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Article • December 11, 2017
BOP Prison Guard's 30 Day Suspension for Biting Inmate Reversed in Arbitration by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis The 30-day suspension of Kenneth O. Davis for biting a prisoner was overturned by federal arbitrator Michael L. Allen on December 12, 2002. Davis, a senior officer specialist (prison guard), was working ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Tennessee: High Cost of Drugs Cited as Reason to Deny Prisoners Hep C Treatment by David Reutter by David M. Reutter Tennessee prison officials “turn a blind eye” to the medical needs of prisoners infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), a class-action lawsuit filed in July 2016 alleges. While ...
Publication • November 17, 2017
Tennessee DOC Prison Audit STATE OF TENNESSEE COMPTROLLER OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION Performance Audit Report November 2017 Justin P. Wilson, Comptroller Division of State Audit Sunset Performance Section DEBORAH V. LOVELESS, CPA, CGFM, CGMA Director JOSEPH SCHUSSLER, CPA, CGFM Assistant Director DENA W. WINNINGHAM, CGFM Audit Manager Vincent ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
TN Prison Counselor Suspended for Posting Insults on Facebook by Joe Watson by Joe Watson A counselor at the Turney Center Industrial Complex (TCIX), a close-security prison located in southwestern Tennessee, was suspended for three days after she posted profanity-laced insults on the Facebook page for the Tennessee Department of ...
Article • August 24, 2017
Nearly $57,000 Attorney Fee Award in Tennessee Public Records Case by David Reutter by David Reutter The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County was found to be in willful noncompliance with the Tennessee Public Records Act. It was order to pay $56,884.55 in attorney fees and expenses as a ...
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 Reutter by David 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 TDOC has ...
Brief • 2017
Robinson v. Purkey, TN, Memo Re TRO Mot, Driver's License Suspensions, 2017 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE NASHVILLE DIVISION FRED ROBINSON, ASHLEY SPRAGUE, and JOHNNY GIBBS, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, ) ) ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) v. ) ) DAVID W. ...
Brief • 2017
Norris v. Bryant, TN, Complaint, Restraint Chair, 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE NASHVILLE DIVISION JORDAN NORRIS, PLAINTIFF ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) vs. MARK BRYANT, JOSH MARRIOTT, and JEFF KEY, DEFENDANTS. CASE NUMBER _________ COMPLAINT Comes now Plaintiff ...
Brief • 2017
Rodriguez v. Providence Community Corrections, TN, Settlement, Private Probation, 2017 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE This Settlement Agreement and Release is entered into by named plaintiffs Cindy Rodriguez, Steven Gibbs, Paula Pullum, Yolanda Carney, Jacqueline Brinkley, Curtis Johnson, and Fred Robinson (“Named Plaintiffs”), defendant Rutherford County, Tennessee (“Rutherford County”), defendant Providence ...
Publication • 2017
American Bar Association - Denial of the Right to Counsel in Misdemeanor Cases Court Watching in Nashville, Tennessee, 2017 DENIAL OF THE RIGHT TO COUNSEL IN MISDEMEANOR CASES: COURT WATCHING IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION SECTION ON CIVIL RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE Prepared by Stephen F. Hanlon* Vice-Chair of ...
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