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Articles by Jacob Barrett

‘Disconnect’ Between Illinois Prisoner’s Grievance and Complaint Results In Failure to Exhaust

Seventh Circuit Also Rules Internal Investigation Does Not Toll Exhaustion

by Jacob Barrett

A June 16, 2021, ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit highlights the importance for prisoners who file grievances to make sure they are not so narrowly drawn as to preclude filing a ...

$2 Million Paid by North Carolina Jail for Prisoner’s Wrongful Death; Undisclosed Amount Paid by Southeastern Medical Services

by Jacob Barrett

On January 8, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina approved a $2 million settlement to be paid by Buncombe County, North Carolina, for the wrongful death of Michele Quantele Smiley, a 34-year-old mother of six children left to die in a ...

Washington Can’t Cheat Prisoner of Time Held Out of State on Washington Charges

But ICE Makes Sure That It Doesn’t Matter

by Jacob Barrett

On July 29, 2021 the Supreme Court of Washington ruled that a state prisoner was entitled to credit for all the time he was held in custody, even time outside the state, so long as he was being held ...