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US jail officers charged after inmate dies of thirst

WASHINGTON: Three US jail officers have been charged in connection with the dehydration death of a mentally ill prisoner who, his lawyer said, died a "torturous" death begging for water. The scandal highlighted the darkest side of the penal system in the United States, which has one of the world's highest incarceration rates and disproportionately locks up black and Hispanic Americans. Authorities at the county jail in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, cut water to the cell of Terrill Thomas because they deemed him too noisy.…