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Articles by Casey Bastian

California Supreme Court: Prisoners Cannot Legally Possess Cannabis

by Casey Bastian

On November 8, 2016, California voters went to the polls to consider whether the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, known as Proposition 64 (Prop64), should be approved. Prop64 was easily passed with voters clearly supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana. Medicinal use in ...

Benevolent or Predatory?

Lake Ozark Politician Gives Women Prisoners Help, Gets Sex

by Casey J. Bastian

In 2015, Gerry Murawski was an elected city alderman for Lake Ozark, Missouri. Murawski was also engaging in questionable relationships with several young women. During the period of 2015-2016, Murawski would provide money and favors for at ...

Audit Reveals Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Chaplaincy Services Branch Critically Depleted

by Casey J. Bastian

The Office of the Inspector General completed an audit of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Chaplaincy Services Branch (CSB) in July 2021. The CSB is responsible for the BOP’s religious services nationwide. The program is intended to ensure that the constitutional right of prisoners to ...

Massachusetts Department of Corrections Sued Over Use of “Fake” Drug Tests on Legal Mail

by Casey J. Bastian

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections (DOC) has been knowingly using drug tests described by plaintiff’s lawyers as “fake” on legal mail to both interfere with attorney/client communications and impose strict punishments without due process. These claims are the basis of a class complaint recently filed by ...

Anti-Parole Whistleblower Prompts Investigation of Virginia Parole Board

The Enduring Life of Life Sentences

One of every seven prisoners is ...

Confidential Settlement in Case Involving Alleged Pattern of Racist Misconduct in Michigan Prisons

After 36 Years in a Louisiana Prison for a Rape He Didn’t Commit, Archie Williams Wins Freedom — and a TV Show Spotlight

Despite this experience, Williams has maintained a warm ...

Reuters Investigation: Lamentable Medical Care in Jails and Prisons Exposed During Pandemic

Pardoned Nevada Bank Robber’s Story Creates Hope for Prisoners