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Articles by Christopher Zoukis

FCI Phoenix Physician's Assistant Settles EEOC Discrimination Claim

Cynthia O. Sumayo settled an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) racial discrimination claim against the Federal Bureau of Prisons on March 21, 2001. Sumayo agreed to accept back pay for 21 days, to remain resigned from her position as a physician's assistant at Federal Correctional Institution Phoenix, and to ...

FCI Bastrop Prison Guard Settles EEOC Racial Discrimination Suit Against DOJ

Charles Drew Quarles, a veteran prison guard stationed at Federal Correctional Institution Bastrop, Texas settled his claim for racial discrimination with the Department of Justice in April, 2002. Mr. Quarles agreed to accept the restoration of 240 hours of leave, one week of stress management training, and one week of ...

Cook Supervisor at FCI Petersburg Settles Racial Discrimination Complaint

Cleaster Williams, a long-time employee of the Federal Bureau of Prisons at Federal Correctional Institution Petersburg Low, Virginia, settled his racial discrimination suit against the Bureau in May, 2000.

Williams alleged that he was subject to racial discrimination at the hands of FCI Petersburg Low Food Service Administrator Mr. Cline ...

Clinical Psychologist Wins Discrimination Suit Against Bureau of Prisons

Corine Zupanick, a clinical psychologist employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons at Federal Correctional Institution Three Rivers, Texas, won her discrimination suit on appeal to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Zupanick claimed that she was discriminated against on the basis of sex (female), race (white), disability (regarded as ...

Bureau of Prisons Correctional Counselor Settles Wrongful Termination Action

James Beverly, a correctional counselor stationed at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution Petersburg, Virginia settled his appeal to the federal Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) for wrongful termination.

According to his appeal to the MSPB, Beverly was terminated from FCI Petersburg Low on May 3, 2002 soon after he submitted ...

Arbitrator Reverses USP Leavenworth Correctional Counselor's AWOL Designation

On November 24, 2000, United States Penitentiary Leavenworth Correctional Counselor Scott Booth decided to take the day off. He had been told by his supervisor, Mark Sedillo, that the 24th would be designated as a "liberal leave day," for anyone who wanted it.

Booth called in on the 24th and ...

UK Supreme Court Rules Against Unlawful Use of Solitary Confinement

On July 29, 2015, the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled against prison officials in an action brought by prisoners Kamal Bourgass and Tanvir Hussain concerning their prolonged solitary confinement. According to British laws related to solitary, continued confinement after 72 hours must be authorized by the Secretary of State ...

Corrections Agencies Use Obamacare to Pay for Prisoners’ Medical Care

by Christopher Zoukis and Matt Clarke

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s signature piece of legislation, has resulted in an unintended windfall: a means to shift the cost of expensive hospital care for state and local prisoners to the federal government. In addition, creative uses of the ACA’s new ...

Delaware Supreme Court Suspends Prosecutor for Misconduct

On July 27, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court suspended Deputy Attorney General R. David Favata for six months and a day, for prosecutorial misconduct involving the capital case of McCoy v. State, 112 A.3d 239 (Del. 2015). The case was referred by the Board of Professional Responsibility, which investigates ...

Report Documents U.S. Recidivism Rates for Federal Prisoners

The U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC), an independent agency within the judicial branch which writes federal sentencing guidelines and studies federal crime and sentencing policies, released a major new study in March 2016 titled “Recidivism Among Federal Offenders: A Comprehensive Overview.”

Drawing on data on more than 25,400 former ...