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Article • February 22, 2017
Filed under: Retaliation, Whistleblowing
BOP Pays 7,500 Settlement at Retaliation Claim by The federal Bureau of Prisons paid $7,500 and agreed to not report the suspension of a guard who alleged reprisal in a discrimination complaint. Lt. Norma Jean Vasquez alleged she was subject to retaliation for her previous participation in an “OIA investigation” ...
Rodriguez-Grava & Cisneros de Jesus v. GEO Group, TX, Order, Failure to Provide Mental Health Services, 2009 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO DIVISION MIROSLAVA RODRIGUEZ-GRAVA and ISAIAS VASQUEZ CISNEROS DE JESUS, § § § § Plaintiffs, § § vs. § § GEO GROUP, INC.; THE ...
BOP Pays $31,491 for Biased EEOC Investigation by The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) was ordered to pay $31,491 in an employee’s Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint. The complaint was filed by Sheila R. Hendley, a former Inmates Systems Officer at the Federal Prison Camp in El Paso, Texas.  She ...
BOP Pays $22,500 Settlement in Retaliation Claim by The federal Bureau of Prisons paid $22,500 to settle a lawsuit claiming retaliation.  The suit was brought by James M. Hedge, an Administrative Assistant Warden at the Federal Correction Complex in Beaumont, Texas. Hedge alleged that in 1997 he was subject to ...
Article • February 21, 2017
BOP Agrees to Settlement After Its Demotion Action Found Without Cause by Following a ruling in favor of an employee by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, a settlement was reached between the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and the employee. John E. Cannon was the Acting Warden at Federal ...
Arkansas Prisoner’s Parental Rights Terminated by The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed the termination of a prisoner’s parental rights. George Blumley was in prison on October 7, 2012, when the biological mother of his nine year old son, G.B., was arrested on several charges relative to a domestic violence incident.  The ...
Alaska Prisoner Deaths Criticized in Report by The deaths of four Alaska prisoners has placed a focus on that state’s prison system.  The handling of the deaths and a lack of training was criticized in a report that preceded the replacement of corrections commissioner. Gov. Bill Walker called the report’s ...
Article • February 21, 2017
$340,000 Awarded to Man Chicago Detective Falsely Claimed had Confessed to Murder by Leonard Robinson was arrested by Chicago police for battery. That charge was eventually dropped, but while he was held in jail for two days, then charged with killing his girlfriend's three-year-old son forty-one months earlier. He remained ...
Article • February 21, 2017
$130,000 Settlement for BOP Prisoner Injured in Cell by A $13,000 settlement was reached in a lawsuit alleging a prisoner suffered a severe injury due to “a dangerous condition” that existed in his cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles. While attempting to gain access to his bunk ...
$94,000 Settlement over New York Jail Discriminating Against Pregnant Guard by A U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit brought against Niagara County, New York, over employment discrimination against a pregnant county jail guard drove the county's litigation expenses to a new record high in 2015. In addition to paying the ...
$13 Million Ohio Wrongful Conviction Verdict Upheld by Sixth Circuit by On December 2, 2014, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a district court jury verdict which awarded $13 million to a man who spent 12 years in prison for a murder conviction later overturned for malicious prosecution ...
Face-to-Face Family Visits Return to Some Jails by By Mindy Fetterman, Stateline The jailhouse scene from 2014 remains vivid in Rebecca Shlafer’s mind. A 3-year-old girl came to the Washington County Jail in Stillwater, Minnesota, to see her dad. “She ran down the hall, jumped up in a chair and ...
Beyond the Bars of Hopelessness: How We Can Revive Parole by By Jean Trounstine, Truthout A newly released Sentencing Project report, "Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences", lays it on the line: Incarcerated people who have been sentenced to "life" but are eligible for parole are serving ...
“A Living Nightmare” by Women Visiting Loved Ones Jailed at Rikers Describe a Pattern of Invasive Searches by Guards By Raven Rakia, The Intercept Reprinted with permission from The Intercept. The Intercept's story was produced in partnership with WNYC.   On July 2, 2015, Jasmine Quattlebaum took the bus to Rikers Island to ...
The Private Prison Primer: Stolen shoes and the Kingman riots by By Beryl Lipton, MuckRock Part 1 - Taking a look inside the black hole of prisoner grievances, and the lessons learned too late During the years it was operated by the private Management and Training Corporation, the “property” grievance was ...
Americans Are Still Being Imprisoned For Being HIV Positive by By Sydney Lupkin, VICE There has never been a documented case in which HIV was transmitted via saliva. But Willie Campbell, who is HIV positive, has been behind bars for nearly a decade and is serving a 35-year sentence for spitting at a Dallas police officer. According to the ...
Publication • February 15, 2017
Joint letter against class action reforms in HR 985 - Feb 2017 Civil Rights Groups Strongly Oppose H.R. 985 February 14, 2017 The Honorable Bob Goodlatte, Chairman Committee on the Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member Committee on the Judiciary U.S. ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Colorado Town to Pay $775,000 for Relying on Bogus Snitch by Derek Gilna As a result of two federal lawsuits brought on behalf of eight plaintiffs, in October 2016 the Colorado town of Trinidad agreed to pay $775,000 to the victims of its police department’s incompetence and over-reliance on a ...
Trapped by Sam Levin California wastes tens of millions of dollars a year keeping people in prison long after they’ve been rehabilitated – denying parole for arbitrary reasons and destroying lives in the process. by Sam Levin, East Bay Express Part One: Cruel and Indefinite Punishment Demian Johnson knows he ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Pennsylvania DOC Ordered to Evaluate Mumia Abu-Jamal for Hep C Treatment by Derek Gilna Pennsylvania state prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, serving a life sentence for murder and diagnosed with hepatitis C, sued the state’s Department of Corrections (DOC) in federal court when he was refused treatment for that life-threatening disease. On ...
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