Author of Jail Standards Refuses to Make Them Public

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.

Chicago Jail Falsified Credits, Report Charges

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.

Feds Seek 30-Year Term for Jail Guard in Beating Death

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.