Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Justice Department finds issues at Panhandle jail
AP
Escambia County

Justice Department finds issues at Panhandle jail

  • Updated
  • 0

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — An investigation by the Department of Justice has found civil rights problems at a Panhandle Jail.

In a letter detailing its findings on Wednesday, the department said the Escambia County jail had systematic deficiencies. The letter cited problems with the staffing shortages and inadequate mental health care. The letter also stated that, until recently, the jail had an informal policy of segregating some prisoners based on race.

The Justice Department commended Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan for working to correct the problems. Federal officials said they hope to work with Morgan and county officials to remedy remaining constitutional issues at the 1,300-prisoner jail.

Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Recommended for you

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

Breaking News

News Alert