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Articles by Michael Rigby

Lawsuit Filed Over Health Care at Wisconsin Women’s Prison, More Possible

Lawsuit Filed Over Health Care at Wisconsin Women's Prison, More Possible

by Michael Rigby

The medical, dental, and mental health care provided to female prisoners at the Taycheedah Correctional Institution in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin, is so "grossly deficient" that it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, according to a federal ...

Vermont DOC Agrees To Stop Punishing Self-Harming Prisoners

On May 18, 2006, the Vermont Department of Corrections (VDOC) settled a class-action lawsuit by agreeing to stop punishing prisoners who harm themselves. The VDOC further agreed to implement training, retain consultants, and document the mental health assessments of self-harming prisoners. Additionally, the VDOC will pay the litigation costs incurred, ...

Illegal Strip Searches Cost MTC, New Mexico County $8.5 Million

Management and Training Corporation (MTC) and Santa Fe County, New Mexico, will pay $8.5 million to settle with an estimated 13,000 former prisoners who were unconstitutionally strip searched at the Santa. Fe County Detention Facility between January 2002 and June 2006. The Utah-based MTC, which operated the jail from October ...

Michigan Prisoner Assaulted By Jailers Awarded $2,000

On June 9, 2006, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan awarded $2,000 to a prisoner who was beaten by jailers in the Macomb County Jail.

While imprisoned at the jail on October 27, 2004, plaintiff William F. Diaz claimed he was beaten by jailer Anthony Romita. ...

5th Circuit Reverses Texas Prisoner’s Disciplinary Conviction For “Non-Existent” Offense

5th Circuit Reverses Texas Prisoner's Disciplinary Conviction For "Non-Existent" Offense

by Michael Rigby

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held there was no evidence to sustain a Texas prisoner's disciplinary conviction for assaulting a guard and that the district court erroneously construed the prison's disciplinary code.

Texas state prisoner ...

Virginia Guard Hazed By Coworkers Awarded $25,001

On March 1, 2006, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia awarded $25,001 to a prison guard who was subjected to a humiliating hazing ritual by his coworkers.

Guard Terry Givens was promoted to sergeant on December 21, 2000, while working at the Wallens ...

Fifth Circuit Reinstates Texas Prisoners’ Challenge to Extended Lockdown

Fifth Circuit Reinstates Texas Prisoners' Challenge to Extended Lockdown

by Michael Rigby

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a prisoner lawsuit challenging the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's practice of indefinite segregation without due process.

C. Joseph Salazar and Johnny Maldonado are Texas prisoners who have been confined ...

Private Prison Execs Win Big While Guards and Prisoners Lose Out

Many of the problems associated with imprisonment in the U.S. high staff turnover, prisoner neglect and abuse, and the introduction of contraband by employees, for example can be attributed to the paltry salaries and few benefits that most guards receive. But while low-paid guards must make do with their miserly ...

City Of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Settles Wrongful Imprisonment Claim For $12,250,000

The City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, will pay $12.25 million to settle with a man who spent 14 years in prison for a rape he did not commit, according to a settlement agreement filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma on June 16, 2006.

Alvin McGee ...

Wrongfully Imprisoned Wisconsin Man Awarded $400,000, Now Accused of Murder

On February 14, 2006, a Wisconsin man who spent 18 years in prison for a rape he didnt commit settled his lawsuit against Manitowoc County for $400,000. Hell likely use the money to defend himself against a recent murder charge.

News of the settlement came as the plaintiff, Stephen Avery, ...