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Virginia Mentally-Ill Man’s Death by Deterioration in Jail Cell Exhibits Policy Failures by David Reutter by David M. Reutter The death of a mentally-ill Virginia man jailed on a misdemeanor and confined in isolation while awaiting transfer to a psychiatric hospital exhibits the folly of current policies in dealing with ...
Article • December 13, 2017
Washington Supreme Court: Jail Not Responsible for Crimes Committed by Ex-Prisoner by On September 22, 2016, a split Washington Supreme Court reversed a Court of Appeals ruling and affirmed the trial court's dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the families and victims of a shooting instigated by a former jail ...
Article • December 11, 2017
South Carolina’s Treatment of Seriously Mentally Ill Found Unconstitutional by David Reutter By David M. Reutter A South Carolina Court of Common Pleas found the South Carolina Department of Corrections’ (SCDC) “mental health system exposes seriously mentally ill inmates to a substantial risk of serious harm.” The court began its ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
$10.25 Million Jury Award in Suit over Oklahoma Jail Prisoner’s Death by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On March 20, 2017, an Oklahoma federal jury awarded $10.25 million to the estate of a prisoner who died at the Tulsa County Jail. According to court documents, Elliot Earl Williams, 37, a ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Hawaii: OCCC Mental Health Care Fails, Prison Staff Fired by Monte McCoin by Monte McCoin Dr. Mark Mitchell believes that he and a number of other prison medical staffers were fired because they were in the process of returning the Oahu Community Correctional Center’s (OCCC) mental health care system to ...
Ninth Circuit Denies Immunity to Police Officers, Jailers for Prisoner’s Death by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On December 30, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the denial of qualified immunity to two Phoenix police officers and two Maricopa County jail guards in a civil rights case alleging ...
Brief • December 4, 2017
Bango v Pierce County, WA, Complaint, Psych Treatment Withheld, 2017 Case 3:17-cv-06002 Document 1 Filed 12/04/17 Page 1 of 38 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA 7 8 9 DONALD BANGO and SCOTT BAILEY, individually and on behalf ...
Correctional Health Report Suppressed by Bush Administration Finally Released by A "prophetic" U.S. Surgeon General's report that warned of a coming crisis with mentally ill prisoners and prison health care in general, suppressed by the Bush administration, was only released in mid-2016. The 2006 document, titled “The Surgeon General: Call ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Opening the Door by Jean Casella and Aviva Stahl by Jean Casella and Aviva Stahl, Solitary Watch What will it take to end long-term solitary confinement in America’s prisons? Colorado could be the first to find out. For 13 of his 22 years in prison, Cero Smith spent 23 hours ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Federal Court Approves Landmark BOP ADX Mental Health Settlement by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Following a two-day hearing, Colorado federal district court judge Richard P. Matsch approved a landmark settlement in December 2016 that ended a five-year class-action lawsuit over the horrendous mistreatment of mentally ill prisoners. As a ...
Holland v. County of San Luis Obispo, CA, Settlement, Restraints Blood Clot, 2017 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE This Settlement Agreement and Release (the "Settlement Agreement") is made by and between: "Plaintiffs:" Sharon Holland and Carty Holland, individually and in their capacity as Successors in Interest to Andrew Holland and representatives ...
Alaska Prisoner Deaths Criticized in Report, Author Becomes New DOC Commissioner by The deaths of 25 Alaska prisoners over an 18-month period were examined in a November 2015 report provided to Governor Bill Walker, who then replaced the state’s corrections commissioner with the author of the report. The handling of ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Disability Rights Group Slams Mental Health Program at New York State Prison by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Disability Rights New York (DRNY), the state’s Protection & Advocacy group, which has a federal mandate to advocate for people with disabilities, issued a lengthy report critical of the treatment of prisoners ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Washington State Mental Health Agency Held in Contempt; $14 Million in Fines Levied by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington has held the state’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in contempt in a class-action lawsuit. The contempt order was ...
Advocacy Center v. LeBlanc, LA, Complaint, Solitary Mental Health, 2017 Case 3:17-cv-00468-JWD-EWD Document 1 07/20/17 Page 1 of 15 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA BATON ROUGE DIVISION ADVOCACY CENTER, * * PLAINTIFF, * * * * VS. * * JAMES M. LEBLANC, SECRETARY OF * THE LOUISIANA ...
Publication • July 13, 2017
Office of the Inspector General - Review of...Restrictive Housing for Inmates with Mental Illness, Evaluation and Inspections Division, 2017 Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Use of Restrictive Housing for Inmates ...
N.S. v. Wood, NV, Settlement, Excessive Force Delirium, 2017 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS This Settlement Agreement and Release of Claims (hereinafter "Agreement") is made and entered into by and between Plaintiffs Romeo Smith, and Special Administrator of the Estate of Niko Smith, and N.S., a minor by and ...
N.S. v. Wood, NV, Amended Complaint, Excessive Force Delirium, 2017 Case 3:17-cv-00133-MMD-WGC Document 4 Filed 03/15/17 Page 1 of 26 1 2 3 4 TERRI KEYSER-COOPER Law Office of Terri Keyser-Cooper Nevada Bar No. 3984 3590 Barrymore Dr. Reno, NV 89512 (775) 337-0323 keysercooper@lawyer.com 5 6 7 8 9 10 ...
Landmark Settlement in Lawsuit Challenging Solitary Confinement in Delaware by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis A game-changing settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit over the treatment of prisoners held in solitary confinement in Delaware state prisons. The suit, filed on August 6, 2015 by the Community Legal Aid ...
McCreary v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, PA, Complaint, Mental Health Crosswords, 2017 Case 1:17-cv-01011-YK-SES Document 1 Filed 06/09/17 Page 1 of 57 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA JUSAMUEL RODRIGUEZ MCCREARY, RICHARD C. ANAMANYA, and JOSEPH R. COPPOLA, each individually and on behalf of ...
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