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New York Counties, Corizon Reach $1.85 Million Settlement in Detainee’s Death by Two New York counties agreed to pay $1.85 million to settle a lawsuit over the July 2011 death of detainee Irene Bamenga while she was under the care of private medical contractor Corizon Health. Bamenga, a French citizen, ...
Third Circuit Holds Prisons Not Required to Treat Impotence or Infertility by The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has held that prison officials do not have to treat medical conditions that could result in a prisoner’s impotence or infertility. When Shemtov Michtavi was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in ...
Prisoner Deaths, Labor Conflicts Precipitate Loss of CA County Corizon Contract by Derek Gilna In August 2016, the Alameda County, California Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to end its ties with Corizon Health, Inc., and awarded a contract for county jail medical services to California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG). The ...
Article • February 7, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Michigan: Class-action Suit Alleges Systematic Deficiencies in Prison Dental Care by A Michigan federal district court has allowed portions of a lawsuit challenging the adequacy of dental care provided to state prisoners to proceed. Michigan prisoners Robert Johannes, Michael Woroniecki, Phillip Turner and Roger Stephenson alleged the dental care they ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright Since we started publishing PLN in 1990, the injustices of the parole system, or that of never-ending punishment and sentences without end, has been an enduring theme. In the 1970s it was prisoners’ rights activists and advocates who called for an end to parole ...
Michigan: Corizon Audit Finds Deficiencies, State Extends and Expands Contract Anyway by A performance audit of the Michigan Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) contract with Corizon Health for the provision of prison medical, dental and optical services uncovered a number of deficiencies. Among other issues, the Michigan Office of the Auditor ...
Recurring Injury Subsequent to Lawsuit Settlement No Bar to New Claim by The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held a prisoner’s previous lawsuit settlements did not preclude a complaint for the same type of injury occurring at a later time. It also held the district court had improperly concluded a ...
$325,002 Award to Michigan Prisoner Denied Medical Care for Joint Pain by A federal jury has awarded $325,002 to a prisoner upon finding Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) staff were deliberately indifferent to his chronic joint pain. State prisoner Temujin Kensu, 52, suffered for over two decades with medical issues ...
New Report Says ICE Inspection Problems Perpetuate Prisoner Abuse by Derek Gilna The National Immigrant Justice Center and the Detention Watch Network recently released a joint report sharply critical of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency and its oversight methods, terming them "fundamentally unchanged and unreformed.  The ICE detention ...
Tennessee Prisoner Escapes Privatized Medical Jail Care to Obtain Surgery by To obtain needed surgery, a prisoner escaped from Tennessee’s Trousdale County Jail (TCJ). Prior to being booked into TCJ to serve a probation violation sentence, Don R. White, Jr. 31, was scheduled for hernia surgery. “When I walked in, ...
Ninth Circuit Declines to Enforce Procedural Bar When Prison Officials Waive Rule by In a January 12, 2016 decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a prisoner successfully exhausts “such administrative remedies as are available” under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) “despite failing to comply with a ...
Article • October 25, 2016
Federal Court Rejects Prison Doctor's "Expert" Testimony by Lonnie Burton A U.S. District Court judge in Arizona has rejected nearly all of the proffered testimony of a doctor that prison officials had claimed was an "expert" on the issues of "the unique challenges of providing health care" in a correctional ...
Article • October 14, 2016
Three-week Treatment Delay Not Deliberately Indifferent by Mark Wilson The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an Ohio prisoner failed to prove that a three-week delay of treatment for a painful skin condition constituted deliberate indifference. Ohio state prisoner Oscar Santiago complained of severe pain, swelling and a rash ...
Federal Judge Clears Way for Civil Rights Suit in Oklahoma Jail Death by Medical Cell #1 became a “burial crypt” inside the David L. Moss Detention Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma when Elliot Williams, a mentally-ill 37-year-old veteran, lay paralyzed with a broken neck on the concrete floor, naked, cold and ...
Private Medical Contractors in Kentucky Not Entitled to Qualified Immunity by The Kentucky Court of Appeals held that a trial court improperly granted summary judgment to the defendants in a civil action alleging a prisoner received negligent medical care at the Hardin County Detention Center (HCDC). HCDC contracts with Southern ...
Federal Prisoner Receives $20,000 for Inadequate Medical Treatment for His Hand Injury by Lonnie Burton On March 7, 2000, the United States agreed to pay a federal prisoner the sum of $20,000 to settle his lawsuit stemming from inadequate medical care resulting in permanent paralysis in his left hand. The ...
Arizona Fines Wexford SIOK for Neglect, Hep-C Exposure by Arizona's Department of Corrections (ADC) disciplines private contractors like parents who banish teenagers to the cozy confines of their bedrooms. Wexford Health Sources, which recently took over prisoner healthcare in Arizona after winning a three-year. $349-million contract, was lined a paltry ...
US District Court Upholds Prisoner's Medical Suit against County and Healthcare Providers by On February 9, 2012 Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania upheld claims of deliberate indifference by individual defendants, vicarious liability of Correctional Medical Care, Inc. ("CMC"), and professional malpractice. Peter D'Agostino, a prisoner in the Montgomery County Correctional ...
Corizon Sued Over Death of Prisoner in St. Louis Jail by Matthew Clarke The St. Louis Lawyer's Group is helping the family of a man who died five days after arriving at the St. Louis Justice Center sue the jail's private medical services provider, Corizon. The suit alleges denial of ...
Federal Tort Claims Action Dismissal Upheld for Failure to Timely File by Derek Gilna Maria Inamagua Merchan, an undocumented alien awaiting deportation in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility, died while in custody, and her estate brought an action under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) against ICE ...
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