CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cuyahoga County Jail is once again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
Five corrections officers are facing charges. This comes less than four months after a lawsuit was brought against officials who run the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center.
The indictments come after a lengthy investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. The problems all started after a scathing report from the U.S. Marshal’s Service about conditions in the jail, which called the facility “inhumane.”
Idris-Farid Clark and Robert P. Marsh face assault and civil rights charges for a July 2018 incident where an inmate was restrained and pepper sprayed.
Clark is accused of pepper spraying an inmate who was restrained in a chair.
Marsh also assaulted the inmate, according to the indictment. Martin Devring is charged with tampering with records, dereliction of duty and interfering with civil rights for an August case involving an inmate in medical distress.
Nicholas D. Evans and Timothy M. Dugan face felonious assault, unlawful restraint and civil rights charges, for an incident last month.
They’re accused of using excessive force against an inmate in a restraint chair. Evans is also charged with tampering with evidence. The indictment says Evans turned his vest camera off so it would not capture any of the beating he’s accused of.
These incidents just scratch the surface of the problems at this corrections center. Seven inmates died there last year alone. In January, 19 News reported that an inmate overdosed, which led to an extensive search.
According to a source who works at the jail, enough heroin and fentanyl were found to kill everyone there. That same night, a female nurse was grabbed from behind by an inmate in the jail’s medical unit.
The future of the corrections center is still uncertain based on all those incidents. At the start of 2019, City Council approved an $800,000 contract to bring in a consultant to assess whether the facility should be refurbished or replaced.