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Articles by Jacob Barrett

$20,000 Paid by Centurion and MHM Health Professionals to Arizona Prisoner for Alleged Deliberate Indifference and Medical Negligence

by Jacob Barrett

On June 24, 2022, a prisoner in the Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC) accepted $20,000 to settle his claims of deliberate indifference and medical negligence against DOC’s privately contracted healthcare and mental healthcare providers: Centurion of Arizona and MHM Health Professionals, respectively. Both are subsidiaries of Centene ...

PLN Contributor’s Retaliation Suit Against Oregon Prison Officials Survives

by Jacob Barrett

On July 7, 2022, the federal court for the District of Oregon denied a motion by the state Department of Corrections (DOC) to dismiss a suit filed by longtime PLN writer Mark Wilson, accusing officials of retaliating against him for his work as a “jailhouse lawyer” on ...

Minnesota Department of Corrections Searching for Tattooist for New Prison Program

by Jacob Barrett

The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) began advertising for a new position in April 2022: A professional tattoo artist.

The new hire will serve prisoners from a tattoo parlor being opened at Stillwater Correctional Facility (STF). It is part of an effort to combat the spread of ...

California Prison Guards Sentenced for Assaulting Prisoners

by Jacob Barrett

A pair of former guards with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) have been sentenced to federal prison for assaulting prisoners, one of whom died. A third guard has also been indicted on charges of participating in a cover-up of the incident.

Ashley Marie Aurich, ...

Ohio Supreme Court Grants Records but No Damages for Prisoner Making Request

by Jacob Barrett

On June 23, 2022, the Supreme Court of Ohio held that the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) improperly withheld records requested by a former state prisoner. But the prisoner’s failure to properly document his request meant that he wasn’t entitled to damages.

Twice in December ...

Seventh Circuit Offers No Relief to Indiana Prisoner Held in Solitary Four Years

by Jacob Barrett

On March 10, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s grant of summary judgment to Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) defendants in a suit brought by a state prisoner, saying he failed to exhaust his administrative remedies.

In 2016, Corey ...

Settlement Extended Again After Federal Judge Faults California Prisons for Using Snitches in Solitary and Parole Procedures

by Jacob Barrett

On February 24, 2022, the federal court for the Northern District of California granted another 12-month extension to a 2015 settlement. That agreement was made between the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and a class of prisoners who were held in solitary confinement or denied ...

LGBTQ Adults and Youth Face Criminalization and Over-Incarceration

by Jacob Barrett

LGBTQ individuals continue to be criminalized for their sexuality, resulting in high rates of incarceration and higher chances of solitary confinement once behind bars. That’s the take-away from a report by The Sentencing Project issued on June 9, 2022.

Using data from the year before, it estimated ...

$3.7 Million in Attorney Fees Paid to Settle COVID-19 Class-Action at Orange County Jail

by Jacob Barrett

On September 12, 2022, the federal court for the Central District of California granted final approval to a class-action settlement resolving claims against California’s Orange County Jail (OCJ) over its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The legal saga began in California Superior Court for Orange County, where ...

Arkansas Supreme Court Rules Felony Enhancements Subject to Parole Eligibility Statute in Place at Time of Crime

by Jacob Barrett

On May 26, 2022, the Supreme Court of Arkansas held the state Department of Corrections (DOC) miscalculated parole-eligibility dates for a pair of state prisoners, causing a delay somewhere between 45 and 66 months.

Marcus Atkins and Calvin Perry were convicted for April 2007 crimes including kidnapping, ...