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Orange Crush: The Rise of Tactical Teams in Prison by Brian Dolinar by Brian Dolinar, Truthout Since Ferguson, there has been a public outcry over militarized police who shoot down African Americans on the streets of our cities, but less is known beyond prison walls about guards who regularly brutalize those ...
Florida County Votes against New Jail on Former EPA Superfund Site, Opts to Stay in Flood Zone by Panagioti Tsolkas Controversy arose at a November 12, 2015 Escambia County Commission meeting in Pensacola, Florida over a plan to construct a new jail. The county’s old jail had been damaged by ...
Texas: Complaint Filed Over Contaminated Water, Conditions at Eastham Unit by Panagioti Tsolkas The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has become a litmus test for dealing with toxic environmental conditions for prisoners. Earlier this year, prisoners at the Wallace Pack Unit and their advocates on the outside succeeded in ...
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. ...
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 ...
Reports Show Immigration Facility Inspectors Overlook Serious Rights Violations by Derek Gilna Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) inspectors are entrusted with ensuring that facilities used to house vulnerable detainees are following strict guidelines for their operation.  However, an October 2015 report by two independent prisoner-rights groups, "Lives in Peril – ...
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 ...
South African Prison Evacuated Due to Squalor; Two Prisoners Die from Rat-Borne Disease by Christopher Zoukis As bad as it gets in some U.S. prisons, conditions at the notorious Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, South Africa are so abysmal that the government was forced to temporarily close the facility and ...
Semelbauer et al v. Muskegon Co, MI, Plf BiO to Def Mot PSJ, jail gender discrimination 8th Am, 2015 Case 1:14-cv-01245-JTN Doc #49 Filed 07/01/15 Page 1 of 32 Page ID#1350 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION MICHELLE SEMELBAUER, et al., PAULETTE ...
Semelbauer et al v. Muskegon Co, MI, Plf Reply BiS, jail gender discrimination 8th Am, 2016 Case 1:14-cv-01245-JTN ECF No. 105 filed 08/02/16 PageID.2008 Page 1 of 17 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION MICHELLE SEMELBAUER, PAULETTE BOSCH, DENISE VOS, CRISA BROWN, ...
Publication • August 11, 2016
CDCR High Risk Update Audit - Public Safety Realignment and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CA State Auditor, 2015 April 2015 Report 2015-609/2015-610 High Risk Update— Public Safety Realignment and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation COMMITMENT INTEGRITY The State Has Reduced Overcrowding in Its Prisons, but ...
Mississippi Private Prisons Have High Prisoner Assault Rates by Matthew Clarke Mississippi Private Prisons Have High Prisoner Assault Rates by Matt Clarke A report on the number of prisoners assaulted in Mississippi prisons shows that the assault rates in private prisons average two to three times the rate of assaults ...
Publication • February 1, 2015
Locked in the Past, Report on Montana Jail System, Locked in the Past Montana’s Jails in Crisis The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana Contents Executive Summary……………………………………………………………………….........................................................................1 Background Initiative and Methodology………………………………………………...............................................................2 Background Information on Montana County Detention Centers…………………..................................................4 Issues in Montana Detention Centers……………………………….…………………...............................................................6 Overview……………………………………………………………………………........................................................................6 Suicide……………………………………………………………………………….........................................................................7 Solitary Confinement……………………………………………………………..................................................................9 Staffing……………………………………………………………………………........................................................................11 Medical Care………………………………………………………………………....................................................................13 ...
Article • January 12, 2015
Court Ends Injunctive Monitoring of Ohio Juvenile System by Court Ends Injunctive Monitoring of Ohio Juvenile System The federal court overseeing the Stipulation for Injunctive Relief that resolved claims regarding conditions of confinement at facilities housing youth committed to the custody of the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) has ...
Consent Decree and Remedial Plan End Lawsuit Challenging Conditions in Illinois Juvenile Facilities by Matthew Clarke Consent Decree and Remedial Plan End Lawsuit Challenging Conditions in Illinois Juvenile Facilities by Matt Clarke On September 12, 2012, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) helped juvenile offenders held in secure facilities operated ...
Article • December 3, 2014 • from PLN December, 2014
Reenergized D.C. Corrections Information Council Targets Jail and Prison Conditions by Derek Gilna Reenergized D.C. Corrections Information Council Targets Jail and Prison Conditions by Derek Gilna The number of suicides at the District of Columbia Jail was cited as the top concern of an independent agency whose mission is to ...
Inspection Finds Improvements at CCA-Owned Ohio Facility Following Rocky Start by Inspection Finds Improvements at CCA-Owned Ohio Facility Following Rocky Start A September 2013 re-inspection report cited improvements in conditions at a privately-owned prison near Cleveland, Ohio compared to an inspection performed a year earlier, when state auditors identified numerous ...
Publication • November 1, 2014
Survivors Speak -- Prisoner Torture Testimoneies, ASFC, 2014 Survivors Speak Prisoner Testimonies of Torture in United States Prisons and Jails A Shadow Report Submitted for the November 2014 Review of the United States by the Committee Against Torture I. Reporting organization The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker ...
Disability Rights Florida v. Crews, FL, Complaint, Wexford Mental Health Class Action, 2014 Case 1:14-cv-23323-XXXX Document 1 Entered on FLSD Docket 09/09/2014 Page 1 of 21 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA MIAMI DIVISION DISABILITY RIGHTS FLORIDA, INC., on Behalf of its Clients and Constituents, Plaintiff, vs. Case ...
Report: Prisons in Honduras are Dangerous, Violent and Corrupt by Matthew Clarke Report: Prisons in Honduras are Dangerous, Violent and Corrupt by Matt Clarke When a February 2012 fire at a prison in Comayagua, Honduras killed 361 prisoners after guards abandoned their posts – leaving the prisoners to die in ...
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