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Articles by Keith Sanders

Federal Court Puts Troubled Mississippi Jail in Receivership

by David Reutter and Keith Sanders

On July 29, 2022, the federal court for the Southern District of Mississippi took the dramatic step of placing Hinds County’s Raymond Detention Center (RDC) under federal receivership.

A series of crises dates back to a 2012 prisoner riot at the 28-year-old, 594-bed jail ...

All Ohio Prison Guards to Wear Body Cams

by Keith Sanders

In January 2022, the Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation began requiring the state’s 5,000 prison guards to don body-worn cameras. Supplied by Axon, the “body cams,” which complement over 1,000 security cameras already installed in Ohio’s 28 state prisons, will cost almost $7 million the first ...

Impact of Felons’ Voting Minimal, MIT Researchers Find

by Keith Sanders

Mass incarceration disenfran­chises millions in America, especially the economically disadvantaged who make up the majority of those incarcerated. Though the rationale for barring felons from voting is multifaceted, one argument is that a bloc of voting felons would somehow skew election outcomes. However, a study published in ...

Fifth Circuit Absolves Texas Jailers in Death of Mentally Ill Detainee Who Refused Medical Treatment

by Keith Sanders

On August 5, 2022, calling the medical neglect of a mentally ill detainee who refused treatment “objectively reasonable,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a lower court’s denial of qualified immunity (QI) to defendants in a suit brought by the family of a ...

A First Glance in Rear-View Mirror at Pandemic

by Kevin W. Bliss, Matt Clarke, Ashleigh N. Dye and Keith Sanders

As the COVID-19 pandemic recedes from the headlines, its full effect on prisoners and detainees is coming into clearer view. One of the first glimpses was provided in a December 2021 report by the federal Department of Justice ...

Kentucky Judge Gives Ex-Jail Guard Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Prisoner Chance to Re-Enlist in Army to Avoid Jail Time

by Keith Sanders

As a federal lawsuit proceeds against Kentucky’s Franklin County filed by a former jail detainee forced into sex by a former guard, a state court judge who found the man criminally liable for the detainee’s sexual assault gave him an unusual choice at his sentencing on January ...

Life Sentences Commuted for Two Massachusetts Prisoners Convicted of First-Degree Murder

by Keith Sanders

On April 21, 2022, the Massachusetts Parole Board voted unanimously to grant parole to state prisoner William Allen, nine days after taking another unanimous vote to parole another Bay State prisoner, Thomas Koonce, on April 12, 2022. Both men were serving sentences for first-degree murder, and their ...

L.A. Juvenile Detention Center Remains “Unsuitable for the Confinement of Minors”

by Keith Sanders

On July 15, 2022, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for California’s Los Angeles County reported that the county’s juvenile detention facilities remain out of compliance with the requirements of a settlement agreement reached with the state Attorney General in January 2021, after an investigation by ...

$1 Million Paid After Indiana Jailers Fatally Beat and Taser Detainee, But Prosecutor Finds No Crime

by Keith Sanders and Benjamin Tschirhart

When a caregiver fails to seek medical attention for a person during an emergency, inflicting instead additional pain and suffering and looking on while that person dies, a reasonable person might conclude that the caretaker has committed criminal neglect. In fact, on October 22, ...

$1 Million Settlement Reached in Suicide of Mentally Ill Detainee at San Diego Jail

by Keith Sanders

 

People incarcerated at the San Diego County Jail have been suffering through a raging public health crisis. Unfortunately, this crisis has been as lethal or more so than COVID-19. Since 2006, over 200 people have died in custody at the California jail from abuse, neglect, and ...