Tag Archives: Indiana

IN: Part-time judge accused of having ‘sexual relations’ with inmate

From the article: “The charges allege she kissed her client three times at the Miami Correctional Facility and correctional officers there saw them “engaged in excessive fondling over the clothing.”

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IN: John Walker Lindh Wins Prison Prayer Lawsuit

This is interesting – most prison RLUIPA case judgments are weighted heavily on the side of prison officials and it’s pretty easy to see how allowing daily group prayer for inmates at this high security prison could present a concern.  However, the judge found that the restriction on daily prayer was unconstitutional, barring specific evidence that it would in fact present a security concern.

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IN: Federal judge approves $7.2 million settlement in inmate lawsuit

From the article: “Inmates who were confined for 24 hours or longer in a holding cell at the Lake County Jail between May 13, 2006, and Feb. 1 will be eligible to submit a claim for payment from the settlement, according to the agreement…[Plaintiffs] claimed that inmates were held for weeks or months in overcrowded holding cells after their arrival and had to sleep directly on concrete. They also claimed medical care was “nearly nonexistent” and the floor of the jail had human waste on it.”

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IN: Did Tasering cause LaPorte inmate’s miscarriage?

From the article: “The 23-year-old pregnant inmate was involved in a physical altercation with another female inmate Nov. 29, police said. A jail deputy trying to break up the fight was taken to the floor by the pregnant inmate, according to reports.  Other jail deputies responded, police said, and the woman was Tasered when she refused to comply with orders to release the jailer. She then released the deputy and the situation was resolved.”

When the inmate was taken to the hospital for a medical examination following the use of force, it was found that the pregnant inmate’s fetus had died.  Whether the Tasering resulted in the death is currently under investigation.

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More on the high costs of healthcare in jails

Similar to yesterday’s post on Alabama jails’ healthcare costs, here are two more from Indiana and Pennsylvania.

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LaPorte County Sheriff: Inmate overcrowding causes ‘mini-riot’ at jail

Another example of budgetary battles with the jail – and the inmates – caught in the middle.  From the article:

“The Sheriff recently requested $70,000 from the council to cover overtime costs for guards and staff that work at the jail.”

“The council turned down the sheriff’s request and so Mollenhauer suspended overtime, laid some staff off, closed the entire 5th floor of the jail, and squeezed the inmates in with other prisoners.”

“Mollenhauer said the overcrowding caused that “mini-riot” Friday.”

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Prison chaplain: Group prayer banned because of security

Update on the Lindh litigation against the federal government for infringement of his freedom of religious exercise because the prison will not allow group prayer for Muslim inmates.  The prison chaplain says that group prayer for the high security inmates is a legitimate security concern; Lindh argues that the prison allows other types of group activities, so why not religion?  When you read RLUIPA cases, prison officials allege almost everything impacts security or cost and the courts usually defer to them.  And maybe that’s right….or maybe not.

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John Walker Lindh Sues For Prison Prayer Group

Another article on John Walker Lindh and his suit against the federal government regarding infringement of his personal right to practice his religion while incarcerated.  Inmates sometimes claim religion as an excuse to gather in groups and to proselytize their ideology, which may have more to do with racism and gang activity than religion.  On the other hand, our country is built on principles of religious freedom.  It is a tough line to draw.

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‘American Taliban’ Lindh seeks group prayer in Indiana prison

“An American-born Taliban fighter imprisoned in Indiana will try to convince a federal judge that his religious freedom trumps security concerns in a closely watched trial that will examine how far prisons can go to ensure security in the age of terrorism.”

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Indiana Prison Drug Ring: Oscar Perez, Justin Addler Allegedly Ran Heroin, Methamphetamine Operation

“Two inmates housed at different Indiana prisons ran a drug ring that distributed methamphetamine, heroin and other drugs thanks to cellphones smuggled in by guards, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday that charges 40 people in connection with the scheme.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/23/indiana-prison-drug-oscar-perez-justin-addler_n_1824414.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago&ir=Chicago

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