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Article • September 11, 2017
"No Toilet, No Ventilation": Prisoners Describe Horrific Conditions in Harvey's Flood Zone by Candice Bernd by Candice Bernd, Truthout This story is the sixth piece in "America's Toxic Prisons," an investigative, collaborative series between Truthout and Earth Island Journal. This series dives deeply into the intersection between mass incarceration and ...
Article • May 8, 2017
Solitary Confinement Is Used to Break People -- I Know Because I Endured It by Monica Cosby by Monica Cosby, Truthout Solitary confinement. Administrative segregation. Administrative detention. Restrictive housing. Temporary confinement. Protective custody. Appropriate placement. There are many names for solitary confinement. In the Illinois prisons where I was incarcerated, it ...
Florida’s Prison System Agrees to Upgrade Care of Mentally Ill by David Reutter by David Reutter In 2015, Disability Rights of Florida obtained a settlement that requires the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) to more humanely care for mentally ill prisoners at Dade Correctional Institution (DCI), the same prison where ...
Guard’s Lethal Scalding of Prisoner Unresolved after Two Years by David Reutter by David Reutter More than two years after prisoners Darren Rainey’s dead body was removed from the shower in the mental health unit at Florida’s Dade Correctional Institution (DCI), no official cause of death has been ruled and ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
Settlement in Baltimore Prison Conditions Class-Action Suit by The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (MDPSCS) agreed to a settlement in a class-action suit challenging conditions of confinement and the provision of medical care at the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC). The case encompassed BCDC and the Women’s ...
Maynor v. Morgan County, AL, Complaint, Inmate Funds Misappropriation, 2001 Case 5:01-cv-00851-AKK Document 1 Filed 04/05/01 Page 1 of 17 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA C. / "~i - 3 i.. ; ~·: NORTHERN DMSION JOHNNY MAYNOR, Anthony Murphree, Christopher Nichols, Yvette Barbee, ...
Maynor v. Morgan County, AL, Consent Decree, Inmate Funds Misappropriation, 2001 Case 5:01-cv-00851-AKK Document 45 Filed 09/25/01 Page 1 of 18 F·- 11'··~ L::. ·-.. r·) IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA 01SEP25 PM 3: 32 NORTHEASTERN DMSION U.S. DiS: r.;~: N.O. OF AL ...
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. ...
Third Circuit Reverses Dismissal of New Jersey Prisoner’s Suit by On November 16, 2015, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a civil rights action brought by a former New Jersey state prisoner who was housed at a community corrections facility and allegedly mistreated when she was ...
Semelbauer et al v. Muskegon Co, MI, Plf BiO to Def Mot PSJ, jail gender discrimination 8th Am, 2015 Case 1:14-cv-01245-JTN Doc #49 Filed 07/01/15 Page 1 of 32 Page ID#1350 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION MICHELLE SEMELBAUER, et al., PAULETTE ...
Semelbauer et al v. Muskegon Co, MI, Plf Reply BiS, jail gender discrimination 8th Am, 2016 Case 1:14-cv-01245-JTN ECF No. 105 filed 08/02/16 PageID.2008 Page 1 of 17 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION MICHELLE SEMELBAUER, PAULETTE BOSCH, DENISE VOS, CRISA BROWN, ...
Michigan Women’s Prison Investigated for Abusing Mentally Ill by A letter from the Michigan ACLU to the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) charged that mentally ill prisoners were being abused.  One instance involved the hog tying of a prisoner as punishment. The July 2015 letter concerned prisoner treatment at the ...
Article • July 28, 2016
10-Month Lockdown at North Carolina Prison Caused by Fights or Understaffing by About 600 prisoners at North Carolina’s Scotland Correctional Institution (SCI) were on a 10-month lockdown as of September 2014.  The lockdown proceeded in stages from total isolation to a few privileges. The lockdown began on December 28, 2013, ...
Brief • June 6, 2016
Chapman v. FL DOC, FL, Complaint, guard brutality inmate death shower treatment, 2014 Case 1:14-cv-24140-XXXX Document 1 Entered on FLSD Docket 11/05/2014 Page 1 of 15 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA MIAMI DIVISION ANDRE CHAPMAN, as Personal Representative of the ESTATE OF DARREN RAINEY, on behalf of ...
Article • May 12, 2016
New Ohio Jail Regulations Limit Prisoners to Shower Every Other Day, Two Meals a Day on Weekends by Christopher Zoukis An Ohio regulatory panel imposed new standards for the 90 full-service jails in the state, which detain some 20,000 prisoners in the state's county and municipal jails. On April 15, ...
Article • October 23, 2014
North Carolina’s Prisoners on Eighth Month of Lockdown and Counting by David Reutter Prisoners in the close custody unit at North Carolina’s Scotland Correctional Institution (SCI) have been on indefinite lockdown since December 28, 2013. Prison officials contend the lockdown is in response to security needs, but the circumstances make ...
Report Criticizes New Hampshire’s Treatment of Female Prisoners; Lawsuit Filed by Joe Watson A two-year investigation has concluded that the New Hampshire Department of Corrections is guilty of “inexcusable neglect” of female prisoners, according to a report released on October 17, 2011. The New Hampshire State Advisory Committee to the ...
Summary Judgment for CCA Reversed in Filthy Jail Conditions Case by David Reutter On April 15, 2011, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s grant of summary judgment to Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) in a civil rights action alleging Eighth Amendment violations after CCA staff left ...
Article • March 15, 2011
$1,300 Settlement in D.C. Jail Prisoner’s Slip and Fall Lawsuit by The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $1,300 to settle the lawsuit of Prisoner Rickie Henderson for injuries sustained when he slipped and fell in the shower. While at the D.C. Jail on April 8, 2003 Henderson slipped on the ...
$55,000 Settlement in DC Jail Prisoner’s Confinement Conditions Suit by The District of Columbia (DC) paid $55,000 to settle prisoner Lawrence Caldwell’s lawsuit that asserted various unconstitutional conditions at the DC Jail. In a clear, detailed pro se complaint, Caldwell outlines numerous conditional factors that violate his constitutional rights. He ...
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