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19May

Suspect accused of assaulting 7 deputies at Denver jail

Denver, CO —  suspect is being investigated for assault on seven deputies after having to be restrained Saturday morning at the Downtown Detention Center, according to the Denver Sheriff Department. The incident occurred about 7 a.m. Saturday when the suspect was being brought into custody in the jail’s intake area, said a Sheriff Department spokesperson. Seven…

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May

Jail releases possibly more dangerous than outbreak

Hawaii – Letters by the Big Island’s prosecutor and a pair of Oahu legislators object to the manner in which inmates are being released pursuant to a state Supreme Court order that seeks to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 in Hawaii’s jails and prisons.   A May 12 letter by Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth…

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May

Utah jails want Supreme Court ruling in fight with ACLU over coronavirus response

Salt Lake City, UT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is ready to drop its lawsuit against Salt Lake County, which originally claimed the county didn’t do what it should to stop the coronavirus from entering the jail. That’s not good enough for county leaders. Instead, they want the lawsuit to go forward and…

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May

Crime-spree suspect avoided jail due to COVID-19 booking restrictions, then nearly killed someone

ESCONDIDO, CA – A 22-year-old man now accused in a near fatal stabbing in Escondido last weekend was contacted by police at least six times over the past two weeks, but avoided jail during that time because of recent changes in booking criteria meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, police said. Timothy Michael…

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May

Colorado County Sheriff not happy with the judge’s ruling

Although Steve Reams appears to be cooperating with a federal judge’s ruling that he take more precautions to protect medically-vulnerable jail detainees, the Weld County sheriff is definitely feeling upset about it. “Never in my six years as your elected sheriff have I been more personally disappointed by a court’s ruling. I am deeply offended the term…

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18May

Renewed push for inmate release after coronavirus cases in DC jail climb 25-fold

Nearly a month after a federal judge ruled D.C.’s Department of Corrections must do more cleaning and increase safety precautions in the city’s jail complex after five inmates contracted COVID-19, the number of coronavirus infections has ballooned to 180 — a 25-fold increase — according to District data. In a motion filed May 15 asking…

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