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Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Dismissal of Mississippi Prisoner’s Suit Over Grievance Retaliation Upheld by The dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Mississippi state prisoner Bobby Wilson, Jr., alleging violation of his free speech rights and retaliation by prison officials, was upheld by the Mississippi Court of Appeals on August 30, 2016. Wilson claimed that ...
“Deal with the Devil” Turning on Mississippi Counties by David M. Reutter by David M. Reutter As mass incarceration in the United States grew between 1990 and 2005, many lawmakers decided to ride the wave of “tough on crime” rhetoric by building new correctional facilities to house the increasing number ...
Brief • June 28, 2017
Filed under: Bond Fees, Bail Bonds
Burks v. Scott County, MS, Complaint, Bail Denial, 2014 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI NORTHERN DIVISION Octavious Burks; Joshua Bassett, on Behalf of Themselves and All Others Similarly Situated, * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ...
Brief • June 14, 2017
Filed under: Money/Property
Kennedy v. City of Biloxi, MS, Settlement, Debtors Prison, 2016 STIPULATED SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RETENTION OF JURISDICTION This Stipulated Settlement Agreement and Retention of Jurisdiction (hereinafter “Agreement”) is made by and among the City of Biloxi (“Biloxi” or “the City”), John Miller (“Miller”), and Judge James Steele (“Steele”); and Qumotria ...
Brief • June 14, 2017
Filed under: Money/Property
Kennedy v. City of Biloxi, MS, Complaint, Debtors Prison, 2015 Case 1:15-cv-00348-HSO-JCG Document 1 Filed 10/21/15 Page 1 of 73 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MtSSl8S1PPI FILE 0 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI SOUTHERN DIVISION OCT 21 2015 ARTHUR JOHNSTON DEPUTY BY QUMOTRIA KENNEDY; RICHARD TILLERY; on Behalf of ...
Gangs, Privatization Create “Chaotic” Conditions in Mississippi Prisons by David M. Reutter By David M. Reutter Mention prison and most people imagine dark thoughts.  The reasons for those thoughts vary from a fear of losing personal freedom to the images from Hollywood that portray prison as a gladiator school where ...
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: Staffing, Staff Training
Healthcare and Handcuffs: BOP Assigns Medical Staff to Security Positions by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), facing chronic guard shortages, has resorted to either paying overtime to officers who work additional shifts or assigning nurses and other healthcare staff to security positions. In the ...
Brief • March 15, 2017
Filed under: Work, HIV/AIDS
Gates v. Barbour, MS, Order, HIV Work Release Placement, 2004 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI GREENVILLE DIVISION NAZARETH GATES, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS VS. 4:71CV6-JAD HALEY BARBOUR, ET AL., DEFENDANTS CONSOLIDATED WITH DAVID D. MOORE, AT AL., PLAINTIFFS VS. 4:90CV125-JAD KIRK FORDICE, ET AL., ...
Mississippi: Hinds County Jails in Crisis, Face Mandated Reforms by David Reutter The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a letter in May 2015 that described the findings of an investigation which concluded two jails in Hinds County, Mississippi were violating prisoners’ rights. The county has since entered into a ...
Audit of the fBOP’s Contract with CoreCivic to Operate the Adams County Correctional Center in Natchez, MI, OIG, 2016 Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Audit of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Contract with CoreCivic, Inc. to Operate the Adams County Correctional Center in Natchez, Mississippi Audit ...
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Class-action Certified in Challenge to Treatment of Mentally Ill Mississippi Prisoners by David Reutter In September 2015, a Mississippi federal district court certified as a class-action a lawsuit challenging the treatment and conditions afforded mentally ill prisoners at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility (EMCF). The court further held that the ...
Private Prison Company Not Liable for Guard's Death in Riot by Lonnie Burton Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) successfully moved in federal court to dismiss a suit brought by the survivors of a guard who was killed by prisoners during a riot in 2012. On May 20, 2012, prisoners rioted ...
GEO Group Fined More Than $100,000 (by OSHA) by Prison profiteer GEO Group was cited by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) in a June 2012 report with six safety and health violations—totaling $104,000 in fines—at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, which the company formerly managed. OSHA said that, ...
One Guard killed, Sixteen Staff and Three Prisoners Injured in Mississippi Private Prison Riot by Matthew Clarke On May 20, 2012, violence erupted at a 2,567-bed private prison near Natchez, Mississippi which is operated by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). The Adams County Corrections Center (ACCC) houses low-security adult ...
BOP Settles Claim of Race and Gender Discrimination by Christopher Zoukis The Bureau of Prisons settled a claim of racial and gender discrimination in September 2002. Lisa Pinkston Druey, a white female prison guard at Federal Correctional Institution Yazoo City, Mississippi, filed a claim of discrimination against the Bureau of ...
Article • September 2, 2016 • from PLN September, 2016
Termination of Consent Decree at Mississippi Prison Denied; Facility to Close by David Reutter Ongoing violations of prisoners’ rights at the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility (WGCF) led a federal district court to deny the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) motion to terminate a consent decree. The evidence, the court held ...
Condoms Now Available to Prisoners in Three States by Joe Watson Legislation in California, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2014, allows prisoners in the state’s 34 adult correctional facilities access to condoms. With the signing of Assembly Bill 999 – also known as the Prisoner Protections ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Filed under: Judicial Misconduct
Mississippi Sheriff Blames Court Bailiffs for Prisoner Pregnancy by "It did not happen in my courtroom and not under my watch," declared Mississippi Judge Winston Kidd, referring to a pregnancy resulting from a courthouse tryst between two detainees. "It is not my bailiff's practice to allow the female prisoners and ...
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