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Three California Jail Guards Charged with Murdering One Prisoner, Assaulting Another by Christopher Zoukis Three California jail guards have been charged with assaulting and murdering a mentally ill prisoner after he was found unresponsive in his cell shortly after midnight on August 27, 2015. Santa Clara County jail deputies Jereh ...
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 ...
Guards Liable in Maryland Prisoner’s Murder on Transport Bus by The Maryland Court of Appeals held a trial court erred in striking a jury’s finding that a guard was liable for gross negligence in the murder of a prisoner on a transport.  The court further held gross negligence disentitles a ...
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 ...
Guards Claim No Leads in Gruesome California Prison Murder by Christopher Zoukis Prison officials at the medium security California State Prison, Solano have offered little explanation for their apparently lackadaisical investigation into the gruesome murder and disembowelment of a 24 year old man whose body was not found stuffed in ...
Nevada Attorney General Investigates Shooting of Two Handcuffed Prisoners by Derek Gilna Two handcuffed Nevada state prisoners held in administrative segregation at the high-security High Desert State Prison were shot by guards on November 12, 2014 after they began fighting, allegedly after those same guards deliberately encouraged them to fight. ...
Colorado’s “Make My Day” Law No Longer Applies to Prisoners by On the heels of the dismissal of murder charges against two Sterling Correctional Facility (SCF) prisoners under the state’s “Make My Day” law, lawmakers quickly rolled back the self-protection statute’s applicability to prisoners. Prosecutors charged SCF prisoners Antero Alainz ...
Texas County has High Number of In-Custody Deaths by Between 2005 and October 2014, 91 prisoners from Lubbock County, Texas, died in custody. This included 61 who died while imprisoned in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), 16 in Lubbock Police Department custody, 12 in the custody of the ...
Article • October 24, 2016
9th Circuit Dismisses Most of Prisoner Wrongful Death Suit by Lonnie Burton The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld the dismissal of the majority of a lawsuit brought by the estate of a prisoner who was beaten to death by his cellmate. In 1997, prisoner Daniel ...
Oregon DOC Sees Spike in Gang-related Murders by Mark Wilson “This is a systemic problem,” said attorney Dennis Steinman, who represented the widow of an Oregon prisoner murdered in his cell. “This is not only about Snake River. This is about the prisons statewide.” Steinman appears to be correct, given ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Filed under: Prison/Jail Murders
Maryland Prison Sees Three Prisoners Murdered in Five Months by Officials at Maryland's highest-security prison, in Cumberland, Maryland have seen an inexplicable spike in prisoner homicides in recent months. Three prisoners at the North Branch Correctional Institution (NBCI), have been murdered by fellow prisoners in just five months. In April, ...
Article • August 12, 2016
Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Conviction of Prisoner Who Strangled Cellmate by On September 17, 2015, the Supreme Court of Arkansas upheld the conviction of Arkansas state prisoner Robert T. Holland who was convicted of capital murder for strangling his cellmate and sentenced to death. Holland's appeal alleged the trial court ...
Oregon Prison Officials Admit Negligence in Prisoner’s Murder by Mark Wilson In the rarest of moves, Oregon prison officials have quickly admitted that negligence was a “substantial factor” in a prisoner’s murder. In July, 2010, Michael Clarence Hagen began serving a 17 year prison term at the Snake River Correctional ...
Publication • November 2, 2015
DOJ, Bureau of Justice Statistics - Mortality in Local Jails and States Prisons, 2000-2013, 2015 U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics August 2015, NCJ 248756 Margaret Noonan, BJS Statistician Harley Rohloff and Scott Ginder, RTI International F or the third consecutive year, the number ...
Article • October 26, 2015 • from PLN November, 2015
Homicidal Prisoner Fails to Derail Oregon Death Penalty Moratorium by Mark Wilson Homicidal Prisoner Fails to Derail Oregon Death Penalty Moratorium by Mark Wilson By most any standard, Craig Dennis Bjork, 53, meets the definition of an undeniably dangerous person. Apparently unimpressed by his first five murders, one can only ...
Four Alabama Guards Receive Prison Sentences for Beating Prisoner to Death by David Reutter Four Alabama Guards Receive Prison Sentences for Beating Prisoner to Death by David Reutter An Alabama federal district court sentenced four state prison guards to prison for their actions in the beating death of a prisoner ...
Article • June 12, 2015
June, 2013 Proves To Be Deadly Month for California Prisoners by Michael Brodheim June, 2013 Proves To Be Deadly Month for California Prisoners by Michael Brodheim In unrelated incidents, two California prisoners were killed on the same day in June 2013, one at Wasco State Prison in Kern County, the ...
New Report Cites Improvements at Troubled Ohio Prison by New Report Cites Improvements at Troubled Ohio Prison Prisoner-on-staff assaults at the Toledo Correctional Institution (TOCI) in Ohio continued to rise in fiscal year 2014, but a recent report from a state inspection team indicates the facility has made improvements in ...
A City of Convicts: The statistical sleight of hand that makes the U.S. crime rate seem lower than it really is by Josh Voorhees A City of Convicts: The statistical sleight of hand that makes the U.S. crime rate seem lower than it really is by Josh Voorhees Imagine an American ...
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