Although African Americans are still “over-represented” in jails—they are 3.6 times more likely to be incarcerated than whites—a doubling of the jailed white population, particularly in rural and small metro countries, significantly reduced the racial gap in US jails between 1990 and 2013, according to the Vera Institute of Justice.
The percentage of U.S. residents in jail dropped 3.4 percent from midyear 2012 to midyear 2016, says the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. County and city jails held 740,700 inmates at midyear 2016, far below the peak of 785,500 in 2008.
Joseph Ponte was reprimanded for repeatedly taking his New York City-owned vehicle on trips to coastal Maine in violation of city guidelines. Twenty other Correction Department employees also routinely misused their agency vehicles. Ponte’s spokesman called it “an inadvertent misunderstanding.”
Violence in the New Orleans jail continues at “absolutely an unacceptable level,” even after inmates were moved to a new facility, a court-appointed expert testified in federal court yesterday, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
After a week of SWAT raids and a gang dragnet, it was a tip from an observant citizen that led police to the two remaining inmates who broke out of a California jail eight days ago using a Google Earth map and a rope made of bed linens, reports the Associated Press. A citizen flagged down officers near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park just before 9 a.m. Saturday and pointed out a parked white van that looked like one believed […]
Orange County, Ca., Sheriff's officials said they were “extremely troubled” that it took at least 16 hours for deputies to realize three inmates had escaped last week, as new details emerged about the lengths the trio went to break out of the high-security lockup, the Los Angeles Times reports. With the inmates now at large for five days, the jail has come under intense scrutiny for several policies that some believe may have made the escape easier. Jail personnel conduct […]
The death of a 112-pound jail inmate who choked on his own vomit and suffocated after Denver sheriff's deputies restrained him in a psychotic episode is drawing attention to the way he was subdued: face-down on his stomach with five deputies holding him down, the Associated Press reports. Experts say the common but risky police tactic of restraining someone in a prone position can be lethal, especially on those with medical problems and the mentally ill, whose distress is sometimes […]
Orange County, Ca., sheriff's investigators were searching for three dangerous prisoners who escaped from the county jail by cutting through half-inch steel bars, making their way through plumbing tunnels and then rappelling from the roof using a makeshift rope, the Los Angeles Times reports. “This appears to be a very sophisticated operation,” Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said of the escape, the first at the jail in nearly 30 years. Jonathan Tieu, 20, Bac Duong, 43, and Hossein Nayeri, 37, were discovered […]
On the surface, the notion seems preposterous: Hand out Samsung computer tablets to dozens of Sacramento County jail inmates. But 40 of the tablets have been in use at the jail for two months, and officials say they have had virtually no problems, reports the Sacramento Bee. Inmates have used them to take classes toward high school diplomas, for parenting and domestic violence courses and, once they have earned enough points from studying, to watch preapproved movies or listen to […]