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Fri Oct 16, 2020, 07:00 AM

Dying Inside: The Hidden Crisis in America's Jails

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-jails-deaths/

Why 4,998 died in U.S. jails without getting their day in court

The U.S. government collects detailed data on who’s dying in which jails around the country – but won’t let anyone see it. So, Reuters conducted its own tally of fatalities in America’s biggest jails, pinpointing where suicide, botched healthcare and bad jailkeeping are claiming lives in a system with scant oversight.

By PETER EISLER, LINDA SO, JASON SZEP, GRANT SMITH and NED PARKER Filed Oct. 16, 2020, 11 a.m. GMT

Harvey Hill wouldn’t leave John Finnegan’s front yard. He stood in the pouring rain, laughing at the sky, alarming his former boss' wife. Finnegan dialed 911.

“He needs a mental evaluation,” the landscaper recalls telling the arriving officer. Instead, Hill was charged with trespassing and jailed on suspicion of a misdemeanor offense that could bring a $500 fine.

The next day, May 6, 2018, Hill’s condition worsened. He flew into a rage at the Madison County Detention Center in Canton, Mississippi, throwing a checkerboard and striking a guard with a lunch tray.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 07:17 AM

1. These folks are the least of us

They are vulnerable, disenfranchised and our collective responsibility.
And it could have been my son.

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Response to duhneece (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 09:22 AM

2. It could have been any of a lot of us. "There but for the grace of G*d ..."

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Response to marble falls (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 01:33 PM

3. Amen. Just marijuana charges alone

And the many ways we’ve self-medicated, experimented...we could be doing serious time.

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Response to duhneece (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 01:36 PM

4. Tell me about it! Dumb things on motorcycles, traffic tickets, booze ... in sooo many ways.

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