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Corizon Health - Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

Corizon Health - Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

There are currently over 2.2 million adults incarcerated in U.S. prisons, immigration detention centers and county jails. For about half those prisoners, their healthcare needs have been outsourced to private medical contractors.
One of the largest prison healthcare companies is Corizon...

3 Excessive Force Settlements: Austin Cop Still on the Job

3 Excessive Force Settlements: Austin Cop Still on the Job

Here’s a riddle: How many excessive force settlements does a police officer have against him before he’s removed? The answer: In Austin, Texas, apparently, three such settlements aren’t enough to force a cop to leave the job.
Officer Eric Copeland was sued three times for...

Jail Medical Neglect Kills

Jail Medical Neglect Kills

US jails are required by law to provide adequate medical care to prisoners. But a combination of negligence and the wish to cut costs often conspire against the quality of care provided to inmates.
For profit medical contractors and prison administrations alike have paid millions of dollars...

Cop w/ Excessive Force History Killed Unarmed Man Execution Style

Cop w/ Excessive Force History Killed Unarmed Man Execution Style

The horrifying video of the death of Daniel Shaver, 26, shows a man crying and begging for his life before being shot and killed by Mesa police officer Philip Brailsford, 27.
The January, 2016 shooting occurred at a Mesa La Quinta Inn & Suites Hotel where officers were responding to...

Civil Rights Suit Filed by Estate of Inmate Who Died of Dehydration

Civil Rights Suit Filed by Estate of Inmate Who Died of Dehydration

Terrill Thomas, 38, died a particularly terrible death in the Milwaukee County Jail on April 24, 2016. Thomas, who was bipolar, was suffering a mental health incident when corrections officers placed him in an isolation cell. They then allegedly shut off the water to the cell, and Thomas died a...

The Five Worst US Cities for Police Brutality

The Five Worst US Cities for Police Brutality

If we measure police brutality in terms of where police kill the largest number of unarmed individuals, without the officers being held accountable, the top five cities are:
New York (New York) Phoenix (Arizona) Los Angeles (California) Jacksonville (Florida) Chicago (Illinois) Data...

Excessive Force?  7 Ways to Tell

Excessive Force? 7 Ways to Tell

There’s no real definition of excessive force for police officers, but it basically means a law enforcement official uses more force than needed – or prudent - when arresting or subduing a suspect.
Police officers should use the minimum amount of force necessary to obtain a safe...