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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 ...
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 ...
California County Settles Class-action Lawsuit Over Jail Medical and Mental Health Care by Matthew Clarke In November 2015, Riverside County, California agreed to settle a federal class-action civil rights suit brought by current and former county jail prisoners who alleged violations of their constitutional right to adequate medical and mental ...
Missouri Jail Detainee Becomes Comatose, Treated in Hospital for Three Weeks by Christopher Zoukis In September 2015, Bernard Scott, 44, was arrested for various traffic violations and jailed at the Pine Lawn, Mo. jail in St. Louis County. He was held on a $360 bond. While in detention he called ...
Ohio Prison Guards Use JPay System to Illegally Download Thousands of Copyrighted Songs by Joe Watson Ohio’s top watchdog has recommended that the use of state owned computers by employees of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) should be heavily restricted to prevent prison guards from again illegally ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Nevada Attorney General Investigates Shooting of Two Handcuffed Prisoners by Derek Gilna Two handcuffed Nevada state prisoners held in administrative segregation at the high-security High Desert State Prison were shot by guards on November 12, 2014 after they began fighting, allegedly after those same guards deliberately encouraged them to fight. ...
Article • October 31, 2016
Ohio Jail Prisoner's Assault-by-Guards Suit Settled for $7,000 by A federal civil rights action by an Ohio prisoner alleging multiple jail guards assaulted him without provocation was settled for $7,000 on April 9, 2014. Kevin Holcomb was incarcerated at the Lucas County jail in Toleo, Ohio on March 26, 2012, ...
NY: Prisoner's Abuse Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss by Lonnie Burton On December 2, 2014, a federal judge denied New York City's attempt to dismiss a suit filed by a Riker's Island prisoner who claimed he was attacked and beaten by a jail guard without provocation or justification. The excessive ...
Article • October 27, 2016
Los Angeles Sheriff and County Not Liable for Sexual Assault by Deputy by Lonnie Burton The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by a sheriff's deputy after she received a traffic ticket. ...
Colorado Guards Joke While Prisoner Dies from Easily Preventable Cause by Matthew Clarke The death of 35-year-old Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) prisoner Christopher Lopez at the San Carols Correctional Facility on March 17, 2013, would have been rejected if submitted as a plot for a novel. It is too ...
Programmed to Kill: The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Dogs by John W. Whitehead By John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute - Commentary “In too much of policing today, officer safety has become the highest priority. It trumps the rights and safety of suspects. It trumps the rights and safety of ...
D.C. Prisoner’s Stabbing Suit Nets $3,000 Settlement by The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $3,000 to settle the negligence lawsuit of prisoner Cardell Richard Torney, Jr., for failure to protect his assault and stabbing. While being held at the D.C. Jail on December 27, 1998, Torney was stabbed by another ...
D.C. Agrees to Pay $40,000 to Settle Excessive Force & Inadequate Medical Care Claims by On September 23, 2002, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $40,000 to a man who was assaulted by guards at the D.C. Central Detention Facility. Mark Franklin, unaware of protocol used for moving prisoners ...
$340,000 Settlement for Federal Prisoner Severely Beaten by Cellmate While Handcuffed by Lonnie Burton On October 2, 1997, the United States agreed to pay a federal prisoner a total of $340,000 to settle a lawsuit filed just months earlier alleging that negligence and deliberate indifference on the part of prison ...
$55,000 Settlement for Federal Prisoner Repeatedly Raped By Guard by Lonnie Burton On November 20, 2003, a federal prisoner settled a lawsuit she filed against the United States, a guard, and the warden at a federal prison in San Diego on a claim that she was repeatedly raped by a ...
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