The ACLU has filed suit in Kansas, alleging that the state has failed to give defendants sufficient opportunity to benefit from diversion programs. But a TCR investigation finds many experts who argue that the effectiveness of such programs depends on how well they are executed.
The Metropolitan Corrections Center, the federal jail in New York City, has been condemned by a United National human rights expert for exposing inmates to conditions akin to torture. Recent inmates describe a “rat-infested, high-rise hell.”
Local jails have become critical drivers for the growth in U.S. prison populations, says a study released Thursday by the Vera Institute of Justice. Reversing that trend is now one of the nation’s biggest challenges, say the study authors.
Sheriff Todd Entrekin of Etoway County legally received more than $750,000 from a fund allocated to feed inmates in a jail he oversaw. He was voted out of office on Tuesday by a margin of nearly two to one.
A new study released by the Texas Public Policy Foundation shows that the opioid crisis and financial incentives, such as filling jail beds, could be two reasons why the jail population continues to grow in the US.
In the East Baton Rouge Parish jail, 25 inmates died from 2012-2016, at least five of whom were diagnosed with a serious mental illness or showed signs of one. From 2012 to 2016, the jail’s death rate was 2.5 times above the national prison average.
A study issued by the National Institute of Justice found that diversion programs benefit not only prosecutors, who save time, money and resources that could be spent on more serious cases, but also defendants, who avoid conviction and re-arrest.
The legislature sent a bill to Gov. Bruce Rauner that would reduce the likelihood that expectant mothers charged with nonviolent offenses will be jailed. The bill was drafted by a legislator who heard about a Chicago woman who gave birth in jail.