Dept. of Justice Investigating Civil Rights Issues at Pensacola Jail

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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