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Articles by Anthony W. Accurso

Seventh Circuit Clarifies Calculation of Presumptive Parole Date for Federal Prisoner Sentenced Under Pre-1987 Law

by Anthony W. Accurso

In a decision reached on December 6, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit clarified calculation of the presumptive parole release date for a federal prisoner sentenced to several consecutive sentences, including a term of “life,” under pre-1987 sentencing law.

For murdering two ...

$405,000 Paid to Prisoner Disabled and Left Untreated at LaSalle-Managed Louisiana Jails

by Anthony W. Accurso

A man disabled in a Louisiana jail privately operated by LaSalle Corrections has settled claims of neglect and mistreatment he suffered there and at another lockup the firm ran, accepting $405,000 for the months he allegedly spent in debilitating pain without treatment for his condition, further ...

$150,000 Settlement for Opioid Withdrawal Death in Indiana County Jail

by Anthony W. Accurso

The Floyd County, Indiana, jail reached a settlement in July in the death of a prisoner related to opioid withdrawal.

Hanna Robb, 23, was booked into the Floyd County Jail on March 25, 2016, for failure to appear for a misdemeanor theft charge. At her court ...

It’s Time For the Feds To Fund College Education For Prisoners, Again

by Anthony W. Accurso

Twenty-five years after the federal government restricted prisoners from obtaining Pell Grants to pay for higher education while incarcerated, bipartisan support for new legislation reinstating access is gaining ground in the national conversation surrounding mass incarceration.

“Education is to the future for just about anyone and ...

Arizona DOC Bans Book Critical of Justice System, Reverses Decision Following Criticism

by Anthony W. Accurso

According to news reports, earlier this year the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) banned prisoners from receiving Chokehold: Policing Black Men, a 2017 book critical of the criminal justice system. 

The author, former federal prosecutor and Georgetown University professor Paul Butler, explored the history ...