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Krome Detention Center has Long History of Detainee Abuse by David Reutter Immigration reform was a recurring theme in the recent presidential election. The national debate has focused on what should be done with the millions of undocumented immigrants who reside in the United States, but as events at the ...
New York: Nearly $10 Million in Settlements Over Denial of Medical Care at Rikers Island by On November 13, 2015, the City of New York entered into a $3.8 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by the estate of a Rikers Island prisoner who swallowed caustic chemicals and died due ...
Deaths Due to Neglect in U.S. Jails Reflect Nation’s Values by David Reutter While brutality and murders committed by police officers – particularly against unarmed black men – have gained increased public attention over the past few years, the deaths of people in jail due to the negligence or deliberate ...
Correctional Medical Care Pays $425,000 Settlement in Prisoner’s Opiate Withdrawal Death by Correctional Medical Care (CMC) agreed to a $425,000 settlement in a lawsuit alleging the company’s practice of putting profit before patient care resulted in the opiate withdrawal death of a prisoner at New York’s Schenectady County Jail (SCJ). ...
Michigan Jail Subject of Wrongful Death Lawsuit and PLN Censorship Suit by The family of a prisoner who died from drug withdrawal symptoms at Michigan’s Macomb County Jail (MCJ) filed a lawsuit against the facility and its private medical contractor, Correct Care Solutions, in March 2015. On June 11, 2014, ...
California County Settles Suits over Two Jail Prisoners’ Deaths for $1.6 Million by Matthew Clarke In mid-2014, Sutter County, California settled lawsuits brought by the families of two county jail prisoners who died. The family of Rodney Bock received $800,000 while the family of Nathan Prasad received $825,000. The jail ...
Reforms at New Orleans Jail Slow to Materialize; Death Reporting Problematic by David Reutter Federal monitors overseeing implementation of a consent decree concerning conditions at the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) in New Orleans said they were “very concerned” about the lack of progress in implementing the agreement’s provisions. Forty-nine prisoners ...
Private Jail Contractor’s Insurance Excludes Coverage of Detainee’s Death by The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an insurance company is not required to defend or indemnify a private prison contractor in the death of a pretrial detainee at a Texas jail. Mario Garcia was confined at the Brooks ...
Father of Four Dies in Privately-operated Texas Jail; Civil Suit Expected by On October 5, 2016, the Huffington Post released disturbing video from inside a private prison in Texarkana, Texas that showed Michael Sabbie, a 35-year-old father of four, being violently flung to the ground by a group of six ...
$500,000 in Settlements after Utah Prisoner Dies when Medical Technician Doesn’t Show up for Work by Christopher Zoukis On April 5, 2015, Ramon C. Estrada, 62, incarcerated since 2005, died at the Utah State Prison due to an apparent heart attack related to renal failure. His death was preceded by ...
More Suicides, Overdoses and Murders in California Prisons, According to Death Review Report by Joe Watson While California’s prison population is down, homicides among state prisoners in 2013 were up sharply over previous years. Deaths from drug overdoses in California prisons were up, too, and the suicide rate among state ...
Prisoner Deaths Continue To Rise by Christopher Zoukis For the third year in row, the number of prisoners who died in America's prisons and jails rose. Some 4,446 prisoners died in 2013, a two percent increase over 2012, continuing an upward trend, according to the U.S. Department of Justice's Office ...
Southern Health Partners to Face Liability in Kentucky Pre-trial Detainee’s MRSA Death by The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a grant of summary judgment to Southern Health Partners, Inc. (SHP) in a civil rights action alleging the company failed to train and supervise its nurses at Kentucky’s Hopkins County ...
Tennessee Jail Seizure Death Claims Survive Dismissal; Physician Claims Dismissed for No Deliberate Indifference Allegations by Mark Wilson A Tennessee federal court dismissed deliberate indifference claims against a jail doctor for a prisoner's seizure death, absent allegations of his personal involvement or awareness. The court refused to dismiss claims brought ...
Article • October 27, 2016
Fifth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Suit over In-Custody Death by On February 10, 2016, the Fifth Circuit court of appeals upheld the dismissal of a suit brought over the in-custody death due to PCP toxicity. Marcus Dewayne Slade was arrested after Marshall, Texas police encountered him naked, agitated and having ...
Colorado Guards Joke While Prisoner Dies from Easily Preventable Cause by Matthew Clarke The death of 35-year-old Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) prisoner Christopher Lopez at the San Carols Correctional Facility on March 17, 2013, would have been rejected if submitted as a plot for a novel. It is too ...
Federal Judge Clears Way for Civil Rights Suit in Oklahoma Jail Death by Medical Cell #1 became a “burial crypt” inside the David L. Moss Detention Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma when Elliot Williams, a mentally-ill 37-year-old veteran, lay paralyzed with a broken neck on the concrete floor, naked, cold and ...
$250,000 Settlement for Family of Federal Prisoner Who Suffered Fatal Heart Attack After Being Refused Medical Attention by Lonnie Burton On December 2, 2002, the U.S. Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with the family of a former federal prisoner who died of a heart attack after he ...
Corizon Sued Over Death of Prisoner in St. Louis Jail by Matthew Clarke The St. Louis Lawyer's Group is helping the family of a man who died five days after arriving at the St. Louis Justice Center sue the jail's private medical services provider, Corizon. The suit alleges denial of ...
GA: Calls for Better Prenatal Care in Jails After Pregnant Mom Loses Baby by A recent lawsuit filed against Clayton County, Georgia, and Sheriff Kem Kimbrough has prompted human rights organizations and Georgia lawmakers to clamor for set guidelines for county jails across the state regarding the proper treatment of ...
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