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Articles by Matthew Clarke

Study on Barriers to Employment of Ex-Prisoners in Milwaukee Released

by Matt Clarke

In early 2007, the Employment Training Institute (ETI) of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee released a study assessing the legal and employment needs of ex-prisoners residing in Milwaukee County.

The study of 26,772 adults released from Wisconsin prisons since 1993 found that ex-prisoners faced significant hurdles to post-incarceration ...

Psych Evaluations Questioned Following D.C. Jail Suicides

by Matthew T. Clarke

The methods used for psychological evaluation and housing of prisoners at the Washington, D.C. Jail are being questioned after two prisoners committed suicide within a three-month period.

Alicia Edwards, 32, had a history of mental illness when she hung herself in her D.C. Jail cell on ...

Wyoming and CMS Settle Suit Over Diabetic Prisoner’s Loss of Foot

Wyoming and CMS Settle Suit Over Diabetic Prisoner's Loss of Foot

by Matthew T. Clarke

In June 2006, CMS, the State of Wyoming and a prison doctor settled a lawsuit involving a prisoner who had to have his lower right leg amputated following dismally inadequate medical care.

Salvatore Lucido is ...

Mere Possibility of Parole Insufficient to Prevent Texas Prisoners’ Parental Rights Termination

The Texas Supreme Court held that the mere possibility of parole within the two-year imprisonment requirement of § 161.001(1)(Q), Texas Family Code, was insufficient to prevent termination of a prisoner's parental rights.

William Keith M. is a Texas state prisoner and the biological father of H.R.M. He divorced Stacey M., ...

Gannet New Jersey’s Witch Hunt for Public Employees with Criminal Records

Gannet New Jersey's Witch Hunt for Public Employees with Criminal Records

by Matthew T. Clarke

The media in New Jersey, spearheaded by Gannett New Jersey publications, has embarked on a campaign to root out public employees with criminal records.

On April 1, 2007, Gannett New Jersey published the results of ...

Connecticut Takes Cut of Prisoner Judgments and Inheritances

by Matthew T. Clarke

Connecticut has enhanced its use of a state law (C.G.S.A. § 18-85a) that allows it to recover costs of incarceration from prisoners, targeting prisoners who benefit from a ?windfall? such as an inheritance, insurance settlement, legal judgment or lottery payment.

The state began actively enforcing the ...

Texas Must Afford Prisoners Due Process in Trust Fund Garnishment

by Matthew T. Clarke

In an unprecedented decision, a Texas court of appeals held that the state must give a prisoner notice and other due process protection when garnishing his trust fund for payment of criminal fines.

Zakee Kaleem Abdullah, a Texas state prisoner, filed an appeal after the trial ...

Texas Court of Appeals Reverses Termination of Prisoner’s Parental Rights

Texas Court of Appeals Reverses Termination of Prisoner's Parental Rights

by Matthew T. Clarke

A Texas court of appeals held that when terminating a prisoner's parental rights the two-year period of incarceration used to justify the termination begins after the petition to terminate parental rights has been filed.

Eric Maiwald, ...

Refusal to Give Nitro Tablets to Prisoner With Chest Pain Actionable

by Matthew T. Clarke

The Fifth Circuit court of appeals held that a prisoner with a history of heart trouble who was denied any treatment for his chest pain could sue the nurse who denied him treatment even though he later received treatment and did not allege permanent damage.

John ...

Nevada Psychological Review Panel Hearings Subjected to Open Meeting and Constitutional Due Process Requirements

by Matthew T.Clarke

In two related cases, the Supreme Court of Nevada held that sex offender certification hearings held by the Nevada Psychological Review Panel (PRP) were subject to the Nevada open meeting law (OML) and constitutional due process. The court also held that prisoners who were serving consecutive sentences ...