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Articles by Harold Hempstead

Investigation Finds Hundreds of Unreported Deaths in Tennessee Prisons and Jails

by Harold Hempstead

A November 2021 investigation by Knoxville TV station WBIR found prisons and jails across the Volunteer State were underreporting in-custody deaths to the state Bureau of Investigation (TBI), in apparent violation of Tennessee law. The investigation counted 602 people who died in custody from 2017 to 2020, ...

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules That Prisoner Was Denied Due Process with Sex Offender Classification

by Harold Hempstead

On July 17, 2021, the Supreme Court of Connecticut held that when the state Department of Corrections (DOC) classified him as a sex offender despite not having a conviction on a sex offense, a state prisoner was denied his rights to procedural and substantive due process under ...

$638,250 Judgment Against Georgia Jail Guard Who Orchestrated Prisoner’s Beating

by Harold Hempstead

On November 9, 2021, a federal judge ordered a former guard to pay $638,250 to a prisoner whose beating by fellow prisoners the guard orchestrated at the Newton County Jail in Covington, Georgia, in 2019. It was not clear, though, how the prisoner would collect from the ...

Tennessee CoreCivic Prison Guard Indicted for Beating Unresisting Prisoner, Attempting Cover-up

by Harold Hempstead

On September 27, 2021, a three-count indictment was filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, accusing a former guard at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center in Hartsville of violating a prisoner’s civil rights and obstructing justice by attempting to cover up his crime. The ...