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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. ...
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 • August 4, 2016
North Carolina’s Prisoners on Eighth Month 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 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, ...
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 ...
$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 ...
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 ...
Article • May 15, 2010
D.C. Prisoner Stabbed by Unknown Assailant Settles for $15,000 by On March 25, 2005, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $15,000 to settle with plaintiff Gary Rowe, who sued the district seeking compensation for injuries he sustained when he was stabbed in a jail shower. According to Rowe’s complaint, ...
Bivens Case by Disabled Prisoner Against Federal Prison Officials Remanded; Settles for $15,000 by The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed a grant of summary judgment to federal prison officials in a Bivens case brought by a handicapped prisoner who was unable to take a shower or ...
Article • May 15, 2010
Sacramento County Agrees to Pay $500 to Settle Slip and Fall Suit by On October 12, 2006, the County of Sacramento agreed to pay $500 to a prisoner who alleged that he slipped and fell twice in a shower at the Sacramento Main Jail (SMJ) due to deliberated indifference by ...
Massachusetts Prison Officials Assault Prisoner With Feces, Settle Lawsuit for $5,000 by In January 2009, Eric Bargoot, a Massachusetts prisoner who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and panic disorder, as well as a heart condition, settled his § 1983 lawsuit for damages arising from events in September 2004, during which ...
Article • September 15, 2009
$3,300 Settlement for Cruel and Unusual Punishment by Jail Guards by Washington State’s King County Jail paid $3,298.53 to settle the claim of James D. Wilks, who alleged that he was subject to cruel and unusual punishment in January and February 2002. The complaint alleges that Wilks was not treated ...
Ninth Circuit: Orange County Jail Violated Ad Seg Prisoners’ ADA, Religious and Exercise Rights by John Dannenberg by John E. Dannenberg The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that restrictions on prisoners in administrative segregation (ad seg) at the jail in Orange County, California, related to exercise and group ...
More Damages, Costs & Attorney Fees Awarded in NH False Disciplinary Case by More Damages, Costs & Attorney Fees Awarded in NH False Disciplinary Case Three prisoners involved in two federal civil rights lawsuits against officials of the Hillsborough County House of Corrections in New Hampshire (the jail) were awarded ...
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