The standards followed by jailers across Utah and in 18 other states help counties provide a legally sound level of inmate care , says their author, Gary DeLand. Most of the standards must remain secret for what he called “selfish” reasons. “Coca-Cola doesn’t tell Pepsi-Cola what goes in the damn drink,” he said.
Efforts to close facilities like the Rikers Island jail complex in New York won’t work unless authorities find alternative ways to deal with seriously mentally ill individuals who run afoul of the justice system, says New York’s former chief judge.
Counties getting more funds under the $100 million jail reform effort include Chicago’s Cook County, Los Angeles County and Mecklenburg County, N.C. Several have reported declines in their average daily jail populations, including Philadelphia, Lucas County, Oh., and Charleston County, S.C.
His misdemeanor charge was dismissed, but Carlton Harris was held in a D.C. jail for 77 more days. Since 2005, D.C. taxpayers have paid more than $18 million to settle lawsuits on behalf of thousands of inmates held past their release dates or wrongly strip-searched.
An alternative high school operated by the Chicago Public Schools inside the Cook County Jail has been falsifying credits and attendance for hundreds of students for years, cheating some of the city’s most at-risk students of an education, the school system’s inspector general found.
Federal prosecutors asked a judge to sentence a former correction officer on New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex to nearly 30 years in prison for violating the civil rights of a seriously ill inmate who died after the officer assaulted him. The guard’s “conduct was brutal; it was violent, it was willful, and it was callous,” said the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Between 1999 and 2014, the number of American Indiana and Alaska Native jail inmates
increased by an average of 4.3 percent per year, compared with an increase of 1.4 percent annually for all other races combined, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports.