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Articles by Christopher Zoukis

Spokane County Facing Overcrowding Crisis in Crumbling Jail

Spokane County (WA) is facing an overcrowding crisis at its 28-year-old jail, which is in desperate need of renovation as it processes nearly double the annual bookings it was designed to handle.

While Spokane County's overcrowding problem is hardly unique in today's justice system, Spokane County has had ...

New Ohio Jail Regulations Limit Prisoners to Shower Every Other Day, Two Meals a Day on Weekends

An Ohio regulatory panel imposed new standards for the 90 full-service jails in the state, which detain some 20,000 prisoners in the state's county and municipal jails.

On April 15, 2014, 180 revisions to the state's jail regulations went into effect, pursuant to the directives of the ...

Former NJ Prosecutor Disbarred After Imprisonment

A former Essex County (NJ) prosecutor and municipal judge has been barred from practicing law by the State Supreme Court.  Clifford Minor, 68, who in 2011 was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey for a bizarre plot to ...

Maine Legislators Not Informed Of Murder At Secure Mental Health Unit Occurring Before Funding Vote

Members of the Maine Legislature voted to enlarge the Mental Health Unit at Maine State Prison's Supermax facility last August, doubling its size to 32 beds.  What they did not know when passing a bill to fund the expansion is that a brutal murder had occurred at the ...

USP Allenwood Prisoner Wins Over $775,000 in Deliberate Indifference Claim

Nunzio DeCarlo, a federal prisoner serving a 20-year sentence at the United States Penitentiary Allenwood, Pennsylvania for racketeering prevailed on a deliberate indifference and medical neglect claim against the United States of America. He was awarded over $775,000.00 in damages.

According to the complaint, at approximately 11:00 ...

U.S. District Court Judge Awards Prisoner $1 in FCI Phoenix Retaliation Suit

Federal District Court Judge Earl H. Carroll found that prisoner Nancy Ann Blum was retaliated against by Federal Correctional Institution Phoenix Warden C. E. Floyd and awarded her $1.00.

Blum, a prisoner at the women's FCI Phoenix Satellite Prison Camp, alleged that she was retaliated against for using ...

Prisoner Settles for $10,000 in Slip and Fall at FCI Elkton

William L. Bonhart, a federal prisoner housed at Federal Correctional Institution Elkton, Ohio settled his negligence claim related to a slip and fall on the stairs of his housing unit.

According to Bonhart's complaint, filed on June 28, 2000 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District ...

Prison Guard Re-Hired by Bureau of Prisons After Discriminatory Firing

Connie L. Thomas, a prison guard at Federal Correctional Institution Bastrop, Texas, agreed to settle her Title VII Civil Rights Act Lawsuit for discrimination on the basis of sex against the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She had sought monetary damages, injunctive relief, and a declaratory judgment.

Thomas alleged that she ...

Memphis Police Officer Settles Negligence Suit Against USA

City of Memphis Police Department officer Michael Cockerell and the United States of America agreed to settle a negligence claim brought by Cockerell relating to an obstacle course accident in April, 1998 at a Federal Bureau of Prisons training facility.

On April 14, 1998 Cockerell claimed that he and his ...

Federal Prisoner Awarded $7,500 After Beating by Goon Squad

Marion Bryant, Jr., a federal prisoner housed at the medium-security Federal Correctional Institution Florence, Colorado, received $7,500.00 in a lawsuit for damages against several prison officials who allegedly assaulted him on two occasions in October, 1995.

In the complaint Bryant alleges significant misconduct on the behalf of FCI ...