth-floor psychiatric ward. He died later at a hospital. Seven others have died from different ailments since March. Said Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo, “When somebody goes into our jail and dies in our jail, that's a great concern.”

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