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Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Georgia Prison Doctor Rewarded for Cutting Costs as Prisoners Died Under His Care by David Reutter by David M. Reutter In September 2015, a Georgia prison doctor was fired for lying on his employment application. The misrepresentations were uncovered earlier that year during an investigation by the Atlanta Journal Constitution ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
USP Atlanta Escapes Result in Convictions by Monte McCoin by Monte McCoin PLN previously reported the February 3, 2017 arrest of federal prisoner Justin B. Stinson, who was caught sneaking back into the minimum-security prison camp at USP Atlanta carrying a duffel bag filled with a cell phone, scissors, two ...
Article • December 1, 2017
$45,000 Jury Award For Injuries Caused By Georgia Prison CERT Team by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis A jury awarded $45,000 in damages against four Georgia state prison Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members on June 12, 2013. Ammon Ra Sumrall was imprisoned at the Autry State Prison October 27, ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Filed under: Crime, War on Drugs, Telephones
Georgia Prison Contraband Investigation Nets 130 Arrests, Guilty Pleas by David Reutter by David M. Reutter About 130 people have been arrested following a joint two-year investigation by the FBI and the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDOC). Indictments for 75 of the arrestees were announced in September 2015; another 46 ...
Kickback publication • October 24, 2017
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ICE Detainee Sent to Solitary Confinement for Encouraging Protest of “Voluntary” Low-Wage Labor by Spencer Woodman by Spencer Woodman, reprinted with permission from The Intercept In June, officials at a privately run Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in rural Georgia sentenced an immigrant detainee to a month in solitary ...
Eleventh Circuit: Procedural Dismissals do Not Count as Strikes Under the PLRA by David Reutter by David Reutter The Eleventh Circuit held last year that a district court erred in finding the dismissals of a prisoner’s prior civil rights actions due to “lack of jurisdiction” and for “want of prosecution” ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Georgia Teen’s Suicide from Neglect Results in $1.7 Million Settlement by A settlement was reached last year in a lawsuit brought by the estate of a teenager who hanged himself at a Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facility. The complaint described a chilling account of neglect of a child ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Private Probation Company Agrees to End Drug Testing Absent Court Order by David Reutter by David Reutter In a preliminary consent order, Sentinel Offender Services, a private probation company, agreed to stop its practice of drug testing probationers without court approval. The order was entered in a class-action case challenging ...
Article • September 6, 2017
Eleventh Circuit Slams Douglas County, Georgia Sheriff's Office for Retaliation Against Whistle-Blower by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued a stinging opinion in which it firmly rebukes the retaliatory actions of the Douglas County, Georgia Sheriff's Office. Derrick Bailey, ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Leader of Fraudulent Scheme Targeting Prisoners Convicted, Sent to Prison by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Qadir Shabazz, aka Deangelo Moore, aka Deangelo Muhammad, a 41-year-old Atlanta man, was convicted in January 2016 of charges related to a fraudulent scheme that sold false hope to prisoners and stole millions from ...
Article • August 23, 2017
$200,000 Settlement in City Counsel’s Refusal to Film Meetings by David Reutter by David Reutter The City of Cumming, Georgia, agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging it prohibited a citizen from filming a City Council meeting. Nydia Tisdale attended an April 17, 2012, Cumming City Council meeting ...
Brief • July 31, 2017
Adams v. Sentinel Offender Services, GA, Complaint, Private Probation Fees, 2017 Case 1:17-mi-99999-UNA Document 1922 Filed 07/25/17 Page 1 of 54 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA ATLANTA DIVISION ) STACEY ADAMS, ) ) JERRY SAINT VIL, on behalf of ) themselves and others ...
Report Finds Substandard Medical Care in ICE Facilities by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In a July 2016 report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) found that 16 of the 18 immigrant detainees who died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody from 2012 to 2015 received substandard medical care, and that ...
Brief • 2017
Tarver v. McLaughlin, GA, Settlement, Amputation Medical Neglect, 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA MACON DIVISION MICHAEL ANTHONY TARVER Plaintiff, v. GREGORY MCLAUGHLIN, et al. Defendant. * * * * * * * * * CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:14-CV-214-MTT-MSH SETTLEMENT AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT ...
Brief • May 19, 2017
Walker v. City of Calhoun, GA, Brief of Amicus Curiae, Indigent Arrestee Bail Debtors Prison, 2016 Case: 16-10521 Date Filed: 08/18/2016 No. 16-10521-HH Page: 1 of 34 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT _________________ MAURICE WALKER, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated, Plaintiff-Appellee ...
Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic - Imprisoned Justice, Penn State Law, 2017 IMPRISONED JUSTICE: Inside Two Georgia Immigrant Detention Centers May 2017 PHOTO CREDIT: TOP PHOTO: STEVEN RUBIN; BOTTOM PHOTOS: STEVE PAVEY Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Georgia Immigrant Detention Centers 1 “SEGREGATION IS LIKE HELL. ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Filed under: Cost of Prison Systems
Bonds Used to Finance Private Prisons, Jails Turn into Junk by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The promise of safe, humane and less costly prisons has been used for decades by the private prison industry to sell its products. As prison populations skyrocketed, local, state and federal governments became convinced ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Filed under: Sentinel, Overdetention
Private Probation Company Agrees to Multiple Settlements in Georgia by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In July 2016, just before trial, Sentinel Offender Services, a private probation company, agreed to pay a $200,000 settlement to LaSaundria J. Walker for illegally keeping her in jail after she completed her term of ...
Article • March 14, 2017
Filed under: Family Law
Divorce Granted to Wife of Incarcerated Man Vacated By Georgia Supreme Court after Multiple Appeals by On November 7, 2016, the Georgia Supreme Court set aside a trial court decision granting a divorce judgment to the spouse of an incarcerated man. The state high court held there was no evidence ...
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