Jail Pro Lesson Summaries

2021 Lesson 4: Caselaw Update

Legal

Release Date: 

4/1/2021

This lesson consists of major case analyses of three Target Cases. In the first Target Case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, an inmate sued jail officials for prohibiting his access to the county’s law library. In the second Target Case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, an inmate sued jail officials for violating his constitutional due process rights after they had placed him into disciplinary segregation. In the third Target Case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the representative for the estate of a former inmate sued jail officials (and the arresting officer) for incorrectly assessing the inmate’s serious medical condition as simply intoxication.

2021 Lesson 3: Caselaw Update

Legal

Release Date: 

3/1/2021

This lesson consists of major analyses of three Target Cases. In the first Target Case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6thCircuit, an inmate sued county jail officials when they failed to protect him from a violent, mentally disturbed cellmate. In the second Target Case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, an inmate sued county jail officials for wrongful detention. In the third Target Case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, the representative of a deceased inmate sued county jail officials for neglecting an inmate’s serious medical needs when the inmate died during a hunger strike.

2021 Lesson 2: Caselaw Update

Legal

Release Date: 

2/1/2021

This lesson consists of major case analyses of three Target Cases. In the first Target Case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, pretrial detainees sued jail officials for failing to take reasonable and appropriate steps to prevent them from becoming infected by COVID-19. In the second Target Case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, jail officials, acting pursuant to their agency’s recycling policy, erased video footage of a jail incident in which an inmate had been injured. In the third Target Case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, an inmate sued jail officials after the inmate had suffered self-inflicted, irreparable injuries to his eyes.

2021 Lesson 1: Caselaw Update

Legal

Release Date: 

1/1/2021

This lesson consists of major case analyses of three Target Cases. In the first Target Case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, an inmate sued jail officials for subjecting him to public humiliation. In the second Target Case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6thCircuit, an inmate sued jail officials for excessive use of force. In the third Target Case, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8thCircuit, an inmate sued jail officials for failing to ensure he obtained appropriate medical treatment following dental surgery.

2020 Lesson 3: Caselaw Update

Legal

Release Date: 

12/1/2020

This is an online legal studies course. The first of the three Target Cases comprising this lesson was decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in which a pretrial detainee sued the county sheriff and several jailers for failing to supply them with an adequate supply of water. The second case was decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in which jailers were sued for failing to properly accommodate a wheelchair bound prisoner. The third case was decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in which an inmate sued jailers  and argued that they had acted with deliberate indifference to his acute medical need.

2020 Lesson 2: Caselaw Update

Legal

Release Date: 

11/1/2020

This is an online legal studies course. The first of the three Target Cases comprising this lesson was decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in which a deceased inmate’s estate sued the sheriff, two jailers, and a supervisor, for failing to prevent the inmate’s suicide. The second case was decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in which jailers were sued for serving a Muslim inmate meals containing pork. The third case was decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in which an inmate sued the sheriff and several jailers for the unsanitary conditions of the jail.

2020 Lesson 1: Caselaw Update

Legal

Release Date: 

10/1/2020

This is an online legal studies course. The first of the three Target Cases comprising this lesson was decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in which the county sheriff was sued for interfering with correspondence between jail inmates and the ACLU. The second case was decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in which jailers were sued for failing to prevent an inmate suicide. The third case was decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in which an inmate sued jailers claiming their use of pepper spray constituted an excessive use of force.

2020 Lesson 0: Primer

Legal

Release Date: 

This lesson will prepare the lesson taker to take the monthly Jail Pro legal update lessons. These lessons are based lawsuits (“Target Cases”) brought by inmates against county jail officials (jailers, jail supervisors, correctional officers, sheriffs, jail administrators, etc.) that reached the federal appellate courts (either the U.S. Supreme Court or one of the circuit court of appeals). The lesson explains basic legal terms, the legal basis upon which most jail lawsuits rely, and the different courts where lawsuits against counties and jail officials are filed and where their outcomes are determined.