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$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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Florida’s Civil Commitment Center a “Living Death Sentence” by David Reutter According to state officials, the Florida Civil Commitment Center (FCCC), which holds up to 720 residents billed as the worst sexual predators in the state, is necessary to ensure public safety. For Correct Care Recovery Solutions, a spin-off company ...
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 ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Fifth Circuit Holds Supervised Release Condition Restricting Dating Improper by On December 17, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a blanket supervised release condition prohibiting a former prisoner from dating any adult with minor children was improper because it was not supported by a factual finding or ...
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 ...
Study: 95 Percent of Elected Prosecutors are White by Joe Watson A recent study illustrates just how racially skewed the U.S. criminal justice system is with respect to its most powerful participants: prosecutors. Of 2,437 elected state and local prosecutors holding office in 2014, 95 percent were white and 79% ...
A Story of Racial Bias, the Absence of Mercy, and a Death in Prison by By Equal Justice Initiative Forty-five years after Phillip Chance traveled from his home in Detroit, Michigan to visit family in rural Choctaw, Alabama, he died in an Alabama prison. During that visit in 1971, 15-year-old Phillip ...
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 ...
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 ...
A push to make cops carry liability insurance in Minneapolis by By Carla Murphy, The Chicago Reporter As an advocate for victims of police brutality and their families, Michelle Gross has alternately worked with and needled Minneapolis city officials. During 30 years of activism, Gross has pursued many, if not most, ...
Georgia Prison Guards Face Sexual Assault Charges by Two prison guards have been criminally charged with sexually assaulting prisoners at the Emanuel Women’s Facility in Twin City, Georgia. Capt. Edgar Daniel Johnson was the highest ranking officer at the prison, and Channel 2 Action News was present to record his ...
FCI Danbury Prisoners Finally Transferred to New Women’s Facility by Three years after a “temporary” move from FCI Danbury in Connecticut, over 100 women prisoners found themselves incarcerated in a Brooklyn jail instead of a promised new federal facility. The women were told the move, which occurred after Danbury was ...
Mississippi: Hinds County Jails in Crisis, Face Mandated Reforms by David Reutter The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a letter in May 2015 that described the findings of an investigation which concluded two jails in Hinds County, Mississippi were violating prisoners’ rights. The county has since entered into a ...
Hawaii Warden Subjected Female Prisoners to “Shame Therapy” by The head of the Kauai Community Correctional Center (KCCC) came under fire after admitting he had humiliated female prisoners by showing them sexually-oriented films in an attempt to administer “shame therapy.” Warden Neal Wagatsuma denied he had shown porno­graphy to the ...
Too Little, Too Late: Prosecutor Remorseful for Sending Innocent Man to Death Row by David Reutter The district attorney who prosecuted Glenn Ford, a Louisiana man exonerated after spending 30 years on death row, called capital punishment “an abomination that continues to scar the fibers of this society.” That statement ...
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