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Sara Mayeux

DOJ Lawsuit Over Buffalo Jails Is Back in Court Today

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In last week’s Friday roundup I noted the ongoing controversy over a Buffalo, N.Y., jail’s string of inmate suicides. The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is suing Erie County over conditions in the lock-up, and the lawsuit was due back in court today. (Erie County has called the DOJ’s allegations “baseless” and its requests for access an “undefined fishing expedition”; you can download the complaint from the DOJ website here.) Buffalo’s WIVB-TV reports:

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard said, “Here in Erie County, prisoners are treated not like hotel guests, but citizens should be assured that our inmates are treated firmly, fairly and constitutionally.”

Incidentally, you see quotes like this a lot when you start to follow prison/jail news, and I keep hoping that one day, someone will explain to me where all these jails are where they’re treating the inmates like “hotel guests.” (Apart from Indonesia, of course.)

Written by sara

February 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm

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  1. Last year a cruise line was offering cruises at $60 per day a rate lower than the average daily rate for many jails. A county supervisor pointed out that it would cost less to sent the jail inmates on a cruise than to keep them in jail.

    That would give the conservatives heartburn.

    John Neff

    February 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm

  2. […] a comment » I’ve blogged briefly about the DOJ’s ongoing litigation over conditions in the Erie County Holding Center, the […]


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