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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 ...
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 ...
Deaths Due to Neglect in U.S. Jails Reflect Nation’s Values by David Reutter While brutality and murders committed by police officers – particularly against unarmed black men – have gained increased public attention over the past few years, the deaths of people in jail due to the negligence or deliberate ...
Correctional Medical Care Pays $425,000 Settlement in Prisoner’s Opiate Withdrawal Death by Correctional Medical Care (CMC) agreed to a $425,000 settlement in a lawsuit alleging the company’s practice of putting profit before patient care resulted in the opiate withdrawal death of a prisoner at New York’s Schenectady County Jail (SCJ). ...
Orleans Parish Jail Settles Prisoner Suicide Suit for $1.75 Million by Derek Gilna On March 11, 2016, Orleans Parish jail officials in Louisiana agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from the 2011 suicide of a mentally ill detainee. The suit, filed against Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin ...
Michigan Jail Subject of Wrongful Death Lawsuit and PLN Censorship Suit by The family of a prisoner who died from drug withdrawal symptoms at Michigan’s Macomb County Jail (MCJ) filed a lawsuit against the facility and its private medical contractor, Correct Care Solutions, in March 2015. On June 11, 2014, ...
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 ...
California County Settles Suits over Two Jail Prisoners’ Deaths for $1.6 Million by Matthew Clarke In mid-2014, Sutter County, California settled lawsuits brought by the families of two county jail prisoners who died. The family of Rodney Bock received $800,000 while the family of Nathan Prasad received $825,000. The jail ...
“This Man Will Almost Certainly Die” by Dozens of men have died in disturbing circumstances in privatized, immigrant-only prisons. The Bureau of Prisons itself says there’s a problem. And yet the privatization scheme continues. by Seth Freed Wessler, The Nation Where Claudio Fagardo-Saucedo grew up, on the colonial streets of ...
Missouri County Settles Suit Over Jail Prisoner’s Suicide for $260,000 by Last year, Lincoln County, Missouri agreed to pay $260,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a jail prisoner who committed suicide in 2011. On August 21, 2011, police from the City of Troy responded to a ...
Reforms at New Orleans Jail Slow to Materialize; Death Reporting Problematic by David Reutter Federal monitors overseeing implementation of a consent decree concerning conditions at the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) in New Orleans said they were “very concerned” about the lack of progress in implementing the agreement’s provisions. Forty-nine prisoners ...
Michigan Prison Guards Fired Following Suicide Bet by Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) guards Dianna Callahan and Kory Moore were suspended and subsequently fired on March 10, 2016 following the suicide of prisoner Janika Nichole Edmond, 25, at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in November 2015. David S. Steingold, ...
Private Jail Contractor’s Insurance Excludes Coverage of Detainee’s Death by The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an insurance company is not required to defend or indemnify a private prison contractor in the death of a pretrial detainee at a Texas jail. Mario Garcia was confined at the Brooks ...
Wardens “Retire” from Two California Women’s Prisons by The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) called the July 29, 2016 “retirement” of wardens at two state women’s prisons a “coincidence.” However, Colby Lenz, a legal advocate with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, commenting on the abrupt departures of ...
More Suicides, Overdoses and Murders in California Prisons, According to Death Review Report by Joe Watson While California’s prison population is down, homicides among state prisoners in 2013 were up sharply over previous years. Deaths from drug overdoses in California prisons were up, too, and the suicide rate among state ...
Guards Liable in Maryland Prisoner’s Murder on Transport Bus by The Maryland Court of Appeals held a trial court erred in striking a jury’s finding that a guard was liable for gross negligence in the murder of a prisoner on a transport.  The court further held gross negligence disentitles a ...
Prisoner Deaths Continue To Rise by Christopher Zoukis For the third year in row, the number of prisoners who died in America's prisons and jails rose. Some 4,446 prisoners died in 2013, a two percent increase over 2012, continuing an upward trend, according to the U.S. Department of Justice's Office ...
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