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The Private Prison Primer: Stolen shoes and the Kingman riots by By Beryl Lipton, MuckRock Part 1 - Taking a look inside the black hole of prisoner grievances, and the lessons learned too late During the years it was operated by the private Management and Training Corporation, the “property” grievance was ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Prisoners Not Required to Take Unspecified Steps to Exhaust Administrative Remedies by On February 25, 2016, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded a prisoner’s suit had been improperly dismissed when he “failed to do something not specified, outlined, or required by his prison’s grievance procedure.” Before the Court was ...
Merits Ruling on Procedurally Flawed Grievance Satisfies PLRA by The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held that district courts may not enforce a prison’s procedural rule to find a failure to exhaust administrative remedies after prison officials declined to enforce the rule themselves. The Court also found the district ...
Merits Ruling on Procedurally Flawed Grievance Satisfies PLRA by The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held that district courts may not enforce a prison’s procedural rule to find a failure to exhaust administrative remedies after prison officials declined to enforce the rule themselves. The Court also found the district ...
Ninth Circuit Declines to Enforce Procedural Bar When Prison Officials Waive Rule by In a January 12, 2016 decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a prisoner successfully exhausts “such administrative remedies as are available” under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) “despite failing to comply with a ...
A Primer on Prisoners’ Constitutional Rights by Alex Friedmann Prison Legal News (PLN) regularly reports on prison and jail-related court decisions involving violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights. Those who are new to the arena of civil rights litigation and unfamiliar with prisoners’ few remaining rights may need a basic introduction ...
Article • October 25, 2016
Federal Prison Worker Awarded Back Pay after Grievance Settled at Arbitration by Lonnie Burton The American Federation of Government Employees Council of Prison Locals, Local 510 (AFGE) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a settlement agreement on August 9, 2001, which provided for back pay with ...
8th Circuit: "Favorable Termination" Rule Applies Even if Plaintiff No Longer Incarcerated by Lonnie Burton In Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994), the Supreme Court ruled that a prisoner could not bring a suit for damages for an unconstitutional conviction or imprisonment, unless and until the underlying conviction has ...
Article • September 9, 2016
BOP Grievance System Can Foster "Compliance or Defiance" by Derek Gilna The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) first instituted the prisoner grievance system (IR) in 1974, and since that time it appears to have become an important tool to defuse prisoner complaints about the BOP and its procedures. A new ...
Brief • July 26, 2016
Jackson v. Meisner, WI, AAG Letter to Judge, Columbia CI error rejecting inmate complaint, 2013 • STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE J.B. VAN HOLLEN ATIORNEY GENERAL 17 W. Main Street P.O. Box 7857 Madison, W1 53707-7857 www.doj.state.wi.us Kevin M. St. John Deputy Attorney General Rebecca A. Paulson Assistant Attorney ...
USA v. Hinds County, MS, Mot for Entry of Settlement Agreement, use of force 8th Am sexual misconduct grievances, 2016.pdf Case 3:16-cv-00489-WHB-JCG Document 2 Filed 06/23/16 Page 1 of 5 Case 3:16-cv-00489-WHB-JCG Document 2 Filed 06/23/16 Page 2 of 5 Case 3:16-cv-00489-WHB-JCG Document 2 Filed 06/23/16 Page 3 of 5 ...
USA v. Hinds County, MS, Settlement Agreement, use of force 8th Am sexual misconduct grievances, 2016.pdf THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH HINDS COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI The Justice Department and Hinds County, Mississippi, Hinds County Board of Supervisors and the Hinds County Sheriff have entered into a court-enforceable settlement agreement ...
Second Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Bivens Suit Due to Continuing Violation Doctrine by Derek Gilna Esteban Gonzalez, while incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Manhattan and the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, was confined to the Special Housing Unit (SHU) for stabbing another prisoner “with a knife-like ...
Wisconsin Prisoner’s Civil Rights Action Alleging Verbal Harassment Reinstated by Derek Gilna Ronald J. Beal, a Wisconsin state prisoner, filed a complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging violations of his civil rights by Department of Corrections (DOC) staff who had subjected him to verbal harassment. After his complaint was ...
U.S. Supreme Court: Prisoners Must Exhaust “Available” Administrative Remedies by Derek Gilna Shaidon Blake, a Maryland prisoner, claimed that he was punched in the face and had his head slammed into a wall by guard James Madigan while handcuffed during a move to a segregation cell – an assault that ...
Brief • June 7, 2016
Lopez v. Cook et al, CA, Order granting contact visits, 1st Am grievance retaliation, 2014 Case 2:03-cv-01605-KJM-DAD Document 376 Filed 04/15/14 Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 ANDREW R. LOPEZ, 12 13 14 ...
San Bernardino County Jail Named in Federal Lawsuit by Christopher Zoukis On May 7, 2014, six detainees held at the West Valley Detention Center in San Bernardino filed a civil rights complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Their lawsuit alleged that they were repeatedly ...
Prisoners Protest Solitary Confinement at Illinois Facility by Joe Watson More than two dozen prisoners at the Menard Correctional Center in Illinois protested conditions in the prison’s high security unit (HSU) by staging a series of hunger strikes, most of them sustained for weeks. The protests at the Menard facility, ...
Investigation into Complaints from Native American Inmates at Crossroads, MT DOC, 2009
Disputed PLRA Administrative Exhaustion Issues Properly Resolved in Bench Trial by The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held on June 18, 2015 that disputed issues of fact regarding exhaustion under the PLRA may be resolved in a bench trial. The appellate court also found the plaintiff had failed to exhaust ...
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