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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. ...
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 ...
Semelbauer et al v. Muskegon Co, MI, Plf BiO to Def Mot PSJ, jail gender discrimination 8th Am, 2015 Case 1:14-cv-01245-JTN Doc #49 Filed 07/01/15 Page 1 of 32 Page ID#1350 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION MICHELLE SEMELBAUER, et al., PAULETTE ...
Semelbauer et al v. Muskegon Co, MI, Plf Reply BiS, jail gender discrimination 8th Am, 2016 Case 1:14-cv-01245-JTN ECF No. 105 filed 08/02/16 PageID.2008 Page 1 of 17 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION MICHELLE SEMELBAUER, PAULETTE BOSCH, DENISE VOS, CRISA BROWN, ...
Settlement in condition Suit Challenging Birmingham Jail by A settlement agreement was reached in a class action lawsuit concerning the conditions of confinement in Alabama’s Birmingham jail.  The suit was filed in 2011 and was the subject of several PLN reports.  The April 15, 2014, settlement required 100 pre-trial detainees ...
W.P. C No. 406 of 2013, Supreme Court of India, Order, inhumane prison conditions, 2013 REPORTABLE IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA CIVIL ORIGINAL JURISDICTION WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO.406/2013 RE - INHUMAN CONDITIONS IN 1382 PRISONS ORDER Madan B. Lokur, J. 1. Prison reforms have been the subject matter of ...
Alabama Forced to Confront Criminal Justice Reform by David Reutter “We’re at a fork in the road,” Alabama state Senator Cam Ward, chairman of the Prison Reform Task Force, said in June 2014. “We have two paths to choose from and neither one is easy. Those of us on the ...
Reproductive Health Care in Women’s Prisons “Painful” and “Traumatic” by Victoria Law By Victoria Law, Truthout It was Kim Dadou’s second day at New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. As part of the prison’s intake process, she was brought to the prison’s medical unit for a gynecological exam and pap smear. ...
Article • August 28, 2015 • from PLN September, 2015
Tennessee Jail Considers Charging for Toilet Paper, Underwear by Christopher Zoukis Tennessee Jail Considers Charging for Toilet Paper, Underwear by Christopher Zoukis On August 19, 2013, commissioners in Anderson County, Tennessee approved a resolution authorizing an expansion of pay-to-stay fees at the county jail. The resolution included a $50 daily ...
Article • July 7, 2015 • from PLN July, 2015
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Texas Prisoners Face Annual Shortage of Hygiene Items in Prison Commissaries by Matthew Clarke Texas Prisoners Face Annual Shortage of Hygiene Items in Prison Commissaries by Matt Clarke It’s a regular routine for Texas state prisoners – commissaries running out of hygiene supplies and other items as purchasing contracts are ...
Second Circuit: Federal Prisoner States Conditions of Confinement Claim by David Reutter Second Circuit: Federal Prisoner States Conditions of Confinement Claim   by David Reutter   The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a federal prisoner sufficiently stated a claim alleging the conditions of his confinement violated ...
Article • February 15, 2014 • from PLN February, 2014
Short-term Deprivation of Toilet Paper Does Not Violate Detainee’s Rights by The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that denial of toilet paper to a pretrial detainee for a short period of time does not violate the Fourteenth Amendment. The ruling reversed a district court’s order which had concluded ...
$75 Awarded for Magazine Denial; Access to Personal Law Books Denied by On January 3, 2001 a U.S. Magistrate judge upheld the denial of a prisoner's access to personal law books and awarded $75 for magazines denied by the unit. Louisiana State prisoner Leo J. Schwartz, III was segregated over ...
Article • August 15, 2011 • from PLN August, 2011
Sixth Circuit Reinstates Michigan Prisoner’s Denial of Toothpaste Suit by On May 6, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the dismissal of a Michigan prisoner’s federal civil rights lawsuit in which he claimed he was denied toothpaste for nearly a year. In January 2005, while ...
Tenth Circuit Reverses Lawsuit on Hygiene Versus Court Access for Second Time by Bob Williams For the second time, the Tenth Circuit has reversed the dismissal of a pro se prisoner’s lawsuit alleging he was denied basic hygiene items when his available money was spent on court-related expenses. Colorado state ...
Deplorable Conditions at Los Angeles ICE Facility Result in Settlement by Brandon Sample Being locked up is bad enough. But imagine being held in a basement without basic essentials like drinking water, clean clothes, the ability to shower, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and medical care. Thousands of immigration detainees in ...
Settlement in Idaho Jail Condition Class-Action Suit by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On August 4, 2009, a consent decree was entered in a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of jail prisoners with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over conditions of confinement at the Canyon County ...
Settlement Promises Improvements at Baltimore City Jail by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On August 18, 2009, a settlement was reached in a class-action lawsuit over conditions of confinement at the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC). The lawsuit dates back to 1971 and had been on the federal district court’s ...
Inhumane Illinois Cell Conditions Defeat Summary Judgment by The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held that guards are not entitled to qualified immunity for confining a prisoner in inhumane conditions. That ruling came on the heels of a district court’s order granting summary judgment to two guards at Illinois’ ...
Secret Red Cross Report Reveals Medical Personnel Collusion in CIA Torture by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke A leaked confidential report issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in February 2007, concerning the treatment of fourteen “high value detainees” in CIA custody, revealed torture and collusion by ...
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