Reading from the Voice Media empire: A new lawsuit maintains that employees at a county jail knew 31-year-old inmate Jacqueline Bickford was suicidal but ignored her medical needs for days prior to her death by hanging inside her cell. It’s at least the third suit this decade against the county over alleged institutional misconduct at the facility, with the previous two resulting in big payouts. Westword has the story.
Browsing: Prison Life
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A state supreme court recently upheld a lower court’s decision to reverse David Bueno’s first-degree murder conviction because evidence that might have helped him was withheld in his death penalty case, Author and professor Michael Radelet sees the Bueno case as a particularly compelling argument in favor of ending capital punishment in the state once and for all, and he sees multiple possibilities for how it might finally happen. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A scathing report from an independent monitor contends that an investigation into Michael Marshall’s tragic in-custody death was badly mishandled. Law enforcers counter that they did nothing wrong even though they didn’t bother with fresh interviews of the jail personnel involved into being called on the carpet by the monitor, who feels the resulting punishment wasn’t nearly serious enough. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The just-released results from one major city reveal that physical assaults among inmates are more common than an inmate assaulting a staff member, but that inmates will more often verbally threaten staff than other inmates. In 2017, there were a total of 470 physical assaults between inmates and 98 physical assaults occurring between an inmate and a staff member. The data tables also show the number of injuries resulting from assaults, as well as a tally of times that bodily fluids — blood, feces, urine, etc. — were used during assaults. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The defendant in a lawsuit filed by a Muslim inmate who was made to shave off his beard in violation of his constitutional right to wear one is referred to as John Doe for an unusual reason. According to the lawyer in the case, the Department of Corrections has refused to identify the employee who gave the order. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media Empire: In 2016, a jury acquitted Clarence Moses-EL for a 1987 rape for which he spent nearly three decades in prison. This verdict followed then-District Attorney Mitch Morrissey’s decision to retry Moses-EL for the crime even after a judge had vacated his conviction the previous year in the wake of a confession by another man, LC Jackson. Now, Moses-EL is suing Morrissey and a slew of additional defendants in federal court. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A state supreme court has upheld a lower court’s decision to reverse David Bueno’s first-degree murder conviction because evidence that might have helped him was withheld in his death-penalty case. To attorney David Lane, who represents Bueno, the ruling casts shame on prosecutors even as it and other controversial cases, including those pertaining to two other death-row residents, undermine the argument for capital punishment in general. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: On December 17, 2016, during a psychotic episode, Ryan Partridge, a jail inmate, tore his own eyeballs from his head. Partridge survived this horrifying example of self-harm, and he’s now suing Sheriff Joe Pelle and more than twenty other named defendants. David Lane, the attorney who filed the lawsuit, accessible below in its entirety, stresses that this shocking incident isn’t isolated. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire:In 2013, jail inmate Zackary Moffitt died of a heart attack after three days during which authorities essentially ignored escalating medical symptoms associated with alcohol detoxing, including hallucinations and repeated vomiting of green bile. Now, more than four years later, Summit County has agreed to pay Moffitt’s still-young children $3.5 million to settle the case. Here are the shocking details. Westword has the story.