The American Correctional Association says Cuyahoga County is chipping away at chronic problems with inmate crowding and understaffing. Officials acted after a spate of inmate deaths, a criminal investigation of jail employees and an FBI civil-rights probe.
She gave birth without medical supervision or treatment, despite repeatedly telling the jail’s staff that she was having contractions, according to the federal lawsuit. The suit comes months after an internal investigation conducted by the Denver Sheriff Department cleared its deputies of wrongdoing.
The court’s 13 judges said in a statement Tuesday that they might appeal Friday’s ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which found the Orleans Parish judges have an “institutional conflict of interest” in deciding on their own whether a convict is too poor to pay up.
In a sweeping report, the Prison Policy Initiative says that at least a quarter of the 4.9 million people arrested and booked in U.S. jails each year are repeat offenders, and the majority are “disproportionately black, low-income, less educated and unemployed.”
The fact that so many prison officials, including supervisors, were aware of the directive not to leave Jeffrey Epstein alone in his cell has alarmed investigators assessing what so far appears to be a stunning failure to follow instructions. The explanation may be bureaucratic incompetence, says the Washington Post.
The Justice Department reassigned the warden at the New York City detention center where Jeffrey Epstein apparently hanged himself, and placed on leave two staffers monitoring his unit at the time. The federal Bureau of Prisons has a suicide reconstruction team analyzing the episode.
The Metropolitan Correctional Center’s Special Housing Unit, where financier Jeffrey Epstein died on Saturday, was staffed with one guard working a fifth straight day of overtime and another who was working mandatory overtime.
Since his arrest on sex-trafficking charges, financier Jeffrey Epstein was first housed in the bottom bunk of a windowless 8-by-8-foot cell. He was moved to a suicide-watch unit after being found unconscious in the cell.