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Texas: Complaint Filed Over Contaminated Water, Conditions at Eastham Unit by Panagioti Tsolkas The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has become a litmus test for dealing with toxic environmental conditions for prisoners. Earlier this year, prisoners at the Wallace Pack Unit and their advocates on the outside succeeded in ...
Mississippi: Hinds County Jails in Crisis, Face Mandated Reforms by David Reutter The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a letter in May 2015 that described the findings of an investigation which concluded two jails in Hinds County, Mississippi were violating prisoners’ rights. The county has since entered into a ...
DC Lawyers' Report Slams Prisoner Conditions at District of Columbia Jails by Derek Gilna It has been an open secret for many years that the District of Columbia jail system is a human-rights disaster.  Our nation's capital's correctional system's faults have been compiled in a 73-page report prepared by the ...
Incarceration, Justice and the Planet: How the Fight Against Toxic Prisons May Shape the Future of Environmentalism by Panagioti Tsolkas Prisons inspire little in terms of natural wonder. It might be a weed rises through a crack and blooms for a moment. It might be a prisoner notices. But prisoners, ...
Buford-Lewis v. Marion County, IN, Complaint, jail conditions, 2007 Case 1:07-cv-00527-SEB-DML Document 1 Filed 04/26/2007 Page 1 of 9 Case 1:07-cv-00527-SEB-DML Document 1 Filed 04/26/2007 Page 2 of 9 Case 1:07-cv-00527-SEB-DML Document 1 Filed 04/26/2007 Page 3 of 9 Case 1:07-cv-00527-SEB-DML Document 1 Filed 04/26/2007 Page 4 of 9 Case ...
Buford-Lewis v. Marion County, IN, Settlement, jail conditions, 2008 Case 1:07-cv-00527-SEB-DML Document 58 Filed 12/01/2008 Page 1 of 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS DIVISION ANTHONY BUFORD-LEWIS, III, et al., Plaintiffs, v. MARION COUNTY, INDIANA, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. ...
Article • September 11, 2015
$349,500 Settlement in Los Angeles Jail MRSA Suit by $349,500 Settlement in Los Angeles Jail MRSA Suit Los Angeles County agreed to a $349,500 settlement in a class action alleging conditions at various jails in the county placed them at a heightened risk of contracting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The ...
CCA Pays $6,000 Settlement in Dangerous Conditions Causing Tennessee Prisoner’s Slip and Fall by CCA Pays $6,000 Settlement in Dangerous Conditions Causing Tennessee Prisoner’s Slip and Fall Corrections Corporation of America paid $6,184.71 to settle a claim brought by Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility prisoner James A. Reese, who alleged negligence ...
Former Detainee Alleges Unconstitutional Conditions at Illinois Jail, Accepts $7,501 Judgment by On April 24, 2013, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that a former pretrial detainee at the Edgar County Jail (ECJ) in Illinois stated a claim concerning unconstitutional conditions of confinement at the facility. The appellate court ...
Article • August 15, 2013
Massachusetts Jail Subject to Department of Public Health Inspections and Regulations by Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court has held that the Department of Public Health has authority to implement regulations on isolation unit conditions, and the Attorney General can file a civil action to require a sheriff to comply with those ...
Article • August 15, 2013
Closure Proper Remedy if Court’s Order Balked by Officials by The First Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a district court has the authority to order a jail or prison closed if its order to correct constitutional violations is not complied with. This civil rights action was brought by ...
Report Cites Rising Violence, Other Problems at Illinois Maximum-Security Prison by David Reutter by David M. Reutter A report by the John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA) found that overcrowding and understaffing at the Menard Correctional Center (Menard) has resulted in an “alarming” increase in staff and prisoner assaults. Opened ...
Hurricane Rita FTCA Action Dismissed by On September 22, 2009, a federal court in Texas dismissed a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) action brought by one attorney on behalf of more than 400 prisoners who were injured during Hurricane Rita. The plaintiffs were all incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary in ...
Article • March 15, 2011
$2,000 Settlement in DC Prisoner’s Burn from Exposed Hot Pipe by The District of Columbia (DC) paid $2,000 to settle a negligence suit filed by prisoner Neal Bowman for injuries sustained from burning his leg on an exposed hot pipe. While working out in the gymnasium of DC’s Occoquan Facility ...
Article • March 15, 2011
$3,000 Settlement in D.C. Prisoner’s Raw Sewage Suit by The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $3,000 to settle the lawsuit of prisoner Arnold A. Jefferson for negligence. While at the D.C. Jail on September 21, 1999, Jefferson was bitten by a “black worm” from backed up sewage pipes, causing him ...
Canyon County Jail in Idaho Settles Conditions Suit With Consent Decree and $190,000 in Attorney’s Fees by Brandon Sample On November 12, 2009, Canyon County, Idaho agreed to settle a federal class-action suit against the Canyon County Jail (CCJ) that raised a myriad of claims related to unconstitutional conditions. Filed ...
California Prison Officials Settle Deliberate Indifference Suit for $12,000 by Michael Brodheim Following mediation in July 2008, Peter Cockcroft, proceeding pro se, agreed to a $12,000 settlement of his § 1983 suit for damages alleging Eighth Amendment violations that transpired between March 2004 and January 2006, when he was a ...
Article • April 15, 2010 • from PLN April, 2010
$300,000 Settlement in New York City Jail Prisoner’s Slip and Fall Accident by The City of New York paid $300,000 to settle a prisoner’s slip and fall injury. The settlement came after a jury was picked for trial. As prisoner Troy Washington was walking back to his cell at the ...
New Orleans Jail Conditions Found Unconstitutional by Jimmy Franks In June, August and November 2008, the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) in New Orleans, Louisiana was the target of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation conducted by the agency’s Civil Rights Division. Under the auspices of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized ...
Settlement in Idaho Jail Condition Class-Action Suit by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On August 4, 2009, a consent decree was entered in a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of jail prisoners with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over conditions of confinement at the Canyon County ...
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