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Article • April 24, 2017
Crowd Control Techniques Subject of West Virginia Jail Abuse Suits by Lawsuits filed in 2015 against the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority (WVRJCFA) claim a special response teams used excessive force on routine searches and cell extractions.  The alleged force involves techniques normally used for crowd control. ...
Article • April 20, 2017
Texas Grand Jury No-Bills Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Handcuffed Prisoner by Matt Clarice by Matt Clarke On February 18, 2014, a Texas state grand jury declined to indict El Paso police officer Jose Flores, 40, who fatally shot Daniel Rodrigo Saenz, 37, a handcuffed man in his custody, on ...
Article • April 5, 2017
Denver Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Ignoring and Instigating Prisoner Attacks by Gary Hunter by Gary Hunter Video surveillance cameras captured jail guard Gaynel Rumer walking briskly past a cell where a prisoner was being beaten and tortured without ever looking inside. According to a lawsuit filed by Jamal Hunter the ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
$50,000 Jury Award in South Carolina Prisoner’s Failure to Protect Suit by A South Carolina federal jury awarded $50,000 to a prisoner in a civil rights action alleging a guard failed to intervene when he was attacked by other prisoners. Lavadre D. Butler, 35, claimed that while incarcerated at the ...
28 Days in Chains by Christie Thompson and Joseph Shapiro by Christie Thompson and Joseph Shapiro, The Marshall Project On February 3, 2011, corrections officers at Lewisburg federal penitentiary in rural Pennsylvania arrived outside Sebastian Richardson’s cell door. With them was a man looking agitated and rocking back and forth. He ...
Article • February 21, 2017
$130,000 Settlement for BOP Prisoner Injured in Cell by A $13,000 settlement was reached in a lawsuit alleging a prisoner suffered a severe injury due to “a dangerous condition” that existed in his cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles. While attempting to gain access to his bunk ...
Seventh Circuit Reinstates Illinois Jail Prisoner’s Failure-to-Protect Suit by In a September 16, 2015 ruling, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that a district court had improperly dismissed an Illinois jail prisoner’s failure-to-protect lawsuit based on his refusal to sign a medical release form. Mario Reyes was a pretrial ...
Improper Analysis of Sovereign Immunity Defense Requires Remand in Georgia Negligence Claim by The Georgia Supreme Court vacated the rulings of two lower courts because they failed to apply the proper legal analysis in deciding the application of sovereign immunity. The matter before the court came on a petition for ...
Article • November 1, 2016
$5,000 Settlement in Ohio Prisoner's Suit over Improper Assignment to Upper Bunk by On June 8, 2015, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction agreed to a $5,000 settlement in a lawsuit brought by a prisoner who was assigned to an upper bunk despite having a medical restriction requiring his ...
$40,000 for Federal Prisoner in Slip and Fall Case by Lonnie Burton On May 22, 2000, the U.S. Attorney General's Office reached a settlement agreement with a federal prisoner who had injured himself when he slipped and fell in his cell shower at the Federal Detention Center (FDC) near Seattle. ...
$12,500 Settlement in D.C. Prisoner’s Negligent Maintenance Suit by The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $12,500 to settle the lawsuit of prisoner Theodore Jones for injuries sustained for lack of proper maintenance. While at the D.C. Jail on July 31, 2000, Jones was playing basketball on the recreation court when ...
Federal Prisoner Receives $20,000 for Inadequate Medical Treatment for His Hand Injury by Lonnie Burton On March 7, 2000, the United States agreed to pay a federal prisoner the sum of $20,000 to settle his lawsuit stemming from inadequate medical care resulting in permanent paralysis in his left hand. The ...
US District Court Upholds Prisoner's Medical Suit against County and Healthcare Providers by On February 9, 2012 Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania upheld claims of deliberate indifference by individual defendants, vicarious liability of Correctional Medical Care, Inc. ("CMC"), and professional malpractice. Peter D'Agostino, a prisoner in the Montgomery County Correctional ...
Suit Against Kentucky Jail Officials for Prisoner-on-Prisoner Assault Dismissed for Failure to State a Claim by Lonnie Burton On June 3, 2016, a three judge panel of the Court of Appeals of Kentucky issue a 3-0 decision affirming the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a state prisoner who was ...
Bureau of Prisons Pays $300,000 for Claim Relating to Beating of Prisoner by Christopher Zoukis The Bureau of Prisons agreed to settle claims relating to the severe beating of one inmate by another in February 1993. The plaintiff, Mark D. Lang, was beaten unconscious on the first day of an ...
Bureau of Prisons Pays $40,000 to Settle Prisoner's Injury Claim by Christopher Zoukis Lai Chiem Saelee, a prisoner at Federal Correctional Institution Dublin, California, settled her claim for injuries caused by the negligence of the Bureau of Prisons in July 1999. Saelee sued under the Federal Tort Claims Act, 29 ...
BOP Settles Medical Malpractice Claim for $50,000 by Christopher Zoukis The Bureau of Prisons settled a claim of medical malpractice brought by a prisoner in September 2003. Kenneth H. Wellman, a prisoner at Federal Correctional Institution Phoenix, Arizona, filed a lawsuit in federal court on November 13, 2001. According to ...
BOP Settles Prisoner Injury Claim for $1,500 by Christopher Zoukis The Bureau of Prisons settled an injury lawsuit filed by prisoner Hazel Jackson on February 7, 2001. Jackson, a prisoner held at Federal Correctional Institution Dublin, California, alleged in her complaint that on June 22, 1997 she "fell into an ...
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 ...
North Carolina Prisoner Who Sustained Injuries in Suspicious Circumstances Dies by A North Carolina state prisoner who was found in his segregation cell with a smashed skull in August 2008 has died. The cause of his injuries, officially, remains unknown. Alexander Correctional Institution prisoner Timothy Helms, 49, died in the ...
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