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$7 Million in Settlements in Colorado Jail Prisoner’s Death from Medical Negligence

$7 Million in Settlements in Colorado Jail Prisoner’s Death from Medical Negligence

by David M. Reutter

The Denver Health Medical Center has settled a claim of negligent care for $4 million after releasing a prisoner with internal injuries who later died. Six months later, the Denver City Council approved an ...

Georgia Sheriff Must Give Revenue from Prisoner Phone Calls to County

Georgia Sheriff Must Give Revenue from Prisoner Phone Calls to County

by David M. Reutter

The Georgia Court of Appeals has held that a sheriff must turn over to the county all revenue from a profit-sharing prisoner telephone contract. The ruling upholds an order of declaratory relief granted to Lincoln ...

Prison Population Continues Exponential Growth

by David M. Reutter

Two reports by the Department of Justice‘s Bureau of Justice Statistics examined the growth rate of America’s jails and prisons, which are burgeoning at a yearly pace of 2%. That growth resulted in an all-time record of 2.3 million people behind bars on June 30, 2007, ...

Alabama Policy Denies Work Release to HIV/AIDS Infected Prisoners

Alabama Policy Denies Work Release to HIV/AIDS Infected Prisoners

by David M. Reutter

Citing a 2004 settlement that requires proper care for prisoners infected with HIV or AIDS, the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is denying such prisoners the opportunity to participate in work release programs.

The closest thing to ...

Self-Help Legal Guides, Publisher, Rosemary Steele; 104 pages, Softbound

Self-Help Legal Guides, Publisher, Rosemary Steele; 104 pages, Softbound

Reviewed by David M. Reutter

Every prisoner has a legal problem. Solving that problem is very difficult, especially if the prisoner is in confinement. With the goal of creating a vehicle to assist prisoners in Florida’s confinement and close management units ...

$1.5 Million Settlement Provided to Immigrant Prisoner Who Lost Leg in Colorado Jail

$1.5 Million Settlement Provided to Immigrant Prisoner Who Lost Leg in Colorado Jail

by David M. Reutter

The insurance company for Colorado’s Park County Jail has agreed to settle a former prisoner’s medical neglect lawsuit for $1.5 million. The suit was brought by Moises Carranza-Reyes, who was held in the ...

$4.45 Million Verdict in Meningitis Death of Cook County Jail Prisoner

$4.45 Million Verdict in Meningitis Death of Cook County Jail Prisoner

by David M. Reutter

An Illinois federal jury awarded $4.45 million to the mother of a prisoner who died at the Cook County Jail. The verdict sent a strong message that ignoring prisoners’ serious medical conditions would not be ...

Monitor’s Second and Third Reports Find Medical Care From CMS for Delaware Prisoners Still Lacking

Monitor’s Second and Third Reports Find Medical Care From CMS for Delaware Prisoners Still Lacking

by David M. Reutter

Despite a monitor to provide oversight, Correctional Medical Services (CMS) continues to suffer from a “lack of stable and effective leadership” that inhibits it from supplying adequate medical care to Delaware ...

Privatized Medical Care in Mississippi Prisons: Another Wexford Failure

by David M. Reutter

A report submitted to Mississippi’s legislature found serious deficiencies in the delivery of medical care to prisoners in the Mississippi Dept. of Corrections (MDOC). The December 11, 2007 report was issued by the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER). It found that ...

Effects of Florida’s Faith Based Prisons Found to Be Promising in Reducing Recidivism

Effects of Florida’s Faith Based Prisons Found to Be Promising in Reducing Recidivism

by David M. Reutter

A report by the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center concluded the statistically significant difference between the share of prisoners in Florida’s Faith and Character Based Institutions (FCBI) and a comparison group of male ...