Federal Authorities Launch Investigations into South Carolina Jails Over Inmate Deaths and Mistreatment

CHARLESTON, SC – The U.S. Department of Justice has initiated civil investigations into two detention centers in South Carolina following reports of multiple inmate deaths stemming from mistreatment and unsafe living conditions. The investigations will focus on the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center in Charleston and the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia, both of which have been the subject of credible allegations. The investigations come after reports of incarcerated persons dying from use …

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Inmate Deaths Spark NAACP Outrage: Broward County Jails Under Fire for 21 Fatalities Since 2021

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) addressed the issue of inmate deaths in Broward County jails during a news conference held in partnership with Broward County Public Defender Gordon Weekes. The NAACP expressed concerns over the deaths of 21 individuals while in custody since 2021, calling attention to the need for accountability and justice in the handling of detainees. NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson emphasized the …

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Lack of Transparency: Examining Custodial Deaths in Los Angeles County Jails Through the Lens of ‘Death in Custody’

Los Angeles, California had a notably deadly year in 2023, with 45 people dying in custody. The county’s jails reported at least nine drug-related deaths, three suicides, three homicides, one hypothermia-related death, and several cases with undetermined causes. However, Los Angeles stands out from other municipalities in that it reports jail deaths, unlike many other areas where such information is not readily available to the public. In their 2023 book, “Death in Custody: How America …

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