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WATCH LIVE | NAACP hosts community hearing over Cuyahoga County Jail issues

Posted at 6:13 PM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2019-01-08 17:03:09-05

The NAACP is holding a community hearing Thursday night to discuss issues with the community about problems that have come to light regarding Cuyahoga County Jail.

You can watch the meeting in the player below:


The meeting will take place at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 7510 Woodland Ave., Cleveland.

The forum will consist of the following individuals: Cleveland Branch NAACP president and civil rights attorney James Hardiman will be joined by attorney Sarah Gelsominso from Gilbert and Associates, FINPAC president Fred Ward and Rev. Eugene Ward, Pastor Greater Love Baptist Church

Inmates who reside in the Cuyahoga County Jail are forced to live in unacceptable conditions in an inhumane environment where basic civil liberties are withheld, sometimes as a form of punishment by staff, according to a facility review report conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.

RELATED: U.S. Marshals pulling out of downtown county jail following damning report

The FBI has opened an investigation into the issues at the jail. 

US Marshal Pete Elliott confirmed that both the FBI and Cuyahoga County's Inspector General are conducting investigations into civil rights issues inside the jail.

RELATED: Feds investigating civil rights issue inside Cuyahoga County Jail

Since late June, at least six inmates have died at the jail. Inspectors noted the jail failed to conduct reviews of the deaths and cited "insufficient and unclear answers" regarding the deaths.

RELATED: Former Cuyahoga Co. jail nursing director outlines inmate medical care issues

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