Video From Inside Allegheny County Jail Raises Concerns Among Elected Officials Over Food Service – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A video gaining attention on social media is raising concerns about the quality of food at the Allegheny County Jail.
Teresa Brown says she was video chatting with her nephew, an inmate at the jail, Saturday. He showed her what was on his tray for dinner and asked her to record it.
“This is the dinner that they’re serving us in the jail tonight,” the man says in the video. “Bologna with applesauce in it and Teddy Grahams. That’s the only thing that’s on our tray for dinner tonight.
”The man also asks his aunt to “make this go viral.
”Brown posted the video on social media where it has received attention from the public and local leaders.
“Animals eat better than the way my nephew was eating yesterday,” Brown said.
Someone sent the video to At-Large Allegheny County Councilwoman Bethany Hallam who also sits on the county’s jail oversight board.
Hallam says she’s heard from several inmates’ relatives about conditions inside the jail and received more complaints than usual on Saturday.

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New report shows how disproportionately Black people in Pittsburgh are incarcerated, arrested, and confronted by police | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Allegheny County Jail

The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) released a report today outlining their findings that show stark imbalances in how disproportionately often Pittsburgh’s Black population is incarcerated, arrested, and confronted by police and the criminal-justice system.

In a press release, the ALC describes the report as analyzing “trends in arrests and bail decisions, highlighting the impact of police and judicial discretion” in which they found “an undeniable system of racial apartheid.” The report collected data from Allegheny County municipal court dockets from May 11 to June 8 of this year.

The ALC is a Pittsburgh-based law firm that advocates on behalf of incarcerated people, especially those whose rights were violated during the judicial process or while in jail or prison.

Among the most significant statistics in the report is the finding that the population of the Allegheny County Jail is 67% Black.
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