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Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Filed under: HIV/AIDS, Failure to Treat
Louisiana Parish Jails Lack HIV Treatment and Services by HIV-positive prisoners in Louisiana jails are not provided medication and basic services, which endangers both their health and the communities they return to upon release. That was one of the findings of “Paying the Price: Failure to Deliver HIV Services in ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Seventh Circuit Dissent: “A Dog Would Have Deserved Better Treatment” by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna William A. Miller, incarcerated at FCC Terre Haute, a Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facility in Indiana, entered prison with a serious health problem – a thalamic brain tumor that required a lower bunk assignment, ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Prisoner Showed Good Cause for Extension of Time by The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals held a district court erred in denying a prisoner’s motion for extension of time to respond to a dispositive motion. Oklahoma state prisoner Archie Rachel, 71, filed suit in federal court regarding his medical treatment ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Seventh Circuit Reinstates Prisoner’s Lawsuit, Rejects District Court’s IFP Concerns by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Rahim McWilliams, an Illinois state prisoner, injured his hand in a fall and filed a claim in federal court for damages, claiming lack of proper medical treatment and permanent disfigurement. He alleged he was ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Corizon Loses Indiana DOC Medical Contract Amid Lawsuits by David Reutter by David Reutter In 2005, at the urging of then-Governor Mitch Daniels, the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) awarded a contract to privatize medical care for prisoners. The winning bidder, Prison Health Services, merged in 2011 with Correctional Medical ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against County Jail in New York by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The family of deceased prisoner Jimmy Richardson filed a federal lawsuit against the Schenectady County Jail in New York in April 2017, alleging that the facility and its medical contractor, Correctional Medical Care, ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
$200,000 Settlement for Restraint of Pregnant Prisoner after Ninth Circuit Vacates Summary Judgment by The Ninth Circuit vacated a summary judgment order in favor of Arizona jail officials in a case that involved a pregnant prisoner who was restrained while she was in labor and after she gave birth. Miriam ...
DOJ Audit Rips Privately-operated Federal Facility; Trump Administration Presses Forward by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In December 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), a watchdog agency within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), issued an audit of the federal Bureau of Prisons’ contract with private prisoner company ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Misdemeanor Trespassing Arrest Leads to Permanent Impairment by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis In March 2015, 53-year-old Ralph Karl Ingrim suffered a seizure at a Dollar General store in Amarillo, Texas. A store clerk was kind enough to call the police to have him removed. When they arrived, Ingrim allegedly ...
Article • September 13, 2017
Dismissal of Ill. Prisoner's Dental Care Lawsuit Affirmed By Seventh Circuit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On February 15, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided that a lower court's dismissal of Illinois state prisoner's lawsuit against a private medical contractor and a prison dentist ...
Article • September 12, 2017
$1.3 Million+ Award of Attorney's Fees and Costs Approved in New York Unlawful Confinement Case that Netted Only $1 in Damages by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On June 17, 2016, Judge Jed A. Raskoff, sitting in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, issued an ...
Article • September 8, 2017
Fifth Circuit Reinstates Part of Louisiana Prisoner's Failure-to-Protect, Medical Indifference Lawsuit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On February 9, 2017, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmedin part and reversed in part a district court's order granting summary judgment to prison officials in a ...
Article • August 31, 2017
Illinois Court Allows Medical Indifference Case to Proceed to Trial, Denies Summary Judgment to Prison Officials for Prisoner's Tooth Pain by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In a Memorandum and Order dated November 7, 2016, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen C. Williams of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District ...
Article • August 31, 2017
Filed under: Dental Care
Idaho Court Affirms Dismissal of Prisoner's Civil Rights Lawsuit Which Sought Relief for Denial of a Dental Pick by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On November 4, 2016, the Idaho Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court order which dismissed a lawsuit filed by a state prisoner which had alleged ...
Article • August 31, 2017
Tenth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Eighth Amendment Lawsuit Over Botched Oklahoma Execution by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On November 15, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the estate of a prisoner who was executed by lethal ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: Medical, Prisoner Property
Plastic Spoon Not a “Dangerous Weapon” Under Oregon Law by The Oregon Court of Appeals has held that a prisoner was entitled to dismissal of a dangerous weapon charge because a plastic spoon with a slightly sharpened handle was not a dangerous weapon. The Court also held an “attempt” jury ...
Numerous Lawsuits Filed Against Corizon Nationwide; Company Loses Contracts by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke Corizon Health is one of the nation's largest for-profit medical providers for prisons and jails. Recent lawsuits against the company, however, call into question the quality, and even the availability, of the healthcare services it ...
Deaths at North Carolina Jail Due to Lack of Medical, Mental Health Care by The deaths of four pre-trial detainees at the Durham County Jail in North Carolina are under investigation. Over the past 16 years, 10 other prisoners have died at the facility. Officials are remaining mum, referring questions ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Surgeon General’s Report: Substance Abuse Continues to Grow in America by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna A new report from the federal government documents what many already know: that the problem of substance abuse addiction continues to expand, now affecting an estimated 20.8 million Americans. That’s more than the total ...
Article • August 22, 2017
Michigan Prisoner Receives $4,000 for Injuries Sustained After Staff Ignore Bottom Bunk Directive by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On August 18, 2015, the state of Michigan agreed to pay a prisoner $4,000 to settle a lawsuit in which prison staff deliberately ignored a medically-issued "bottom bunk detail" and the ...
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