Guards accused of beating inmates

The Florida Department of Corrections has placed 15 correctional officers on administrative leave while it investigates allegations of inmate abuse at Florida State Prison and Union Correctional Institution.

In the incident at FSP, officers are accused of beating inmates during a time period when they apparently thought that the prison’s surveillance cameras had been disengaged and thus their actions were not being videotaped. Continue reading

Ohio Sheriff Accused Of Making False Statements Faces Jail Time

TOLEDO, Ohio — An Ohio sheriff has been charged with making false statements to FBI agents investigating the beating death of a man at a county jail.


Federal prosecutors said Lucas County Sheriff James Telb helped cover up the role that his deputies played in the 2004 death of Carleton Benton. A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Telb and three others.


The government said a sheriff’s deputy assaulted and strangled Benton in a cell, then left him lying unconscious without seeking medical help. The indictment said Benton was then struck by another deputy.


Telb and a lieutenant are accused of concealing their knowledge of the case from federal authorities.


Telb, who faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison if convicted, said he never interfered with the investigation.