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Article • April 24, 2017
Crowd Control Techniques Subject of West Virginia Jail Abuse Suits by Lawsuits filed in 2015 against the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority (WVRJCFA) claim a special response teams used excessive force on routine searches and cell extractions.  The alleged force involves techniques normally used for crowd control. ...
Article • May 5, 2016 • from PLN May, 2016
Filed under: Burning, Damages
$1,000 Jury Award in Texas Prisoner’s Excessive Use of Force Suit by Matthew Clarke On August 18, 2014, a Texas federal jury awarded a state prisoner $1,000 on his claim of excessive use of force by a prison guard. Enforcement of that judgment, however, would prove difficult. Florencio Hernandez was ...
Florida’s Department of Corrections: A Culture of Corruption, Abuse and Deaths by David Reutter Florida, with the nation’s third-largest prison system, has a long and sordid history of abusing, neglecting and even killing its prisoners. Because most state prisons are in insular rural areas, the general public, aside from those ...
Will Lawsuits and Exposés Lead to Reform of Florida’s Brutal Prisons? by Laura Cepero Florida’s prisons have become notorious for their abuse and neglect of the people in their care. Now, as per an agreement between the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) and Disability Rights Florida, the state will be overhauling ...
Brief • October 20, 2015
Hunter v. City of Denver, CO, Amended Complaint, Jail Abuse, 2014 Case 1:12-cv-02682-JLK-MJW Document 83 Filed 04/14/14 USDC Colorado Page 1 of 40 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action Number: 12-cv-02682-JLK JAMAL HUNTER, Plaintiff, v. The CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER, a municipality; ...
Brief • October 20, 2015
Hunter v. City of Denver, CO, Settlement Agreement, Jail Abuse, 2014 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE This SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE is made and entered into this 25th day of July, 2014, by and between Jamal Hunter (the "Releasing Party" or "Hunter") and the City and County of Denver (the "City"), ...
Article • July 15, 2012 • from PLN July, 2012
Filed under: Excessive Force, Burning
Florida Nurse Accused of Scalding Prisoner with Hot Water by A registered nurse at Florida’s Lake Correctional Institution (LCI) was charged on February 8, 2011 with abuse, aggravated abuse and neglect of an elderly or disabled adult. The charges followed a three-month investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement ...
Article • November 15, 2011
$28,000 Settlement Reached in Abuse Case at Youth Facility by A $28,000 settlement was reached in a civil rights action claiming 8th Amendment violations at a New York youth facility. Prisoner Corey Devance Lewis was incarcerated at the Tryon Residential Center on February 6, 2001 when he exchanged words with ...
Article • April 15, 2011
Purposeful Exposure to Ultraviolet Light Warrants Denial of Qualified Immunity by On March 25, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit affirmed in part a summary judgment denial is a 42U.S.C. §1983 suit that alleges Arkansas prison guards maliciously and out of retaliation exposed a prisoner to ...
Article • April 15, 2011 • from PLN April, 2011
Filed under: Excessive Force, Burning
Heat Ray Device, Rejected by Military, to be Tested on Los Angeles County Jail Prisoners by Michael Brodheim by Mike Brodheim In August 2010, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced plans to deploy a high-tech heat ray device, originally developed by Raytheon Company for use by the U.S. military ...
California Prison Settles Prisoner’s Excessive Force Suit for $15,000 by On January 28, 2010, California prisoner Garrison S. Johnson, proceeding pro se, signed a settlement agreement to resolve a federal lawsuit he had filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming violations of his civil rights by officials with the ...
Article • May 15, 2010
Washington DOC Agrees to Pay $1,000 to Prisoner Burned During Medical Test. by On April 28, 2006, the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) agreed to pay $1,000 to a prisoner who received substandard medical care. Arthur Billups went in for medical treatment on December 28 and 29 for a test ...
Article • January 15, 2010
Judgment for Guards who Allegedly Sodomized and Burned Prisoner Upheld by On January 27, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment for two guards accused of providing deliberately indifferent medical care and a jury verdict in favor of the guards on ...
Abu Ghraib's Stain on Military Medicine by Steven Miles by Steven H. Miles, MD This article examines the relationship of military medical personnel to abuses of detainees at Abu Ghraib and other detention centers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. It is based on testimony before the US Senate and ...
PLRA Applies to Juveniles; Claim Administratively Exhausted by A New York federal district court has held that the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) applies to juvenile prisoners, and the juvenile's actions to air his grievance informally satisfied the PLRA's administrative remedy exhaustion requirement. Corey Lewis, a delinquent resident of the ...
New Jersey Jail Settles Chemical Burn Suit for $900,000 by On April 20, 1999, Atlantic County, New Jersey, paid $900,000 to settle a lawsuit involving extensive chemical burns suffered by a prisoner forced to do calisthenics in a pit filled with caustic chemicals. David Zamot was a non violent offender ...
$1.65 Million Jury Verdict in Cell Assignment Case Affirmed by The court of appeals for the seventh circuit affirmed a jury verdict against prison official defendants finding that they were deliberately indifferent to a prisoner's safety by leaving him in a cell with a mentally ill prisoner who later tried ...
Interlocutory Appeals Discussed by The eighth circuit court of appeals has distinguished recent supreme court decisions as to when interlocutory appeals can be heard by appeal courts. Gerry Reece, a Missouri state prisoner, was in protective custody due to being a DEA informant and a snitch in a murder trial. ...
Jury Awards $39,000 in Texas Scalding by On September 21, 1995, a federal jury in Houston awarded Texas state prisoner Roland Rudd $39,000 in damages against prison guards Robert Bergeron and Leonardo Herrera. The jury found that the Bergeron splashed a pitcher of hot coffee on Rudd's face and refused ...
Article • October 15, 1994 • from PLN October, 1994
$1 Million for Boiling Prisoner by Vaughn Dortch is a California prisoner held at the Pelican Bay prison control unit. After suffering mental deterioration Dortch covered himself in fecal matter. The administration ordered guards to wash it off and the guards took Dortch to the prison infirmary where they placed ...