Maryland Prisoners Make Flags
Loaded on Oct. 15, 2009 published in Prison Legal News October, 2009, page 34
For many years in Maryland, all but one flag that flies at the State House was made in Jessup, Maryland, home to Maryland Correctional Services (MCS), the prison labor division of the Maryland Division of Correction. Now, all flags will be made in Jessup under legislation signed by Governor Martin O’Malley.
The flag legislation came about after H. Wayne Norman, Jr., a delegate to the Maryland House, bought a United States flag from Home Depot that was made in China. “When you see that symbol, it’s a little ironic when it says, ‘Made in China,” said delegate B. Daniel Riley, a supporter of the bill.
While the flag legislation was designed to remedy a perceived slight on an important American symbol, it does nothing for the workers who will be making the flags. Prisoners working for MCS make $1.25 to $5.10 a day, well below the federal minimum wage in a prison system renown for its brutality and corruption. How appropriate.
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- Texas Prisoners Still Dying in Houston Jails, Among Other Problems, by Gary Hunter
- From the Editor, by Paul Wright
- Fifth Circuit: Special Parole Review Request Doesn’t Toll AEDPA Limitations
- Megan’s Law Preempts Local New Jersey Sex Offender Ordinances
- “Habeas Hints”, by Kent A. Russell
- Perpetrators and Enablers of Torture in the US, by Corey Weinstein
- Maine Prison in Turmoil, by Lance Tapley
- Obama Promises Guantanamo Will Close and Torture Will End ... but When?, by Matthew Clarke
- Human Rights Watch Report Calls to Reform PLRA, by David Reutter
- Florida Prison Guards Fired, Suspended for Shocking Children with Stun Guns, by David Reutter
- Problems at Washington’s Civil Commitment Center Continue, by Matthew Clarke
- Southern California Jails Addicted to ICE Money, by Matthew Clarke
- CA Prison Medical Care Receiver: Three Top Officials Ousted, Controversial Building Plan Opposed, by Matthew Clarke
- California Sheriffs Appropriate Rehabilitation Funds for Security Needs, by Michael Brodheim
- Sacramento County Jail Settles Excessive Force Suit For $260,000
- Nebraska Prison Officials Must Pay Attorney’s Fees in Kosher Diet Case; Found in Contempt After Excrement Discovered in Prisoner’s Food, by Brandon Sample
- PLN Files Public Records Suit Against San Francisco County, Sheriff’s Office
- Columbia Jail Journal: The Compelling, Exclusive Inside Story of the Columbia Three, by James Monaghan, Brandon Press, 277 pages, by David Preston
- Florida DOC and Keefe Gouge Prisoners on Commissary Sales, by David Reutter
- $1.8 Million Settlement in Beating of Florida Jail Prisoner
- Pennsylvania Jail Mired in Scandal ... Again
- Montana, Michigan Towns Vie to Fill Prisons with Guantanamo Detainees
- $4.7 Million Settlement for Brain Damage Caused by Washington Jail Negligence
- Michigan Changes Overtime Rules; $4 Million Savings on Prison Budget
- Glomar Response to Prisoner’s FOIA Request Insufficient
- Texas Parole Board’s Hearing on Imposition of Sex Offender Conditions Inadequate, by Matthew Clarke
- PLN Prevails in Motion to Unseal Settlement in CCA Class Action FLSA Case
- $6 Million Settlement in Beating Death of California Detainee
- $500,000 Settlement for Fatal Beating of Phoenix Jail Prisoner, by Matthew Clarke
- Los Angeles County Agrees to Pay $7,000,000 to Beaten Juvenile Prisoner
- Ohio County Jail Agrees to Pay $75,000 For Locking Up Poor
- Small Amounts of Marijuana Not “Dangerous Contraband” Under New York Law, Court Rules
- Audit Finds California Parolees Sometimes Slip Through Bureaucratic Cracks
- Maryland Prisoners Make Flags
- Mississippi Prisoners Make Collect Call for Jesus
- Clerk Erred in Refusing to File Unsigned 28 U.S.C. § 2255 Motion
- Aramark Discontinues, Loses Prison Food Service Contracts, by David Reutter
- Injunction Against Missouri Sex Offender Halloween Restrictions Issued, Then Vacated, by Matthew Clarke
- Mentally Ill NC Prisoners Injured in Separate Incidents, by Gary Hunter
- $145,000 Settlement in Iowa Prisoner’s Self-Mutilation Mental Health Claim, by David Reutter
- Missouri DOC Permits Gift Books in Response to PLN Demand Letter
- Hawaii to Remove Prisoners from CCA Facility Over Abuse Charges, by Ian Urbina
- Military Psychologist Implicated in Abusive Interrogations, by David Reutter
- Indigent Connecticut Prisoners Entitled to Copies of Records Under FOIA Without Charge
- Duration of Confinement in Segregation Affects Due Process Inquiry
- Second Circuit Reinstates New York Jail Guard’s Excessive Force Conviction, by Matthew Clarke
- California: City Liable for $237,000 Hospital Bill for Prisoner’s Medical Care
- Oakland, CA Police Policy of In-Field Public Strip Searches Without Arrest or Warrant Found Unconstitutional
- Florida: For Sentence Calculation Purposes, Civil Commitment Detention Same as Jail Confinement
- District Court Erred in Sua Sponte Dismissal of Prisoner’s Challenge to Conditions of Confinement
- Florida Gain Time Law Application Violates Ex Post Facto Clause
- Ninth Circuit: Refusal to Allow Cross-Examination of Lab Technician Violates Due Process, by Brandon Sample
- Ohio Jail Officials Face Federal Charges, Investigation, by Brandon Sample
- BOP Warden Does Not Have Authority to Reduce Prisoner’s Sentence Under Rule 35(b), by Brandon Sample
- News in Brief:
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- Sixth Circuit: Dismissal of Due Process and Equal Protection Claims Upheld; Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies Issue Remanded
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