Pew Charitable Trust research found wide variation in the ways that counties provide health care in their jails and the information they supply to help vendors craft bids. There also were varying approaches to whether and how jails prepare individuals to manage their health once released.
The head of the New York City’s correction officers’ union contends that a plan to close the Rikers Island jail complex is a “land grab” that’s more about money than criminal justice. Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Elias Husamadeen said the planned shutdown is motivated by a desire to free up its 420 acres of land for projects like an expansion of LaGuardia airport.
The abusive treatment of detainees in the country’s second-largest jail complex has long been the target of civil liberties complaints. But a new report claims that visitors are subject to similar abuse.
In many corrections facilities, military service offers one distinct privilege: a special cellblock where veterans can work through problems they often share, such as substance use and post-traumatic stress disorder.
A Kansas professor took his political science students on visits to a state correctional facility and a local county jail, and discovered that for all the criticism about American prisons, jail inmates suffer even harsher conditions—aggravated by the lack of oversight and transparency.
Seven inmates have died at the Milwaukee County Jail since mid-2016. Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt assigned a command level officer to monitor inmate wellness and provide an “added layer of protection” for prisoners.
A warehouse wall across from the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn is covered with signs to convey messages of support and love to inmates. About 1,750 inmates — mainly men — are held at the federal jail on the Brooklyn waterfront.
The move to shut a jail housing 580 men is part of a decade-long plan to end incarceration in nine jails on the island. Critics say the city is moving too slowly. The head of the corrections officers union says the announced jail closure is “reckless.”
At least 10 of the 86 Texas female jail fatalities since 2011 were attributed to overdoses. At least another 10 women died from addiction-related problems that the state failed to track, finds a Dallas Morning News review of the cases, autopsies and medical records. Many of those drug-linked deaths were attributed to “natural causes.” A few were called accidents or suicides.