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Articles by Dale Chappell

California Law Allows Transfer to Jail in Another County, But Prisoner Must First Exhaust Administrative Remedies, Court of Appeal Holds

by Dale Chappell

In a case of first impression, the California Court of Appeal held that State law does allow a prisoner to request a transfer to a jail in another county for good cause, but the prisoner must first exhaust his or her administrative remedies.

Tikisha Upshaw has a ...

Ex-cons Turn Prison Workouts into Real Jobs, Transform Lives

by Dale Chappell

When criminal defense attorney William Kroger visited his clients in California prisons, he noticed that just a few months behind bars seemed to whip many of them into shape. Because the state had removed all weightlifting equipment from its prisons over 20 years earlier, Kroger wondered: How ...

Abuses at Orange County and San Bernardino Jails Cost Taxpayers Millions

by Dale Chappell

“Chicken-winging,” it’s called – when guards twist a prisoner’s arms behind his back and wrench them upward, inflicting extreme pain. Without the upward yank, the technique is an acceptable means of physical control and “you’ll get compliance a lot quicker,” according to former U.S. Treasury agent George ...

California: Governor Signs Bill to Block Expansion of For-profit Detention Centers

by Dale Chappell

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law in October 2017 that blocks the expansion of for-profit immigration detention facilities, demonstrating the state’s opposition to President Trump’s efforts to crack down on undocumented immigrants and increase deportations.

The Dignity Not Detention Act (SB 29) restricts new ...

As Prison Populations Drop, Several States Close Facilities

by Dale Chappell and Matt Clarke

Connecticut has closed another prison as the state Department of Correction’s population continues to fall. Officials confirmed that Enfield Correctional Institution, a 700-bed medium-security facility, closed in January 2018.

State officials cited falling crime rates, demographic trends and sentencing reform for the decline in ...

San Quentin Newspaper Editor Arnulfo Garcia Leaves a Legacy

by Dale Chappell

Arnulfo Garcia, sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, turned his life around and received a second chance when he was released on July 24, 2017 after serving 16 years. Two months later he was killed in a car crash. He was 65.

During his term ...

Government Contractor Issues Gag Order on Its Lawyers About Abortion Rights

by Dale Chappell

In fear of losing it $285 million contract with the government, a group that provides lawyers to immigrant children told its lawyers to stop telling minors about their rights to access abortion services.

The February 2 email sent by the nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice to its ...

California: Protest Over Bay Area Jail Conditions

by Dale Chappell

Promising to “continue peaceful protest to end tortuous practices of solitary confinement,” Prisoners United, a coalition of prisoners in California’s Bay Area jails backed by civil rights groups, described the purpose of their complaints in an open letter to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on October ...

Arkansas: Failure to Include Interested Party is Fatal to Action for Declaratory Relief

by Dale Chappell

Failure to include an interested party is fatal to an action for declaratory relief, the Arkansas Supreme Court held on August 3, 2017.

Cedric Brown pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. When he looked into his parole eligibility date, ...

Denial of Parole No Basis for Writ of Mandamus in Arkansas

by Dale Chappell

A petitioner’s claim that his rights were violated when he was denied parole is no basis for a writ of mandamus, the Arkansas Supreme Court held on August 3, 2017.

Anthony Warren filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in the Jefferson County Circuit Court on ...