DOJ probe finds problems at Miami-Dade jails
MIAMI (AP) -- A Justice Department investigation has found numerous medical and mental health problems in Miami-Dade County jails.
The Civil Rights Division investigation says the jail system is indifferent to suicide risks, fails to provide adequate mental illness treatment and disregards medical needs including chronic health problems. The probe also found inadequate fire systems and bad sanitation, as well as risks of violence on inmates by fellow prisoners.
The investigation says these problems violate constitutional rights of prisoners and cause them physical harm, including death. The investigation began in 2008.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Friday he is deeply concerned about the problems. Gimenez says he has met with top corrections officials and has assured the Justice Department the county will cooperate fully in addressing the issues.
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