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Articles by Douglas Ankney

Orange County Pays $299K to Settle Claim that Deputy Forbade Nurse to Treat Prisoner

by Douglas Ankney

On August 13, 2019, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a $299,000 settlement in a suit brought by a jail nurse who alleged a deputy refused to allow her to treat a prisoner.

In August 2016, Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Jennifer Westfield was passing out medications ...

Maryland to Pay $1.4 Million Settlement and Provide Assistance to Blind Prisoners

by Douglas Ankney

On June 5, 2019, the State of Maryland agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle a lawsuit brought by current and former blind prisoners housed at the Roxbury Correctional Institution (RCI). The terms of the settlement also require the state to provide blind prisoners with assistance to ...

Jury Awards Former Virginia Prisoner Over $1 Million After Finding of Medical Malpractice against Prison Doctor

by Douglas Ankney

On July 19, 2019, a federal jury in Richmond, Virginia awarded former prisoner John Kinlaw $708,671 in compensatory damages plus $625,000 in punitive damages after finding in his favor on claims of medical malpractice and negligence against Armor Correctional Health Services (Armor) and its employee, Dr. Charles ...

Arizona Prisoners Required to Pay Medical Expenses for Overdoses

by Douglas Ankney

On March 15, 2019, the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC) implemented a change to its disciplinary procedures for prisoners. Policy No. 803 now mandates that prisoners requiring hospital treatment for substance abuse must repay the cost of “all medical related expenses,” including ambulance transport, as well as ...

New Jersey County Not Entitled to Defense or Indemnification by the State in Suit Alleging Exposure of Jail Detainees

by Douglas Ankney

In an unpublished decision, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, held that Salem County is entitled to neither defense nor indemnification by the state in a class-action lawsuit brought by former jail detainees who allege the county intentionally required them to expose their breasts and ...

Missouri County Votes to Eliminate Jail Fees, Wiping Out $3.4 Million in Debt for Former Prisoners

by Douglas Ankney

In August 2019, a half-dozen 10-year-old jail fees were eliminated by the county council in St. Louis, Missouri, wiping out nearly $3.4 million in debt for unpaid fees owed by former prisoners and current detainees at the county jail.

“Many of the individuals in custody already face ...

San Diego County Jails Still No. 1 in Prisoner Deaths

by Douglas Ankney

On July 3, 2009, the first day that Sheriff Bill Gore assumed operational control of San Diego County’s jail system, a prisoner killed himself. In October 2019, Don Jon Ralph became the 14th person held at one of the county’s seven jails to die during that ...

Prisoners, Guards, Students Protest Aramark

by Douglas Ankney

In November 2019, an employee of private food service provider Aramark Correctional Services at Indiana’s Correctional Industrial Facility in Pendleton was captured on surveillance video delivering a package and $300 in cash to a prisoner. Kevin Lake, 26, admitted to smuggling the contraband he had received from ...

New Mexico: Third-Party Settlement Agreements Resulting from Medical Care Provided by Corizon are Public Documents Subject to Disclosure

by Douglas Ankney

The New Mexico Court of Appeals held that third-party settlement agreements, resulting from medical care provided by Corizon Health under a contract with the state, are public documents subject to disclosure under the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA).

In 2016, the New Mexico Foundation for Open ...

Virginia Circuit Court Awards $197.55 to Prisoner in Property Tort Claim

by Douglas Ankney

On June 28, 2019, the Grayson County Circuit Court awarded $197.55 to state prisoner Gary Brown following a bench trial in which he proceeded pro se on a tort claim against the Commonwealth of Virginia (Commonwealth).

Brown’s complaint alleged that on July 22, 2016, he was speaking ...