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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. ...
NTSB Faults Texas Prison Guard, Road Crews in Transport Bus Deaths by Derek Gilna The federal National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently investigated and issued a final report concerning a 2015 prison transport bus accident that claimed the lives of eight prisoners and two guards. The report faulted both the ...
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 ...
Mold-infested Prisons Sicken Guards and Prisoners by by Spencer Woodman, The Intercept During much of her three years awaiting trial in New York’s Rikers Island jail, Candie Hailey was locked in a solitary confinement cell ventilated by a mold-covered air duct. The purpose of the vent was, of course, to ...
Private Prison Company Not Liable for Guard's Death in Riot by Lonnie Burton Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) successfully moved in federal court to dismiss a suit brought by the survivors of a guard who was killed by prisoners during a riot in 2012. On May 20, 2012, prisoners rioted ...
Article • November 1, 2016
Oregon Prison Guard's News Broadcast Tort Claims Dismissed by Mark Wilson The Oregon Court of Appeals ordered a lower court to dismiss a prison guard's tort claims against a television broadcast company. Around 10:00 p.m., on January 10, 2010, someone fired gunshots in a Salem, Oregon neighborhood. Some of the ...
Summary Judgment Reversed on Washington Guard's MRSA Claims by The Washington Court of Appeals held that factual disputes about whether a guard contracted MRSA on the job precluded summary judgment. In 2008, Cara Stinson worked as a seaman for the Washington state Department of Corrections (WDOC). She served as a ...
GEO Group Fined More Than $100,000 (by OSHA) by Prison profiteer GEO Group was cited by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) in a June 2012 report with six safety and health violations—totaling $104,000 in fines—at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, which the company formerly managed. OSHA said that, ...
One Guard killed, Sixteen Staff and Three Prisoners Injured in Mississippi Private Prison Riot by Matthew Clarke On May 20, 2012, violence erupted at a 2,567-bed private prison near Natchez, Mississippi which is operated by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). The Adams County Corrections Center (ACCC) houses low-security adult ...
GAO Report finds Federal Prison Overcrowding Accelerates by Derek Gilna A General Accounting Office study of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) that analyzed prisoner population from fiscal years 2006 through 2011, has shown that overcrowding in BOP prisons at all levels of security is increasing and has resulted in ...
MN Judge Sends HIV-Positive Prisoner to Psych Hospital, Blasts System that Jails Mentally Ill by A Minnesota judge in April 2012 blamed political indifference for a justice system that warehouses the mentally-ill in county jails and ultimately led to a guard's death 10 weeks after he fought with a schizophrenic ...
Escapes and Crime at New Jersey's Privately-Run Halfway Houses by Matthew Clarke New Jersey has embarked on a grand experiment – shifting state prisoners from expensive state prisons into less expensive, privately-run halfway houses. The state prison system bas less than 25,000 beds while the around two dozen halfway houses ...
Ohio's Prisons Grow More Violent, Especially Toward Guards, Report Says by Prisoners in Ohio are reportedly sending each other to the infirmary less often, but according to the state's Department of Rehabilitation & Correction (DRC), they are increasingly assaulting prison guards to the point of serious injury. In a newly-released ...
Pennsylvania Blames Prison Clerk for Her Rape by Prisoner by David Reutter In response to a female secretary who was raped by a prisoner at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institution – Rockview in 2013, the State Attorney General’s office filed a pleading that blamed the woman for her rape. As PLN ...
OSHA Cites Corizon for Inadequate Workplace Safety on Rikers Island by Matthew Clarke Listing numerous instances of its medical, mental health and dentistry employees being assaulted by Rikers Island prisoners, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Corizon Health, Inc. for willful violation of Section 5(a)(1) of the ...
Report: How Private Prison Companies Cut Corners to Generate Profit by Derek Gilna Private prison companies like Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group earn hundreds of millions of dollars each year, averaging between $2,771 and $3,366 in profit per prisoner based on 2014 data. According to In ...
BOP Settles Sexual Harassment Suit for $1,000 by The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) paid $1,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a female guard at the Federal Medical Center in Minnesota. Guard Beth Koenck alleged that in 1992 and 1993 guard Scott Christensen subjected her to “unwanted ...
BOP Pays $20,000 to Settle Sex Discrimination Complaint by The federal Bureau of Prisons paid $20,000 and agreed to review policies to settle a sexual discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. On February 3 and 4, 1999, while working as a guard at FCC Butner Medium in North ...
Article • July 28, 2016
$42,000 Settlement for Catholic Nun Sexually Harassed by BOP Chaplain by The federal Bureau of Prisons paid $42,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by a Catholic nun who worked as a Chaplin at FCT La Tuna in New Mexico. Sister Sofia Berrones’ Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint alleged ...
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