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Articles by David Reutter

$6,500 Paid by Illinois DOC to Settle Three Prisoner’s Mistreatment Claims

by David M. Reutter

Proving that even a small victory is still a victory, a trio of Illinois prisoners accepted a total of $6,500 to settle separate claims they were mistreated while in custody of the state Department of Corrections (DOC).

The largest payout was agreed to on June 30, ...

Federal Court Puts Troubled Mississippi Jail in Receivership

by David Reutter and Keith Sanders

On July 29, 2022, the federal court for the Southern District of Mississippi took the dramatic step of placing Hinds County’s Raymond Detention Center (RDC) under federal receivership.

A series of crises dates back to a 2012 prisoner riot at the 28-year-old, 594-bed jail ...

Sixth Circuit Again Extends Kingsley Protections for Pretrial Detainees in Deliberate Indifference Claim Against Kentucky Jail

by David M. Reutter

On March 24, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit joined a short list of federal appellate courts so far to say that additional protections provided to pre-trial detainees by the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in cases alleging excessive force also extend to ...

Tenth Circuit Revives Suit Against Oklahoma Jail for Medical Neglect Leading To Detainee’s Death

by David M. Reutter

In a lawsuit alleging officials at Oklahoma’s Carter County Jail (CCJ) failed to provide any medical attention in the days leading up to a pretrial detainee’s death, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit overruled a lower court’s grant of qualified immunity (QI) to ...

California Court Sides With Securus in Challenge to CDCR Contract, Dealing Only Temporary Setback to GTL

by David M. Reutter

On September 10, 2021, a California court set aside an award by the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) of a contract to Global Tel Link Corporation (GTL) for telecommunications services for California prisoners.

The ruling disrupted GTL’s rollout of new tablets to state prisoners ...

$1.1 Million Settlement Paid by Michigan County to Estate of Detainee Who Committed Suicide at Jail

by David M. Reutter

On October 7, 2021, the Board of Commissioners of Michigan’s Macomb County agreed to pay $1 million to settle claims by survivors of a detainee who hanged himself at the county jail in 2017. The jail’s privately contracted medical provider, Correct Care Solutions (CCS), now known ...

$7,500 Settlement Reached for Assault in California Jail

by David M. Reutter

On June 29, 2021, a lawsuit against California’s San Joaquin County was dismissed by a former detainee at the county jail, after he agreed to accept $7,500 to settle his claim that guards yanked him off the toilet in his cell and beat him without provocation. ...

$1.375 Million Award in Hawaii Prisoner’s Suicide

by David M. Reutter

On March 29, 2022, the First Circuit Court of Hawaii awarded $1.375 million to the estate of Joseph O’Malley, who committed suicide while incarcerated at the Halawa Correctional Facility (HCF) in July 2017.

O’Malley, 28, was diagnosed with schizophrenia spectrum disorder upon incarceration at HCF on ...

Florida Supreme Court Reinstates Prisoner’s Appeal That Was Dismissed for Lack of Prison Date Stamp

by David M. Reutter

On February 4, 2022, the Supreme Court of Florida held that the state’s First District Court of Appeal erred in not accepting a prisoner’s notice of appeal for lack of a prison date stamp since prison mail logs indicated the notice was timely turned over to ...

Rhode Island Supreme Court Finds Lifer “Civil Death” Law Unconstitutional

by David M. Reutter

The Supreme Court of Rhode Island held on March 2, 2022, that the state’s civil death statute is “unconstitutional and in clear contravention of the provisions” of the state constitution.

The Court’s ruling was issued in the consolidated appeals of state prisoners Cody-Allen Zab and Jose ...