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Articles by Anthony Accurso

New York OIG Report Reveals 1,600 State Prisoners Punished Over Faulty Drug Tests

by Anthony W. Accurso

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the State of New York released a report on January 4, 2022, concluding its “Investigation of New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision [DOCCS] Incarcerated Individual Drug Testing Program,” following reports that DOCCS punished 1,600 prisoners ...

Seventh Circuit Affirms Use Of “Some Evidence” Standard in Reviewing Federal Prisoner’s Disciplinary Violations

by Anthony W. Accurso

In an opinion reached on December 6, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld a district court’s ruling that a federal prisoner’s disciplinary sanctions were valid so long as there was “some evidence” to support the underlying violations. Importantly, where the evidence ...

Prison Telecom Giant GTL Agrees to $67 Million Settlement in Class-Action Over Inactive Account Seizure Policy

by Anthony W. Accurso

Prison phone services provider Global*Tel Link (GTL) agreed to a settle a long-running class-action on December 20, 2021, with changes to company policies and up to $67 million to compensate customers for seizing funds in any account that remained inactive for 90 days. Though the amount ...

Criminal Sheriffs

How Unchecked Power and No Oversight Gives Rise to Abuses

by Anthony W. Accurso

On December 15, 2000, Derwin Brown was returning from a party when he was gunned down. He was holding flowers he had purchased for his wife, Phyllis, when assailants opened fire, striking him at least 10 ...

Planned Massive Shortfall in Funding to Maintain Minnesota Prisons

Traditionally, the state of Minnesota passes a bonding bill, which funds the state’s expenditures not ...

Connecticut Supermax Closing After Lawsuit Filed Seeking to Reduce Use of Solitary

The announcement came just days after a lawsuit was filed on February 4, 2021, by Disability Rights Connecticut ...

New Research on Texas Diversionary Programs Shows Lower Crime Rates

by Anthony W. Accurso

 

A new study using data from the Houston, Texas area shows that the use of diversionary programs results in overall lower crime, including among high-risk demographic groups.

The study, “Diversion in the Criminal Justice System,” authored by Michael Mueller-Smith and Kevin T. Schnepel and published ...

Connecticut Lawmakers Refuse to Address Corrections Issues During Pandemic

On September 29, 2020, two prison reform advocacy groups held ...

More Than 40 Immigrants Have Died in ICE Custody

COVID-19 Pandemic Leads to Founding of Congressional BOP Reform Caucus

House Rep. Fred Keller (R-Pa.) announced the formation of the BOP Reform ...