His misdemeanor charge was dismissed, but Carlton Harris was held in a D.C. jail for 77 more days. Since 2005, D.C. taxpayers have paid more than $18 million to settle lawsuits on behalf of thousands of inmates held past their release dates or wrongly strip-searched.
An alternative high school operated by the Chicago Public Schools inside the Cook County Jail has been falsifying credits and attendance for hundreds of students for years, cheating some of the city’s most at-risk students of an education, the school system’s inspector general found.
Federal prosecutors asked a judge to sentence a former correction officer on New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex to nearly 30 years in prison for violating the civil rights of a seriously ill inmate who died after the officer assaulted him. The guard’s “conduct was brutal; it was violent, it was willful, and it was callous,” said the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Between 1999 and 2014, the number of American Indiana and Alaska Native jail inmates
increased by an average of 4.3 percent per year, compared with an increase of 1.4 percent annually for all other races combined, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports.
The $145 million New Orleans jail was opened two years ago but already exceeds its capacity. “Essentially, we’re trying to fit 1,500 inmates in a facility that can only house 1,294,” said one official.
There have been 51 deaths in five years in which jailers failed to monitor inmates properly, but no officials have been charged in criminal chases, according to a Raleigh News & Observer investigation.