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Michigan’s Wayne County Jails Plagued with Inhumane Conditions by The jails in Michigan’s Wayne County are “inhumane for everybody,” according to one law enforcement official. The outmoded and dangerous jails were supposed to be replaced, but cost overruns at a new state-of-the-art facility forced the county to discontinue the project. ...
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 ...
Article • February 1, 2016
Ninth Circuit Upholds Modified Armstrong Injunction by Mark Wilson “Disabled inmates have been litigating to ensure that the State provides them with needed accommodation for over two decades – and yet the State still has a long, long way to go before it meets its obligation to these prisoners,” the ...
Months of Cold-Wet Conditions States Inadequate Shelter Claim by The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a Michigan prisoner offered sufficient evidence to support his Eighth Amendment inadequate shelter claim. The Court's decision came in the appeal of William Spencer, who brought claims relating to his pre-trial detention ...
Article • May 15, 2007
Exposure to Cold, Elements and Denial of Religious Activities States Claim by The court of appeals for the Fifth circuit held that a district court wrongly dismissed as frivolous a lawsuit by Texas prisoners claiming they were exposed to bitter cold, rain and wind through broken windows in the segregation ...
Double Celling Unconstitutional by The court of appeals for the Third circuit affirmed a district court's order, at 719 F. Supp. 126 (WD PA 1989), which held that double celling in Pennsylvania prisons violated the Eighth amendment under a "totality of conditions" analysis. The overall prison conditions consisted of dilapidated, ...
Florida County Sued Over Refusing Sex Offender Home Weather Stripping by A Florida sex offender has sued Brevard Bounty for refusing to weatherize his home. The suit alleges the County has enacted a prerequisite that excludes persons with criminal convictions from receiving federal funds to perform energy savings and installation ...
Article • July 15, 2006 • from PLN July, 2006
Hurricane Threat Forces Texas Prison Evacuations, Damage Worsens Overcrowding by Michael Rigby As Rita churned westward through the Gulf of Mexico, at times a monstrous Category 5 hurricane with wind speeds of 175 mph, officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) ordered the evacuation of entire prisons in ...
Article • November 15, 2005 • from PLN November, 2005
Filed under: Organizing, Shelter
Prison Design Boycott a Challenge to the Professional Business of Incarceration by Raphael Sperry Prison Design Boycott a Challenge to the Professional Business of Incarceration by Raphael Sperry, ADPSR National President, and the Prison Design Boycott organizing group: Ariel Bierbaum, Juan Calaf, Karen Kearney, and Kathleen Monroe Saying No" to ...
Article • November 15, 2005 • from PLN November, 2005
New York Prisoner Awarded $195,000 for Hand, Knee Injury by On October 6, 2004, a court of claims in White Plains, New York, awarded $195,000 to a state prisoner who fell in the shower, injuring her hand, and knee. While imprisoned at the Taconic Correctional Facility, prisoner Juliann Gibson slipped ...
Article • September 15, 2005 • from PLN September, 2005
Florida Bans Sex Offenders from Hurricane Shelters by Florida Bans Sex Offenders from Hurricane Shelters A new Florida policy bans sex offenders who are not allowed contact with children from public hurricane shelters. Instead, they will be shuttled to their own shelters-prisons across Florida. The rule applies to offenders not ...
Phoenix Sheriff Arpaio Liable for Tent City Assault, Prisoner Awarded $635,532 by The Arizona Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict awarding a prisoner compensatory damages totaling $440,532 and punitive damages totaling $195,000, against Maricopa County, Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, his wife, and other defendants, for failing to protect him from ...
Article • November 15, 2001 • from PLN November, 2001
Alaska Supreme Court Reverses Former Prisoner's $2.4 Million Jury Award by The Supreme Court of Alaska reversed a jury verdict and a $2.4 million damage award in favor of a former prisoner who was injured when he fell down a stairway. In February 1994, Carry Johnson was returning to his ...
Court to Determine if Louisiana Must Treat Male and Female Prisoners Equally by The court of appeals for the Fifth Circuit has held that the issue of whether Louisiana violated the Equal Protection Clause by treating female prisoners more favorable than male prisoners cannot be resolved at the motion to ...
Trial Required in Arizona Uprising Suit by The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court decision granting summary judgment to prison officials in a case involving the treatment of prisoners following a prison uprising. In 1995 the Graham Unit of the Arizona State Prison in Safford, ...
Improperly Installed Bunks State 8th Amendment Claim by The court of appeals for the Sixth circuit held that a prisoner's complaint that bunk beds are improperly installed upside down, and the anchor bolts' protrusion into the sleeping area states an eighth amendment claim. Tennessee prisoner Forrest Zayne Brown filed a ...
Construction Contractor Not Liable Under §1983 for Disabling Fire Safety Equipment by Construction Contractor Not Liable Under §1983 for Disabling Fire Safety Equipment A federal district court in Illinois has dismissed a private construction contractor from a suit alleging a prisoner was injured in a fire after the contractor's employees ...
Article • November 15, 2000 • from PLN November, 2000
$12,000 Awarded in NY Slip and Fall by On July 15, 1999, the New York court of claims awarded pro se New York state prisoner Hamilton Thompson $12,000 for past pain and suffering. In 1996, while imprisoned at the Oneida Correctional Facility, Thompson slipped and fell in a puddle of ...
HIV+ Detainee States Conditions Claim by A federal district court in Indiana held that an HIV positive detainee was entitled to a trial to resolve his claims over inhumane conditions of confinement and discrimination due to his HIV status. Edward Roop was arrested on a warrant after arguing with a ...
Article • July 15, 2000 • from PLN July, 2000
$12,000 Awarded in NY Slip and Fall by On July 15, 1999, the New York court of claims awarded pro se New York state prisoner Hamilton Thompson 112,000 for past pain and suffering. In 1996, while imprisoned at the Oneida Correctional Facility, Thompson slipped and fell in a puddle of ...
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