Gov. Andrew Cuomo says, “The situation is intolerable.” Inmates argue that shutting down the 10-jail complex is the only solution for violence by guards and gang members, mistreatment of the mentally ill and juveniles, and unjustly long detention for minor offenders.
On any given day, there are about 450,000 people in jail who haven’t been convicted of anything–at an estimated cost to taxpayers of $38 million a day. These men and women sit in jail because they don’t have the money to get out. It’s time to change the system.
Elliott Williams, 37, died from complications of a broken neck and showed signs of dehydration. The jurors issued a $10 million verdict against Tulsa County and a $250,000 punishment against former Sheriff Stanley Glanz in his individual capacity.
Lee Baca, the once powerful and popular sheriff of Los Angeles County, was found guilty of obstructing a federal investigation into abuses in county jails and lying to cover up the interference. Baca, 74, faces prison time.
Some law enforcers complain that allowing violent criminals to pay for a “nicer place to stay” runs counter to the spirit of equal justice. The average stay in Southern California over five years cost $1,756.
Inmates in Tangipahoa Parish didn’t want a man convicted of a sex crime living with them, so they beat him to death in a “shark feeding frenzy,” said Sheriff Daniel Edwards, the brother of Louisiana’s governor.
After scandal involving beatings of inmates that started five years ago, L.A. County prosecutors have charged a guard with assault, accusing him of walking away at the request of an inmate so that another inmate could be beaten.
New York City Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte told jail officials that guards can use force to break up fights and slashing attacks behind bars. A correction union officer said the order was confusing.