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Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
From the Editor by Paul Wright Welcome to the first issue of PLN for 2017. If you have not yet donated to our annual fundraiser, it is not too late to do so! All donations help, from the smallest to the largest. It is your donations that allow us to ...
Tennessee Sheriff’s Willful Denial of Public Records Merits PLN Attorney Fee Award by On June 24, 2015, a Tennessee appellate court found the sheriff of Marshall County had willfully denied access to public records requested by Prison Legal News, and held that PLN was entitled to attorney fees after filing ...
A Primer on Prisoners’ Constitutional Rights by Alex Friedmann Prison Legal News (PLN) regularly reports on prison and jail-related court decisions involving violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights. Those who are new to the arena of civil rights litigation and unfamiliar with prisoners’ few remaining rights may need a basic introduction ...
Former Prison Doctor Settles Racial Discrimination, Wrongful Termination Lawsuit with Federal Government for $65,000 by Lonnie Burton On January 16, 1997, a former prison doctor who had sued the federal government for racial discrimination resulting in his wrongful termination, agreed to dismiss his case in return for a payment of ...
Bureau of Prisons Pays $145,000 to Settle Handicap Discrimination Lawsuit by Lonnie Burton The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), through the United States Attorney General's Office, agreed to pay a total of $145,000 to settle a 1998 lawsuit brought by a BOP employee who alleged she was discriminated against on ...
BOP Pays $30,000 to Settle Prison Counselor's Religious Discrimination Claim by Lonnie Burton On March 18, 2002, a settlement agreement was finalized resolving a complaint brought by a federal prison counselor who alleged she was targeted for discrimination because of her religious beliefs. PLR is now reporting on this case ...
$290,000 Settlement for Federal Prisoner in Medical Negligence, Loss of Hearing Claim by Lonnie Burton On December 17, 1999, the United States agreed to pay $290,000 to a federal prisoner who permanently lost his hearing after he received inadequate medical care during his incarceration at two federal prisons in Florida. ...
$100,000 Jury Verdict in BOP Gender Discrimination Case by Lonnie Burton On September 27, 2002, a federal jury sitting in the United States District Court in Colorado found in favor of the plaintiff in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) worker against her ...
$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. ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright PLN has opposed the private prison industry since we began publishing in 1990; back then the industry was in its infancy, having started in 1983 in its modern incarnation. Besides the political and moral implications of farming out correctional functions to for-profit corporations, there ...
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 ...
Federal Prisoner Receives $1,000 Settlement in Food Poisoning Case by Lonnie Burton On April 2, 1997, the United States agreed to settle a lawsuit in which a federal prisoner alleged she was poisoned by the food in the prison chow hall and then received inadequate medical care afterwards. The documents ...
Federal Prison Worker Receives $25,000 Settlement in Claim for Racial Discrimination, Retaliation by Lonnie Burton On June 16, 2003, a federal prison employee settled her complaint against the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), where she alleged she was subjected to racial epithets, and then a slew of retaliatory acts after ...
Federal Prison Guard Receives $58,000 Settlement in Racial Discrimination Case by Lonnie Burton On November 9, 2001, a federal prison guard entered into a settlement agreement with the United States in which he agreed to drop his complaints for racial discrimination in exchange for just over $58,000, back pay, and ...
Federal Prison Guard Receives $45,000 Settlement on Claim of Workplace Discrimination Due to Military Status by Lonnie Burton Matthew Tully worked as a prison guard at the Metropolitan Correctional Complex in New York (MCC-New York) City from 1998-2000. Tully had been a member of the United States Army and was ...
Federal Bureau of Prisons Settles Overtime Dispute with Leavenworth Guards for Nearly $400,000 by Lonnie Burton On November 27, 2000, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and the Council of Prison Locals, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 919 entered into a settlement agreement in a grievance filed by ...
$340,000 Settlement for Federal Prisoner Severely Beaten by Cellmate While Handcuffed by Lonnie Burton On October 2, 1997, the United States agreed to pay a federal prisoner a total of $340,000 to settle a lawsuit filed just months earlier alleging that negligence and deliberate indifference on the part of prison ...
$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 ...
$55,000 Settlement for Federal Prisoner Repeatedly Raped By Guard by Lonnie Burton On November 20, 2003, a federal prisoner settled a lawsuit she filed against the United States, a guard, and the warden at a federal prison in San Diego on a claim that she was repeatedly raped by a ...
$31,500 Settlement for Federal Prison Guard for Racial, Military Discrimination by Lonnie Burton Larry D. Milner was a guard at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego (MCC-SD) while at the same time being on active duty in the U.S. Navy. Milner, an African-American, filed a complaint alleging he was ...
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