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Articles by Dale Chappell

Government Refuses to Follow Federal Court’s Discovery Order After Being Caught Recording Attorney Meetings with Prisoners at Leavenworth

How States Exclude People With Criminal Records From Jury Service

But state laws ...

New Advocacy Group for New Mexico Prisoners Created

Called the New Mexico Prison and Jails Project (PJP), it ...

Federal Court Finds Missouri Parole System Unconstitutional

by Dale Chappell

The U.S. District Court for the Western  District of Missouri entered an order on November 12, 2020, finding that Missouri’s parole system was unconstitutional, handing down a laundry list of corrections needed.

The problem was Missouri’s handling of parole revocation proceedings, which the Court said violated parolees’ ...

Federal Educational Aid Restored for State and Federal Prisoners

Arizona Pays Prisoners Pennies on the Dollar to Fight Fires, All in the Name of Saving Money

Federal Lawsuit Claims Texas Jail Released Man When Medical Problems Became Too Much Trouble, Resulting in Coma

by Dale Chappell

Apparently, it’s easier to release someone from jail and dismiss the charges if their issues become too much trouble, according to a lawsuit filed by James Bagley in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Bagley was arrested in September 2017 for suspected driving ...

Former Prisoners Making Less Than Minimum Wage Working for Nonprofit Doe Fund

Whistleblower Claims Female Detainees at Privately Run Georgia ICE Facility Had Forced Hysterectomies

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) added her voice to the chorus calling for OIG to thoroughly investigate the allegations of the whistleblower, Dawn Wooten, a full-time nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Georgia.

In the main part of her statement, Wooten alleged that medical staff at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility had responded maliciously to the coronavirus pandemic, refusing to test or treat immigrants showing signs of COVID-19, ignoring and shredding medical request forms and even falsifying medical records.

But she also made another startling allegation: Hysterectomies were performed on several female detainees without their informed consent. She said she and other employees were concerned that an outside doctor contracted by the facility “takes everybody’s stuff out.”

“That’s his specialty,” she said, referring to the doctor, an obstetrician and gynecologist later identified as Dr. Mahendra Amin. “He’s the uterus collector.”

If detainees complained, ...

Denied Medical Care During Pandemic, New Jersey Prisoner Treats Infected Wound With Bleach

The problem started with just a small scrape on his foot, probably caused by ill-fitting boots the prison forced him to wear, Patch.com reported on June 4, 2020. Maybe this wouldn’t be a problem for most people, but for this 36-year-old man housed at the Northern State Prison in Newark, a small cut on his foot could easily turn into a life-threatening dilemma: He’s a diabetic, and any wound to his feet puts him at risk for infection that could lead to amputation.

Soon, an ugly, open wound broke out and an infection went all the way to his knee. The prison gave him some antibiotic ointment and ibuprofen for pain, plus some oral antibiotics. This didn’t work, and he developed cellulitis and borderline septicemia, a systemic and life-threatening infection that is difficult to treat even in the hospital with IV antibiotics.

Finally, he was transferred ...