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Articles by Christopher Zoukis

Prison Guard Implicated in Derailing Drug Probe Avoids Prosecution

A former guard at Lebanon Correctional Institution in Ohio will not be prosecuted in connection with allegations that he not only participated in drug and tobacco smuggling into the prison, but accessed a state computer and tipped off other guards who were being investigated, thwarting a five month long investigation. ...

Indiana Judge Removed From Bench For Multiple Instances of Misconduct

The Indiana Supreme Court has ordered that Marion County Superior Judge Kimberly Brown be permanently removed from the bench, after three judges appointed to investigate complaints against her found she had committed judicial misconduct in 46 of 47 counts against her.

The order, entered on March 4, 2014, cannot be ...

Hawaii Warden Allegedly Sexually Abuses Female Prisoners In Guise of Rehabilitation

 

By Christopher Zoukis

A Hawaii prison warden who allegedly forced female prisoners to disclose their sexual history -- in some cases while being filmed or in front of male prisoners -- is being sued in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii in a class action ...

Prison Guard Seeks Disability Payments for PTSD Related to Brother's Incarceration

Brad Coleman, an Illinois Department of Corrections prison guard, has filed a disability claim with the state's retirement board.  His claim: a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), caused, he says, by the stress of working at a prison while his older brother is serving a life sentence for killing ...

Prison Re-Entry Chief Sacked Due To Outstanding Criminal Cases

Sundiata Keitazulu, appointed to head New Haven, Connecticut's prisoner reentry program, resigned from that $50,000 a year post on February 26, 2014, after being advised he was going to be fired due to two open criminal cases.

Keitazulu was appointed to the job by newly-elected mayor Toni Harp, against whom ...

80 NYPD and FDNY Retirees Indicted in 106-Defendant SSDI Fraud Indictment

One hundred and six defendants -- including at least 80 retired officers from the New York City Police Department, New York City Fire Department, and New York Department of Corrections -- were indicted January 7, 2014, charged with participating in a massive fraud scheme involving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) ...

Numerous Deaths at Nevada Prison Raise Questions, Concerns

The ACLU and relatives of Nevada prisoners have raised concerns in the wake of numerous deaths at one state prison, including four in a span of less than one month in 2013. Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) officials said that of the deaths at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center’s regional ...

Oklahoma Prisoners Develop Software which Could Save the State Millions

Oklahoma legislators have estimated the state could save upwards of $20 million annually if a computer software program developed by two prisoners at the medium-security Joseph Harp Correctional Center is expanded statewide.

Authorities said the facility began using the program to track prisoners’ meals in the fall of 2011, according ...

Family of Prisoner Who Died from Allergic Reaction Settles Lawsuit for $2.4 Million

The family of a 22-year-old prisoner who died from a food allergy while he was held at the Snohomish County, Washington jail has settled a lawsuit against the facility, but an attorney for the family claimed the county lied about the amount of the settlement and lied about evidence in ...

Opposition to the Death Penalty Grows with High-Profile Support

Five high-powered, influential individuals have joined the call for abolishing the death penalty and a sixth may soon be joining their ranks, according to insiders in the Obama administration. The list of new capital punishment opponents includes two Supreme Court justices, a former U.S. president, a governor and the man ...