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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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