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By Paul Wright

Jail Suicide Update is a quarterly newsletter published by the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives. While focusing primarily on suicide prevention in jails its information is useful for prison administrators seeking to prevent suicides in prison as well as attorneys litigating custodial suicides. The most recent ...

Attorneys File Briefs for Peruvian POW's

By Paul Wright

On October 5, 1993, National Lawyers Guild (NLG) president Peter Erlinder and attorney Leonard Weinglass filed petitions with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of Abimael Guzman, the imprisoned chairman of the Communist Party of Peru (PCP) and several hundred PCP prisoners of war. The ...

From The Editor

From the Editor

By Paul Wright

Welcome to another issue of PLN. You will notice that we are still experimenting with different formats. Our goal is to improve our appearance and at the same time make it more readable, just like the "real" magazines. Our last issue had four columns ...

Ninth Circuit Approves Oregon Control Unit Conditions

By Paul Wright

This is a case which challenged numerous conditions of confinement at the Oregon State Penitentiary's Disciplinary Segregation Unit (DSU), which is a control unit. The ruling does not bode well for prisoners seeking to question such conditions.

The sole plaintiff is Samuel Lemaire. The district court largely ...

Irish POWs Battle Extradition

By Paul Wright

For several hundred years the Irish people have battled the English occupation of their country. In more recent years the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) and Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) have continued this tradition of struggle by militarily engaging the British political-military establishment to force a ...

From The Editor

From the Editor

Welcome to another issue of PLN . The big news at this point is that Ed was recently paroled from the Washington DOC to a federal detainer and from there released by the feds. When we started PLN back in 1990 we agreed we would do it ...

Republicans Introduce Crime Bill

By Paul Wright

In last month's issue of PLN , I reported on President Clinton's crime bill, which he unveiled at an August 11, 1993, press conference. It turns out that a week before this, with considerably less fanfare, Senate Minority Leader Robert Dole (R-Kansas) and House Minority Leader Michel ...

From The Editor

From the Editor

Welcome to another issue of PLN . Lately we have been sending out a lot of sample issues of PLN to encourage new subscribers. In August we sent an issue to every prison law library in the US. If our prison readers could encourage their respective libraries, ...

Clinton Unveils "Anti-Crime" Package

By Paul Wright

On August 11, 1993, president Clinton revealed his proposed new "anti crime" legislation. A few months ago I wrote an article in PLN concerning Clinton's campaign promises as they affected prisoners. It appears that things are worse than expected.

With Slick Willie having reneged or backed off ...

Murderer Fired From Prison Job

By Paul Wright

Massachusetts is currently being ruled by the Republican Weld administration. Governor Weld was elected to office on a "tough on crime" platform. Weld is himself a former federal prosecutor. Among his more interesting campaign promises were those to restore the death penalty in Massachusetts and to remove ...