Pennsylvania County to Pay $4.75M in Inmate Death

Tori Herr was addicted to heroin and had withdrawal symptoms at the time of her death in Lebanon County, Pa. She collapsed outside of her cell, lost consciousness and went into cardiac arrest, dying six days later. She had not received medical attention for several days previously despite severe withdrawal symptoms, her estate’s lawsuit charged.

Rights Group Plans Mass Bailout at NYC’s Rikers Island

More than 500 women and teenagers will be bailed out from New York City’s Rikers Island jail as part of a national campaign to dismantle a bail system that activists say discriminates against minorities and the poor. The effort is being spearheaded by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group, which plans to raise $5 million to fund the releases.

Thomas Hamm

NYC Pays $280K Settlement for Rikers Anti-Gay Attack

According to a press release from the victim’s attorney, Thomas Hamm, a visitor to the Rikers Island facility, was beaten by two corrections officers hurling anti-gay slurs. Earlier this year, the Jail’s Action Committee released a report maintaining that conditions for visitors to Rikers “continue to be discouraging at best and traumatizing and violent at worst.”