County settles jail inmate rape lawsuit for $242,500

County settles jail inmate rape lawsuit for $242,500
May26

TULSA, OK- Tulsa County officials have agreed to pay $242,500 to settle a federal lawsuit involving a woman who claimed she was raped in the Tulsa Jail by a fellow inmate. The settlement amount was made public in an agreed judgment filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tulsa. The county and attorneys for the 26-year-old woman settled the case May 9, according to court records. The Sheriff’s Office, one of the lawsuit defendants,...

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All The New Questions We Have About The Orange County Jail Informant Scandal

All The New Questions We Have About The Orange County Jail Informant Scandal
May26

SANTA ANA, CA-  New evidentiary hearings began Tuesday as part of the penalty phase in the case against Scott Dekraai, a man who pleaded guilty to murdering eight people in 2011 but whose sentencing has remained in limbo amid ongoing allegations of malfeasance by county prosecutors and sheriff’s deputies. But the testimonies ― or lack thereof ― heard this week only complicated a case that has already been marked by scandal and alleged...

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Workers Start Dismantling Jail Tent Complex in Phoenix

Workers Start Dismantling Jail Tent Complex in Phoenix
May25

PHOENIX, AZ — Crews have started to dismantle some of the tents in a controversial outdoor jail complex in Phoenix that helped make former Sheriff Joe Arpaio a national law enforcement figure. One of the five jail yards within “Tent City” has already been completely dismantled, and workers on Wednesday were in the process of tearing down a second yard. Sheriff Paul Penzone, who ousted Arpaio last year and announced plans...

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Drone on County Jail grounds could be ‘trending problem’

Drone on County Jail grounds could be ‘trending problem’
May25

CHICAGO, IL- Sneed has learned a drone was found on the property of Cook County Jail, sparking safety concerns for the second time in three months. Although the “toy” drone, measuring 11 inches by 11 inches found Monday atop a roof within the main jail campus was not capable of holding a GPS position, it did contain a camera. “Look, we believe it was probably an accidental toy blown onto the roof which was certainly too small to hold...

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3 County Jail inmates overdose on heroin

3 County Jail inmates overdose on heroin
May25

CHICAGO, IL- Smith says the close call happened last week in Division Two of the jail complex, a minimum security building that houses hundreds of inmates. Three of those prisoners snorted heroin and began to OD. All three were given emergency shots of naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of opiates. One inmate was sent to Stroger Hospital and the others were sent to the jail’s Cermak Health Center. Jail officials say...

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Washington state has eight people on death row — and no plans to ever execute them

Washington state has eight people on death row — and no plans to ever execute them
May24

WASHINGTON- Twenty years ago, Dwayne Anthony Woods was convicted of murdering two women, sentenced to die and sent to Washington’s death row at the state penitentiary in Walla Walla. Claiming he was innocent, he launched a series of appeals that kept him alive and denied the victims’ families the justice they wanted. The appeals came to an end this month when Woods, 46, died of a heart attack. It was the only death on death row since...

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