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The Violent American Epidemic You Won’t Hear About: Why Prison Abuse Goes Unreported and Unpunished by Daniel Denvir A culture of silence pervades America’s penal system, where victims have little recourse against powerful abusers by Daniel Denvir, Salon In April 2015, New York Administrative Law Judge Faye Lewis recommended that Rikers ...
One Oregon Prisoner + Sex with Two Jailers = 86 Months in Prison by Mark Wilson Two Oregon jail employees who pleaded guilty to 40 criminal charges were sentenced to 36- and 50-month prison terms for having sex with the same prisoner 19 times. Jill Curry, 38, a civilian jail ...
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 ...
PLN Goes Undercover to Bust CCA Employees’ Misuse of Prisoner Labor by When PLN managing editor Alex Friedmann received a letter from a prisoner at the Metro-Davidson County Detention Facility in Nashville, Tennessee, a jail operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA, which recently changed its name to CoreCivic), he ...
The New Slave Revolt by By Chris Hedges, TruthDig A nationwide prison work stoppage and hunger strike, begun on Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, have seen over 20,000 prisoners in about 30 prisons do what we on the outside should do—refuse to cooperate. “We will not only ...
Article • August 25, 2016
State of Washington Settles in Damages Claim Brought by Prisoner by The State of Washington reached a settlement of $11,000 and appropriate dental care in February 2004 with Patrick J. Hoffman, a prisoner at Stafford Creek Correctional Center, Intensive Management Unit. Hoffman was housed at Walla Walla State Prison serving ...
The Ultimate Humiliation: Guards Sexually Assault Prisoners Throughout the U.S. by Matthew Clarke Despite federal legislation aimed at preventing the rape of prisoners and the adoption of "zero-tolerance" policies toward sexual assault of prisoners by many jurisdictions, the sexual assault of prisoners by jail and prison employees continues to be ...
Guard’s Report of Prisoner Abuse Came with a Cost by David Reutter The confines of prison render abuse by guards a virtually impossible crime to prosecute.  The few cases that come to light and successfully prosecuted occur only with video evidence or the testimony of another guard.  Florida Department of ...
Prisoner Settles with Federal Bureau of Prisons Over Civil Right Violations by Christopher Zoukis Lonnie Benefield, a prisoner housed at United States Penitentiary Florence, Colorado, settled his claim against the Federal Bureau of Prisons for $150.00. Benefield's suit was filed in March, 1998, and settled in June, 2002. The settlement ...
Sixth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Federal Prisoner’s Bivens Claim, Discusses Inmate Accident Compensation Act by Derek Gilna On May 11, 2016, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s dismissal of a former prisoner’s civil rights action. Stephen Ted Koprowski, who was incarcerated at USP Ft. McCreary in ...
$7,000 Settlement after Second Circuit Reverses Dismissal of New York Prisoner’s Suit by Derek Gilna In 2007, prisoner Aaron Willey filed a pro se federal civil rights lawsuit against guards employed by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, alleging harassment, inadequate nutrition, theft of legal documents, ...
Idaho DOC Can’t Stop Love; State Senator’s Ex-wife Weds Prisoner by Mark Wilson Lance Conway Wood, 48, was described as “a strong-willed inmate” with an extensive “history of ‘crossing the line’” who “exploits the human weaknesses of prison staff,” according to a federal judge. Wood, however, undoubtedly views himself as ...
Oates et al v. Dorsey et al, NM, 3rd Amended Complaint, guard brutality threat humiliation nuts to butts, 2011 Case 1:11-cv-00254-MCA -GBW Document 43 Filed 09/29/11 Page 1 of 13 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO JOHN OATES, and MICHAEL CROHAN on behalf of ...
Oates et al v. Dorsey et al, NM, Plf Mot in Support of Prel Settlement, guard brutality threat humiliation nuts to butts, 2013 Case 1:11-cv-00254-MCA-GBW Document 139 Filed 09/16/13 Page 1 of 28 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO J.O. and ROBERT SALAZAR on ...
Oates et al v. Dorsey et al, NM, Settlement, guard brutality threat humiliation nuts to butts, 2013 Case 1:11-cv-00254-MCA-GBW Document 139-1 Filed 09/16/13 Page 1 of 6 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT Plaintiffs John Oates, Michael Crohan, Joseph Salazar, John Alarid, Robert Salazar and Florentino Sena individually and on behalf of the settlement ...
Three California Jail Guards Charged in “Fight Club” Case by Scott Neu, the San Francisco deputy identified as the ringleader of a gladiator-style jailhouse “fight club,” was charged with four felony counts of assault under color of authority, four felony counts of making threats, four misdemeanor counts of inhumanity to ...
Widespread Corruption in L.A. County Jails Leads to Federal Investigation, Indictments by David Reutter by David M. Reutter and Rod L. Bower Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy David “Lee” Baca faces up to six months in prison after pleading guilty on February 10, 2016 to charges that he lied ...
PLN Obtains Confidential CCA Litigation Records in Tennessee by David Reutter There are many arguments against the privatization of prisons, jails and other detention facilities. Over the years, Prison Legal News has published numerous articles detailing the problems with having a for-profit company fulfill the essential governmental function of incarceration ...
Oregon Cop Faces Criminal Charges for Coercing Multiple Women into Sex by Mark Wilson An anonymous letter accusing several Oregon police officers of intimidating women into sexual relationships and other misconduct has prompted resignations, suspensions, a criminal investigation, and possible charges. In April 2015, an anonymous letter was sent to ...
Florida’s Department of Corrections: A Culture of Corruption, Abuse and Deaths by David Reutter Florida, with the nation’s third-largest prison system, has a long and sordid history of abusing, neglecting and even killing its prisoners. Because most state prisons are in insular rural areas, the general public, aside from those ...
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