The Marshall Project highlights a snapshot of “hell”—a week of incidents in jails around the country.
A harrowing report by The Marshall Project found a “litany of horrors in county jails and juvenile detention centers, most of them inflicted on the mentally ill and minors” in a roundup of news reports published across the country from one week in April 2017.
Those stories included:
- The criminal trial of three correctional officers accused of fatally beating a person with mental illness who was incarcerated in a jail in San Jose, California.
- The second lawsuit in two months filed against Jackson County, Missouri, home to the Kansas City jail, for staff indifference to horrific conditions at the jail, including a broken sewage system spewing excrement into cells. The same week, a federal indictment was unsealed charging four former correctional officers there with beating a shackled man so badly that he required hospitalization.
- An inquest into the death of Terrill Thomas, a young man with mental illness who died of dehydration while held in solitary confinement at the Milwaukee County Jail. According to prosecutors, a surveillance video showed three officers shutting off the water to his cell a week before he died; Thomas was also given nothing to drink with his meals.