Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Jeffrey Lillis was a former heroin addict who died of pneumonia in county jail. The case is one of three current complaints in the state regarding inmate deaths at facilities that contract health-care services to private corporations attorney David Lane accuses of putting profits ahead of proper care. Westword has the story.
Browsing: Prison Life
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The life of inmate Lindsay Saunders-Velez, a nineteen-year-old transgender woman, has been a living hell since she was transferred from a center for juvenile females to a men’s prison. Even though she’s been raped twice in a matter of months, Department of Corrections officials refuse to transfer her to a female institution or even back to her previous pod at the men’s facility, where she had friends who supported her. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: At least two things are clear about Jonathan Upah’s situation: He is currently being held in a major city jail, and he’s mentally ill. But the way that these two issues interact is very much in dispute. Tom Upah says he’s been told by his son and at least one person involved in his case that after being diagnosed, Jonathan was kept in solitary confinement for 23 out of 24 hours each day. In contrast, a jail spokesperson says there is no solitary confinement at the facility and stresses that while mentally ill inmates may be isolated in special housing units while they’re in crisis if they’re deemed to be dangerous, personnel make every effort to return them to regular units as soon as possible after their condition improves. Westword has the story.
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.
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.