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Articles by Jo Ellen Nott

Detainee Dies After Two Days in Florida Jail Where Armor Correctional Allegedly Denied Heart Transplant Rejection Meds

by Jo Ellen Nott

Dexter Barry, 54, waited 12 years to receive a new heart. He even moved to Jacksonville to receive the life-saving transplant in 2020. In just two days in late November 2022, however, a stay in the Duval County Jail (DCJ) undid the miraculous $4-million surgery when ...

Millionaire Florida Child Porn Convict’s Escape Thwarted

by Jo Ellen Nott

April 12, 2023, would have been Independence Day for Florida millionaire and child porn collector John Manchec – if only someone had not ratted him out, according to Indian River County Sheriff Eric Flowers.

Manchec, 78, had previously fled the U.S. to France in 2014 to ...

Ohio Prisoner Escapes in Dumpster, Drowns River

by Jo Ellen Nott

An escapee from Ohio’s Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima was able to get almost 300 miles away by first hiding in a dumpster then fleeing in a stolen car. His escape ended badly then – his corpse was found floating face down in the Ohio ...

Migrant Child Dies in Customs and Border Patrol Custody Nine Days after Entering U.S.

by Jo Ellen Nott

Amid a record-breaking surge of migrants at the southern U.S. border, eight-year-old Anadith Tanay Reyes Álvarez, a medically fragile Honduran child, died in a hospital near Harlingen Station in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley on May 17, 2023,

The day after her family crossed the border at ...

Body Cam Video Contradicts Detainee’s Indictment in Scuffle With Chicago Jail Guards

by Jo Ellen Nott

A long-term civil detainee in Chicago’s Cook County Jail – the only one, in fact – is facing charges of aggravated battery of a guard, although body camera footage of the October 2022 incident contradicts a guard’s version of events used to secure the indictment.

A ...

Texas Prisoner Allegedly Punished by a Guard for Talking About Abortion

by Jo Ellen Nott

A Texas prisoner says she was punished for sharing abortion information with fellow prisoners at the Lane Murray Unit in April 2023.

Kwaneta Yatrice Harris, 50, is serving a sentence for her boyfriend’s 2006 murder, as well as a subsequent scam to rob his family of ...

Convicted Murderer Released 16 Years Early Is Ordered Back to Prison by South Carolina High Court

by Jo Ellen Nott

At an emergency hearing on April 26, 2023, the South Carolina Supreme Court found a legal rationale to countermand the release of a convicted killer 16 years before the end of his sentence.

A clandestine deal freed Jeroid Price in March 2023, reportedly in reward for ...

Sheriff Accused of Blocking Investigation Into Georgia Jail Detainee Death

by Jo Ellen Nott

After an otherwise healthy 32-year-old succumbed to testicular cancer at Georgia’s Clayton County Jail in January 2023, the Director of the county Medical Examiner’s Office accused Sheriff Levon Allen of withholding documents needed in the death investigation.

“When you don’t get all sides of the story ...

Schizophrenic Detainee Dies after 20 days in Solitary Confinement in Indiana Jail

by Jo Ellen Nott

A lawsuit filed on April 12, 2023, accuses the jail in Indiana’s Jackson County of deliberate indifference to the serious medical need of a detainee who had been held in solitary confinement for 20 days when he died of “multiple organ failure due to refusal to ...

Lawsuit Accuses New Mexico Guards of Beating and Abusing Prisoner During Shakedown

by Jo Ellen Nott

A civil rights complaint filed by attorney Mallory Gagon of the New Mexico Prison and Jail Project in April 2023 alleges that five Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility guards, two of them with rank, entered the cell of prisoner Carl Berry and “sexually abused him, threw ...