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Articles by Edward Lyon

Securus Rolls Out “Free” E-tablets to Texas Prisoners

by Ed Lyon

Texas state prisoners have begun receiving free tablet computers from Securus Technologies. By February 18, 2022, the state’s privately contracted provider had distributed 3,500 “e-tablets” to prisoners in seven of its 61 state prisons—Diboll, Bell, Henley, Kegans, Kyle, Stevenson and Halbert units—according to a tweet from the ...

Settlement Finally Reached in Prisoners’ Hep-C Class-Action Against Connecticut DOC

by Ed Lyon

Nearly four years after a group of Connecticut prisoners sued the state Department of Corrections (DOC) for denying treatment for their infection with the Hepatitis-C virus (HCV)—and a year after the parties reached a settlement that a federal judge then rejected—a superseding settlement agreement was reached on ...

Seventh Circuit Reinstates Suit of Epileptic Illinois Prisoner Who Suffered Seizure and Fell From Top Bunk

by Ed Lyon

On October 26, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed the decision of a federal district court in Illinois to dismiss a suit brought by an epileptic prisoner forced to sleep in an upper bunk from which he fell when having a seizure ...

Overdoses Skyrocket in Tennessee Prisons During Pandemic Despite Visitation Restrictions

by Ed Lyon

In the three years before the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, fourteen Tennessee state prisoners died from overdoses, according to the state Department of Correction (DOC). Over the two years since then that number skyrocketed to at least 68, not including several pending autopsies.

The rise from ...

Mentally Ill Detainee Paralyzed in Brutal New Jersey Jail Beating Files Suit

By Ed Lyon

A lawsuit was reportedly filed in New Jersey Superior Court for Essex County on April 26, 2022, on behalf of a mentally ill man left paralyzed from a brutal beating he suffered while detained at the county jail.

Surveillance video of the incident on September 23, 2021, ...

California Jail Guard Criminally Charged for Assaulting Detainee with Scalding Water

By Ed Lyon

A Sheriff’s Department deputy in California’s Orange County has forfeited a 20-plus-year law enforcement career by assaulting a mentally ill detainee at the county lockup. The deputy, Guadalupe Ortiz, 47, was fired on December 10, 2021, four days before he was charged with a felony count of ...

$11 Million Settlement Reached in Tennessee Suit Alleging False Arrest and False Imprisonment of Minors

by Ed Lyon

On December 20, 2021, a settlementwas approved by a federal court in a lawsuit alleging the illegal arrest and detention of some 1,500 children at the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. As a result, members of the proposed classes of plaintiffs were eligible ...

$5.5 Million Settlement to California Prisoner Left Incapacitated After Suicide Attempt at Santa Cruz County Jail

by Ed Lyon

On December 16, 2021, a federal court in California approved a $5.5 million settlement between Santa Cruz County and the estate of a former prisoner at the county jail whose attempt on his own life there left him an invalid.

Sometime after 11 a.m. on February 15, ...

Ecuador’s Prison System in Catastrophic Crisis

by Ed Lyon

After a riot in Ecuador’s El Turi prison left 20 prisoners dead on April 4, 2022, Interior Minister Patricio Castillo responded with a vow to “drain the cesspit” that his nation’s prisons have become. But how exactly?

Castillo promised to strip prison benefits from the unnamed ringleaders, ...

Settlement for New Jersey Special Needs Prisoner Students Includes Damages, Fees and Education

by Ed Lyon

On July 15, 2021, a settlement agreement and order was entered in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, putting an end to a four-year-old class action lawsuit against the state’s Department of Corrections (DOC) and Department of Education (DOE) over the pitiful state of ...