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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 ...
Nebraska: Portions of Lawsuit over Guard’s Sexual Assault Allowed to Proceed by Last year, the Nebraska Court of Appeals held a prisoner’s claim alleging an intentional tort related to a sexual assault by a guard was barred by the State Tort Claims Act (STCA), but claims of intentional and negligent ...
Massachusetts Prisoners Involved in Reform Efforts Transferred, Held in Solitary by Christopher Zoukis Three Massachusetts state prisoners have been placed in segregation in apparent retaliation for their prison reform activism. Timothy Muise, Shawn Fisher and Steven James, all incarcerated at the medium-security prison MCI Shirley, were taken from their cells ...
Sixth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Federal Prisoner’s Bivens Claim, Discusses Inmate Accident Compensation Act by Derek Gilna On May 11, 2016, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s dismissal of a former prisoner’s civil rights action. Stephen Ted Koprowski, who was incarcerated at USP Ft. McCreary in ...
Stutes v. Tipton et al, VT, Complaint, CCA restraint segregation, 2007 DocUrTIPOt...P° 1 „Filed QV. base 13.1 HICT or H0-7 FH r .r.1 DISTrI&F COURT 711 0 7MAR 30 U STA - FOR THE ".01S CT OF VERIviONT E No. ,.t i . - 6 Kirk STUTES, Plaintiff -uu 11 ...
Brief • July 19, 2016
Shoatz v. Wetzel et al, PA, Complaint, 8th Am escape prolonged isolation, 2013 !aaassseee 222:::000555-­-­-mmmccc-­-­-000222000222555 DDDooocccuuummmeeennnttt 666333555 FFFiiillleeeddd 000555///000888///111333 PPPaaagggeee 111 ooofff 111333 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA RUSSELL SHOATZ, a/k/a RUSSELL SHOATS Plaintiff, v. JOHN E. WETZEL, in his official capacity as ...
Brief • July 19, 2016
Shoatz v. Wetzel et al, PA, Settlement, 8th Am escape prolonged isolation, 2016
Online Series Exposes Effects of Solitary Confinement on Women by Joe Watson An online series on women in solitary confinement illustrates that the practice of extreme isolation is as sadistic and corrosive to female prisoners—if not more so—as it is to men. The two-part series at solitarywatch.com, written by prisoner ...
California: Settlement in Race-based Prison Lockdown Suit; $2.375 Million in Fees and Costs by Lonnie Burton On July 21, 2014, a California federal judge approved class-action status in a lawsuit filed by state prisoners challenging the statewide practice of race-based prison lockdowns. U.S. District Court Judge Troy L. Nunley of ...
Nebraska District Court Rules on Medical Deliberate Indifference Case by Nebraska District Court Rules on Medical Deliberate Indifference Case On November 13, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska denied in part and granted in part motions proffered by three different groups of defendants in a ...
The way forward to end solitary confinement torture: Where’s the army? by Todd Ashker The way forward to end solitary confinement torture: Where’s the army? By Todd Ashker On the subject of SHU and Ad-Seg constituting torture, for those of us who may not be familiar with the specifics and ...
Article • July 7, 2015 • from PLN July, 2015
Settlement Moots Appeal of Claims Denied by Summary Judgment by David Reutter Settlement Moots Appeal of Claims Denied by Summary Judgment by David Reutter The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a prisoner’s civil rights appeal after finding it was rendered moot by the parties’ post-trial settlement agreement. Nevada ...
$71,000 Settlement in Iowa Prisoner’s Sexual Harassment Claim by David Reutter $71,000 Settlement in Iowa Prisoner’s Sexual Harassment Claim by David M. Reutter A former Iowa prisoner received a $71,000 settlement after being sexually harassed at her prison job in a case that established prisoners have civil rights protections with ...
$66,000 Jury Award in New Mexico CCA Sexual Abuse, Retaliation Case by Matthew Clarke $66,000 Jury Award in New Mexico CCA Sexual Abuse, Retaliation Case by Matt Clarke On November 15, 2012, a New Mexico federal jury awarded $66,000 to a woman formerly incarcerated at a prison operated by Corrections ...
Article • October 5, 2014
State of Washington Settles in Prisoner’s Retaliatory Segregation Claim by State of Washington Settles in Prisoner’s Retaliatory Segregation Claim   The State of Washington reached a settlement of $11,000 and appropriate dental care in February 2004 with Patrick J. Hoffman, a prisoner at Stafford Creek Correctional Center, Intensive Management Unit. ...
Failure to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Dooms 7th Circuit Prisoner Suit by Derek Gilna Failure to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Dooms 7th Circuit Prisoner Suit   By Derek Gilna   The §1983 civil rights complaint filed by Wisconsin state prisoner, James R. Schultz, has been dismissed by the 7th Circuit Court of ...
Article • October 3, 2014
California: CDCR Agrees to Pay $7,500 to Settle Pro Se Prisoner's § 1983 Retaliation Lawsuit by California: CDCR Agrees to Pay $7,500 to Settle Pro Se Prisoner's § 1983 Retaliation Lawsuit   In June 2012, after five years of litigation, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) entered into ...
Lopez v. Cook, CA, Order Granting Contact Visits w/ Atty, Retaliatory Seg., 2014, Case 2:03-cv-01605-KJM-DAD Document 376 Filed 04/15/14 Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 ANDREW R. LOPEZ, 12 13 14 15 No. ...
Sixth Circuit Orders Judgment Against Three Defendants in Prisoner's Retaliation Case by The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated judgments in favor of three prison officials in a prisoner's lawsuit alleging a retaliatory transfer, and ordered that judgment be entered against them. The district court then awarded damages on remand. ...
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