Locked in the Mineral County Jail for failing to pay traffic tickets, Kelly Coltrain asked to go to the hospital. Instead, as her condition worsened, she was handed a mop and told to clean up her own vomit. She died in her cell less than an hour later.
According to a new report released by the Jail Removal Project at UCLA School of Law, a state-by-state, county-by-county, and jail-by-jail approach is needed to remove all youth from adult prisons. The number is steadily declining, but researchers contend that it should be “zero.”
A federal jury convicted Norman Seabrook, the former boss of New York City’s Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, of fraud in connection with a kickback scheme in which prosecutors said he invested millions of dollars of union money in a risky hedge fund.
Correction officials have long been skeptical of the efficacy and high cost of administering such medications to inmates. But their use is increasing in many states, including Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey and Washington, and in such cities as New York, Albuquerque and Los Angeles.
New York is the first major city to offer no-charge calls in its jails. The billion-dollar prison phone industry has drawn increased scrutiny by advocates who seek to stop private companies from profiting off incarceration.
Miami soon will open the nation’s first “forensic diversion” center for mentally ill people who otherwise would be destined for the criminal justice system, says Judge Steven Leifman, who has long advocated for defendants with mental problems. Leifman addressed the annual forum of the National Criminal Justice Association in Fort Worth, Texas.
A study published in Pediatrics found that young adults who had a parent incarcerated during their childhood are more likely to skip needed healthcare, smoke cigarettes, engage in risky sexual behaviors, and abuse alcohol and prescription and illicit drugs.