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Articles by Scott Grammer

California State Retirement Systems Split on Decision to Divest 
from Private Prisons

by Scott Grammer

The Teachers’ Retirement Board of the California State Retirement System (CalSTRS) has decided to get out of private prison investments by dumping CoreCivic and GEO Group stock from its portfolio. About $12 million worth of stock is involved – which represents a fraction of the companies’ combined ...

Settlement Reached over Visitation, Communication with Prisoners’ Children at Indiana Jail

by Scott Grammer

A class-action lawsuit, filed in federal court in 2016 against Allen County, Indiana Sheriff David Gladieux by plaintiffs Ronald Ward and Samuel Chinnis, claimed that prisoners at the county jail “have been and are being forbidden for months and potentially years from seeing their children and, absent ...

Connecticut Sued to End Prison Gerrymandering

by Scott Grammer

The NAACP and other plaintiffs have sued the State of Connecticut to put a stop to a “statewide practice of counting incarcerated people as residents of the legislative districts where they are held, rather than in their home districts.” This practice is known as prison gerrymandering. [See: PLN, ...

Michigan Prisoner Obtains $2,000 Settlement in Group Strip Search Suit

by Scott Grammer

On February 10, 2017, Mario Cavin, incarcerated at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility, filed a handwritten civil rights complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. He alleged that he had been strip searched in the prison’s chapel in front of “fifteen to ...

Arkansas Governor Addresses Prisoners at College Graduation Ceremony

by Scott Grammer

On November 30, 2018, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson addressed 25 prisoners who had received Associate of Arts degrees from Shorter College. According to a press release, “In an effort to reduce rates of recidivism, [the Second Chance Act] provides need-based Pell grants to people in state and ...

Wisconsin Prisoner Not Due Credit for Time Spent Free after Erroneous Release

by Scott Grammer

Zachary S. Friedlander was already serving a sentence at the Oshkosh Correctional Institution in Wisconsin for a heroin conviction when, on April 15, 2016, he pleaded no contest to one count of felony bail jumping. He was sentenced to three years of probation, to begin after serving ...