Do More Deaths at Virginia Women’s Prison Show Inadequate Care Persists?

By Christopher Zoukis Located northwest of Richmond, the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women (FCCW) is Virginia’s largest prison for women, with a large on-site medical facility. There’s been a long-running controversy about the quality of health care inmates receive there. In July 2012, five Fluvanna inmates filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Virginia Department […]

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Taser Use Implicated in Deaths of Over 20 Inmates

In “Shock Tactics,” a six-part series of articles published between August and early December, Reuters news service takes a critical look at use of Taser stun guns, their connection with deaths, and related litigation. A part of the series delves into use of the device to control inmates in state and local prisons and jails. The investigation […]

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Despite ADA, Inmates With Disabilities Face Neglect

By Christopher Zoukis In a 1998 decision, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections v. Yeskey, the Supreme Court made clear Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits not just federal, but also state and local corrections from discriminating against otherwise qualified individuals due to their disabilities. First-time offender Roland Yeskey was sentenced to a […]

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