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In-Custody Deaths: A Call for Transparency and Advocacy

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In-Custody Deaths: A Call for Transparency and Advocacy

In the wake of a staggering 777 in-custody deaths in South Carolina between 2015 and 2021, The Floyd Law Firm PC stands by readily equipped with compassion and advocacy, recognizing the urgency of addressing systemic issues within the state’s corrections facilities. This article sheds light on the recent findings from the University of South Carolina School of Law, emphasizes ongoing federal investigations, and underscores the importance of legal representation for victims and their families.

Understanding the Alarming Statistics

The revelations from the University of South Carolina School of Law’s analysis, led by Assistant Professor Madalyn Wasilczuk and her students, paint a stark picture of in-custody deaths in the Palmetto State. From suicides to medical issues and violence, the report highlights the diverse and often preventable causes of these tragedies. Importantly, none of the deceased individuals had been sentenced to death row, emphasizing the need for increased scrutiny and transparency in the prison system.

Wasilczuk’s work brings to light the inadequate reporting mechanisms within corrections facilities. Although required by law to report deaths to federal and state authorities, inconsistencies in reporting forms hinder comprehensive analysis and understanding. The Floyd Law Firm PC recognizes the vital role that transparency plays in addressing systemic issues, and advocates for reforms that can prevent future deaths in custody.

Federal Investigations Shine a Spotlight

Recent investigations by the U.S. Justice Department into South Carolina jails underscore the gravity of the situation. The civil rights probes, particularly in Charleston and Columbia, seek to examine conditions that may contribute to deaths and violence. The incidents reported, including a mentally ill Black man’s tragic death and cases of severe neglect, highlight the urgent need for systemic change and accountability.

“People confined in local jails across our country do not abandon their civil and constitutional rights at the jailhouse door. Incarceration should never carry with it the risk of death or serious harm.”
Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke  – Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice since May 2021

The Role of Legal Representation

As a law firm committed to justice, The Floyd Law Firm acknowledges the importance of legal representation for victims and their families. The need for timely action in pursuing wrongful death claims is an unfortunate reality. The firm understands the stress and hardship that families endure in such situations and pledges compassionate support to navigate the legal complexities associated with these cases.

Beyond legal representation, The Floyd Law Firm PC aligns with calls for systemic change and accountability. The firm encourages individuals who suspect rights violations or wrongful deaths to report concerns to local authorities. Additionally, they advocate for a reevaluation of the use of jails as catch-all solutions for issues related to addiction, poverty, and homelessness.

In the face of a deeply concerning trend in in-custody deaths, The Floyd Law Firm PC stands as a dedicated advocate for justice and transparency. Through legal representation, advocacy for systemic change, and a commitment to addressing the root causes of these tragedies, the firm aims to provide support and relief to victims and their families. As investigations continue and awareness grows, we remain steadfast with the laws that should protect the civil rights and well-being of individuals within the South Carolina corrections system.

Learn More:

Death behind bars: Study sheds light on inmate mortality in South Carolina

DOJ opens civil rights probes into South Carolina jails beset by deaths and violence

Section 1983 – If your Civil or Constitutional Rights were violated

Wrongful Death

 

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