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Shackled South African Prisoner Beaten by GEO Guards Wins Lawsuit by Derek Gilna In May 2016, private prison firm The GEO Group, which operates the maximum-security Louis Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre in Louis Trichard, South Africa, lost a lawsuit that alleged the company’s guards beat a prisoner while he was ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Ninth Circuit Vacates Generalized Order to Shackle Pretrial Defendants, En Banc Review Granted by The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held in August 2015 that a full restraint policy imposed on pretrial detainees in non-jury proceedings “ought to be justified by a commensurate need.” Before the Court were the consolidated ...
Publication • December 30, 2016
Breaking Promises - Violation sof the MA Pregnancy Standards & Anti-Shackling Law, Prison Birth Project, 2016 BREAKING PROMISES: VIOLATIONS OF THE MASSACHUSETTS PREGNANCY STANDARDS & ANTI-SHACKLING LAW © May 2016 The Prison Birth Project and Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts Prison Birth Project 400 Dwight Street Holyoke, MA 01040 collective@theprisonbirthproject.org ...
Attica Prison Guards Who Viciously Beat Prisoner Avoid Jail Time but Lose Jobs by George Williams, now 33, was in his prison cell watching TV as the scene that would lead to his brutal beating unfolded below him. Williams’ ordeal began during mail call in New York’s Attica Correctional Facility. ...
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. ...
Article • October 3, 2016 • from PLN October, 2016
Third Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment in Restraint Chair Case by Mark Wilson The Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that a lower court did not follow controlling Supreme Court precedent when granting summary judgment to prison officials on a mentally ill prisoner’s restraint chair-related claim. Since childhood, Pennsylvania prisoner Leonard ...
Massachusetts’ Anti-shackling Law Limits Restraints on Pregnant Prisoners but Problems Persist by Joe Watson by Joe Watson and Matt Clarke Being pregnant is stressful – just ask any woman who has been pregnant. Incarceration adds to that stress and removes support systems, so prisoners face problems during their pregnancy, birthing ...
D.C. Prisoner’s Stabbing Suit Nets $3,000 Settlement by The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $3,000 to settle the negligence lawsuit of prisoner Cardell Richard Torney, Jr., for failure to protect his assault and stabbing. While being held at the D.C. Jail on December 27, 1998, Torney was stabbed by another ...
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 ...
$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 ...
GA: Calls for Better Prenatal Care in Jails After Pregnant Mom Loses Baby by A recent lawsuit filed against Clayton County, Georgia, and Sheriff Kem Kimbrough has prompted human rights organizations and Georgia lawmakers to clamor for set guidelines for county jails across the state regarding the proper treatment of ...
Article • September 7, 2016
Missouri Prisoner's Conviction for Assaulting Guard Upheld on Appeal by Lonnie Burton On May 24, 2016, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, affirmed the conviction of a state prisoner charged with assaulting a Department of Corrections staff member. The length of the sentence imposed for the conviction was not ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Former Prison Warden Pleads Guilty in Misconduct Case by A former warden at a prison in American Samoa pled guilty to conspiring to violate the civil rights of a prisoner. Mike Kelemete, as the warden of Tafuna Correctional Facility, was accused of beating one of his prisoners with a board ...
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Spurs Re-Training of Syracuse, N.Y. Jail Guards by In the wake of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a former prisoner's widow, guards at the Onondaga County Justice Center Jail in Syracuse, N.Y., have purportedly been re-trained in the humane treatment of prisoners with drug abuse and ...
Meth OD, Taser & Restraint Chair = Washington Prisoner Death by A Washington man died in jail, soon after paramedics examined him for a methamphetamine overdose but released him into police custody. Although the cause of death was not immediately disclosed, the diabetic prisoner was Tased and confined in a ...
$1 Million Settlement in Oklahoma City Jail Fatal Prisoner Beating Suit by Matt Clarke by Oklahoma County approved a $1 million settlement in a civil rights suit involving a prisoner who was first denied his anti-seizure medication then fatally beaten by guards when he had a seizure in an Oklahoma ...
Federal Bureau of Prisons Settles for $1.2 Million on Wrongful Death by The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) elected to settle a wrongful death demand letter from the attorney for the deceased’s estate to the BOP. No claim was filed. The deceased, Thomas M. Fitzgerald, was incarcerated under the control ...
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 ...
Iowa Jail Guard Who Tased Mentally Ill Woman Missed Training for Three Years by After a guard tased a mentally ill woman in October 2013 to compel her to change her clothes, officials at the Muscatine County, Iowa, Jail are considering requiring less Taser training for guards rather than more. ...
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