Share
News

Former Director of Jail with Conditions Described as 'Inhumane' Will Serve Nine Months There

Share

The former director of a county jail in Cleveland where federal authorities described conditions as “inhumane” was sentenced Friday to serve nine months in that same jail.

A Cuyahoga County sheriff’s deputy handcuffed Kenneth Mills in a Cleveland courtroom, as Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove chastized him while delivering the sentence.

“What you’ve done is unthinkable and callous,” Cosgrove told Mills. “I don’t know how you can look at yourself in a mirror.”

Conditions worsened during Mills’ four-year tenure, prosecutors said, with inmates living in unsanitary conditions with little or no medical care and inedible food while locked in their cells for periods for 24 hours or more.

Prosecutors said Mills fronted a money-making plan to have the jail in downtown Cleveland serve as a regional corrections facility that would charge suburbs and Cleveland to house their prisoners.

Trending:
FAA Makes Massive Mistake, Accidentally Exposes 704 Previously Unknown Epstein Flights

The regionalization plan led to severe overcrowding and forced corrections officers to work in intolerable conditions, prosecutors said.

Mills was convicted in September on misdemeanor counts of dereliction of duty for having caused unsafe conditions in the jail and falsification for having lied to Cuyahoga County Council when he said he had not blocked the hiring of badly needed jail nurses despite evidence to the contrary.

Mills resigned in late 2018 shortly before a U.S. Marshals Service report was released calling jail conditions inhumane and after six inmates died within a less than a five-month period.

Cosgrove denied a motion by Kevin Spellacy, one of Mills’ attorneys, to delay the sentence pending an appeal.

Is Mills' sentence long enough?

Spellacy cited letters written on Mills’ behalf before sentencing, and said the charges and conviction were “riddled with hypocrisy.”

Mills did not speak during the hearing.

Assistant Ohio Attorney General Matthew Meyer in a presentence report wrote that Mills’ tenure as jail director harmed prisoners and corrections officers.

“Mr. Mills’ conduct in this case was fundamentally his interest in his own care and ambitions,” Meyer said before sentencing. “Humans were ground up as grist. That was the county jail.”

Relatives of two prisoners who died at the jail gave statements. Meyer and another attorney read statements on behalf of other relatives.

Related:
California Prisoners File Suit, Allege State is Censoring Vile Reports on Trans Inmates

Joseph Arquillo Jr. told the judge about the death of his father, Joseph Arquillo Sr., who was jailed on Aug. 27, 2018, on a probation violation.

Reading from a 2019 cleveland.com article, Arquillo Jr. described how his father later that day lay motionless on a mat for two hours before a corrections officer kicked the mat and walked away. Another corrections officer checked on Arquillo Sr. an hour later at the urging of another prisoner.

An autopsy showed Arquillo Sr. died of a drug overdose.

In court, his son said he has watched a surveillance video of his father dying over and over again.

“I see his clear and obvious pain that could have been prevented,” Arquillo’s son said.

Cosgrove said most jail prisoners are awaiting trial and thus innocent until proven guilty. She said they deserve clean water and sanitary conditions.

“We’re the United States of America,” Cosgrove said. “We’re not a Third World country. There’s no excuse to treat other human beings in this manner.”

The Western Journal has reviewed this Associated Press story and may have altered it prior to publication to ensure that it meets our editorial standards.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →



We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
, , , , , , ,
Share
The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City. Their teams in over 100 countries tell the world’s stories, from breaking news to investigative reporting. They provide content and services to help engage audiences worldwide, working with companies of all types, from broadcasters to brands.
The Associated Press was the first private sector organization in the U.S. to operate on a national scale. Over the past 170 years, they have been first to inform the world of many of history's most important moments, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the fall of the Shah of Iran and the death of Pope John Paul.

Today, they operate in 263 locations in more than 100 countries relaying breaking news, covering war and conflict and producing enterprise reports that tell the world's stories.
Location
New York City




Conversation

Notice: Due to threatened de-monetization, we have temporarily removed commenting while we build a long-term commenting solution that allows you to voice your opinion freely and allows us to continue to publish the news fearlessly and cover topics that you care about. If you would like to personally partner with The Western Journal to help us continue publishing while under relentless assault by Big Tech, please visit our subscription page here. We encourage you to share this article and discuss with your friends.