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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. ...
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 ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
BOP Prisoner’s FTCA Wage Suit States Cause of Action by In February 2016, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Florida district court’s order dismissing a prisoner’s Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) complaint that alleged a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) guard had withheld his wages. Before the Court was ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Jail Official Convicted of Illegally Recording Phone Conversations Loses Appeal by Christopher Zoukis A former high-ranking official at a New Jersey county jail, convicted on federal charges for illegally listening to and recording the private phone conversations of jail union leaders, has lost his appeal and will remain in federal ...
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 ...
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 ...
Maryland DOC Suspends Volunteer, Drops Literature Program by Mikita Brottman led a reading and discussion group for nine Maryland prisoners serving life sentences at the Jessup Correctional Institution. A professor of literature at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a psychoanalyst, Brottman volunteered her time for two hours a ...
Mold-infested Prisons Sicken Guards and Prisoners by by Spencer Woodman, The Intercept During much of her three years awaiting trial in New York’s Rikers Island jail, Candie Hailey was locked in a solitary confinement cell ventilated by a mold-covered air duct. The purpose of the vent was, of course, to ...
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. ...
CDCR Drug-sniffing Dog Trainer Resigns Over Switch to “Passive” Dogs by Joe Watson After resigning from his position, an expert dog trainer and veteran of California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for more than 25 years has criticized a new program to reduce prison drug smuggling. Wayne Conrad, 61, ...
Retaliation against Washington Whistleblowers for Reporting Faked Prison Statistics by Matthew Clarke It seemed like a great idea. The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) would try a pilot program in a couple of 130-bed pods at Airway Heights Corrections Center with the aim of improving prisoner behavior using positive ...
Private Prison Company Not Liable for Guard's Death in Riot by Lonnie Burton Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) successfully moved in federal court to dismiss a suit brought by the survivors of a guard who was killed by prisoners during a riot in 2012. On May 20, 2012, prisoners rioted ...
Article • November 1, 2016
Oregon Prison Guard's News Broadcast Tort Claims Dismissed by Mark Wilson The Oregon Court of Appeals ordered a lower court to dismiss a prison guard's tort claims against a television broadcast company. Around 10:00 p.m., on January 10, 2010, someone fired gunshots in a Salem, Oregon neighborhood. Some of the ...
Summary Judgment Reversed on Washington Guard's MRSA Claims by The Washington Court of Appeals held that factual disputes about whether a guard contracted MRSA on the job precluded summary judgment. In 2008, Cara Stinson worked as a seaman for the Washington state Department of Corrections (WDOC). She served as a ...
Article • October 27, 2016
Former Prison Guard Escapes from Texas State Jail by Charlie Davis, Jr.--a former Texas prison guard--escaped from the Wheeler State Jail in Plainview, Texas, on October 27, 2014. Davis, 36, worked as a guard at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Clements Unit in Amarillo, a maximum-security prison, from April ...
Former Prison Doctor Settles Racial Discrimination, Wrongful Termination Lawsuit with Federal Government for $65,000 by Lonnie Burton On January 16, 1997, a former prison doctor who had sued the federal government for racial discrimination resulting in his wrongful termination, agreed to dismiss his case in return for a payment of ...
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 ...
Article • October 25, 2016
Federal Court Sends Case Regarding Wrongful Job Termination Based on Felony Convictions to N.Y. State Court with Certified Questions by Lonnie Burton On August 30, 2016, the Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals certified three questions to the New York State Court of Appeals to help them resolve a ...
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