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Articles by David Reutter

Report Shows COVID-19 Reduced Life Expectancy for Prisoners in Florida, Same Likely for Other States

by David M. Reutter

Prisoners have faced a “substantially elevated total mortality risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the elevated risk for COVID-19 infection found in previous studies,” concluded a study titled, “Assessing the Mortality Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Florida State Prisons,” by Neal Marcos Marquez ...

$350,000 Settlement for New Mexico Pretrial Detainee in ‘Failure to Protect’ Claim

by David M. Reutter

New Mexico’s Lea County paid $350,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging guards at the Lea County Detention Center (LCDC) failed to protect a pretrial detainee.

John Cordova was housed at LCDC on April 29, 2017, on a probation violation. Guards Joe Portillo and Dillon Phipps observed ...

Lawsuit Filed Over Rodent Infestation at New Mexico Prison

by David M. Reutter

For many years, the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility (WNMCF) has had a “horrific and widespread” rodent infestation that makes the prison “a dangerous place.” Those allegations form the basis for a lawsuit filed in federal court by two former WNMCF prisoners.

The lawsuit was filed ...

Attorney Fees Awarded Against CoreCivic After Defamation Suit Dismissed

by David M. Reutter

A California federal district court held that CoreCivic, Inc., must pay attorney fees in a defamation lawsuit. The court held the calculation of fees in abeyance until the resolution of appeals related to the dismissal and whether it could award fees.

The court’s April 6, 2021 ...

Investigation Finds “Deadly Delays” in Cancer Diagnosis at Washington State Prisons

CFPB and Three States Sue Over Predatory Immigrant Bail and GPS Scam

Ohio Enacts Criminal Justice Reform in 2020

Seventh Circuit Says Racial Disparity Argument ‘Too Weak to Require Discussion’ in COVID-Related Motion for Compassionate Release

The court’s February 23, ...

Second Circuit Holds Control Unit Placement for Former Death Row Prisoners Unconstitutional Bill of Attainder

Florida Prisons Face Ongoing Staff Shortages Due to Low Pay And Long Hours

Inch sought to expand upon a pilot program approved in ...