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Michigan’s Wayne County Jails Plagued with Inhumane Conditions by The jails in Michigan’s Wayne County are “inhumane for everybody,” according to one law enforcement official. The outmoded and dangerous jails were supposed to be replaced, but cost overruns at a new state-of-the-art facility forced the county to discontinue the project. ...
DC Lawyers' Report Slams Prisoner Conditions at District of Columbia Jails by Derek Gilna It has been an open secret for many years that the District of Columbia jail system is a human-rights disaster.  Our nation's capital's correctional system's faults have been compiled in a 73-page report prepared by the ...
Amnesty International: Sudanese Prisoners Housed in Shipping Containers by On May 27, 2016, Amnesty International reported that the South Sudan was using repurposed shipping containers to house prisoners at a detention site in Gorom. Amnesty’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Muthoni Wanyeki, warned that ...
Incarceration, Justice and the Planet: How the Fight Against Toxic Prisons May Shape the Future of Environmentalism by Panagioti Tsolkas Prisons inspire little in terms of natural wonder. It might be a weed rises through a crack and blooms for a moment. It might be a prisoner notices. But prisoners, ...
Buford-Lewis v. Marion County, IN, Complaint, jail conditions, 2007 Case 1:07-cv-00527-SEB-DML Document 1 Filed 04/26/2007 Page 1 of 9 Case 1:07-cv-00527-SEB-DML Document 1 Filed 04/26/2007 Page 2 of 9 Case 1:07-cv-00527-SEB-DML Document 1 Filed 04/26/2007 Page 3 of 9 Case 1:07-cv-00527-SEB-DML Document 1 Filed 04/26/2007 Page 4 of 9 Case ...
Buford-Lewis v. Marion County, IN, Settlement, jail conditions, 2008 Case 1:07-cv-00527-SEB-DML Document 58 Filed 12/01/2008 Page 1 of 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS DIVISION ANTHONY BUFORD-LEWIS, III, et al., Plaintiffs, v. MARION COUNTY, INDIANA, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. ...
Article • September 11, 2015
$349,500 Settlement in Los Angeles Jail MRSA Suit by $349,500 Settlement in Los Angeles Jail MRSA Suit Los Angeles County agreed to a $349,500 settlement in a class action alleging conditions at various jails in the county placed them at a heightened risk of contracting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The ...
Article • August 12, 2014 • from PLN August, 2014
Washington Jail Detainees Sue over Videotaped "Peep Shows" by Mark Wilson Washington Jail Detainees Sue over Videotaped "Peep Shows" by Mark Wilson "They were directing them to do it like dolls. Like taking clothes off a Barbie doll,” stated Seattle, Washington attorney James C. Egan, referring to a pattern of ...
Article • December 15, 2010 • from PLN December, 2010
$1.5 Million Settlement in Suffolk County Jail Class Action Toilet Suit by A $1.5 million settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit on behalf of approximately 4,000 former prisoners of Building 4 of Massachusetts’ Suffolk County House of Correction. The complaint alleged Eighth Amendment violations for cruel and ...
Deplorable Conditions at Los Angeles ICE Facility Result in Settlement by Brandon Sample Being locked up is bad enough. But imagine being held in a basement without basic essentials like drinking water, clean clothes, the ability to shower, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and medical care. Thousands of immigration detainees in ...
Article • June 15, 2010 • from PLN June, 2010
Judge Finds Unconstitutional Conditions at Massachusetts Jail, 11 Years After Suit is Filed by Brandon Sample On September 24, 2009, Suffolk Superior Court Judge John C. Cratsley held in a class-action lawsuit that Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson in Bristol County, Massachusetts was housing prisoners under cruel and unusual conditions. Originally ...
Montana State and County Officials May be Liable for Injuries Caused by Private Prisoner Transport Company by The State of Montana and Montana counties may be held liable for mistreatment and injuries caused by private prisoner transportation companies, the Supreme Court of Montana held. Jaydon Paull was arrested in 2003 ...
DC Circuit Reverses CCA/TransCor Non-Exhaustion Dismissal by The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC) Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal of a prisoner’s lawsuit for failure to exhaust administrative remedies and for conceding summary judgment by failing to respond to the defendants’ summary judgment motion. The ...
Article • May 15, 2010 • from PLN May, 2010
Flushing Junk Down Jail Toilets Damages Sewer System, Prompts $2.3 Million Settlement in California Lawsuit by In October 2009, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors tentatively agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged county prisoners were damaging the adjoining sewer system by clogging it up ...
Article • May 15, 2010
Sacramento County Agrees to Pay $7,500 to Settle Slip and Fall Claim by On July 29, 2002, the County of Sacramento agreed to pay a woman $7,500 who slipped and fell while attempting to use the toilet the Sacramento Main Jail. Denise Gilliatt was moved into a cell that jail ...
Article • May 15, 2010
Sacramento County Agrees to Pay $7,500 to Settle Excessive Force Suit by On May 31, 2005, the County of Sacramento agreed to pay $7,500 to settle an excessive force suit. Darryl O’Brien was taken to the Sacramento Main Jail where her tibia was broken after jail staff abruptly forced her ...
California Prison Officials Settle Deliberate Indifference Suit for $12,000 by Michael Brodheim Following mediation in July 2008, Peter Cockcroft, proceeding pro se, agreed to a $12,000 settlement of his § 1983 suit for damages alleging Eighth Amendment violations that transpired between March 2004 and January 2006, when he was a ...
New Orleans Jail Conditions Found Unconstitutional by Jimmy Franks In June, August and November 2008, the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) in New Orleans, Louisiana was the target of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation conducted by the agency’s Civil Rights Division. Under the auspices of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized ...
Inhumane Illinois Cell Conditions Defeat Summary Judgment by The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has held that guards are not entitled to qualified immunity for confining a prisoner in inhumane conditions. That ruling came on the heels of a district court’s order granting summary judgment to two guards at Illinois’ ...
Secret Red Cross Report Reveals Medical Personnel Collusion in CIA Torture by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke A leaked confidential report issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in February 2007, concerning the treatment of fourteen “high value detainees” in CIA custody, revealed torture and collusion by ...
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