Reading from the Voice Media empire: Mere days after a $4.65 million settlement was reached in the case of Michael Marshall, who died in a detention center circa 2015 during a mental-health episode, a Career Service Board hearing officer has tossed out minor suspesions against Carolos Hernandez and Bret Garegnani, two deputies who took part in the incident. The lawyers representing the Marshall family are appalled by this decision, as well as by comments in the report about the matter Deputy Eishi Yamaguchi, who specializes in training jail personnel in use-of-force matters. In reference to Hernandez and Garegnani, he’s quoted as saying, “I have zero concerns about anything they did. I was expecting to see something different. Actually, I’d love to have the video just for training.” Westword has the story.
Browsing: Prison Life
Reading from the Voice Media empire:A man serving a 64-year prison sentence for armed robbery has had his conviction overturned after his attorneys discovered that the state’s star witness in the case had been found mentally incompetent in another criminal prosecution twenty years earlier. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: According to a recently filed lawsuit, Michael Bailey spent 52 days in jail because the sheriff’s office where he was wanted for a minor offense didn’t bother to pick him up from the facility that held him. And a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is backing the complaint, says his story is far from unique. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A board is calling on the sheriff’s department it oversees to allow nursing mothers in custody to provide breast milk to their infants rather than discarding it in an approach known as “pump and dump.” According to Katina Banks, the board’s chair, “We’re making this recommendation because we think it’s the best practice, and we’re encouraging the department to consider it — and to make sure that the children are fed.” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: One state’s Department of Corrections is recalculating the possible parole dates of close to 3,000 inmates, in the wake of court decisions stating that the agency has misinterpreted sentencing statutes — effectively keeping prisoners behind bars for months or years longer than the law intended. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire:A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a man who suffered numerous seizures during a twenty-day stay in a county jail last year claims that jail officials “purposefully destroyed” video evidence in the case — and that the facility’s private, for-profit medical provider has a pattern of denying treatment and resisting sending inmates to hospitals, even in life-threatening emergencies. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: One state’s Department of Corrections has agreed to pay a fairly modest $171,000 to settle a lawsuit in the torturous, slow-motion, completely preventable jail death of Dennis Choquette in November 2016. But Choquette’s estate has also reached confidential agreements with a slew of other defendants, including a giant private-prison company that owns the facility where most of the horrors took place. And given the disturbing facts of the case, which we first outlined earlier this year, the sum of the settlements is almost certainly much, much larger. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: This past summer, family members of Marvin Booker, who died in jail during a July 2010 excessive-force incident that led to a $6 million settlement, appeared at a press conference to demand that the current prosecutor begin a new investigation into the tragic incident. Now, the DA is referring what she calls a “limited aspect” of the case to a grand jury, and while she isn’t divulging any specifics, the panel will almost certainly look into reports of a missing Taser that Booker’s loved ones see as evidence of a potential criminal coverup. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Theater shooter James Holmes has been on the move within the prison system since a 2015 attack on him by Mark “Slim” Daniels, who apologized in a letter for being unable to send the man who killed twelve people and injured seventy others at the Aurora Century 16 theater on July 20, 2012, to “Satan’s lake of fire.” Now, for the first time in more than a year, we finally know his location. At present, he’s being held at the United States penitentiary in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Senior Judge Christopher Munch’s ruling upholding the death-penalty conviction of Sir Mario Owens in a 2005 double homicide, was remarkable not so much for its conclusions as for its sheer bulk. Weighing in at close to 1,400 pages, it’s the War and Peace of judicial reasoning — and a good indication of how complex the case has become through more than a decade of legal maneuvering, a labyrinthine journey to one state’s lethal-injection gurney that’s far from over. Westword has the story.