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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 ...
GEO Texas Immigration Facility Hit for Substandard Health Care and Understaffing by Derek Gilna GEO, the world's largest private prison company, has been cited by the United states Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG) for overcharging the Bureau of Prisons for contract services, abusing prisoners with inadequate ...
Bureau of Prisons Pays $300,000 for Claim Relating to Beating of Prisoner by Christopher Zoukis The Bureau of Prisons agreed to settle claims relating to the severe beating of one inmate by another in February 1993. The plaintiff, Mark D. Lang, was beaten unconscious on the first day of an ...
BOP Settles Medical Malpractice Claim for $50,000 by Christopher Zoukis The Bureau of Prisons settled a claim of medical malpractice brought by a prisoner in September 2003. Kenneth H. Wellman, a prisoner at Federal Correctional Institution Phoenix, Arizona, filed a lawsuit in federal court on November 13, 2001. According to ...
Advanced Correctional Healthcare’s Business Model Blamed for Prisoner Deaths, Injuries by The business model of Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc. (ACH) includes “severe cost control measures” and reliance on the company’s insurance provider to cover liability verdicts that result from inadequate medical care, according to lawsuits filed by the estates of ...
Allegheny County Reaches $2.09 Million Settlement for Prisoner’s Death by A $2.09 million settlement was reached in a lawsuit stemming from the death of a prisoner who was denied medical care at Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County Jail. Derek E. Black, 28, was involved in an April 16, 2012 altercation with another ...
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