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Oklahoma County Jails Responsible For Initial Cost of Treating Prisoner’s Pre-Existing Condition

Oklahoma County Jail Responsible for Initial Cost of Treating Prisoners’ Pre-Existing Conditions

by David Reutter

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has held that a county’s liability for prisoners’ medical care includes pre-arrest health conditions. The Court further held that a county must pay the initial cost of such treatment, but may ...

Washington State’s 2005 Sexual Predator Amendment Not Retroactive

By David Reutter

Washington State’s Supreme Court has held the 2005 amendment to the state’s sexually violent predator act (SVPA) does not apply retroactively. The Court also held a trial court may not weigh evidence at a show of cause hearing when determining whether probable cause exists to hold a ...

$73,700 Jury Award for Guard’s Sexual Encounters with Massachusetts Prisoner

A Massachusetts federal jury has awarded $73,700 in damages to a woman who was repeatedly sexually assaulted while imprisoned at the South Middlesex Correctional Center (SMCC).

After being convicted of drug offenses in 2003, Christina Chao, 31, was sent to SMCC.
Shortly thereafter she began having sex with prison guard ...

Florida Reenacts Reconstruction-Era Felon Disenfranchisement Rule

On March 9, 2011, Florida’s executive clemency board unanimously voted to make it more difficult for ex-felons to have their civil rights restored – including the right to vote, sit on a jury and hold public office. Rather than automatic restoration upon completing their sentence, ex-felons convicted of non-violent offenses ...

Protective Order Denied in Privately Run Florida Juvenile Facility Class-Action Suit

A Florida federal district court has denied a motion for a protective order filed by the defendants in a class-action lawsuit brought by five current or former residents of Thompson Academy, a juvenile facility managed by Youth Services International, Inc. (YSI) with funding from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice ...

Florida’s House Speaker Wants to Quicken Executions

by David M. Reutter

Speeding up Florida’s execution machinery is a top priority for state House Speaker Dean Cannon. Cannon’s efforts to achieve that goal have included abolishing a commission that oversees death penalty cases and trying to reorganize the state’s Supreme Court.

Most unexpected in the 2011 legislative session ...

North Carolina Prisoner’s First-Degree Murder Conviction is Valid Basis to Deny Awarding Good Time Credits

by David M. Reutter

On August 27, 2010, North Carolina’s Supreme Court reversed a grant of habeas corpus relief to a prisoner serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, holding that prison officials acted properly in withholding various good time credits accumulated against his sentence.

Alford Jones, convicted in 1975, ...

Washington State Closes McNeil Island Prison

by David M. Reutter

Citing $12 million in annual savings, the Washington State Department of Corrections (WDOC) has closed the 1,200-bed McNeil Island Corrections Center. A 2009 audit, however, found there would be no actual savings because it would cost the same amount to continue operating the island’s civil commitment ...

Investors in Montana Prison Left Holding the Bag as New Prison Sits Empty

By David M. Reutter

With the expansion of the prison industrialization complex in recent decades, many communities have turned to prisons as a means to generate economic activity.
Considering the success of other small, rural areas in this endeavor, it comes as no surprise that the citizens of Hardin, Montana ...

GPS Tracking of Washington Sex Offenders Expanded

By David M. Reutter

In September 2008, The Washington State Department of Corrections (WDOC) began requiring its most violent sex offenders to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet for the first 30 days after release from prison. The new program is an expansion of a test program that was used on ...