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Articles by Christopher Zoukis

Jewish Prisoner Denied Kosher Meals Settles with Arizona Prison Officials

by Christopher Zoukis

Officials at Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, a private prison operated at the time by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a private prison company now known as CoreCivic, agreed to settle with a prisoner who was denied kosher meals required by his religious beliefs in Judaism. ...

Man's Arrest Based on False Information Results in Settlement with City of Los Angeles, LAPD

by Christopher Zoukis

 Robert Craig Bell, who was arrested and jailed based on information that later was found to be false, agreed to a settlement with the city of Los Angeles and two LAPD officers.

     On May 8, 2008, LAPD Detective Dennis Derr and Officer Torres arrested Bell, based ...

Wrongfully Deported California Permanent Resident Granted Retrial

by Christopher Zoukis

    Jose Luis Tapia-Fierro, who was a legal permanent resident of California when he was deported after a conviction of involuntary manslaughter, was granted the right to appeal his deportation decision even after waiving his appeal rights at the deportation hearing. Tapia-Fierro also accepted a settlement ...

Corrections Corporation of America Settles Medical Neglect Suit with Louisiana Prisoner

by Christopher Zoukis

 Emmett Ellerbe, a prisoner at Louisiana's Winn Correctional Center who was allegedly denied adequate medical treatment, reached a settlement with the prison, the warden and the medical staff. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

     Winn Correctional Center is a private prison operated at the ...

Department of Defense: Art Created by Guantαnamo Bay Detainees Belongs to U.S.

by Christopher Zoukis

Professor Erin L. Thompson of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City created a stir when she decided to curate an exhibit of art created by “enemy combatants” detained at Guantanamo Bay. The exhibit, “Ode to the Sea: Art from Guantanamo Bay,” ...

Prisons Don’t Damage Only Prisoners; Guards at Risk of PTSD and Suicide, Too

by Christopher Zoukis

In Prison Legal News, much of our reporting addresses the abuses that the U.S. carceral system inflicts on prisoners. But prisoners (and their families) aren’t the only ones whose lives are impacted by mass incarceration. New research is exposing the harm that our nation’s prisons do to ...

Ohio: Federal Lawsuit Over Jail Beating Settles for $70,000

by Christopher Zoukis

A federal lawsuit alleging various constitutional and state law violations related to the beating of a jail detainee in Euclid City, Ohio settled in October 2017 for $70,000.

On January 14, 2015, Lucille Dumas was arrested in connection with a traffic stop. As she was being booked ...

Percentage of Americans with Felony Convictions Increases, Especially for Blacks

by Christopher Zoukis

A January 2018 report from Pew Charitable Trusts indicated that the number of U.S. residents with a felony record rose sharply in every state between 1980 and 2010. The report analyzed data from a University of Georgia study published in September 2017, which showed that several states ...

Who is in Private Prisons? New Study Provides Surprising Answers

by Christopher Zoukis

The election of pro-business and law-and-order candidate Donald Trump to the presidency has been a boon to companies that operate for-profit prisons and immigration detention centers. So perhaps now is a good time to ask a question that has seen surprisingly little attention: Who is in private ...

Settlement in Federal Suit Over Treatment of Disabled Detainees in Northern California Jail

by Christopher Zoukis

A class-action lawsuit brought by disabled prisoners held at the Shasta County Jail in California has settled, subject to judicial approval.

The case was originally filed by Everett Joseph Jewett, a disabled detainee. In his April 2, 2014 complaint, Jewett alleged the jail was housing prisoners with ...