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Prison Legal News: September, 2021

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Volume 32, Number 9

In this issue:

  1. Louisiana Bars Problem Doctors from Practicing Medicine in Most Hospitals. So They Treat Incarcerated People Instead. (p 1)
  2. California Female Prisoners Used as Honey Trap Bait for Rapist Guard (p 7)
  3. From the Editor (p 8)
  4. Human Rights Defense Center Prevails in Censorship Lawsuit Against Napa County Jail, California (p 9)
  5. Modest Decline in Prison and Jail Populations in Spring 2021 (p 10)
  6. California State Auditor’s Report Faults Counties for Waste and Poor Oversight of State Funds Used in “Public Safety Realignment” (p 10)
  7. FCC Takes Further Action on Prison and Jail Phone Rates (p 12)
  8. Nominal Representation Without Actual Representation: One Person, No Vote (p 14)
  9. Seventh Circuit: PLRA Mandates Dismissal for Deceit on IFP Application (p 16)
  10. Federal BOP Overwhelmingly Denies Compassionate Releases During COVID (p 16)
  11. HRDC Sues Florida DOC Over Censorship, for the Third Time in 18 Years (p 18)
  12. Fourth Circuit: No Privacy Expectation Exists for Prisoner in Diagnosis and Treatment of HIV (p 19)
  13. Pandemic Medical Update: The Delta Surge (p 20)
  14. These Meds Prevent Overdoses. Few Federal Prisoners Are Getting Them (p 22)
  15. Massachusetts Cop Indicted for Lying About Checking Cell of Prisoner Who Died of Drug Overdose (p 25)
  16. New Clemency Rules Expected to Expedite Civil Rights Restoration in Florida (p 26)
  17. Florida Files Environmental Lawsuit Against Phosphate Company Pollution (p 26)
  18. The Fight Over Cellphones in Prisons Rages On (p 28)
  19. HRDC Sues Illinois DOC Under FOIA, Again, for GTL Contract Details (p 28)
  20. Lawsuit Over Alabama Private Mega-Prison Leases Dismissed (p 30)
  21. San Diego Jail Approves Free Phone and Video Calls (p 30)
  22. Eighth Circuit Holds Lack of “Clearly Established” Law Requiring Staffer to Notify of Prisoner’s Suicide Risk Prevented Damages (p 31)
  23. $10 Million Settlement in Taser Death of Mentally Ill Man in South Carolina Jail (p 32)
  24. EPA Slams GEO Over Disinfectant Use at Private Prison, Federal Court Issues Preliminary Injunction to Stop It (p 32)
  25. $750,000 Settlement in South Dakota Pretrial Detainee’s Overdose Death (p 34)
  26. Criminal Justice System Encourages Racism According to MIT Study (p 34)
  27. US Marshalls Terminate Contract with GEO Snitch Camp at Queens NY Detention Facility (p 36)
  28. Florida’s Brutal Prison System Will Continue to Subsidize Rural Economies, With No Meaningful Reform in Sight (p 38)
  29. California Begins Transfer of Prisoners to Facilities Consistent with Prisoners’ Gender Identity (p 38)
  30. US DOJ Finds California Alameda County Jail in Violation of Constitution and ADA (p 40)
  31. Mississippi Supreme Court Applies Pro Se Leniency in Reversing Dismissal of Prisoner’s Lawsuit Challenging Prison Disciplinary Action (p 41)
  32. Ohio Guard Added to Sex Offender List and Sent to Prison for Sex with Detainee (p 42)
  33. Report Shows COVID-19 Reduced Life Expectancy for Prisoners in Florida, Same Likely for Other States (p 42)
  34. $350,000 Settlement for New Mexico Pretrial Detainee in ‘Failure to Protect’ Claim (p 43)
  35. The Killing Fields: Three Alabama State Prisoners Murdered in Five Days (p 44)
  36. New Mexico Jail Sued For Allowing Woman Prisoner to Die of Infections (p 44)
  37. Beating Death in Oahu Jail Ends With Acquittal of Mentally Ill Killer (p 46)
  38. $2.1 Million Awarded in Beating Ordered by Kentucky Jail Guard (p 47)
  39. Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Federal Prisoner’s Bivens Action Challenging Due Process in 280-Day SHU Stay and Alleging Retaliation (p 48)
  40. Ninth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment in Lawsuit For CoreCivic Causing BOP Detainee’s Prolonged Detention Without Court Appearance or Attorney (p 48)
  41. Lawsuit Filed Over Rodent Infestation at New Mexico Prison (p 49)
  42. Illinois Prison Guard Charged for Assaulting a Prisoner (p 50)
  43. District Court Extends Armstrong Order to Five Additional California Prisons (p 50)
  44. Decapitated Prisoner Shows CDCR Safety Standards Still Headed in the Wrong Direction (p 52)
  45. The U.S. Department of Justice Creates Risk Assessment Tool to Help Determine Who is Eligible for Early Release Under First Step Act (p 53)
  46. California Appeals Court Holds Habeas Action Over Censorship of Tattoo Magazine Mooted By Delivery (p 54)
  47. Fifth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Texas Prisoner’s Failure-to-Protect Suit (p 54)
  48. Two Albuquerque Jailers Indicted for Killing Prisoner (p 55)
  49. Attorney Fees Awarded Against CoreCivic After Defamation Suit Dismissed (p 56)
  50. Tenth Circuit Rejects Government’s Appeal Over Recorded Attorney Calls and Visits at Private Prison in Leavenworth (p 56)
  51. Prisoner’s Suicide in Sherburne County Minnesota Jail Results in $2.3 Million Settlement (p 57)
  52. $30,001 Jury Verdict Over Discriminatory ICE Notification Policy By Minnesota Jail (p 58)
  53. Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules on Medical Parole Despite Death of Prisoners Who Sought Judicial Review (p 58)
  54. News in Brief (p 62)

Louisiana Bars Problem Doctors from Practicing Medicine in Most Hospitals. So They Treat Incarcerated People Instead.

Ten of Louisiana’s 12 prison physicians have had their medical licenses restricted or suspended at some point. The state’s incarcerated people have nowhere else to turn during a pandemic.

by Addy Baird, BuzzFeed News

In 2006, Randy Lavespere, a Louisiana doctor, was convicted of buying $8,000 of methamphetamine in a Home ...

California Female Prisoners Used as Honey Trap Bait for Rapist Guard

On April 29, 2021, Los Angeles attorney Jennifer A. Bandlow filed a federal civil rights lawsuit urging four causes of action on behalf of two unnamed female prisoners who suffered actual sexual assaults while acting as bait to catch prison guard Stephen Merrill sexually harassing them. They ...

From the Editor

by Paul Wright

This month’s cover story on prison’s using doctors with revoked or suspended medical licenses is an ongoing story for PLN readers. Given the six figure salaries prison doctors are paid it seems odd that the government can’t find any medical staff to hire that don’t kill, rape ...

Human Rights Defense Center Prevails in Censorship Lawsuit Against Napa County Jail, California

by Derek Gilna

Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), the parent company of Prison Legal News (PLN), entered into a stipulation and consent decree involving Napa County, California’s jail, on June 11, 2020, settling a federal civil action that ended what HRDC termed “a Defendants’ Mail Policy (that) is ...

Modest Decline in Prison and Jail Populations in Spring 2021

by Matt Clarke

In June 2021, the Vera Institute of Justice issued a report entitled People in Jail and Prison in Spring 2021, detailing the changes in jail and prison populations through the end of March 2021. The report showed that, following an unprecedented decline of 14%, from 2.1 ...

California State Auditor’s Report Faults Counties for Waste and Poor Oversight of State Funds Used in “Public Safety Realignment”

by Derek Gilna

A report by the California State Auditor found that Los Angles, Alameda, and Fresno counties have failed to properly account for funds provided to them by the state of California to house prisoners transferred from state prisons to relieve overcrowding. The report is entitled, “Public Safety Realignment: ...

FCC Takes Further Action on Prison and Jail Phone Rates

by Chuck Sharman

A review of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) report and adopted order on rates for interstate inmate calling services (ICS), released May 24, 2021.

When this rule takes effect—90days after its release—ICS interstate call rates will be capped at 12 cents per minute for prisons and 14 ...

Nominal Representation Without Actual Representation: One Person, No Vote

by Ed Lyon

In the antebellum South, the Missouri Compromise allowed for every slave to count as four-fifths of a person for census and representative purposes.

In our current, much more enlightened nation, every prisoner counts as an entire person for census and representative purposes. One thing that has yet ...

Seventh Circuit: PLRA Mandates Dismissal for Deceit on IFP Application

by David M. Reutter

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that when a prisoner deliberately misrepresents their financial status when seeking in forma pauperis (IFP)status, the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) requires dismissal. In another case in the same opinion, the court held a lawsuit was improperly dismissed without ...

Federal BOP Overwhelmingly Denies Compassionate Releases During COVID

by Daniel A. Rosen

Throughout the pandemic, The Marshall Project (TMP) has done thorough and comprehensive reporting about the impact of COVID in prisons and on prisoners. Staff writers Joseph Neff and Keri Blakinger recently looked at the statistics on compassionate release for federal prisoners during the pandemic and came ...

HRDC Sues Florida DOC Over Censorship, for the Third Time in 18 Years

by Chuck Sharman

The publisher of Prison Legal News(PLN)and Criminal Legal News (CLN)filed a federal lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) on August 10, 2021, for “ongoing censorship” of both monthly publications in the state’s prisons.

The complaint by the Human Rights Defense ...

Fourth Circuit: No Privacy Expectation Exists for Prisoner in Diagnosis and Treatment of HIV

by David M. Reutter

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a prisoner does not have a “reasonable expectation of privacy” in his HIV status while in a prison medical unit. The court further held that individuals have no private right of action under the Health Insurance Portability and ...

Pandemic Medical Update: The Delta Surge

by Michael D. Cohen MD

The U.S. is experiencing the worst increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths since last winter. As I write in mid-August there are more than 150,000 new cases per day and over 1,000 daily deaths nationally. Over 95% of hospitalizations and deaths are among people ...

These Meds Prevent Overdoses. Few Federal Prisoners Are Getting Them

Three years after the First Step Act required the Bureau of Prisons to treat more people
with medications for opioid addiction, only a tiny fraction are receiving them.

by Beth Schwartzapfel, The Marshall Project

In 2018, Congress passed the First Step Act, a wide-ranging prison reform legislation that, among other ...

Massachusetts Cop Indicted for Lying About Checking Cell of Prisoner Who Died of Drug Overdose

In May 2021, a former Brockton, Massachusetts police officer was indicted for allegedly lying about performing checks on a man in police custody who died in his cell of a drug overdose.

Alfonso Brandao, 27, was arrested on November 13, 2020, after crashing his car into a police cruiser and ...

New Clemency Rules Expected to Expedite Civil Rights Restoration in Florida

by Kevin Bliss

The Florida Cabinet and Governor Ron DeSantis collaborated to restructure the state’s clemency rules, streamlining the application process and automating certain aspects in an effort to expedite civil rights restoration for ex-offenders.

The Cabinet, comprised of Governor DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried, and ...

Florida Files Environmental Lawsuit Against Phosphate Company Pollution

Prisoners Remain Exposed and Without Evacuation Plans

by Panagioti Tsolkas

"We kept seeing them move the cows, but they didn’t move us.”

That was one reply to a series of interviews with people recently held at the Manatee County Jail, conducted by Jenn Hayes for Southerly magazine, published in August ...

The Fight Over Cellphones in Prisons Rages On

by Derek Gilna

The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant shut-downs have focused attention on the need for connection between all members of society, and for many prisoners, denied in-person visits, a contraband cellphone has helped them keep in touch with family. But that didn’t stop the Mississippi Supreme Court from affirming ...

HRDC Sues Illinois DOC Under FOIA, Again, for GTL Contract Details

by Chuck Sharman

On August 18, 2021, a lawsuit was filed in the circuit court for Cook County in Chicago, Illinois by the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), the publisher of Prison Legal News (PLN) and Criminal Legal News (CLN), accusing the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) of failing to ...

Lawsuit Over Alabama Private Mega-Prison Leases Dismissed

by Daniel A. Rosen

An Alabama judge recently ruled on a legal challenge seeking to block Governor Kay Ivey’s plan to lease three new privately-built mega-prisons in the state, siding with the Governor. Republican State Auditor Jim Ziegler and others had sued to block the leases, claiming they were an ...

San Diego Jail Approves Free Phone and Video Calls

The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors (Board) voted unanimously February 27, 2021 to stop charging prisoners and detainees in county jails and juvenile detention centers for phone calls. The initiative called for the Board to develop a plan by May 4 which prohibited the county from generating revenue ...

Eighth Circuit Holds Lack of “Clearly Established” Law Requiring Staffer to Notify of Prisoner’s Suicide Risk Prevented Damages

by Dale Chappell

Finding that qualified immunity prevented a lawsuit against a jailer who failed to notify a receiving jail that a prisoner was at-risk for suicide and he killed himself at that jail, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed the denial of summary judgment to ...

$10 Million Settlement in Taser Death of Mentally Ill Man in South Carolina Jail

by David M. Reutter

The death of a Black man who was Tasered multiple times at South Carolina’s Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center in Charleston is the latest case to raise questions about law enforcement’s use of force in dealing with mentally ill prisoners. Likewise, the continued assertion that Tasers ...

EPA Slams GEO Over Disinfectant Use at Private Prison, Federal Court Issues Preliminary Injunction to Stop It

by Dale Chappell

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a report and warning in March 2021 to GEO Group for misuse and abuse of a disinfectant at its ICE Processing Center in Adelanto, California. The report says that GEO was applying HQD Neutral in a manner that was in violation of ...

$750,000 Settlement in South Dakota Pretrial Detainee’s Overdose Death

by David M. Reutter

A $750,000 settlement was reached in the methamphetamine overdose death of a female South Dakota pretrial detainee. The lawsuit brought claims against two separate county jails, state troopers, and guards at the jails.

Sarah Lee Circle Bear, 24, was arrested on July 3, 2016, after a ...

Criminal Justice System Encourages Racism According to MIT Study

by Kevin Bliss

Michigan Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Economics professor Peter Temin released a report last April titled “Mass Incarceration Retards Racial Integration.” He says that it was systemic racial prejudice which initiated the move toward mass incarceration and now it was that same intense level of incarceration ...

US Marshalls Terminate Contract with GEO Snitch Camp at Queens NY Detention Facility

by Douglas Ankney

On March 16, 2021, the Queens Daily Eagle reported that the federal government had declined to renew a contract with for-profit prison contractor GEO Group to operate the Queens Detention Facility (QDF). QDF was New York City’s last privately-operated jail.

GEO contracted with the U.S. Marshalls Service ...

Florida’s Brutal Prison System Will Continue to Subsidize Rural Economies, With No Meaningful Reform in Sight

by David M. Reutter

When the Florida Legislature opened for its annual 60-day session in March 2021, hopes were high that at least some of the criminal justice reform bills would pass. High on the list was the savings of about $140 million by closing four prisons. By the end ...

California Begins Transfer of Prisoners to Facilities Consistent with Prisoners’ Gender Identity

by Douglas Ankney

In 2020, California enacted Senate Bill No. 132, the Transgender Respect, Agency, and Dignity Act (SB 132). SB 132 requires, inter alia, that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) house prisoners “in a correctional facility designated for men or women based on the individual’s preference” ...

US DOJ Finds California Alameda County Jail in Violation of Constitution and ADA

by Matt Clarke

On April 22, 2021, the Civil Rights Division (CRD) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a notice to Alameda County, California and its Santa Rita Jail, finding that both engage in practices which violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131-12134, and ...

Mississippi Supreme Court Applies Pro Se Leniency in Reversing Dismissal of Prisoner’s Lawsuit Challenging Prison Disciplinary Action

by Matt Clarke

On April 29, 2021, the Supreme Court of Mississippi reversed the dismissal of a Mississippi Department of Corrections (DOC) prisoner’s pro se lawsuit challenging a prison disciplinary action. In doing so, the court applied pro se leniency and accepted service of the petition for judicial review (PJR) ...

Ohio Guard Added to Sex Offender List and Sent to Prison for Sex with Detainee

A former guard at the Highland County jail in Ohio was sentenced to 24 months in prison and lifelong registration as a Tier III sex offender for engaging in sexual activity with a female prisoner at the detention facility where he worked.

Robert Diskete was hired at the Highland County ...

Report Shows COVID-19 Reduced Life Expectancy for Prisoners in Florida, Same Likely for Other States

by David M. Reutter

Prisoners have faced a “substantially elevated total mortality risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the elevated risk for COVID-19 infection found in previous studies,” concluded a study titled, “Assessing the Mortality Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Florida State Prisons,” by Neal Marcos Marquez ...

$350,000 Settlement for New Mexico Pretrial Detainee in ‘Failure to Protect’ Claim

by David M. Reutter

New Mexico’s Lea County paid $350,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging guards at the Lea County Detention Center (LCDC) failed to protect a pretrial detainee.

John Cordova was housed at LCDC on April 29, 2017, on a probation violation. Guards Joe Portillo and Dillon Phipps observed ...

The Killing Fields: Three Alabama State Prisoners Murdered in Five Days

by Ed Lyon

On May 8, 2021, 32-year-old prisoner Regial Ingram died at Alabama’s Bullock Correctional Facility. On May 6, 2021, 58-year-old prisoner Jody Potts died at Alabama’ s Limestone Correctional Facility. On May 4, 2021, 23-year-old Ian Rettig died at Alabama’ s Fountain Correctional Facility. Although the mortal week’s ...

New Mexico Jail Sued For Allowing Woman Prisoner to Die of Infections

by Keith Sanders

On February 25, 2021, the estate of Carmela DeVargas, who died while in custody at the Santa Fe County Detention Center, filed a federal lawsuit against the Santa Fe County Board of Commissioners and its employees. The suit alleges officials at the Detention Center failed to provide ...

Beating Death in Oahu Jail Ends With Acquittal of Mentally Ill Killer

by Kevin Dayton, Honolulu Civil Beat

A jail prisoner who admitted to the fatal beating of another prisoner in 2019 has been acquitted of murder, concluding a case that triggered scrutiny of the state’s practice of withholding information when prisoners die in custody.

Judge Rowena Somerville on Wednesday cited mental ...

$2.1 Million Awarded in Beating Ordered by Kentucky Jail Guard

On July 9, 2021, a federal jury awarded $2.1 million in damages to an alleged Kentucky shoplifter who was beaten by fellow prisoners at the Shelby County Detention Center on the orders of a jail guard.

According to the complaint, Joshua Reece was 31 when he was arrested for pilfering ...

Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Federal Prisoner’s Bivens Action Challenging Due Process in 280-Day SHU Stay and Alleging Retaliation

by Matt Clarke

On June 2, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a federal prisoner’s claims of insufficient due process used in maintaining his Special Housing Unit (SHU) status for 280 days. In doing so, the court refused to expand the ...

Ninth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment in Lawsuit For CoreCivic Causing BOP Detainee’s Prolonged Detention Without Court Appearance or Attorney

by Matt Clarke

On May 28, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that Corrections Corporation of America (now known as CoreCivic) was not entitled to summary judgment in a lawsuit over a pretrial detainee held for 355 days in solitary confinement without a court ...

Lawsuit Filed Over Rodent Infestation at New Mexico Prison

by David M. Reutter

For many years, the Western New Mexico Correctional Facility (WNMCF) has had a “horrific and widespread” rodent infestation that makes the prison “a dangerous place.” Those allegations form the basis for a lawsuit filed in federal court by two former WNMCF prisoners.

The lawsuit was filed ...

Illinois Prison Guard Charged for Assaulting a Prisoner

On Monday, October 5, 2020, prison guard Chris Koziol allegedly severely assaulted an unnamed prisoner at the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois.        The assault was investigated by the Illinois State Police’s (ISP) Division of Internal Investigation (DII).

On May 5, 2021, the Will County State’s Attorney charged Koziol ...

District Court Extends Armstrong Order to Five Additional California Prisons

Judge Orders Facilities Housing Disabled Prisoners
to Install Surveillance and Body Cameras

by Derek Gilna and Doug Ankney

On March 11, 2021, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in the Northern District of California ordered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to require its guards to wear body cameras and install ...

Decapitated Prisoner Shows CDCR Safety Standards Still Headed in the Wrong Direction

California Inspector General’s office issues another reports highly critical of  health care at Corcoran and statewide prison employee disciplinary process

by Matt Clarke

In April 2021, the California Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report highly critical of the medical care prisoners received at the 2,976-man California State Prison ...

The U.S. Department of Justice Creates Risk Assessment Tool to Help Determine Who is Eligible for Early Release Under First Step Act

 

The U.S. Department of Justice created the Prisoner Assessment Tool Targeting Estimated Risk and Needs (“PATTERN”) to help determine who is eligible to earn credits for early release under the First Step Act. An interactive version of PATTERN available at apps.urban.org shows how each risk factor raises or lowers ...

California Appeals Court Holds Habeas Action Over Censorship of Tattoo Magazine Mooted By Delivery

by Matt Clarke

On June 8, 2021, a California court of appeals held that a prisoner’s habeas corpus challenging San Quentin State Prison’s withholding of eight issues of Artists Magazine was mooted when the prison allowed him to receive the censored issues.

California Code of Regulations, title 15, section 3006(c)(l7) ...

Fifth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Texas Prisoner’s Failure-to-Protect Suit

by Matt Clarke

On May 5, 2021, the Fifth Circuit court of appeals reversed the dismissal of a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by a Texas state prisoner who alleged an assistant warden failed to protect him from an attack by a prisoner who had previously threatened him.

According to ...

Two Albuquerque Jailers Indicted for Killing Prisoner

by Matt Clarke

On May 18, 2021, two jail guards at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico were indicted for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the asphyxiation death of a prisoner at the jail in 2019.

Video recordings show that guards used force on MDC prisoner Vicente ...

Attorney Fees Awarded Against CoreCivic After Defamation Suit Dismissed

by David M. Reutter

A California federal district court held that CoreCivic, Inc., must pay attorney fees in a defamation lawsuit. The court held the calculation of fees in abeyance until the resolution of appeals related to the dismissal and whether it could award fees.

The court’s April 6, 2021 ...

Tenth Circuit Rejects Government’s Appeal Over Recorded Attorney Calls and Visits at Private Prison in Leavenworth

by Dale Chappell

Over five years ago, federal prosecutors in Kansas used recordings of attorney visits and phone calls to obtain convictions in numerous criminal cases. The recordings were made by a private prison in Leavenworth owned by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA, which has since changed its name to ...

Prisoner’s Suicide in Sherburne County Minnesota Jail Results in $2.3 Million Settlement

by Keith Sanders

A recent investigation by KARE 11, a Minnesota-based NBC news affiliate, has brought much-needed attention to systematic failures at jails throughout Minnesota. Many local and state correctional facilities in that state, according to the months-long investigation, do not provide prisoners with adequate medical and mental health care. ...

$30,001 Jury Verdict Over Discriminatory ICE Notification Policy By Minnesota Jail

by Kevin Bliss

Myriam Parada was awarded $30,001 from the Minnesota District Court January 28, 2021 for false imprisonment in the Anoka County Jail. The county’s unwritten policy was to contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) whenever a foreign-born United States resident was booked into the jail. The American Civil ...

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules on Medical Parole Despite Death of Prisoners Who Sought Judicial Review

by Matt Clarke

On May 19, 2021, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled on three questions relating to medical parole despite the two prisoners who filed for judicial review having since died.

Raymond Harmon and Brian Racine were Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) prisoners who applied for release under ...

News in Brief

Alabama: A former guard at the Mobile Metro Jail was scheduled to be arraigned on May 19, 2021, after being indicted for his role in an alleged scheme to smuggle cellphones into the Alabama lockup in exchange for bribes. According to a report by local TV station WALA, Taeric Montez ...