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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
$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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
New York: Nearly $10 Million in Settlements Over Denial of Medical Care at Rikers Island by On November 13, 2015, the City of New York entered into a $3.8 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by the estate of a Rikers Island prisoner who swallowed caustic chemicals and died due ...
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. ...
Nebraska: Portions of Lawsuit over Guard’s Sexual Assault Allowed to Proceed by Last year, the Nebraska Court of Appeals held a prisoner’s claim alleging an intentional tort related to a sexual assault by a guard was barred by the State Tort Claims Act (STCA), but claims of intentional and negligent ...
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 ...
Two Fulton County Jail Employees Subject to Liability in Detainee’s Suicide by A Georgia Court of Appeals held in March 2016 that two employees of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office could be held liable in the suicide of a pre-trial detainee. The ruling came in a lawsuit brought by the ...
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 ...
Tennessee Sheriff Indicted, Suspended and Jailed Over E-cig Business by Tennessee’s Rutherford County Sheriff has been indicted and is presently incarcerated, awaiting trial on charges related to his connections with a company that sold e-cigarettes to prisoners at his jail, as well as other contracts he entered into without county ...
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