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Articles by Christopher Zoukis

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 violations ...

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 prisoners who were ...

Idaho Prison Population Drops, Out-of-State Prisoners Re-turned

In a positive sign of declining prison populations, on February 10, 2016, Idaho Department of Correction Director Kevin H. Kempf announced that all 173 state prisoners remaining at the Kit Carson Correctional Center, a Colorado facility operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), would be returned to Idaho and housed ...

Delaware Prisoners Sue DOC Alleging Sexual Assaults by Prison Doctor

In a case of alleged staff misconduct at a Delaware prison, nine prisoners filed suit in Sussex County Superior Court alleging that a former prison doctor sexually assaulted them on numerous occasions.

The prisoners’ lawsuit claims that Dr. Lawrence McDonald committed the assaults under the pretext of performing medical exams, ...

Federal Lawsuit Claims Negligence Caused Pennsylvania Prisoner’s Heroin Overdose Death

A federal lawsuit alleges that officials at the Schuylkill County Prison in Pennsylvania were negligent in the 2013 death of a prisoner from an accidental drug overdose. The suit, filed on March 24, 2015, came almost a year after the findings of a coroner’s inquest which determined that negligence did, ...

Book Review: "Illegal to Legal: Business Success for (ex)Criminals, by R.L. Pelshaw"

Illegal to Legal: Business Success for (ex)Criminals, by R.L. Pelshaw (The Pelshaw Group, 2014). 241 pages, $17.50 paperback

Book review by Christopher Zoukis

Criminal justice reform is an issue that has gained significant political and social traction over the last several years. Modest legislative headway is being made on issues ...