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Articles by Brandon Sample

Ex-Mayor Returned to Prison After Misleading BOP to Enter Drug Program

Ex-Mayor Returned to Prison After Misleading BOP to Enter Drug Program

by Brandon Sample

Bill C. Campbell, the former mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, was returned to federal prison after it was discovered he had lied to gain entrance into the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). Successful ...

Prisoners Exposed to Toxic Dust at UNICOR Recycling Factories

Federal Prison Industries (FPI), the largest legal sweatshop in America, has jeopardized the lives and safety of untold numbers of prisoners and staff working in its recycling factories, according to a preliminary report in an investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and an evaluation ...

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Lethal Injection

On April 16, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Kentucky’s lethal injection protocol does not violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Kentucky state prisoners Ralph Baze and Thomas Bowling were each convicted of double homicides and sentenced to death. Following the affirmance ...

U.S. Pardon Attorney Replaced After Investigation Reveals Racial Comments, Retaliation and Mismanagement

U.S. Pardon Attorney Replaced After Investigation Reveals Racial Comments, Retaliation and Mismanagement

by Brandon Sample

The federal attorney responsible for recommending presidential pardons and commutations has been replaced following an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Roger Adams ...

Crack Cocaine Offenders Denied Representation for Sentence Reductions

Crack Cocaine Offenders Denied Representation for Sentence Reductions

by Brandon Sample

In the wake of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s decision to reduce penalties for federal crack cocaine offenses, and to make those changes retroactive effective March 3, 2008, crack offenders are being forced to go it alone in their ...

$204,856 in Attorney’s Fees and Costs Awarded in Nebraska Kosher Diet and Muslim Prayer Case

$204,856 in Attorney’s Fees and Costs Awarded in Nebraska Kosher Diet and Muslim Prayer Case

by Brandon Sample

On May 5, 2008, Joseph F. Batallion, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, awarded $204,856.28 in attorney’s fees and costs to a ...

$305,021 Awarded to Missouri Prisoner Struck by Tree; State Legislature Takes Note

$305,021 Awarded to Missouri Prisoner Struck by Tree; State Legislature Takes Note

by Brandon Sample

A Missouri prisoner was awarded $305,021 after being struck by a tree. In February 2000, Hortense Cain, a female prisoner at the Women’s Correctional Center in Vandalia, was assigned to a Missouri Department ...

Court Orders Attorney General to Allow Law Students Access to Political Prisoners at Federal Supermax

On January 17, 2008, U.S. District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel granted a preliminary injunction permitting University of Denver law students access to two prisoners housed at the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) Administrative Maximum facility (Supermax) in Florence, Colorado.

On February 25, 2005, NBC broadcasted an investigative news report related ...