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Articles by David Reutter

Indiana DOC Changes Sexually Explicit Publication Policy Due to Class-Action Suit

by David M. Reutter

The ACLU of Indiana has reached a private settlement agreement with the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) in a class-action lawsuit that challenged a policy prohibiting prisoners from receiving sexually explicit materials or publications containing “graphic nudity.”

At issue was IDOC Administrative Procedure No. 02-01-103. The ...

Virginia DOC K-9 “Training” Results in Animal Cruelty Charges

by David M. Reutter

The training of a dog as a law enforcement K-9 unit requires hours of dedication and bonding between the animal and its handler. It appears that guards with the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) believed in using a “hands on” approach when it came to the ...

Indian Country Gets Stimulus Money ... to Build More Jails

by David M. Reutter

The U.S. Department of Justice, through the Obama administration’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, has brought stimulus money to Indian reservations – awarding $224 million to build and renovate tribal jails. The funding comes after years of unsuccessful lobbying efforts by Native American leaders.

The Justice ...

Florida County Jail Discontinues Medical Co-Pay Policy

by David M. Reutter

Saying it was “not even worth it” to collect an $8 medical co-payment from prisoners seeking medical care, Florida’s Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats has abolished the practice at his jail. In these tough economic times that have squeezed budgets, it is surprising Coats would forfeit ...

Prison Incident and Investigative Reports Must Be Disclosed Under Alabama’s Open Records Act

by David M. Reutter

The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed a trial court’s summary judgment order that held incident and investigative reports created by the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) are subject to the state’s Open Records Act.

Beginning in October 2006, the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) began seeking ...

Indiana Indemnification Statute Not Retroactive; Prisoner’s Estate Unable to Collect $56.5 Million Judgment

by David M. Reutter

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a 2003 Indiana statute that requires indemnification of government employees under certain circumstances has prospective application only.

Before the Court was an appeal by the Estate of Christopher Moreland, which had filed a motion for a writ ...

Illinois Prison Doctor Liable for Failing to Treat Testicular Cysts

by David M. Reutter

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals remanded a civil rights action that claimed a prison doctor’s care was deliberately indifferent to an ex-Illinois prisoner’s serious medical needs. The Court, however, affirmed dismissal as to non-medical prison officials who answered the prisoner’s grievances.

Before the appellate court ...

Over 10 Million in Prison Worldwide

by David M. Reutter

There are more than 10.65 million people in prisons worldwide. That figure includes 850,000 in “administrative detention” in China. Almost half of all prisoners are held in only three countries: Russia, China and the United States.

Those conclusions were published in the eighth edition of the ...

Swine Flu Widespread in Prisons and Jails, but Deaths are Few

by David M. Reutter

For hundreds of years the cramped, overcrowded and often filthy confines of dungeons, prisons, jails and other places of imprisonment have served as incubators for infectious diseases, which have killed more prisoners than any other single factor. Thus, the recent outbreak of H1N1 virus, commonly known ...

Preventable Sacramento County Jail Death Costs Taxpayers $1.45 Million

by David M. Reutter

The systemic failure of medical care at California’s Sacramento County Main Jail (SCMJ) resulted in a prisoner’s avoidable death that has cost taxpayers $1.45 million. For years, SCMJ’s healthcare system has been severely deficient – yet jail officials continue to use the county’s Correctional Health Services ...