Miami-Dade County

Four Miami-Dade inmates taken to hospital after becoming sick

The scene at Ryder Trauma Center, where ill pre-trial detention center four inmates were transported on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in Miami.
The scene at Ryder Trauma Center, where ill pre-trial detention center four inmates were transported on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in Miami. jiglesias@elnuevoherald.com

Four inmates were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon after becoming sick at the Miami-Dade County Pre-Trial Detention Center, authorities said.

Miami-Dade Corrections spokesman Juan Diasgranados said four inmates were taken to Jackson Medical Hospital with the help of Miami Fire rescue and Miami-Dade police.

By Tuesday afternoon, the four inmates were returned to the jail.

The Pretrial Detention Center, also known as Dade County Jail, has been the subject of much scrutiny over the years.

The facility, across from Miami-Dade criminal courthouse, was built in 1959 and never intended to hold such a large population. Inmates sued over overcrowding in the 1970s, and a federal judge later declared the conditions unconstitutional.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded a three-year investigation, saying the nation’s eighth-largest jail system engaged in a “pattern and practice of constitutional violation” of the rights of inmates housed in deplorable living conditions under abusive, inadequate or limited care. The department was placed under a federal monitoring “consent decree.”

The main jail also housed the notorious ninth-floor psychiatric ward, which was the subject of investigative reports by the Miami Herald, other media outlets and outside agencies such as the Justice Department. In 2004 and 2008, separate Miami-Dade grand juries ripped the ward's deplorable conditions.

The unit was shuttered in 2015, while a more therapeutic facility was opened at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in West Miami-Dade.

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