$2.4 M Settlement in NJ Jail Strip-Search Case

Lawyers settled a class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of inmates who were illegally strip-searched at Burlington County, N.J., correctional facilities between 2004 and 2012, a period during which everyone brought in was ordered to undress and be searched regardless of how minor were the charges they faced. A judge said the blanket strip-search policy violated New Jersey law.

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Why Jail is No Place for the Mentally Troubled

For lack of alternatives, thousands of mentally ill individuals are trapped in the justice system. In a conversation with TCR, Alisa Roth, author of “Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness,” says change will only happen when we reexamine our attitudes towards mental illness.

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A Lesson from Camden: Fixing Jails and Health Care Together

Two-thirds of the people who cycle in and out of jails also cycle in and out of hospitals in this resource-starved New Jersey city. The connection led authorities to try an experiment that focused on the needs of individuals poorly served by both systems. Authors of a new report on health and criminal justice tell what happened.

AZ County Settles Final ‘Arpaio Death Case’ for $7M

The Maricopa County, Az., Board of Supervisors agreed to pay $7 million to the family of a man who died after a use-of-force incident in a county jail while former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was in office.  The decision follows a long line of high-dollar settlements shelled out to those who alleged excessive force and wrongful deaths at the jails during the 24 years Arpaio served as sheriff.

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Rising White Incarceration Reduced Racial Gap in Jails: Study

Although African Americans are still “over-represented” in jails—they are 3.6 times more likely to be incarcerated than whites—a doubling of the jailed white population, particularly in rural and small metro countries, significantly reduced the racial gap in US jails between 1990 and 2013, according to the Vera Institute of Justice.

Jail Populations Keep Falling, Down 11.2% in 8 Years

The percentage of U.S. residents in jail dropped 3.4 percent from midyear 2012 to midyear 2016, says the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. County and city jails held 740,700 inmates at midyear 2016, far below the peak of 785,500 in 2008.