Albany, N.Y., Sheriff Craig Apple converted 25 jail cells into rooms for people who were homeless, including those struggling with substance-use disorder, whether or not they had been accused of a crime. The move represents a growing—and controversial—trend.
The workers allegedly fell asleep for hours and falsified records to cover up what they had done. The news of the charges comes as an AP investigation found the number of federal corrections officers dropped 11 percent in first two years of the Trump administration.
With an $8 billion plan approved to replace Rikers Island with four community-based jails, New York City officials in recent months toured facilities across the United States and in Europe in search of new, more humane models. What can Norway teach them about running a jail?
Alternatives to arrest are now widely available across the U.S. to justice-involved individuals who pose no risk to public safety. But a new survey shows that how they are implemented and who benefits from them can depend on a “stunning variety” of state statutes and practices.
Maricopa County Jail video shows inmate Daniel Davitt talking with Officer Gene Lee on Tuesday outside a holding space before suddenly grabbing Lee by the throat, charging documents said. Davitt then pushed Lee backward and used his right leg to knock the officer off his feet.
More women are now held in local jails than in state prisons, but little attention is paid to the health care, counselling and family services they need in order to succeed in civil society when they are released, says the Prison Policy Initiative.
While many praised the decision to replace the notorious jail Thursday with four smaller jails around the city, some critics questioned whether it would drive down incarceration. Others said the city shouldn’t build new jails at all.