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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 ...
Michigan DOC Audit Reveals $3.4 Million in Overcharges by Aramark; Problems Persist Under New Contractor by Derek Gilna Problems for Aramark and its prison food service operations continue to mount. Shortly after being taken to task and fined by at least two state corrections departments due to substandard food quality, ...
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 ...
Publication • January 4, 2017
Correcting Food Policy in Washington Prisons, Prison Voice Washington, 2016 This report describes how the unhealthy food served and sold to people incarcerated in state prisons directly violates the state’s Healthy Nutrition Guidelines and will lead to costly health care expenditures on preventable diseases, in violation of Executive Order 13-06. ...
South African Prison Evacuated Due to Squalor; Two Prisoners Die from Rat-Borne Disease by Christopher Zoukis As bad as it gets in some U.S. prisons, conditions at the notorious Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, South Africa are so abysmal that the government was forced to temporarily close the facility and ...
Corizon Faces Suit for Failing to Administer Tube Feedings to Pennsylvania Prisoner by Christopher Wallace, 30, was arrested on February 12, 2015 on charges of robbing two banks. According to his attorney, Wallace committed the crimes in a desperate attempt to secure funds to pay for feeding tubes he required ...
Illinois Jail Detainee’s Inadequate Food and Contaminated Water Claims Survive Initial Dismissal by On September 25, 2015, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a civil rights action brought by a pre-trial detainee at Illinois’ Cook County Jail that alleged inadequate food and contaminated water. However, the ...
Article • October 14, 2016
Filed under: Aramark, Food
Hungry Prisoners Dread Privatized Food Services by David Reutter Privatizing prison and jail services has become a popular avenue for correctional bureaucrats to utilize in the never-ending battle to cut costs to accommodate shrinking budgets and larger populations Food service is an essential, daily service that has been subject to ...
Federal Prisoner Receives $1,000 Settlement in Food Poisoning Case by Lonnie Burton On April 2, 1997, the United States agreed to settle a lawsuit in which a federal prisoner alleged she was poisoned by the food in the prison chow hall and then received inadequate medical care afterwards. The documents ...
Navy Nurse Refuses to Force-feed Guantanamo Prisoners by Derek Gilna An unnamed Navy nurse at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba that houses alleged terrorist detainees, who was facing expulsion from the Navy for his refusal to participate in force-feeding prisoners, has been allowed to return to his ...
Jail Prisoner’s Death Results in $1 Million Judgment against Texas County by Matthew Clarke On October 22, 2015, a federal jury awarded $1 million to the survivors and estate of a prisoner who died in a Texas jail, finding jail employees were deliberately indifferent to his medical needs. Terry Lynn ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Filed under: DOC/BOP misconduct, Food
Tainted BOP Chicken Dickens 300 Pennsylvania Prisoners by More than 300 prisoners at the U.S.P. Canaan in Waymont, Pennsylvania near Philadelphia, fell ill of salmonella after eating "tainted chicken" used to make fajitas. Four of the 300 were ill enough to necessitate treatment at a local hospital's emergency room for ...
Article • August 19, 2016
Filed under: Hunger Strikes, Food
Connecticut May Force Feed Prisoners on Hunger Strike by  The state of Connecticut has the right to force feed a prisoner engaged in a hunger strike, Jarres T. Graham, Superior Court Judge, so held.             William Coleman, a Connecticut prisoner, went on hunger strike to protest his sexual assault conviction ...
U.S. Settles Suit over Fatal Medical Negligence of Prisoner for $152,000 by Wayne David Crosser was convicted and sentenced on federal charges. He was kept in a holding cell at the MCC in San Diego while awaiting transportation to Texas for further prosecution. He suffered from a serious medical condition ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Filed under: Contractor Misconduct, Food
Florida Prison Food Contractors Charged With Theft by David Reutter Florida authorities have charged three people with stealing $1.5 million from the state prison system through a food procurement contract. In 2008, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) signed a contract with US Foods for the company to handle FDOC’s ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Arkansas Jail Finally Begins Serving Hot Meals by Christopher Zoukis Arkansas' Benton County Jail has, for years, served its prisoners three cold meals a day.  It has been doing so despite several lawsuits, and renewed requests that it serve hot meals, from the community.  The jail had no plans to ...
Media Tip Cast Light on Medical Neglect as Prisoner Starved by David Reutter Absent a tip to the Associated Press, the death of a prisoner at Kentucky State Prison would have remained shrouded in darkness. The tip led to an investigation that uncovered lapses in medical care as the prisoner ...
Article • August 9, 2016
Nevada Chief Medical Examiner Must Assure Prisoners Receive Healthful Diet by David Reutter The Nevada Supreme Court held a prisoner was entitled to the grant of a writ of Mandamus to compel the Nevada's Chief Medical Officer to periodically examine and semi-annually report to the Board of State Prison Commissioners ...
Michigan Women’s Prison Investigated for Abusing Mentally Ill by A letter from the Michigan ACLU to the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) charged that mentally ill prisoners were being abused.  One instance involved the hog tying of a prisoner as punishment. The July 2015 letter concerned prisoner treatment at the ...
Article • August 2, 2016 • from PLN August, 2016
Popular New Snack Born Behind Bars by In 2009, Seth Sundberg was sentenced to five years for a fraudulent $5 million tax refund. The former pro basketball player had managed a California mortgage office and went from a comfortable living in the real estate industry to earning $5.25 a month ...
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