Van Duncan, former Buncombe sheriff, says he never wanted jail employee facing abuse from supervisor to have to leave her job. Her attorney says she remembers it differently, questions how sheriff could have been in dark about what was happening at jail.
The former jail worker’s lawsuit names the former sheriff, top officers, Buncombe County and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office as defendants.
“I thought Asheville has a bail reform group that helps people in jail make bail.”
“BCDC will pose serious health risks to our entire community until its population is capped at 130 inmates.”
“In the final analysis, the dehumanizing discourse of ‘removing undesirables,’ which has become sadly normalized and increasingly vicious as of late, is irreconcilable with achieving the county’s stated goals.”
“Thanks for the best issue in years on Nov. 27, featuring the hateful TDA and neighborhood fascists, corruption, suppression of public comment, but most of all, hunger and cold in the Buncombe jail.”
Nearly 70% of those confined at the Buncombe County Detention Facility are there awaiting trial. While Buncombe County aims to cut its pretrial jail population by 15% by next September, compared with 2018 figures, the numbers are actually up slightly in 2019 to date. We wanted to know: What is the jail experience like for the 536 individuals (on average) at the jail on any given day?
Over 100 members of the community attended Let’s Talk Opioids, described as a “community update and conversation on opioid crisis response in Buncombe County.” The standing room-only crowd listened as in-the-trenches experts presented information, including the Mountain Area Health Education Center, Vaya Health, Asheville Fire Department, Buncombe County Health and Human Services and the N.C. Department of Justice.
“Expansion is inherently at odds with a commitment to reframing how we think about and respond to so-called ‘crime,’ which is at the heart of what will make diversion effective in the long run.”
As prisons across the country make national headlines for privatization and bad service, Xpress investigates food service at both the county jail and state prison facilities..
The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is the target of a wrongful-death suit concerning the July 2004 death of Marvis Gail Davidson in the Buncombe County Detention Facility. Bobby Medford, since convicted on federal corruption charges, was sheriff then. Under fire: Allegations of a wrongful death in 2004 at the Buncombe County Detention Facility are behind […]
The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office has been sued in a wrongful-death suit relating to the July 2004 death of Marvis Gail Davidson in the Buncombe County Detention Facility.
In this lawsuit, Sheriff Van Duncan is sued (in his official capacity) for the wrongful death of Marvis Gail Davidson, who died on July 8, 2004, in the Buncombe County Detention Facility. The lawsuit alleges that despite it being well-known that Davidson had diabetes, she was not given medical care and died in agonizing pain. […]
photo by Jodi Ford Outgrown and overloaded: The Buncombe County Detention Center, completed in 1996, regularly confines 400 prisoners in a facility designed to hold 356 inmates. When Carlos Payne was released from the Buncombe County Detention Center in August 2001, he was immediately charged with violating probation. (Under the terms of a plea bargain, […]