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Texas: Complaint Filed Over Contaminated Water, Conditions at Eastham Unit by Panagioti Tsolkas The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has become a litmus test for dealing with toxic environmental conditions for prisoners. Earlier this year, prisoners at the Wallace Pack Unit and their advocates on the outside succeeded in ...
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 ...
Krome Detention Center has Long History of Detainee Abuse by David Reutter Immigration reform was a recurring theme in the recent presidential election. The national debate has focused on what should be done with the millions of undocumented immigrants who reside in the United States, but as events at the ...
Michigan’s Wayne County Jails Plagued with Inhumane Conditions by The jails in Michigan’s Wayne County are “inhumane for everybody,” according to one law enforcement official. The outmoded and dangerous jails were supposed to be replaced, but cost overruns at a new state-of-the-art facility forced the county to discontinue the project. ...
Three California Jail Guards Charged with Murdering One Prisoner, Assaulting Another by Christopher Zoukis Three California jail guards have been charged with assaulting and murdering a mentally ill prisoner after he was found unresponsive in his cell shortly after midnight on August 27, 2015. Santa Clara County jail deputies Jereh ...
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 ...
$325,002 Award to Michigan Prisoner Denied Medical Care for Joint Pain by A federal jury has awarded $325,002 to a prisoner upon finding Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) staff were deliberately indifferent to his chronic joint pain. State prisoner Temujin Kensu, 52, suffered for over two decades with medical issues ...
Second Circuit Expands Protections from Sexual Abuse by Prison Staff by Derek Gilna In an October 7, 2015 corrected ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by two New York state prisoners alleging they had been sexually abused ...
Continued Need for Prison and Criminal Justice Reforms by Advocates for prisoners’ rights and criminal justice reform have never forgotten the September 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in New York, which resulted in the deaths of 33 prisoners and 10 employees. The institutionalized brutality at Attica, which led ...
Publication • January 4, 2017
Correcting Food Policy in Washington Prisons, Prison Voice Washington, 2016 This report describes how the unhealthy food served and sold to people incarcerated in state prisons directly violates the state’s Healthy Nutrition Guidelines and will lead to costly health care expenditures on preventable diseases, in violation of Executive Order 13-06. ...
A Culture of Harm - Taming the Dynamics of Cruelty in Supermax Prisons, Haney, 2008 Criminal Justice and Behavior http://cjb.sagepub.com A Culture of Harm: Taming the Dynamics of Cruelty in Supermax Prisons Craig Haney Criminal Justice and Behavior 2008; 35; 956 DOI: 10.1177/0093854808318585 The online version of this article can ...
New Report Says ICE Inspection Problems Perpetuate Prisoner Abuse by Derek Gilna The National Immigrant Justice Center and the Detention Watch Network recently released a joint report sharply critical of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency and its oversight methods, terming them "fundamentally unchanged and unreformed.  The ICE detention ...
Reports Show Immigration Facility Inspectors Overlook Serious Rights Violations by Derek Gilna Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) inspectors are entrusted with ensuring that facilities used to house vulnerable detainees are following strict guidelines for their operation.  However, an October 2015 report by two independent prisoner-rights groups, "Lives in Peril – ...
DC Lawyers' Report Slams Prisoner Conditions at District of Columbia Jails by Derek Gilna It has been an open secret for many years that the District of Columbia jail system is a human-rights disaster.  Our nation's capital's correctional system's faults have been compiled in a 73-page report prepared by the ...
South African Prison Evacuated Due to Squalor; Two Prisoners Die from Rat-Borne Disease by Christopher Zoukis As bad as it gets in some U.S. prisons, conditions at the notorious Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, South Africa are so abysmal that the government was forced to temporarily close the facility and ...
Tenth Circuit Rules on $3.38 Million Verdict in CCA Prison Sexual Abuse Case by Derek Gilna In February 2012, a federal jury in New Mexico awarded $3.38 million to three female prisoners who were raped by Anthony Townes, a guard at the Camino Nuevo Women’s Correctional Facility, which was operated ...
Connecticut Prisoners File Suit Over Exposure to Radon Gas by Panagioti Tsolkas This summer, prisoners at the Garner Correctional Institution (GCI) in Newtown, Connecticut responded to more than two decades of radon exposure at the facility by filing a class-action lawsuit. “The length of time this went on didn’t have ...
Abu Zubaydah: Torture’s “Poster Child” by Marjorie Cohn In August, Abu Zubaydah, who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo for 14 years without being charged with a crime, appeared for the first time before the U.S. military Periodic Review Board, which determines whether Guantanamo detainees will continue to be held as ...
A Primer on Prisoners’ Constitutional Rights by Alex Friedmann Prison Legal News (PLN) regularly reports on prison and jail-related court decisions involving violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights. Those who are new to the arena of civil rights litigation and unfamiliar with prisoners’ few remaining rights may need a basic introduction ...
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