Published on Sep 21, 2016
When you see the sheer number who die in jail within three days of their arrest, you might assume the police are murdering dozens of citizens in their cells with impunity every year. They probably are, but rest assured at least some of these deaths are due to simple negligence of medical needs. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://tytnetwork.com/join
"The Huffington Post gathered names, causes of death, dates of arrest and death, and other data for more than 800 people who died in jails and police lockups in the year following Sandra Bland’s death on July 13, 2015.
Because it is so difficult to obtain details of fatalities that occur in jails, many of the deaths in this database have not previously been reported. A number of states collect some form of death data from all their jails. In others, the reporting process is far from comprehensive. Some, like Texas, collect information from counties but not from municipalities. Others, like Louisiana, only track deaths of inmates in state custody — a tiny fraction of the jail population. (Jails are short-term holding facilities in which many inmates have not been convicted; our study does not include deaths in prison.)
To supplement these figures, we scoured news reports and press releases, gathered official records, filed public records requests, and called hundreds of jails. When news reports omitted details like the date of arrest or official cause of death, reporters requested that information, either from the jail or the office of the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy. We particularly focused on jails with more than 500 inmates. The Bureau of Justice Statistics doesn’t collect data on deaths in facilities that hold people for less than 72 hours, such as police lockups, even though people are at significant risk of hurting themselves during that period. We included such institutions in our count.”*
Read more here: http://data.huffingtonpost.com/2016/jail-deaths