The conditions in some of the local jails have been called deplorable. The federal government has been monitoring the situation at the jails because of the sub-standard living conditions, and in particular, the treatment of mentally-ill inmates. In fact last week, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) visited Miami-Dade County jails as part of the ongoing federal oversight. Most Miami criminal lawyers visit the local jails at least once a week. Having visited each facility on dozens of occasions, one can easily understand why the federal government is involved in improving the local jail system. One of our attorneys recently visited a female client who was locked up on the psychiatric floor of the Pre-Trial Detention Center. The conditions there resembled the living conditions depicted in the jail scenes of Silence of the Lambs.
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Two hotel employees who happen to be husband and wife were arrested for stealing from a local hotel. The wife, Ivy Evans-Maquilon, was employed by the Miami International Airport Hotel and worked as part of the hotel's management team in charge of purchasing supplies to keep the hotel in good condition. Miami-Dade police are accusing the wife of allowing her husband to supply items such carpeting, wallpaper and tiles to the hotel for day-to-day maintenance. The husband, Jorge Maquilon would provide more supplies than were needed and then would over-bill the hotel. The couple appeared at the bond hearing represented by criminal attorneys from the Miami-Dade County Public Defender's Office.
Budget cuts across the State of Florida have limited local police department's ability to properly train its officers. Money for training partially comes from a law enforcement training trust fund. The fund itself is at a all-time low. While the economy in Florida is continuing to improve, law enforcement agencies are beginning to recover. Despite the recovery, the number of felony arrests have been declining over the last couple of years. Miami criminal defense law firms will confirm this fact. Police departments claim that crime rates are dropping due to their efforts. What they don't tell you is that are making less arrests due to less funding. Police officers are receiving little or not overtime and have no incentive to make arrests.