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Articles by Edward Lyon

Report: Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Centers Operate Below Set Standards

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) does not own or even maintain immigration detention facilities for the prisoners under its charge. ICE contracts with private companies to operate 211 facilities holding 53,435 prisoners awaiting immigration, asylum and deportation hearings. ICE does have a set of standards these facilities are expected ...

Wisconsin State Prison Sergeant Rats Out Prisoner Informants

by Ed Lyon 

It is unfortunate that one of the first things someone learns after being incarcerated is to never, ever trust anyone. Now-retired Wisconsin prison captain Jason Wilke is a poster-child for the never-trust-anyone creed, demonstrating that it also applies to prison staff not being able to trust ...

Scabies Outbreak at Michigan Women’s Prison Under Corizon Health

by Ed Lyon 

Scabies is the name for an infestation of tiny mites that burrow under a person’s skin and cause an itchy rash. They are spread by touching an infected person or an item of the person’s clothing or bedding. Crowded conditions, like those one normally encounters ...

Corizon Health Strikes Out in Arizona

by Ed Lyon 

In 2014, a settlement was reached in Parsons v. Ryan, a lawsuit over healthcare in Arizona’s prison system. The state contracted with Corizon Health to provide medical services for the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC), even though the company had been plagued with problems and ...

Seventh Circuit Reverses Dismissal in Prison Gang Assault Case

by Ed Lyon 

Illinois prisoner Kirk Horshaw paid an extremely high price for placing his trust in prison officials. He received a written note warning that he was going to be beaten because a prison gang leader felt he had not shown him the proper respect. Horshaw passed the ...

New York City Pre-trial Detainees Exposed to Freezing Temperatures at Federal Jail

by Ed Lyon 

The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York, a 1,654-bed facility operated by the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) that houses defendants awaiting trial, was without main and generator-supplied electricity between January 27 and February 3, 2019 – a frigid stretch of winter during ...

New Mexico Medical Technician Wins $150,000 Jury Award for Abuse by Jailers

by Ed Lyon

Estrella Tenorio was a nurse’s aide/medical technician employed by for-profit contractor HealthCare Partners, Inc. (HCP). HCP specializes in providing medical services to prisoners. Tenorio’s first assignment was at a jail located near Las Vegas, New Mexico. Her mother was a state prison employee and her ...

Reports Cite Poor Leadership in U.S. Marshals Service

by Ed Lyon

For aficionados of “U.S. Marshals” and “The Fugitive,” movies staring Tommy Lee Jones, it may come as a shock that art comes nowhere near to a true imitation of life. That was painfully evident in a 20-page memorandum released by the U.S. Senate Judiciary ...

Ohio Governor Commutes Death Sentences, Grants Reprieves for Another

by Ed Lyon

As a child, Raymond Tibbetts lived a life straight out of a movie – a horror movie. He and his brothers were bounced from one foster home to another. Along their journey to adulthood, they found themselves being tied to their beds, burned, beaten, thrown down flights ...

Report Released on Deaths in Utah Prisons and Jails

by Ed Lyon 

A new law in Utah requires information about deaths in both the state’s prisons and local jails to be reported annually. The first death in custody report, released last November, revealed that around half of all prisoner deaths are suicides and that most jail deaths occur ...


 

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