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Scathing report on Cleveland county jail spurs vow of change

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CLEVELAND — A scathing report from the U.S. Marshals Service concludes the short-staffed county jail in Cleveland keeps inmates in inhumane conditions, sometimes failing to provide proper food, health care and basics like toilet paper, and locks up juveniles with adults.

The Cuyahoga County jail was reviewed following at least six inmate deaths over four months. The report made public this week says officials didn't investigate what led to those deaths.

The former jail director abruptly resigned after the review. Now administrators are vowing to make changes and hold jail leadership accountable.

County Executive Armond Budish says he'll develop a comprehensive plan to address the problems. He says some steps already are being taken, including consolidating responsibility for medical services and launching an internal review of policies and records management.



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