Council VS McClain

Triniti Neal

Wake County Detention Center

  • The most serious of offenders will still be housed at the Wake County Public Safety Center, but nearly 1,200 inmates will be housed at the new facility.

  • Video technology will allow inmates to visit with family and friends without ever leaving their housing area.

  • The Wake County Detention Center in Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, like all jails is a maximum security facility.
  • The inmates in this jail range from low level offenders to those being held for violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder, the security level is as high as is it is in any maximum security state prison.
  • This facility include security cameras, electronic detection and reinforced fencing topped with razor wire.
  • Correctional officers in Wake County Detention Center are armed with mace and trained to use physical force to protect themselves and other inmates from violence.
  • The men, women and juveniles being held in the Wake County Detention Center are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Wake County Court System already and been sentenced to a period of time of one year or less.
  • Inmates in the Wake County Detention Center are fed three meals a day totaling 2,500 calories.
  • Allowed access to phones to contact friends and family members.
  • The are allowed at least one hour a day for exercise.
  • The inmates are allowed mail to be delivered to them as well as newspapers and magazine from trusted outside publishers.
  • Prisoners have access to books.
  • Have access bathroom.
  • Access to shower facilities.
  • There are 480 beds.

History of Inmate

  • Shon was 40 years old when he died. He had been booked into the jail a week before his death on an open container violation and for failing to appear in court for a possession of drug paraphernalia charge, both misdemeanors. McClain was 5ft 7in and 119 pounds. Also he was a father of two daughters.

Inmate Case Points

  • Council stated " On the night of the incident I was the only officer on block 55 prisoners. He got confrontational and other prisoners were egging him on." He also stated " I repeatedly told him to back off and not let his friends get him in trouble."
  • Security camera footage inside Wake County Detention Center shows Council grabbing Shon Demetrius McClain and throwing him to the ground twice.
  • Council blames it on the hospital for his death saying "maybe he didn't get the right care"
NC jailer found guilty in inmate's beating death - Prison Guard Beats Inmate to Death

Court Ruling

Council was charged with voluntary manslaughter on Aug. 6. Gessner, the judge, sentenced Council to 12 to 24 months in prison, but then suspended the sentence and ordered the former jailer to spend 90 days in the jail where he worked and three years probation.The judge also ordered Council to submit a DNA sample to jail officials, pay court costs, a $1,000 fine and abide by all conditions of his supervised probation.