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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. ...
Shackled South African Prisoner Beaten by GEO Guards Wins Lawsuit by Derek Gilna In May 2016, private prison firm The GEO Group, which operates the maximum-security Louis Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Centre in Louis Trichard, South Africa, lost a lawsuit that alleged the company’s guards beat a prisoner while he was ...
California County Settles Class-action Lawsuit Over Jail Medical and Mental Health Care by Matthew Clarke In November 2015, Riverside County, California agreed to settle a federal class-action civil rights suit brought by current and former county jail prisoners who alleged violations of their constitutional right to adequate medical and mental ...
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 ...
Mold-infested Prisons Sicken Guards and Prisoners by by Spencer Woodman, The Intercept During much of her three years awaiting trial in New York’s Rikers Island jail, Candie Hailey was locked in a solitary confinement cell ventilated by a mold-covered air duct. The purpose of the vent was, of course, to ...
Illinois Jail Detainee’s Inadequate Food and Contaminated Water Claims Survive Initial Dismissal by On September 25, 2015, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a civil rights action brought by a pre-trial detainee at Illinois’ Cook County Jail that alleged inadequate food and contaminated water. However, the ...
Wisconsin: Prison Hunger Strike Reaches Crisis Point by According to an August 22, 2016 report from Workers World, an ongoing hunger strike at the Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin has reached a crisis point. A group of at least eight prisoners at Waupun and the Columbia Correctional Institution began refusing ...
Federal Judge Orders Texas Department of Criminal Justice to Provide Safe Water to Prisoners by Derek Gilna On June 21, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Keith Ellison ordered the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to provide prisoners at the Wallace Pack Unit in Navasota with drinking water free of ...
Article • September 30, 2016 • from PLN October, 2016
Wisconsin Prison Enters into Consent Decree to Correct Tainted Water by Derek Gilna In 2014, Wisconsin’s Fox Lake Correctional Institution (Fox Lake) executed a consent decree with the state Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) in response to complaints about high levels of copper and lead in the prison’s water supply. ...
Article • September 6, 2016
Connecticut Town Raises Stink, Sues DOC for Wastewater Plant's Upgrade by The town of Cheshire, Connecticut, has decided it won't take anymore crap from the state's Department of Corrections. A lawsuit filed by Cheshire officials in July 2012 seeks to renegotiate the terms of an agreement with Connecticut's DOC to ...
Third Circuit Reverses Dismissal of New Jersey Prisoner’s Suit by On November 16, 2015, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a civil rights action brought by a former New Jersey state prisoner who was housed at a community corrections facility and allegedly mistreated when she was ...
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, ...
Article • August 11, 2016
Filed under: Eighth Amendment, Water, Bedding
$295,001 Awarded to Wisconsin Prisoner for Wet Mattress by In the United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin at Madison, on September 17, 2008, a jury returned for plaintiff, Wisconsin state prisoner Reggie Townsend on an 8th amendment civil rights case that was previously granted summary judgment for the ...
Michigan Women’s Prison Investigated for Abusing Mentally Ill by A letter from the Michigan ACLU to the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) charged that mentally ill prisoners were being abused.  One instance involved the hog tying of a prisoner as punishment. The July 2015 letter concerned prisoner treatment at the ...
Article • August 5, 2016
Florida City Cannot be forced to Provide CCA with Water Utility Services by A Florida Circuit Court held the City of Pembroke Pines did not waive its right to deny water to a Correction Corporation of America (CCA) facility. CCA bought a plot of land in 1988 in hopes of ...
Article • August 2, 2016 • from PLN August, 2016
Illinois DOC to Pay Millions in Utility Arrearages by The state of Illinois owes more than $34 million in operational costs for prisons statewide, including $1.2 million owed to the city of Chester for unpaid power, water and sewer bills at the Menard Correctional Center. A short-term budget deal was ...
Denver Settles Suit over Sanctioned Assaults of Prisoner for $3.5 Million by On July 24, 2014, the City and County of Denver, Colorado signed off on a $3.5 million settlement of a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by a prisoner who was allegedly beaten and scalded with steaming water by ...
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