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Articles by Lonnie Burton

Investigation: Washington State Correctional Industries a "Broken Program"

by Lonnie Burton

Washington State Correctional Industries (CI) ranks as the fourth largest prison labor program in the United States, with revenues north of $70 million in fiscal year 2014. However, the program, which employs about 1,600 state prisoners, Was found to be "a broken program" which cost the ...

$34,000 Settles Nevada Prisoner's Suit

by Lonnie Burton

The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal filed by a Nevada state prisoner as moot after it ruled he had settled his case following judgment. The judgment marked a third win for this prison rights litigant, each resulting in a monetary award.

Christopher ...

Indiana DOC Must Offer Passover Diet

by Lonnie Burton

The Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) agreed after being sued to provide a Passover diet to a prisoner who was denied the meals under a prison policy that said prisoners not on a kosher diet the remainder of the year would not be permitted to participate in ...

$10,000 Settlement to Citizen Detained by ICE

by Lonnie Burton

 

In 2007 the United States of America agreed to pay $10,000 to man who was illegally detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for three days in early 2006 on the mistaken belief the man was not a U.S. citizen. The agreement settled the ...

$315,00 to Louisiana Man Imprisoned, Deported

by Lonnie Burton

In 2015 the United States government agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a Mexican national who had been a U.S. citizen for six years before Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials rounded him up, threw him in jail for 87 days, then deported him to ...

Prisoner's Punishment for Attempting to Mail Out Threat-Laden "Poems" Upheld by Minnesota Court of Appeals

In a decision dated January 11, 2016, the Minnesota Court of Appeals denied a petition filed by a state prisoner who alleged his First Amendment rights were violated when prison officials found him guilty and sanctioned him with loss of good time for violating rules regarding sending threatening mail. The ...

Wyoming Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal of Prisoner Lawsuit Challenging New Mandatory Deductions and Good Time Laws

On October 18, 2016, a unanimous Wyoming Supreme Court approved the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a state prisoner challenging the constitutionality of several Wyoming statutes relating to mandatory deductions from prisoner earnings and the denial of good time -- as those laws apply to those serving life sentences. The ...

Sixth Circuit Upholds Denial of Summary Judgment to Prison Officials in Michigan Failure-to-Protect Lawsuit

On April 15, 2016, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit let stand a federal district court ruling which denied summary judgment to Wayne County, Michigan, jail officials in a lawsuit alleging that a former prisoner was beaten to death by another prisoner ...

$5,000 to Transgender Prisoner in Maryland Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

By Lonnie Burton

On August 17, 2015, an administrative law judge in Maryland ruled that state prison officials were guilty of sexually harassing and mistreating a transgender prisoner and awarded her $5,000 in damages. The ruling was the first of its kind for a transgender prisoner alleging harassment at ...

$5,000 to Conn. Prisoner in Retaliation Lawsuit

by Lonnie Burton

On April 24, 2014, a Connecticut state prisoner and the Connecticut Department of Corrections (DOC) agreed to settle a claim brought by the prisoner which alleged that he was terminated from his prison job after he filed a grievance against a guard who made a racially-insensitive comment ...