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Article • August 10, 2017
Filed under: Smoking, Commissary
Jails Market E-Cigarettes to Detainees to Generate Revenue by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson Prisons and jails across the country went tobacco-free years ago, to avoid second-hand smoke lawsuits and rising medical care costs. Now, impoverished jails are selling prisoners e- cigarettes, in hopes of profiting off their addiction. “Hope ...
Article • August 4, 2017
$153,955 Jury Award for TN Jail Guard Fired Over Support for Sheriff’s Election Foe by Joe Watson by Joe Watson A mom who was fired from her job as a Tennessee jail guard because she supported the county sheriff’s election foe was awarded $153,955 in August 2008 by a U.S. ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Filed under: Proselytizing
Tennessee Sheriff Settles Lawsuit over Religious Proselytization by The Bradley County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) in Tennessee agreed to a settlement to resolve a lawsuit and end the use of its Facebook page to promote or further religious statements. In addition to the settlement terms that regulate Facebook postings, the Sheriff’s ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Tennessee Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Sexual Misconduct, Excessive Force Charges by A Tennessee sheriff has admitted to using his authority to have sex with jail prisoners on several occasions and using excessive force on another prisoner. Fentress County Sheriff Charles Scott “Chucky” Cravens, 47, pleaded guilty on April 20, 2017 ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Filed under: PLN Litigation, Censorship
PLN Obtains $50,000 Settlement in Tennessee Jail Censorship Suit by On March 16, 2016, a Tennessee federal district court granted PLN’s motion for a preliminary injunction to protect its Fourteenth Amendment rights from infringement by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. The county subsequently agreed to pay a $50,000 settlement. PLN’s ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Filed under: Sewage
One of Tennessee’s Most Pristine Rivers Contaminated with Prison Sewage by Panagioti Tsolkas by Panagioti Tsolkas It's a rare case when one state agency penalizes another with more than a slap on the wrist. This year, in a move that surprised local environmentalists, Tennessee joined the growing list of states ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Tennessee Private Probation Firm Probed for Alleged Abuses by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Various misdemeanor probationers in Rutherford County, Tennessee have filed a federal lawsuit against Rutherford County, Pathways Community Corrections (PCC), previously known as Providence Community Corrections, and various probation officers, seeking injunctive relief and class action status ...
Tennessee Corrections Institute - Minimum Standards for Local Adult Correctional Facilities, 2015 0 1 1400-1-.01 Preface (1) Under the authority of T.C.A. 41-4-140, the Tennessee Corrections Institute is required to establish minimum standards for local jails, lock-ups, workhouses and detention facilities in the state and conduct an annual inspection of ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Embattled Private Probation Company Ceases Operations by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In July 2016, Pathways community Corrections, a private probation company, announced that it had voluntarily ceased operations in Tennessee following a series of complaints, a federal lawsuit and an investigation by state officials that uncovered evidence the company ...
Publication • June 15, 2017
Tennessee Assistant District Attorney - Letter to Parole Board, 2016 OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL GLENN R. FUNK District Attorney General September 26, 2016 David Liner Executive Director, Tennessee Board of Parole 404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1300 Nashville, TN 37243 Subject: Robert Earl Polk, DOB 2/16/1983 Dear Director ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Filed under: Overcrowding, Staffing
Perfect Storm of Overcrowding, Violence and Staff Shortages in Tennessee Prisons by David M. Reutter by David M. Reutter An increasing prison population within the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC), combined with staff shortages, created a perfect storm that spawned high levels of violence in the state’s prison system. The ...
Opposition to Prison Is an Environmental Fight in Appalachia by Sara Imperiale by Sara Imperiale A proposed federal prison has become the focus of opposition for advocates concerned about the project's most notable feature: it’s slated for a mountaintop coal removal site. Coal companies mine by mountaintop removal predominately in ...
Dodson v. CoreCivic, TN, Complaint, Lack of Diabetes Treatment, 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE NASHVILLE DIVISION DOUGLAS DODSON, TAZARIUS LEACH, RICHARD LITTLE, JASPER VICK, ET AL, ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ...
Kickback publication • May 10, 2017
Filed under: Telephones, Telephone Rates
Tennessee Rates May 2017 TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION ATTENTION: Tennessee Department of Correction has chosen to decrease calling rates at its institutions by eliminating surcharges on all in-state calling and implementing per-minute calling rates lower than those mandated by the Federal Communications Commission. Effective March 17, 2016, the reduced calling ...
Brief • April 25, 2017
Tiger v. Pynkala, TN, Complaint, Excessive Force Hotel Arrest, 2014 APPENDIX F Case 2:14-cv-02312-JDT-dkv Document 9 Filed 06/16/14 Page 1 of 22 PagelD 137 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE Civil Action No. 2: 14-cv-2312-JlH-dkv Ms. Tiger Plaintiff, V. JASON S. PYNKALA, individually; CAMRON ...
Brief • April 25, 2017
Tiger v. Pynkala, TN, Order to Affirm Judgment of Dismissal, Excessive Force Hotel Arrest, 2015 APPENDIX A Case: 15-5103 Document: 28-2 u'?~. Filed: 11/16/2015 Page: 1 ~ NOT RECOMMENDEDFOR FULL-TEXTPUBLICATION No. 15-5103 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT ~========~ ~ FILED TIGER, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. JASON S. PYNKALA, ...
Brief • March 27, 2017
Filed under: Control Units, Juveniles
Doe v. Hommrich, Preliminary Injunction Order, Juvenile Solitary Confinement, 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE NASHVILLE DIVISION JOHN DOE, a minor, by and through his Mother and next friend, SHARIEKA FRAZIER v. BONNIE HOMMRICH, et al. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ...
Tennessee Sheriff Indicted, Suspended and Jailed Over E-cig Business by Tennessee’s Rutherford County Sheriff has been indicted and is presently incarcerated, awaiting trial on charges related to his connections with a company that sold e-cigarettes to prisoners at his jail, as well as other contracts he entered into without county ...
PLN Goes Undercover to Bust CCA Employees’ Misuse of Prisoner Labor by When PLN managing editor Alex Friedmann received a letter from a prisoner at the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility in Nashville, Tennessee, a jail operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA, which recently changed its name to CoreCivic), he ...
Tennessee Prisoner Escapes Privatized Medical Jail Care to Obtain Surgery by To obtain needed surgery, a prisoner escaped from Tennessee’s Trousdale County Jail (TCJ). Prior to being booked into TCJ to serve a probation violation sentence, Don R. White, Jr. 31, was scheduled for hernia surgery. “When I walked in, ...
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