DOJ undercounted 990 deaths in US jails
“Before I yield to the Ranking Member, and with Ms. Maley’s permission, I’m going to share an audio clip of the last phone call that she shared with her son while he was jailed — a pretrial detainee who was never convicted of any crime.
“I want to want those who are tuned in across the country that this is a disturbing clip. And while this audio plays, ask how we might feel on either end of this call. Please play the audio.
Mother: Okay, listen I found out everything I can. I’m gonna try to get… um, I’m having lawyers and the sheriff and all this other kind of shit trying to make it so I can come in there and see you. I am trying also to get you out of there and get you . . .
Loflin: I need to go to the hospital.
Mother: I know…
Loflin: I’m gonna die in here.
Mother: I know you are Matthew. I am doing everything I can to get you out, and so I can see you. Hello?
Maley: They’re doing everything they can.
PHONE: There are 15 seconds remaining.
Loflin: I’ve been coughing up blood and my feet are swollen. It hurts, Mom.
Mother: I know Matthew, I know what is wrong with you. I told you this would happen. I love you, Matthew. They are going to cut us off…
Loflin: I love you too. I’m gonna die in here…
CHAIR OSSOFF: “The crisis in America’s prisons, jails, and detention centers is ongoing and unconscionable. The Department of Justice and the Congress must treat this as the emergency to Constitutional rights that it is.
“Senator Johnson, I yield to you.”