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Articles by Douglas Ankney

$250,000 Awarded to Mississippi Woman After Being Jailed 96 Days Without Bail Hearing or Lawyer

by Dale Chappell

 A woman who spent 96 days in the Choctaw County Jail in Mississippi without being granted a lawyer or bail hearing was awarded $250,000 by a federal jury March 26, 2017, after her lawsuit was reinstated on appeal.

The federal lawsuit brought by Jessica Jauch in ...

President Trump Pardons Conservative Political Allies

by Douglas Ankney

In a continued pattern of granting clemency to conservative political allies, on May 15, 2019, President Trump pardoned former newspaper mogul Conrad M. Black, who served 42 months in federal prison after being convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007. The charges were related to ...

Allegation that Prisoner was Beaten after Guard Outed Him as Sex Offender Stated Eighth Amendment Claim

by Douglas Ankney

A federal district court in the Western District of Virginia held that a prisoner who alleged he was beaten after a jail guard informed other prisoners of his sex offender status had stated an Eighth Amendment claim.

John E. Lonewolf arrived at the Rockbridge Regional Jail (RRJ ...

$100,000 Settlement for Suicide of Mentally Ill Prisoner Repeatedly Raped

by Douglas Ankney

On February 27, 2019, the State of Hawaii and a prison medical contractor agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by Helen Coma, the mother of 32-year-old Jonathan Ibana. 

Ibana, incarcerated at the Halawa Correctional Facility (HCF), killed himself on March 11, 2013 ...

Seventh Circuit Reverses District Court’s Denial of Blind Prisoner’s Request for Counsel

by Douglas Ankney

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed a district court’s order denying a blind prisoner’s motion to appoint counsel.

James V. Pennewell was blind in his left eye due to retinal detachment when he began serving a prison sentence on February 3, 2015 ...

Commander of Guantanamo Bay Military Prison Fired

by Douglas Ankney

Navy Rear Admiral John Ring, commander of the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba, commonly known as GITMO, was relieved of his position on April 27, 2019. Admiral Craig Faller, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, met with Ring and informed him that he was being ...

Missouri DOC Costs State Another $600,000 in Sexual Harassment Settlement

by Douglas Ankney

A lack of basic respect for female employees, as well as any notion of appropriate workplace behavior, continues to plague state agencies in Missouri, most notably the state’s Department of Corrections (DOC). And the cost to taxpayers is staggering. Lawsuits against the state, including those over sexual ...

New York: $655,000 Award after State Found 100% Responsible for Prisoner Assault

by Douglas Ankney

A New York Court of Claims held the state was 100% responsible for a prisoner-on-prisoner assault that resulted in severe injuries, and awarded $655,000 in damages.

Perez Aughtry, 37, testified that around noon on July 27, 2012, he had finished showering and was drying off near ...

Correlation Between Dyslexia and Criminal Behavior; First Step Act to Require Screening, Treatment

by Douglas Ankney

“When you can’t read, you see no other way out,” said actor Ameer Baraka. “As a kid, I used to ask God to make me a drug dealer, because I knew in order to be someone in life you have to learn to read, and I ...

Michigan: Settlement in Class-Action Suit by Prisoners with Hearing Disabilities

by Douglas Ankney

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has approved a final settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service (MPAAS) on behalf of about 200 deaf and hard of hearing prisoners held by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC ...