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Apr 01, 2020.

A Death Sentence: As Jails Struggle to Stem Coronavirus Outbreaks, Delays Could Spell Disaster

A Death Sentence: As Jails Struggle to Stem Coronavirus Outbreaks, Delays Could Spell Disaster

On March 19, the chief physician of New York City’s jail system, Ross MacDonald, issued a warning on Twitter: “A storm is coming.”

In a plea directed at city prosecutors and judges, MacDonald said he noticed how swiftly courts were closed in response to COVID-19.

“This was fundamentally an act of social distancing, a sound strategy in public health. But the luxury that allows you to protect...

Mar 07, 2020. 4 comments

Cook County Jail Will Become a Polling Station for Pretrial Detainees

Cook County Jail Will Become a Polling Station for Pretrial Detainees

As of late, it feels as if states are making it harder and harder for people to exercise their right to vote. The state of Illinois, at least, seems to be doing quite the opposite.

The Washington Post reports that the Cook County jail will operate as a polling precinct for the first time for the March primaries. The state of Illinois only withholds the right to vote from those currently...

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Feb 13, 2020. 13 comments

A Nurse Accused An Inmate of Faking His Illness. Days Later He Died

A Nurse Accused An Inmate of Faking His Illness. Days Later He Died

Another day and unfortunately, another unnecessary death of a young black man.

KMOV reports that Lamar Catchings, a 20-year-old man, died on March 1, 2019 in the St. Louis County Jail. A report released by the county has revealed new details surrounding the young man’s death. The report states that during the weeks before his death, Catchings had complained about not feeling well. At a court...

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Dec 24, 2019. 1 comments

After Ignoring Complaints for Years, New York City Agrees to Pay $12.5 Million to Department of Corrections Visitors Subjected to Invasive Searches

After Ignoring Complaints for Years, New York City Agrees to Pay $12.5 Million to Department of Corrections Visitors Subjected to Invasive Searches

After years of subjecting jail visitors to invasive searches, New York City has agreed to resolve the matter by coughing up $12.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.

From Top Class Actions:

The settlement benefits individuals who attempted to visit an inmate at a New York City Department of Correction facility between Nov. 23, 2012 and Oct. 30, 2019 and were subject to an invasive...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 07, 2019. 6 comments

Virginia Department of Corrections Apologizes After Subjecting 8-Year-Old to Unauthorized Strip Search

Virginia Department of Corrections Apologizes After Subjecting 8-Year-Old to Unauthorized Strip Search

The Virginia Department of Corrections has publicly apologized after it’s been revealed that an 8-year-old visiting her father at a state prison was subjected to a strip search.

The Washington Post reports that on Nov. 24, Diamond Peerman drove her boyfriend’s daughter to visit him at the Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, Va. Upon their arrival, that’s when the unspeakable occurred:

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Nov 13, 2019. 20 comments

Hip-Hop Legend Eric B. Jailed in New Jersey for 17-Year-Old Warrant

Hip-Hop Legend Eric B. Jailed in New Jersey for 17-Year-Old Warrant

On the CBS series Blue Bloods, hip-hop icon Eric B. conducts criminal investigations as Detective Mike Gee, but in real life, the DJ-turned-actor has found himself on the wrong side of the law.

From NJ.com:

Hip-hop musician Eric Barrier, currently an actor on the CBS series “Blue Bloods,” has been jailed in New Jersey since Oct. 28 on a warrant for failing to appear in court 17 years ago, his...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor May 30, 2019. 11 comments

Family Receives $6.75 Million Settlement for Terrill Thomas, Who Died in Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's Jail

Family Receives $6.75 Million Settlement for Terrill Thomas, Who Died in Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's Jail

In what’s been declared the largest jail death settlement in the history of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County has paid nearly $7 million to the family of Terrill Thomas, who died of dehydration in his cell in 2016.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the settlement was initially proposed in January and that the payments—approximately $5 million from the county and an additional $1.7 million...

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Apr 25, 2019.

Children of Incarcerated Parents Remain Unseen; We Have to Do Better

Children of Incarcerated Parents Remain Unseen; We Have to Do Better

Not all stories about children with parents in jail involve recounts of glass barriers, letters or collect calls. And sadly, many don’t end with reunions and redemption, but with pain and shame; some stories end way too soon.

On Oct. 18, 2007, my father died from a pulmonary fungal infection contracted inside of an environmentally-hazardous prison facility. His non-violent offense cost him 3...

Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Apr 24, 2019. 14 comments

Texas Couple Who Held Girl as a 'Slave' for 16 Years Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

Texas Couple Who Held Girl as a 'Slave' for 16 Years Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

Twenty years ago, Texas couple Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure found a young girl from their native Guinea to care for their youngest son. In January of 2000, happy with her work, they flew her to their family residence in Southlake, Texas, to continue her work. She did not speak English, and the couple did not enroll her in school.

Tuesday, the couple, who were arrested for forced labor...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Apr 22, 2019. 4 comments

Congress Considering Making Pell Grants Available to Inmates, Reversing Decades-Long Ban

Congress Considering Making Pell Grants Available to Inmates, Reversing Decades-Long Ban

With droves of research suggesting education is one of the most effective tools to rehabilitate those currently serving sentences behind bars, Congress is trying to do something to make education more available to inmates.

According to NPR, The Restoring Education and Learning Act, a bipartisan bill in Congress would allow incarcerated people to use federal Pell Grants offered to lower-income...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Apr 21, 2019. 6 comments

Man Shot Alongside Nipsey Hussle Released from Jail, Has Arrest Dismissed

Man Shot Alongside Nipsey Hussle Released from Jail, Has Arrest Dismissed

Kerry Lathan, 56, was on parole when he was shot alongside Los Angeles rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, on March 31.

Lathan was with Hussle when he was slain in front of his Marathon Clothing store in Hyde Park. Because he was on parole, and because Hussle maintained a well-known affiliation with the Rollin 60’s Neighborhood Crips, Lathan was in violation of his...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Feb 06, 2019.

Power Back on at Brooklyn Jail Following Massive Outcry, Officials to Investigate Conditions

Power Back on at Brooklyn Jail Following Massive Outcry, Officials to Investigate Conditions

A Brooklyn detention center that went several days without heat or light during last week’s polar vortex had its power restored Sunday, but the troubling conditions reported at the federal jail have prompted several judges to investigate complaints. At least one plans on touring the facility Tuesday to examine the facilities firsthand.

The Bureau of Prisons confirmed on Sunday that power was...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Dec 29, 2018. 12 comments

A Pregnant Woman Was Found Dead in a Mississippi Jail After Complaining About Stomach Pains. Her Family Has Yet to See Her

A Pregnant Woman Was Found Dead in a Mississippi Jail After Complaining About Stomach Pains. Her Family Has Yet to See Her

A pregnant mother of two was found dead in a Madison County, Mississippi jail cell sometime last week after complaining to jail officials of stomach pains, her family says. Now, the family of 37-year-old Lanekia Michelle Brown is trying to piece together what happened to her in a death they deem “very suspicious.”

“We talked to her and she was okay. If she had any kind of problems, she would...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Dec 04, 2018. 8 comments

Real White Housewives Episode Recap: Trump Wants Former Fixer Michael Cohen In All the Prisons

Real White Housewives Episode Recap: Trump Wants Former Fixer Michael Cohen In All the Prisons

On the last episode of the Real White Housewives the president’s former fixer Michael Cohen, whose tagline is “Go get you some hot water, cause you know I’ve got all the tea!” had agreed to cooperate in special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into all things Russia.

Live footage of Cohen flipping:

President Trump, whose tagline is “Russia? But I barely know her,” wants Cohen...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Jun 08, 2018.

5 Guards at NYC’s Rikers Island Convicted in Brutal Beating of Inmate

5 Guards at NYC’s Rikers Island Convicted in Brutal Beating of Inmate

A former chief for security and four other officers at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex have been convicted of felony charges in the brutal beating of an inmate, CBS News reports.

Former Assistant Chief for Security Eliseo Perez and officers Alfred Rivera, Tobias Parker, Jose Parra and David Rodriguez were convicted Tuesday of charges, including attempted gang assault, in connection...

May 09, 2018.

Judge Prohibits NYC Macy’s Store From Detaining Alleged Shoplifters in Its Basement Jail

Judge Prohibits NYC Macy’s Store From Detaining Alleged Shoplifters in Its Basement Jail

Last summer, Samya Moftah walked into Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square in New York City to exchange a few items. The process should have taken less than a half hour. Instead, she says, Moftah found herself locked in a jail cell in the basement of the store.

Moftah was accused of stealing the items she planned to return. In a lawsuit filed by Moftah and viewed by The Guardian, the...

May 04, 2018.

Rikers Island Guards Convicted in Beating and Cover-Up

Rikers Island Guards Convicted in Beating and Cover-Up

Four guards at New York City's Rikers Island jail have been convicted in connection with the beating of an inmate and a cover-up effort, Reuters reports.

According to Reuters, Christopher Huggins, 34, and Michael Dorsainvil, 36, were convicted of filing false records and assault; Ronald Donnelley, 63, and Mark Anglin, 38, were found guilty of filing false records after a two-week trial....

Panama Jackson Panama Jackson May 03, 2018. 24 comments

Angela Valdes Gotta Go. Along With Everybody Else But Tasha and Tommy. Kthxbi.

Angela Valdes Gotta Go. Along With Everybody Else But Tasha and Tommy. Kthxbi.

Do you watch Power? I watch Power. I hate Angela Valdes. She must be stopped. She must die.

I didn’t always feel this way about Assistant United States Attorney Angela Valdes. Before I wanted her to die, I was rather okay with her morally bankrupt homewrecker role on the show. See, Ghost, or Jamie (St. Patrick) as she calls him, was selling her tremendous cream (not just a dollar and a dream),...

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Apr 18, 2018.

An Ill. Woman Fired Warning Shots to Scare Off Man Who Had Just Killed Her Fiance. Now She Sits in Jail. How’s That Justice?

An Ill. Woman Fired Warning Shots to Scare Off Man Who Had Just Killed Her Fiance. Now She Sits in Jail. How’s That Justice?

Here is what the law tells us: You have a right to protect yourself.

Here is how the law is applied: If you are black and attempt to protect yourself, it’s highly likely that you will be arrested for protecting yourself.

There is nothing new here. We all know that the application of the law is conditioned upon who has broken it. As with most things in this country (pay, housing, access to...

Apr 14, 2018.

Ill. Woman Charged for Firing Warning Shots After Gunman Fatally Shot Fiance

Ill. Woman Charged for Firing Warning Shots After Gunman Fatally Shot Fiance

Ashley Harrison, 26, and her fiance and father of her two children, Garvin Whitmore, 27, were stopped at a light on an Aurora, Ill., street when a gunman walked up to the car and shot Whitmore in the head.

Frantic, Harrison grabbed a .357 Magnum inside the car and fired several times in the air, authorities say. The gunman got away, but Harrison was arrested and charged with reckless discharge...