In 2008 Sandra Hutchens vowed to be a “change agent” and clean house in the Orange County, Ca., Sheriff’s Department. Nearly a decade later, facing mounting criticism over her department’s handling of jailhouse informants and the brazen escape by inmates last year, she announced she will not seek re-election.
Two guards, a jail inmate and an alleged fixer on the outside were charged in two separate schemes. The cost of smuggling cellphones into the downtown jail ranged from $100 to $500. For cigarettes, it was as much as $25 a pack.
The Sandra Bland Act requires county jails to divert people with mental health and substance abuse issues toward treatment, makes it easier for defendants to receive a personal bond if they have a mental illness or intellectual disability, and requires that independent law enforcement agencies investigate jail deaths.
Strippers perform for inmates of the 27-story federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago from the roof of a nearby parking garage. The detainees arrange the shows to prove they’re the top dogs in the jail.
Woman was raped repeatedly by a guard in the Milwaukee County Jail. She also was shackled during childbirth labor but no damages were awarded for that. Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., who runs the jail, defended the shackling.
Two lieutenants and a guard at the troubled federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn are accused of abusing nine female inmates. One made light of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act on Facebook.
Jail investigation chief Gregory Kuczinski is fired after accusations that he eavesdropped on telephone conversations between city investigators and their jailhouse informers on Rikers Island. Kuzkinski’s boss, Joseph Ponte, has announced his resignation.