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Lawsuit: Eight inmates beaten at NC Central Prison

centralFrom WRAL

By MICHAEL BIESECKER

RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal lawsuit on behalf of eight inmates at North Carolina’s Central Prison alleges correctional officers used “blind spots” out of view of security cameras to beat handcuffed and shackled inmates.

An amended complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court by lawyers at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services says the beatings occurred in Unit One, a cell block known as “The Hole” where inmates are kept in solitary confinement for disciplinary reasons.

The inmates’ abuse claims are supported by medical records documenting blunt-force injuries that occurred while they were segregated from other prisoners, including broken bones, concussions and an inmate who is still unable to walk months after his hip was shattered.

N.C. Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Pam Walker said the agency would not comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit names as defendants 21 correctional officers accused of participating in the abuse, as well as two wardens at the maximum security prison in Raleigh. The lawsuit alleges that former prison administrator Gerald J. Branker and current administrator Kenneth Lassister knew about the problems. (more…)

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Federal Supermax Lawsuits

solitaryFrom Solitary Watch

Andrew Cohen continues his coverage for the Atlantic of two potentially groundbreaking lawsuits directed at the treatment of those incarcerated in the notorious ADX Florence, where about 400 men live in extreme isolation and sensory deprivation for years or decades. Today he reports on a federal judge’s decision to allow the lawsuits to proceed, rejecting the federal governments efforts to have them dismissed. (more…)

Sampson CI Prisoners Sue Facility for Racist and Sexual Assaults

The following is a from a letter that almost a dozen prisoners at Sampson CI in Clinton, NC have drafted and asked outside groups to help distribute. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Parker vs. Sampson CI, are six prisoners at the facility hoping to change the work conditions and punish the guards responsible.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing you in regards of the mistreatment of racial, sexual, and demoralizing acts that are being forced upon us by the Correctional Staff at Sampson Correctional Institution overseeing Road Squad duties… (more…)

Mississippi town sued over ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

From Capitalist Media

Federal civil rights lawyers filed suit Wednesday against Meridian, Mississippi, and other defendants for operating what the government calls a school-to-prison pipeline in which students are denied basic constitutional rights, sent to court and incarcerated for minor school infractions.

The lawsuit says children who talk back to teachers, violate dress codes and commit other minor infractions are handcuffed and sent to a youth court where they are denied their rights. (more…)