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Articles by Christopher Zoukis

California Prisoner Settles with Prison Doctor Accused of Deliberate Indifference

by Christopher Zoukis

 Christopher Du Pree, a prisoner at the Lancaster, California, correctional facility, accepted a settlement for an undisclosed amount against the prison physician whom he accused of deliberate indifference to his medical needs.

     In February 2003, Du Pree began seeing Paul Fortaleza, M.D., a physician at the ...

Pre-Trial Detainee Settles Excessive Force Claim Against Los Angeles Deputies for $5,000

by Christopher Zoukis

Hilliard Williams, who was being held in pre-trial detention in Los Angeles, California, agreed to a $5,000 settlement against four Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies for using excessive force against him.

     On October 16, 2007, Williams was awaiting trial in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department ...

$1.25M Settlement for Chicago Man Coerced into Confessing to Rape and Murder

Harold Hill, who was coerced into confessing to a rape and murder, and freed from prison when DNA evidence exonerated him nearly 13 years later, settled with the Chicago Police Department for $1,250,000. Attorney's fees accounted for $750,000 of the settlement amount.
In March 1992, Hill, who was 18 at ...

Pennsylvania Prisoner Settles Federal Assault Suit Against Fayette County Prison Guards

by Christopher Zoukis

Timothy Michael Reckner, a prisoner at Fayette County Prison, Pennsylvania, who was allegedly assaulted by prison guards on several occasions, resulting in physical and emotional injuries, agreed to a settlement with the various parties.

     While Reckner was incarcerated in Fayette County, he was allegedly cooperating with state ...

Michigan Jail Wrongful Death Suit Settles for $500,000

by Christopher Zoukis

A federal lawsuit filed by the widow of a man who died after a violent cell extraction at the Midland County jail in Michigan has settled for $500,000. The Midland Daily News reported the settlement was reached following mediation.

Jack Brian Marden was arrested on February 4, ...

UK Court Blocks Extradition of Accused Hacker to United States

by Christopher Zoukis

In a virtually unheard of ruling, a British appellate court has refused to allow a citizen of the United Kingdom to be extradited to the U.S. to face federal charges. The court found that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) would be unable to humanely and adequately care ...

Office of Inspector General Finds Abuses at ICE Detention Facilities

by Christopher Zoukis

A December 11, 2017 report issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) harshly criticized Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for serious deficiencies at four immigration detention facilities.

The OIG report arrived just weeks after two non-profit groups, Detention Watch ...

State Criminal Justice Reform Efforts Gaining Traction

by Christopher Zoukis

On the federal level, hopes for criminal justice reform have fallen victim to partisan bickering in Congress and a lack of substantive interest from the White House. Fortunately, state officials are not waiting around, and state-level reform efforts are underway across the country.

Both houses of the ...

John Legend Fights for Criminal Justice Reform

by Christopher Zoukis

Singer and songwriter John Legend is not just a ten-time Grammy winner. The international superstar is also part of a family that has had several members locked up, including his mother. And he wants to do something “to change the national conversation about our country’s misguided policies,” ...

“Less Lethal” Tasers Continue to Kill Dozens of Prisoners

by Christopher Zoukis

Tasers have become a popular addi­tion on the utility belts of U.S. law enforcement officers. The devices, which fire small darts connected by wires to a stun gun, deliver a jolt of electricity that causes a paralyzing neuromuscular response – basically, they hurt a lot and immobilize ...