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Articles by Edward Lyon

California: A Prison by any Other Name is Still a Prison

by Ed Lyon

The City of Adelanto in San Bernardino County, California owns a detention center – not a prison – according to Pablo Paez, a spokesman for the GEO Group, a private prison firm. “The ICE Processing Centers operated by our company are very different than local jails and ...

Phony New York Lawyer Defrauds Prisoners, Sent to Prison

by Ed Lyon

Antonia Barrone of Albany, New York posed as an attorney from September 2012 to April 2017. She went by various male aliases, including Mario Vrendenburg, Antonio Barrone, Mario Stacchini, Mario Helems and Mark Vredenburg, and primarily targeted prisoners seeking legal representation for parole denials.

She defrauded over ...

Female Prisoners More Likely to be HIV Positive than Non-prisoners

by Ed Lyon

Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), released in an August 2017 report, found that female prisoners are nine times more likely to have HIV than non-incarcerated women. With the total HIV-positive female population ...

Tablets and E-messaging Services Expand in Prisons and Jails, as do Fees

by Matt Clarke and Ed Lyon

Global Tel*Link (GTL), one of the largest prison and jail phone service providers in the United States, has steadily expanded into other services that target corrections agencies. The telecom firm is now competing with Securus Technologies for a share of a lucrative and unregulated ...

Missouri Prison Litigation Reform Act's Fee Requirement Affirmed

by Edward B. Lyon

Twenty-one Jefferson City, Missouri Correctional Center prisoners filed a class action challenge to the state's Prison Litigation Reform Act's (MPLRA) fee requirement for habeas corpus petitions in Cole County's circuit court. The court denied service of process, dismissed the class action for failure to state a claim, then dismissed the accompanying ...

The High Cost of Texas Prison Rape Data

by Edward B. Lyon

A recent request for sexual assault data in Texas prisons since 2013 was estimated to cost $1,132,024.30. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) stated it needs over 61,000 hours to "hand search" more than 260,000 "responsive documents" from 2,000 cases for non-exempt "basic information." This ...

Nebraska Prisoner Prevails on Religious Rights Lawsuit

by Edward B. Lyon

On August 21, 2014, a settlement between prisoner Harold Wilson and defendants Diane Sabatka-Rine, Mario Peart and Michael Edison was agreed to by all parties. Nebraska will pay $15,000 in attorney fees and guarantee Wilson access to his Wiccan religious materials and provide worship time according ...

Dallas Teens Have Sex in Jail

by Edward B. Lyon

Juvenile males detained in the Medlock Youth Treatment Center began outcrying to therapists in April 2017 about sexual activities there. The lead outcrier reported multiple acts, including oral sex, spanning November-April 2017, including at least five 13-17 year-olds.

The center's staffing was critically low in the ...

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Wisconsin Property Claim

by Edward Lyon

Wisconsin prisoner Christopher Streckenbach submitted two boxes of personal property for his son to pick up at a visit. The son never came within the policy's 30 day period. The property was weighed for mailing by mailroom supervisor VanDensen, but Streckenbach's account was $2 short of funds ...

Fifth Circuit Dismisses Louisiana Prisoner's § 1983

by Edward Lyon

Prisoner James Davis claimed injuries resulting from a traffic accident to an Avoyelles Parish transport van he was riding in. He sued the deputy driver, a jail captain he alleged ordered a city policeman to falsify facts in the accident report, other deputies he said interfered with ...