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Article • December 11, 2017
BOP Prison Guard's 30 Day Suspension for Biting Inmate Reversed in Arbitration by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis The 30-day suspension of Kenneth O. Davis for biting a prisoner was overturned by federal arbitrator Michael L. Allen on December 12, 2002. Davis, a senior officer specialist (prison guard), was working ...
Article • December 7, 2017
Illinois Prisoner Granted Transfer in Injunctive Relief in Extremely Rare Ruling by David Reutter by David Reutter The U.S. Southern District Court of Illinois granted a preliminary injunction for prisoner Calvin Mitchell as failed against Correctional Officer Stephen Baker and Warden Kim Butler. The order required that Mitchell be transferred ...
Article • December 1, 2017
$45,000 Jury Award For Injuries Caused By Georgia Prison CERT Team by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis A jury awarded $45,000 in damages against four Georgia state prison Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members on June 12, 2013. Ammon Ra Sumrall was imprisoned at the Autry State Prison October 27, ...
Article • December 1, 2017
California Attorney Invoices Not Categorically Exempt from PRA Disclosure by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson The California Supreme Court held that legal billing statements in closed cases are not categorically exempt from disclosure under California’s Public Records Act (PRA). Modeled after the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the California ...
Brief • November 14, 2017
Evans v. Plumber, OH, Settlement, Jail Assault, 2017 17 -vc"31( RESOLUTION NO. 17-1536 NOVEMBER 14, 2017 RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PAYMENT BY WARRANT TO EMILY J. EVANS AND HER ATTORNEYS PICKREL SCHAEFFER & EBELING, CO., LPA IN THE AMOUNT OF $380,000. FUNDING SOURCE: OCA 611510, OBJECT 7692, FUND 680, SUBFUND 200 WHEREAS, ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Second Circuit: Ross Abrogates “Special Circumstances” Exhaustion Exception by The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the non-exhaustion dismissal of a New York prisoner’s excessive force suit. Applying Ross v. Blake, 136 S.Ct. 1850 (2016) [PLN, July 2016, p.22], the appellate court held that no administrative remedies were ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Seventh Circuit Upholds Jury Award for Illinois Prisoner Beaten by Guards by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Charles Murphy, an Illinois state prisoner housed at the Vandalia Correctional Center, raised the ire of several guards on July 25, 2011 when he refused to eat at a dining hall table and ...
Woodruff v. County of Sussex, NJ, Settlement, Jail Assault, 2017 GENERAL RELEASE THIS RELEASE (hereafter "Agreement") is made between Robert Woodruff ("Plaintiff'') and the County of Sussex, Michael F. Strada, Homer Wanamaker, and Leslie Port ("Defendants") (referred to collectively as the "Parties"). 1. Payment. Within thirty (30) business days of ...
Brief • October 3, 2017
Dumas v. Chappell, OH, Settlement, Restraint Chair Punch, 2017 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS THIS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS, entered into this 31st day of October, 2017, by and between LUCILLE DUMAS and MADELINE CHAPPELL, CRAIG MUROWSKY, DELONTE BROWN, CHERYL MOTT, MACARTHUR WILLIAMS, and CUYAHOGA ...
Brief • September 4, 2017
Conner v. Placer County, CA, Complaint, Jail Assault, 2017 Case 2:17-cv-01830-TLN-DB Document 1 Filed 09/04/17 Page 1 of 23 1 2 3 4 Patrick H. Dwyer, SBN 137743 P.O. Box 1705 Penn Valley, CA 95946 Tel: (530) 432-5407; Fax: (530) 432-9122 Email: pdwyer@pdwyerlaw.com Attorney for Plaintiff Derek Conner 5 IN ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Abuses at Louisiana Jail Investigated, Ten Deputies Plead Guilty by David Reutter by David M. Reutter A federal investigation into the abuse of pretrial detainees at Louisiana’s Iberia Parish Jail resulted in guilty pleas by ten sheriff’s deputies. A trial is pending for an 11th deputy who did not plead ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
With General Inch in Charge, We Can Expect Further Militarization of the Prison System by Brian Dolinar by Brian Dolinar, Truthout The appointment of retired Army General Mark S. Inch to head the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is a major blow to those working for prison reform under Trump. ...
Article • August 4, 2017
$255,000 Jury Award for Man Beaten by IL Jail Guards After Judge Grants Remittitur by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Donald Martin, Jr., had been awarded $780,000 in compensatory and punitive damages by a federal jury in July 2008 after he’d sued Cook County, Ill., Sheriff Michael Sheahan and the ...
Article • August 4, 2017
$3,000 Settlement for NY Prisoner Assaulted, Harassed by Guards by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Michael Modlenaar, a former prisoner at the Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone, N.Y. settled a 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983 complaint in August 2008 for $3,000 after alleging that multiple prison guards had beaten, harassed and ...
Article • July 31, 2017
$10,000 Awarded to SC Man Kicked in the Mouth By Sheriff’s Deputy by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Robert Barnes saved a York County, S.C. sheriff’s deputy from facing criminal assault and battery charges by settling prior to trial in July 2008 for $10,000 for injuries he sustained when the ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Fourth Circuit Clarifies Rights of Pretrial Detainees; $35,000 Settlement on Remand by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals released an important decision concerning the rights of pretrial detainees on November 7, 2016. The case involved allegations of unconstitutional conduct by authorities at the New Hanover ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Tennessee Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Sexual Misconduct, Excessive Force Charges by A Tennessee sheriff has admitted to using his authority to have sex with jail prisoners on several occasions and using excessive force on another prisoner. Fentress County Sheriff Charles Scott “Chucky” Cravens, 47, pleaded guilty on April 20, 2017 ...
Widespread Abuses at Santa Clara County Jail; Three Guards Convicted of Murder by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton Three guards employed at a jail in Santa Clara County, California, in the Silicon Valley area, were convicted on June 1, 2017 of second-degree murder for the fatal beating of a mentally ...
Gentry v. Floyd County, IN, Amended Complaint, Forcible Stripping, 2014 Case 4:14-cv-00054-TAB-RLY Document 17 Filed 11/12/14 Page 1 of 22 PageID #: 116 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA NEW ALBANY DIVISION ELECTRONICALLY FILED TABITHA GENTRY 1429 Locust St. New Albany, IN 4715 and VINCENT MINTON 11302 Nabb ...
Gentry v. Floyd County, IN, Settlement Agreement, Forcible Stripping, 2017 Case 4:14-cv-00054-TAB-RLY Document 126-1 Filed 07/24/17 Page 1 of 25 PageID #: 1760 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA NEW ALBANY DIVISION ELECTRONICALLY FILED TABITHA GENTRY, ET AL. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) PLAINTIFFS ...
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