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Articles by Robert Woodman

States' Incarceration Costs Continue to Rise

by Robert H. Woodman

In June 2004, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reported that from fiscal year (FY) 1986 to FY 2001, States' corrections costs rose from $65 per U.S. resident to $134 per U.S. resident. The BJS reported that States' correctional expenditures, in 2001 constant dollars, rose 145%, ...

Eighth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment Against Pretrial Detainee's Dental Claim

by Robert H. Woodman

The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a grant of summary judgment by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa in a complaint filed by a pretrial detainee alleging that jail personnel were deliberately indifferent to his serious dental needs.

Napoleon Hartsfield ...

New Jersey DOC Liable for Prisoner Death Caused by CMS

by Robert H. Woodman

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, partly affirming a New Jersey prisoner's estate's suit, held that the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) could be held liable for the negligence of Correctional Medical Services (CMS) in treating a prisoner's medical condition, resulting in the ...

CMS Liable for Prisoner's Failed Hip Prosthesis; $75,000 Awarded

by Robert H. Woodman

On January 9, 2004 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri found that Correctional Medical Services (CMS) and one of its employees, Gary Campbell, D.O., were liable for fourteen (14) months of pain and suffering endured by a Missouri state prisoner whose hip ...

No Crueler Tyrannies: Accusation, False Witnesses, and Other Tyrannies of Our Times

by Dorothy Rabinowitz. 2003. Free Press, ISBN: 0-7432-2834-0

Review by Robert Woodman

"There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice." These words, uttered by Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, in 1742, inspire the title and the ...

America Without the Death Penalty: States Leading the Way

America Without the Death Penalty:
States Leading the Way

by John F. Galliher, Larry W. Koch, David Patrick Keys,

and Teresa J. Guess. Northeastern Univ. Press, Boston, 2002,

280 pages, hardcover $35.00

Review by Robert H. Woodman

Death penalty foes seeking to abolish government-sanctioned murder in their states now have ...

Michigan Visiting Rules Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

On June 16, 2003, the United States Supreme Court unanimously upheld visiting restrictions imposed by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC). The decision reverses contrary rulings by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and a Michigan federal district court. Twenty-one states plus the federal government filed amicus curiae briefs ...

Ohio Supreme Court Orders Changes in Parole Board Procedures

On December 18, 2002, in a 6-1 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court ordered a fundamental change in the way the Ohio Adult Parole Board, a division of the Adult Parole Authority (APA), makes parole determinations. The decision may affect the release dates of as many as 18,000 Ohio prisoners.

In ...

U.S. District Court Finds Supermax Placement at Ohio Prison "Atypical and Significant Hardship"

U.S. District Court Finds Supermax Placement at Ohio Prison "Atypical and Significant Hardship"

by Robert Woodman

In a ruling believed to be the first of its kind, Judge James Gwin of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, found that the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and ...

$540,000 Settlement in Minnesota Jail Beating

In October 2001, Hennepin County, Minnesota, agreed to pay $540,000 to settle a brutality suit against the county jail. It is believed to be the largest brutality settlement in county history. On September 4, 2000, Derek Martin, 43, was arrested on suspicion of violating a restraining order by Brooklyn Center ...