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Article • April 11, 2017
Mentally Ill, Disabled CDCR Prisoner Dies Following Use of Force Incident by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis On September 7, 2013, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) prisoner Joseph Duran, 35, a mentally ill inmate who breathed through the use of a tube in his throat, died following a ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
New York: $67,000 Jury Award in Rikers Island Prisoner’s Suit by The Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a $67,000 jury verdict in a civil rights action brought by a former Rikers Island prisoner. It also remanded for further proceedings on a malicious prosecution claim that had been improperly dismissed. ...
Alaska Prisoner Deaths Criticized in Report by The deaths of four Alaska prisoners has placed a focus on that state’s prison system.  The handling of the deaths and a lack of training was criticized in a report that preceded the replacement of corrections commissioner. Gov. Bill Walker called the report’s ...
Article • October 14, 2016
Summary Judgment Denied on North Carolina Excessive Force Claims by Mark Wilson A North Carolina federal court held that material factual disputes precluded summary judgment on a prisoner's excessive force claims. Randolph Watterson and Stephen Somerset were cellmates in protective custody at North Carolina's Gaston County Jail. Watterson claims that ...
D.C. Agrees to Pay $40,000 to Settle Excessive Force & Inadequate Medical Care Claims by On September 23, 2002, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $40,000 to a man who was assaulted by guards at the D.C. Central Detention Facility. Mark Franklin, unaware of protocol used for moving prisoners ...
Former New Mexico Jail Lieutenant's Prisoner Mistreatment Convictions Upheld by On February 28, 2012, the Tenth Circuit court of appeals upheld the convictions of a former guard lieutenant for abusing prisoners and falsifying records at two different New Mexico jails. Based on speedy trial and exclusion-of-evidence grounds, John Gould, a ...
Los Angeles Sheriff's Office Settles Visitor Beating Case for $1 Million by Derek Gilna Los Angeles County Jail deputies have a reputation for brutal treatment of prisoners, and have paid out millions of dollars in settlements as a result. However, even a man visiting his brother Robert at Men's Central ...
Oklahoma County Settles Suit over Excessive Use of Restrain Chair for $200,000 by On May 20, 2014, Bryan County, Oklahoma agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a former Bran County jail prisoner over maltreatment, including placing him in a restraint chair multiple times for days at a time and ...
Two Illinois Jail Guards Indicted in 2011 'Take Down,' Death of Homeless Man by Joe Watson Two former Illinois jail guards who were employed by the Lake County Sheriff's Office north of Chicago were indicted October 29, 2014, on felony charges related to the death of a homeless man booked ...
Oklahoma Jail Detainee Handcuffed, Pepper-sprayed and Choked to Death by Caddo County District Attorney Jason Hicks cited his interpretation of the state’s open records law as justification for withholding reports and video footage documenting the death of Darius Robinson at the county lockup in the rural town of Anadarko, Oklahoma. ...
Baker v. CCA, VT, Complaint, Lee riot guard beating, 2005 W011 02,08/2005 15:50 FAX 615 366 7333 JOB MASTER STATE OF VE ' ONT ADDISON COUNTY, SS. GENE BAXER, Plaintiff, Superior Court Docket No. V. CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA, Defendant COMPLAINT NOW COMES Plaintiff Gene Baker, by and through his ...
Illinois Sheriff Demotes One, Fires 3, Suspends 10 after Death of Jail Detainee by Derek Gilna Lake County, Illinois Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. demoted a jail supervisor and suspended ten guards over an incident in which a prisoner was paralyzed after an altercation with jailers and later died. Three ...
Farris v. Franklin County, WA, 2nd Amended Complaint, jail restraints pepper spray, 2014 Case 4:14-cv-05083-SAB 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Document 66-2 Filed 07/10/15 THE HONORABLE STANLEY A. BASTIAN NICHOLAS B. STRALEY MELISSA R. LEE COLUMBIA LEGAL SERVICES ...
Three California Jail Guards Charged in “Fight Club” Case by Scott Neu, the San Francisco deputy identified as the ringleader of a gladiator-style jailhouse “fight club,” was charged with four felony counts of assault under color of authority, four felony counts of making threats, four misdemeanor counts of inhumanity to ...
Sixth Circuit Rejects Qualified Immunity Defense by Guards in Wrongful Death Suit by Derek Gilna On August 21, 2015, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal filed by jail officials seeking reversal of a district court’s denial of qualified and statutory immunity in a case involving a prisoner’s ...
Article • June 3, 2016 • from PLN June, 2016
Former Wisconsin Corrections Secretary Fired by Wisconsin Attorney General Brad D. Schimel confirmed on April 15, 2016 that Ed Wall, the former state corrections secretary who responded to widespread prison violence by equipping prison employees with pepper spray and Tasers [see: PLN, May 2014, p.30], was fired by the state’s ...
Incident Report - Lee Adjustment Center, CCA, 2004 PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL FORM 5-IA REVISED: 12/01/02 CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA INCIDENT REPORT INCIDENT NUMBER:04-i205-245-I DATE OF INCIDENT:September 14.2004 I. Type of Incident: PRIORITY I q q q q Death - any person Escape Rape (forced sexual assault) Inmate disturbance (major property ...
"Major Use of Force" Incidents on the Increase in Texas Prisons by Matthew Clarke According to statistics released by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), the number of "major use of force" incidents climb sharply from 6,071 in 2005 to 7,151 in 2013, an increase of 17%. TDCJ officials ...
Fourth Circuit Upholds Denial of Summary Judgment to Guards in Excessive Force Suit by In a May 19, 2015 decision, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court’s denial of summary judgment to prison guards in a lawsuit claiming excessive use of force during a cell extraction. Sammy ...
Article • May 5, 2016 • from PLN May, 2016
Ninth Circuit: Witnesses Cannot Refuse to Testify at Civil Trial by On March 31, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a magistrate judge abused her discretion by allowing prisoners to opt out of testifying at a civil rights trial alleging guards had used excessive force on another ...
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