Pennsylvania: Woman Dies in Jail While Serving Sentence for Truancy Fines and Court Costs

By Christopher Zoukis A 55-year-old mother of seven died in a Pennsylvania jail cell on June 7, 2014 while serving a 48-hour sentence for failure to pay truancy fines and court costs that totaled about $2,000. Eileen DiNino was jailed by Berks County District Judge Dean Patton for debts that…

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Seventh Circuit: No Qualified Immunity for Diabetic Detainee’s Death

By Mark Wilson On August 20, 2013, the Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s denial of qualified immunity in a case concerning an Illinois pretrial detainee’s death due to medical neglect. Phillip Okoro, 23, was arrested for a misdemeanor property offense in October 2008 and held at the Williamson County…

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