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Florida’s Prison System Agrees to Upgrade Care of Mentally Ill by David M. Reutter by David M. 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 ...
California Sheriff’s Largest Campaign Donors include Corizon and Aramark by Greg Dober by Greg Dober  In Alameda County, California, Corizon Correctional Healthcare is facing questions regarding campaign contributions to County Sheriff Greg Ahern.  While investigating two inmate deaths at Santa Rita jail, in Alameda County, television station, KTVU-2 uncovered public ...
Videos Show the Dark Side of Shadow Mountain Youth Psych Facility by Rosalind Adams by Rosalind Adams, BuzzFeed TULSA, Oklahoma — By the time police arrived at the psychiatric hospital, one of the adolescent units was out of control. The new manager had been attacked, a handful of its teenage patients ...
What Are Correction Officers So Afraid Of? by Dana Goldstein Besides the danger, being ignored. by Dana Goldstein, The Marshall Project If you're a correction officer (CO), you know what each day is likely to have in store: a treadmill of stress and often nastiness, in an environment outsiders rarely think ...
‘We Felt We Weren’t Qualified To Be Making These Decisions’ by A former corrections officer talks about her frustration with the lack of mental health care in jails. By Jacquie Lee, The Huffington Post Melanie Bailey, 44, was a corrections officer at Lancaster County Correctional Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, until ...
‘People Who Work In The System Become Desensitized To How Brutal It Is To Cage Someone’ by Alec Karakatsanis of Equal Justice Under Law explains how even a few days in jail can throw a life “into disarray.” By Ryan J. Reilly, The Huffington Post Alec Karakatsanis is the co-founder ...
No place to be sick: When jail cell becomes a death chamber by Olympia makes no effort to regulate Washington’s jails, the state’s psychiatric hospitals of last resort By Levi Pulkkinen, SeattlePI.com Jimi Johnson, bottom, was 27 when he killed himself at Mason County Jail on April 23, 2013. Two ...
Seventh Circuit Reinstates Illinois Jail Prisoner’s Failure-to-Protect Suit by In a September 16, 2015 ruling, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that a district court had improperly dismissed an Illinois jail prisoner’s failure-to-protect lawsuit based on his refusal to sign a medical release form. Mario Reyes was a pretrial ...
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 ...
Ohio Prison Guards Use JPay System to Illegally Download Thousands of Copyrighted Songs by Joe Watson Ohio’s top watchdog has recommended that the use of state owned computers by employees of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) should be heavily restricted to prevent prison guards from again illegally ...
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. ...
CDCR Drug-sniffing Dog Trainer Resigns Over Switch to “Passive” Dogs by Joe Watson After resigning from his position, an expert dog trainer and veteran of California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for more than 25 years has criticized a new program to reduce prison drug smuggling. Wayne Conrad, 61, ...
Retaliation against Washington Whistleblowers for Reporting Faked Prison Statistics by Matthew Clarke It seemed like a great idea. The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) would try a pilot program in a couple of 130-bed pods at Airway Heights Corrections Center with the aim of improving prisoner behavior using positive ...
Article • September 2, 2016 • from PLN September, 2016
Prison and Jail Officials Face New Challenge: Drones Used to Smuggle Contraband by Lonnie Burton Drones are increasingly being used in attempts to smuggle drugs and other contraband into prisons worldwide. Previously, smugglers had to bribe guards, use their body cavities or have accomplices sneak forbidden items through prison visitation. ...
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 ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Department of Justice Publishes Report on Non-Federal Law Enforcement Hiring by Matthew Clarke In October 2012, the bureau of Justice Statistics of the U.S. Department of Justice published a report on the hiring and retention of state and local law enforcement officers in 2008. The report showed a strong growth ...
Article • August 19, 2016
Eighth Circuit: Officers Who Tased Arrestee to Force Clothing Change Immune by On September 3, 2015, the Eighth Circuit court of appeals held that St. Ann, Missouri police officials who used a Taser on an arrestee after she refused to change into orange jail clothing were protected against suit by ...
Rikers Island Excessive Force Monell Claims Survive Dismissal by Mark Wilson A New York federal court refused to dismiss Monell Claims in a Rikers Island excessive force case. On September 28, 2013, Bobby White was incarcerated at Rikers Island, when guard Marlene Ocasio sprayed him with a chemical agent and ...
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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