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District of Columbia Rehabilitation Program Contractor Liable in Juvenile’s Death; $1,000,000 Verdict Upheld

District of Columbia Rehabilitation Program Contractor Liable in Juvenile’s Death; $1,000,000 Verdict Upheld

by Bob Williams

Re-Direct, Inc., a company that provides services for juveniles for the District of Columbia, appealed the denial of a post?trial motion for judgment as a matter of law or a new trial after being ...

Ohio Reformatory Liable For Loss Of Prisoner's Property

Ohio State prisoner Harmony Love sought recovery of the value of personal items lost by the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW). The court awarded Love $511.62 and assessed court costs against the ORW.

Love was incarcerated in the ORW in 2006. She turned over to ORW personnel a gold chain ...

Pennsylvania Prisoners Remain On Death Row After Death Sentences Vacated

By: Bob Williams

Pennsylvania State death row prisoners appealed the dismissal of their 2005 § 1983 and mandamus complaint regarding restrictive confinement and the medical conditions it caused. Their death sentences were either vacated or overturned but they were required to stay in solitary confinement (solitary) until all litigation was ...

Federal Prisoner Eligible For Community Placement Despite BOP Regulations

By: Bob Williams

The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has invalidated Bureau of Prisons (BOP) community placement regulations as inconsistent with congressional intent. Florence (Colorado) Federal Correctional Institution Warden, Ron Wiley, appealed a 2006 habeas grant to federal prisoner Edward Wedelstedt for the invalidation of BOP ...

Federal Officials Raid Mushroom Farm Leaving Wyoming Prisoners "Spore" Losers

By: Bob Williams

Wyoming State prisoners face layoffs due to the imminent closing of the Wind River Mushrooms farm (Farm) in Shoshoni. This was caused by federal officials raiding the Farm finding false identification on Guatemalan immigrant workers used to secure their employment. Other immigrant workers fled leaving a shortage ...

New Jersey State Audit Reports DOC Life Skills Program Contractually Noncompliant

By Bob Williams

The New Jersey State Legislature Auditor's Office conducted an investigation into contractual expenditures, policies and provisional compliance of the Department of Correction’s (DOC) Life Skills Academy (LSA) program. The 2006 report reflected the insufficient administration of procedures and records by the DOC which prevented a compliance determination. ...

Vermont Orders Privacy vs. Public Interest Balancing In DOC Superintendent's Performance Evaluation Public Disclosure Request

By Bob Williams

The Vermont Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to balance the privacy interests of Vermont Department of Corrections (VDOC) Superintendent Kathleen Lanman, of the Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF), against the need for public disclosure of her performance evaluation in light of prison deaths.

Vermont attorney ...

No Constitutional Violation For Wyoming Hermaphrodite's Ad Seg Placement

By Bob Williams

The United States Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit has found no liberty interest arising from the placement of a hermaphrodite in administrative segregation (ad seg) for no other reason than sexual characteristics. The State of Wyoming had appealed a due process violation ruling concerning the ...

Former New Hampshire Deputy Forced Non Compensated Labor On Prisoners

By: Bob Williams

Portsmouth, New Hampshire former deputy sheriff Matthew Ejma received 200 hours of community service and a $2,500 fine after using Portsmouth Jail work release prisoners for his personal gain. The prisoners were never compensated for their labor.

Ejma was assigned to utilize the prisoners to provide landscape ...

Illinois Prisoner Awarded Attorney Fees After Egregious DOC Records Denial

By: Bob Williams

Illinois State prisoner William Callinan appealed a court denial for the award of attorney fees and costs after successfully litigating against records denial and excessive copying fees by the State Department of Corrections (DOC) and Prison Review Board (Board). The denial was reversed and remanded.

Callinan was ...