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Coleman v. Brown, CA, Notice of Class Action Decision, Discrimination on Basis of Psychiatric Condition, 2015 Case 2:90-cv-00520-KJM-DAD Document 5284-2 Filed 03/02/15 Page 1 of 1 NOTICE - DECISION IN MENTAL HEALTH CARE CLASS ACTION (Coleman v. Brown) On September 13, 1995, a federal court in Sacramento ruled that the ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Despite Lack of State License, ICE Family Detention Center Continues Operating by In 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PDHS) issued a statement saying it “believes that the current use of the Berks County Residential Center (BCRC) as a family residential center is inconsistent with its current license as ...
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 ...
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 ...
Rodriguez-Grava & Cisneros de Jesus v. GEO Group, TX, Order, Failure to Provide Mental Health Services, 2009 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO DIVISION MIROSLAVA RODRIGUEZ-GRAVA and ISAIAS VASQUEZ CISNEROS DE JESUS, § § § § Plaintiffs, § § vs. § § GEO GROUP, INC.; THE ...
Alaska Prisoner Deaths Criticized in Report by The deaths of four Alaska prisoners has placed a focus on that state’s prison system.  The handling of the deaths and a lack of training was criticized in a report that preceded the replacement of corrections commissioner. Gov. Bill Walker called the report’s ...
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 ...
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