Breaking News
More () »

Federal oversight ends of county jails

A consent decree in place for more than a decade, imposed following the deaths of a number of prisoners, has been ended by a federal judge.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A federal judge has approved termination of a consent decree designed to improve health care and reduce suicide risk in Erie County jail facilities.

At the request of county lawyers and the U.S. Department of Justice, which sued the county in 2009, U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny on June 13 approved dismissal of the decree created more than a decade ago to provide oversight of the Erie County Holding Center in downtown Buffalo and the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden.

The dismissal came after two doctors assigned to monitor progress in implementing improvements determined that the county had been in compliance with the decree for at least 18 months.  You can read the full story on Investigative Post's website

Before You Leave, Check This Out