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Articles by Michael Rigby

Maryland Prison Audit Reveals Potential Fraud “Undetectable”

Maryland Prison Audit Reveals Potential Fraud "Undetectable"

by Michael Rigby

Maryland employees responsible for millions of dollars worth of equipment and funds perform their duties without adequate oversight or fiduciary controls, an audit of the Jessup Region of the Maryland Department of Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) has concluded.

The ...

$4 Million Settlement In Rape and Beating Death of Mentally Ill New Jersey Prisoner

by Michael Rigby

The daughters of a mentally ill man who was raped and beaten to death by another prisoner in New Jersey's Camden County Correctional Facility (CCCF) will receive a combined $4 million from the state and the jail's mental health care provider, Steininger Behavioral Care Services.

Joel Seidel, ...

Texas Pays $250,000 for Lingering Death of Teen Prisoner

In November 2006 the State of Texas paid $250,000 to settle with the family of Charles Billops, Jr., a teenager who died from an undiagnosed brain abscess caused by a sinus infection while imprisoned in 2003. The settlement was paid on behalf of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), ...

BJS Reports Death Penalty Trends In 2005

by Michael Rigby

In 2005, 16 states executed 60 prisoners?one more than in 2004, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report released in December 2006.

Those executed in 2005 included 38 whites, 19 blacks, and 3 Hispanics. As for gender, 59 men and 1 woman were executed that year. ...

Rhode Island Pays $120,000 To Prisoner Forced To Eat Feces

The State of Rhode Island has paid $120,000 to settle with a prisoner who was forced by guards to eat his own feces.

While serving a six month sentence for shoplifting at the Adult Correctional Institution (ACI) in November 2006, Michael Walsh was confronted by six guards--including Captain Gaulter Botas, ...

$140,000 Settlement in Death of Asthmatic Texas Prisoner

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice will pay $140,000 to settle a federal lawsuit stemming from the needless asthma-related death of a prisoner at the McConnell prison unit in August 2004.

At least six guards and a nurse were present as Micah Burrell, 24, lay on the floor of his ...

BJS Report: The Price of Justice in 2003

by Michael Rigby

In 2003 the U.S. spent a staggering $185 billion to fund its burgeoning ?justice? system, according to a report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics released in March 2006. That figure includes funds spent on prisons and jails, police protection, and judicial and legal activities.

The figure ...

Federal Court Awards Illinois Prisoner $7,116 in Fees, Costs

By Michael Rigby

On August 18, 2006, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois awarded $7,116.35 in attorney's fees and costs to a state prisoner who prevailed in his civil rights claim against prison officials.

Plaintiff David Williams filed suit against prison personnel under 42 U.S.C. § ...

Fifth Circuit Remands Texas Prisoner’s Retaliation Claim, Adopts De Minimis Standard

Fifth Circuit Remands Texas Prisoner's Retaliation Claim, Adopts De Minimis Standard

by Michael Rigby

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that prisoners must allege more than de minimis retaliatory acts to support retaliation claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. However, the Court further held that a transfer to ...

Wisconsin Prisoner Starved As Punishment Awarded $1.25 Million

On November 30, 2004, federal jurors in Wisconsin awarded $1.25 million to
a state prisoner who was denied hundreds of meals over a 3 to 4-year period.

Berrell Freeman, a prisoner serving 58 years for murder, was imprisoned in
the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility (WSPF), a supermax prison. When meals ...