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Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
No-show Cops and Dysfunctional Courts Keep Cook County Jail Prisoners Waiting Years for a Trial by Spencer Woodman by Spencer Woodman, Chicago Reader June 25, 2012, was a terrible day for Jermaine Robinson. Overall, life was good – the 21-year-old Washington Park resident had been studying music management at Columbia ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
IRS Audit Prompts New Mexico County to Convert Bonds Used for ICE Facility by Joe Watson by Joe Watson An Internal Revenue Service audit of tax-free bonds used to develop an immigrant detention facility in New Mexico was closed once the bonds were converted to taxable status. Otero County issued ...
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
Waging War on the Poor: Unpaid Fines Lead to Jail by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Stung by a series of lawsuits filed across the nation challenging the practice of jailing people unable to pay court fees and fines, Texas legislators passed a law that requires judges to offer community ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
TV Production Company has Friends in Low Places by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Lucky 8 TV is a production company that produces “Behind Bars: Rookie Year” – a reality show about first-time prison guards – and thus requires access to a prison for filming. What better way to gain ...
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 ...
Florida Lawmaker Visits Prisons, Audits Private Prison Con-tracts by David Reutter by David Reutter In prison after prison across the state, over a period of two years, Florida state Representative David Richardson found that toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, pillows, sheets, shirts and soap were often withheld from prisoners, especially those in ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Former Mississippi DOC Commissioner, Co-defendants Sentenced in Massive Bribery Scheme by In January 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Henry T. Wingate sentenced Sam Waggoner, 62, to five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving Mississippi’s former corrections commissioner. The sentence also included two years of supervised ...
Article • September 7, 2017
Filed under: Contractor Misconduct
Red-Light Camera Company to Pay $20 Million Settlement to City of Chicago to Settle Fraud and Bribery Lawsuit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., a red-light camera company located in Australia, agreed on February 3, 2017, to pay the city of Chicago $20 million to settle ...
Article • September 1, 2017
Filed under: Police Misconduct
Idaho Sheriff Guilty of Misuse of Public Funds by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Blaire Olsen, the former Sheriff of Jefferson County, Idaho, was found guilty of three counts of misuse of public funds after a 2015 jury trial. He was sentenced to three years of probation, and fired. On ...
Article • September 1, 2017
Federal Judge: Chicago Guilty of 'Bad Faith' for Refusing to Provide Documents in Police Shooting Case, Cites Ongoing Pattern of Conduct by City by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In a sternly-worded 24-page order dated January 3, 2017, U.S. District Judge Joan B. Gottschall of the U.S. District Court for ...
Article • August 31, 2017
California Prison Guard's Dismissal Upheld By Appellate Court by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On November 16, 2016, the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, in California reversed a trial court's decision to order the reinstatement of employment of a state prison guard who was fired after he ...
Mississippi Closes Troubled Former Youth Prison by Citing budgetary cuts, the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) finally closed the troubled, privately-operated Walnut Grove Correctional Facility (WGCF) on September 15, 2016. As previously reported in PLN, Walnut Grove had been under a federal consent decree since 2012 over allegations of guards ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Oregon Prosecutors and Cops Bully Parole Board into Improperly Rescinding Parole; Court Orders Release by The Oregon Court of Appeals held last year that a prisoner’s release date had been improperly rescinded due to a public outcry, contrary to state law. Oregon prisoner Sidney Dean Porter was sentenced to life ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Abuses at Louisiana Jail Investigated, Ten Deputies Plead Guilty by David Reutter by David M. Reutter A federal investigation into the abuse of pretrial detainees at Louisiana’s Iberia Parish Jail resulted in guilty pleas by ten sheriff’s deputies. A trial is pending for an 11th deputy who did not plead ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
TN Prison Counselor Suspended for Posting Insults on Facebook by Joe Watson by Joe Watson A counselor at the Turney Center Industrial Complex (TCIX), a close-security prison located in southwestern Tennessee, was suspended for three days after she posted profanity-laced insults on the Facebook page for the Tennessee Department of ...
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 ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Ohio State Criminal Convictions Threatened by Evidence Technician’s Misconduct by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Recent court filings make it clear that G. Michele Yezzo, an evidence technician for 33 years with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), had a long history of behavioral problems that ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Leader of Fraudulent Scheme Targeting Prisoners Convicted, Sent to Prison by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Qadir Shabazz, aka Deangelo Moore, aka Deangelo Muhammad, a 41-year-old Atlanta man, was convicted in January 2016 of charges related to a fraudulent scheme that sold false hope to prisoners and stole millions from ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
New York Parole Board Repeatedly Held in Contempt; One Case Reversed on Appeal by In May 2016, the New York Supreme Court in Dutchess County held the State Parole Board (the Board) in contempt for failing to follow a court order governing a parole review. New York state prisoner John ...
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