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Former Inmates Sue Passaic County Jail Over Alleged Abuse and Abhorrent Conditions

Three former inmates are suing the Passaic County Jail, its warden and the county sheriff over a number of alleged abuses they endured during their incarceration, including discrimination, negligence and a sexual assault by a former corrections officer.  Smith & Schwartzstein's Andrew Smith, who represents the former inmates, said, "The conditions were horrible, and no human should have been subjected to them."  To read more on northjersey.com, click here....

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Mounting Issues Show Increasing Need for Prison Reform

People incarcerated in prisons do not have full constitutional rights, but they are protected by the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.  They also have rights to speech and religion, to the extent these rights do not interfere with their status as inmates. There are well over 2 million Americans currently living behind bars in the United States.  And, increasingly, prisons have been beset by troubling issues like overcrowding, deficient health care, racial unrest, gang activity and assaults.  Many advocates are calling for substantial prison reform. In the New York area, problems concerning prison – and the need for serious...

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