The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PDOC) paid $250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the estate of an elderly, handicapped prisoner who was killed by his psychotic cellmate at State Correctional Institution Forest.
Elwood Brasswell, 28, had a violent history attributed to his “acute psychotic behavior.” A diagnosis ...
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- Vermont’s Policy of Sending Prisoners Out-of-State Found Unconstitutional, by David Reutter
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- $725,000 Award for Eye Loss Caused by Guard’s Assault, by David Reutter
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- PLN Settles Lawsuit against Florida Jail’s Postcard-only Policy
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