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Sep 13, 2023

Illinois puts end to cash bail next week

CHICAGO — It took 4½ months for Shannon Ross’ life to unravel. Ross, who describes himself as Indigenous and a person of color, was arrested in Chicago in October 2019 on weapons charges and ultimately found not guilty. But that came only after he spent months in jail awaiting trial, lost his home, car, job […]

Aug 4, 2023

Georgia county reaches settlement over prisoner’s death

ATLANTA — Georgia’s Fulton County has reached a settlement with the family of a man who died in a bedbug-infested cell in the county jail’s psychiatric wing, the family’s lawyers said Thursday. Lashawn Thompson, 35, died in September, three months after he was booked into the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta. Attorneys Ben Crump and […]

May 1, 2023

Suit over Texas woman’s jail death settles for $7 million

DALLAS (AP) — A private company that ran a Texas jail where a woman allegedly went blind following days of medical neglect before her 2019 death has agreed to a $7 million lawsuit settlement along with other defendants, her family’s attorney said Thursday. The payout over Holly Barlow-Austin’s death after being held at an East […]

Apr 29, 2022

SC county sues 2 of its cities over $73 jail inmate fee

YORK, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county is suing two cities inside its border, saying they are refusing to keep up with a deal to pay $73 per day to house jail inmates from the cities. York County says it will continue to take inmates from Rock Hill and Tega Cay until the court […]

Jan 25, 2022

Another delay for ex-deep-sea treasure hunter stuck in jail

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The long-running case of a former deep-sea treasure hunter marking his sixth year in jail for refusing to disclose the whereabouts of missing gold coins has hit yet another roadblock. Research scientist Tommy Thompson has been held in contempt of court since Dec. 15, 2015, for […]

Nov 4, 2021

Jail scanner finds drugs inside SC inmate on 1st day

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — Officials at one South Carolina county jail said their investment in a new full body scanner paid off immediately. The Aiken County Detention Center installed scanner Oct. 14 and found heroin inside a body cavity of a woman arrested on trespassing and shoplifting charges, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. […]

Jul 28, 2021

Prosecutor: No charges in jail death due to poor training

COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor decided Monday not to charge two jail employees who stunned a mentally ill Black man 10 times and kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing, calling the guards’ videotaped actions “damning,” but not against the law. The Charleston County jail guards in January were following their aggressive […]

May 27, 2021

Charleston Co. OKs $10 million jail death settlement

COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina county has agreed to pay $10 million to the family of a man with mental health issues whom deputies forced to the ground on his stomach and repeatedly shot with stun guns and pepper spray before he died in jail this January. The Charleston County Council voted Tuesday evening […]

Apr 3, 2019

Family reaches $507K settlement over jail suicide

  The family of a man who hanged himself while being held overnight in jail has reached a $507,500 settlement with the officials whom they allege failed to prevent the death from happening, the plaintiff’s attorneys report. Chris Mills of Columbia and W. Jonathan Harling of Harling and West in Lexington said that the estate […]

Jul 24, 2018

Another inmate dies in South Carolina county jail

CONWAY (AP) Authorities say it appears an inmate has killed himself in a county jail in South Carolina. Horry County officials said in a news release that 46-year-old Michael Todd Jordan was found dead around 6 p.m. Sunday in the jail in Conway. News outlets report Jordan’s death is the third in the Horry County […]

Mar 21, 2018

3 jail inmates charged in attack on guard in South Carolina

YORK (AP) Three inmates have been arrested after a guard was attacked at a South Carolina jail. A police report says a guard at the York County jail was shoved and threatened about 7:30 p.m. March 17. The report says 41-year-old David Easter of Rock Hill shoved the guard. The guard and another officer subdued […]

Oct 31, 2017

Jailhouse lawyer

A Rock Hill man charged with murder and attempted murder will not only claim self-defense, he will employ self-defense — in court — as his tactic to beat the rap. Yes, 22-year-old Keenan Miller will ignore the sound advice of essentially everyone on Earth who has ever passed a bar exam, and serve as his […]

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