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“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 ...
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 ...
Still No Answers by Jamycheal Mitchell’s death in a Virginia jail cell still hasn’t been explained. It should be a national scandal. by Dahlia Lithwick, Slate On August 19, 2015, 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell was found dead in his cell at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Virginia. New revelations in May 2016 about ...
Orange Crush: The Rise of Tactical Teams in Prison by Brian Dolinar by Brian Dolinar, Truthout Since Ferguson, there has been a public outcry over militarized police who shoot down African Americans on the streets of our cities, but less is known beyond prison walls about guards who regularly brutalize those ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Louisiana City Declines to Open Jail Funded by Offender Fees by Officials in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, apparently acquiescing to community opposition to profit-based and racially discriminatory policing, have scrapped plans to build a jail for misdemeanor offenders. The jail was to be financed solely through bench warrant fees levied on ...
Third Circuit Holds Prisons Not Required to Treat Impotence or Infertility by The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has held that prison officials do not have to treat medical conditions that could result in a prisoner’s impotence or infertility. When Shemtov Michtavi was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in ...
Three Reports Provide Data on Prisoners Held in “Restrictive Housing” by Derek Gilna An October 15, 2015 report by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), covering the time period from 2011-12 – the most recent period for which statistics are available – indicated that on an ...
Michigan DOC Audit Reveals $3.4 Million in Overcharges by Aramark; Problems Persist Under New Contractor by Derek Gilna Problems for Aramark and its prison food service operations continue to mount. Shortly after being taken to task and fined by at least two state corrections departments due to substandard food quality, ...
One Oregon Prisoner + Sex with Two Jailers = 86 Months in Prison by Mark Wilson Two Oregon jail employees who pleaded guilty to 40 criminal charges were sentenced to 36- and 50-month prison terms for having sex with the same prisoner 19 times. Jill Curry, 38, a civilian jail ...
Seventh Circuit Reinstates Illinois Jail Prisoner’s Failure-to-Protect Suit by In a September 16, 2015 ruling, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that a district court had improperly dismissed an Illinois jail prisoner’s failure-to-protect lawsuit based on his refusal to sign a medical release form. Mario Reyes was a pretrial ...
Washington: Teen’s Death in Tribal Jail Sparks Lawsuit, Contract Scrutiny by On January 9, 2017, Seattle attorneys Edwin Budge and Erik Heipt said they plan to file a federal lawsuit on behalf of the family of a teenager who died after warning jailers he had a heart condition and had ...
Florida County Votes against New Jail on Former EPA Superfund Site, Opts to Stay in Flood Zone by Panagioti Tsolkas Controversy arose at a November 12, 2015 Escambia County Commission meeting in Pensacola, Florida over a plan to construct a new jail. The county’s old jail had been damaged by ...
Fourth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of FTCA Failure-to-Protect Suit by Matthew Clarke On December 29, 2015, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging federal prison officials had failed to properly search prisoners who were placed in a recreation cage where they assaulted and repeatedly stabbed ...
Australia Uses Recidivism-Based Performance Contract at Private Prison by Currently a third of all Australian women prisoners return to prison following their release, but a new pilot program initiated by the government in the state of Western Australia hopes to change those recidivism rates. According to a November 28, 2016 ...
Prisoner Deaths, Labor Conflicts Precipitate Loss of CA County Corizon Contract by Derek Gilna In August 2016, the Alameda County, California Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to end its ties with Corizon Health, Inc., and awarded a contract for county jail medical services to California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG). The ...
Pennsylvania: $99,000 Settlement for 22 Years in Solitary Confinement by David Reutter A Pennsylvania federal district court held that general issues of material fact required a jury to determine whether a prisoner’s Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated when he was held in solitary confinement for over 22 years. ...
Johnson v. Johnson, TX, Complaint, Rape by Prisoner, 2002 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS WICHITA FALLS DIVISION RODERICK KEITH JOHNSON (#623028), Michael Unit, Tennessee Colony, Texas, ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) GARY JOHNSON, Executive Director, Texas ) Department of ...
Article • January 12, 2017
Chain Gang 2.0: If You Can’t Afford This GPS Ankle Bracelet, You Get Thrown In Jail by Eric Markowitz by Eric Markowitz, International Business Times On a recent broiling August day, Antonio Green, an out-of-work construction worker, sat in his living room, a folder full of receipts open across his legs. ...
Advanced Correctional Healthcare’s Brutal Brand of Jailhouse Medicine by Timothy Strayer in his hospital bed in Dearborn County ICU after spending just one month behind bars at the county jail. by Brian Sonenstein, Shadowproof Timothy Strayer was approaching 70 years of age and suffering from multiple chronic illnesses in the ...
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