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Articles by Edward Lyon

Missouri Prison Litigation Reform Act's Fee Requirement Affirmed

by Edward B. Lyon

Twenty-one Jefferson City, Missouri Correctional Center prisoners filed a class action challenge to the state's Prison Litigation Reform Act's (MPLRA) fee requirement for habeas corpus petitions in Cole County's circuit court. The court denied service of process, dismissed the class action for failure to state a claim, then dismissed the accompanying ...

The High Cost of Texas Prison Rape Data

by Edward B. Lyon

A recent request for sexual assault data in Texas prisons since 2013 was estimated to cost $1,132,024.30. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) stated it needs over 61,000 hours to "hand search" more than 260,000 "responsive documents" from 2,000 cases for non-exempt "basic information." This ...

Nebraska Prisoner Prevails on Religious Rights Lawsuit

by Edward B. Lyon

On August 21, 2014, a settlement between prisoner Harold Wilson and defendants Diane Sabatka-Rine, Mario Peart and Michael Edison was agreed to by all parties. Nebraska will pay $15,000 in attorney fees and guarantee Wilson access to his Wiccan religious materials and provide worship time according ...

Dallas Teens Have Sex in Jail

by Edward B. Lyon

Juvenile males detained in the Medlock Youth Treatment Center began outcrying to therapists in April 2017 about sexual activities there. The lead outcrier reported multiple acts, including oral sex, spanning November-April 2017, including at least five 13-17 year-olds.

The center's staffing was critically low in the ...

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Wisconsin Property Claim

by Edward Lyon

Wisconsin prisoner Christopher Streckenbach submitted two boxes of personal property for his son to pick up at a visit. The son never came within the policy's 30 day period. The property was weighed for mailing by mailroom supervisor VanDensen, but Streckenbach's account was $2 short of funds ...

Fifth Circuit Dismisses Louisiana Prisoner's § 1983

by Edward Lyon

Prisoner James Davis claimed injuries resulting from a traffic accident to an Avoyelles Parish transport van he was riding in. He sued the deputy driver, a jail captain he alleged ordered a city policeman to falsify facts in the accident report, other deputies he said interfered with ...

Arizona Changes Lethal Drug Mix for Executions

by Ed Lyon

In recent years more and more pharmaceutical companies are refusing to sell execution drugs to states over ethical considerations fueled by increasing public opposition to capital punishment. Arizona is allegedly experimenting with other drugs to replace those that major United States and European suppliers will no longer ...