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Article • November 15, 1995 • from PLN November, 1995
AZ Guards Rob and Kill by On February 16, 1995, police ar rested a retired cop and three Arizona prison guards in the robbery of an armored car and the killing of a Wells Fargo driver. On November 28, 1994, an armored car was hijacked and robbed with between $200,000 ...
Article • October 15, 1995 • from PLN October, 1995
AZ's War on the Federal Judiciary by In large class action suits when courts find constitutional violations they sometimes order large-scale changes. This is especially the case in institutional reform litigation that typically involves prisons. To ensure that court orders are being carried out and to measure progress, which sometimes ...
Article • October 15, 1995 • from PLN October, 1995
AZ Chain Gangs Protested by When Arizona became the second state to reinstate the use of prison chain gangs, Donna Hamm wasn't going to allow it to happen without her voice of protest being heard. On June 12, 1995, Ms. Hamm, a long time prisoner rights activist, PLN supporter, former ...
AZ Court Affirms Food Packages by In an Order dated April 7, 1995, United States District Judge C.A. Muecke ruled in Hook v. Arizona, No. CIV 73-97 PHX CAM, that Arizona inmates will continue to receive three 25 pound food packages at Christmas. Arizona inmates will also be allowed once ...
Chain Gangs Challenged in Court by In the July, 1995, PLN, we reported that the state of Alabama had reintroduced chain gangs to its prison system on May 3, 1995. We did not give much attention to the issue because it has received enormous media coverage, most of it rather ...
Article • June 15, 1995 • from PLN June, 1995
AZ DOC Takes Weights by In December, 1994, the Arizona DOC completed its project of removing all weight lifting equipment from its prison system. The weight equipment was donated by the DOC to various schools and non profit organizations with athletic programs. This is part of the long running campaign ...
9th Circuit Affirms Court Access Case by In a wide ranging ruling, a unanimous panel of the ninth circuit court of appeals affirmed most of a lower court ruling designed to ensure Arizona prisoners' right of access to the courts. In the May 1994 issue of PLN we reported Casey ...
Winds of Unrest Blowing Over Arizona by Rainman In the August 1994 issue of PLN it was reported that many oppressive policies were being instituted in the Arizona prison system ("Oppression on the Rise in Arizona"). These changes, for the most part, are nothing more than a return to the ...
Article • April 15, 1995 • from PLN April, 1995
Filed under: Mail, Mail Regulations
9th Cir. Clarifies Mailbox Rule by The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Appeals set forth numerous time limits by which motions and other documents must be filed, answered, etc. This has led to a large body of case law concerning how prisoners comply with these time limits due to ...
AZ Passes Repressive Prison Laws by As part of the national trend towards bashing prisoners the 41st session of the Arizona legislature recently passed a number of repressive laws designed to make life harder for prisoners as well as restrict their access to the courts. The laws went into effect ...
Article • February 15, 1995 • from PLN February, 1995
Immigration Detainees Rebel by On November 14, 1994, 100 illegal aliens detained at the Federal Corrections Facility in Eloy, AZ, rebelled to protest bad food and onerous prison restrictions. A prison spokesperson said the detainees were "carrying baseball bats when they came into the cafeteria for supper." It took prison ...
Article • August 15, 1994 • from PLN August, 1994
Filed under: Attorneys, Public Defenders
Suit Challenges Inadequate PD Funding by Marc Lee By Marc Lee Many lawsuits have been filed throughout this country addressing the problems in indigent defense programs. Although many of these lawsuits have been successful in showing the inadequacies in the indigent defense programs, for the most part they have been ...
AZ Medical Care Unconstitutional by This lengthy (76 pages) opinion deals with a DOC-wide class action suit filed by Arizona state prisoners challenging the medical and dental care, treatment available for seriously mentally ill prisoners, and unequal medical treatment provided to females compared to that provided male prisoners. District court ...
Article • August 15, 1994 • from PLN August, 1994
Oppression on the Rise in Arizona by O'Neil Stough By O'Neil Stough Arizona has joined the ranks of many other prisons nationwide where oppressive and tried-and-failed barbaric methods of the distant past are being re-instituted. Governor Fife Symington, up for reelection this year, and Director of Corrections, Sam Lewis whose ...
Article • June 15, 1994 • from PLN June, 1994
AZ Prison Blues by Reader Mail In Arizona prisoners are allowed a TV, stereo, typewriter, fan, electric razor, reading lamp and a hot pot. Yet the Director of Prisons claims that it is the hot pots which use the most electricity thus he is banning hot pots! He also wants ...
Article • May 15, 1994 • from PLN May, 1994
Accessible Facilities Required for Disabled by In a class action suit, Arizona state prisoners challenged the lack of access for mobility impaired prisoners to bathrooms, showers and cells, delays in receiving medical devices and hearing aids and violations of the Rehabilitation Act. The court found that the Arizona DOC houses ...
AZ DOC Denies Court Access by This case deals with a class action suit filed by Arizona state prisoners. They claimed that Arizona prison officials denied them access to the courts by enacting policies that unduly abridged their ability to file and litigate court actions. The district court ruled in ...
BOP Liable for Recalculating Sentence by Kent Alexander is a former federal prisoner. In 1986 he was released after serving a three year federal sentence. Eighty days later he was arrested for "violation of parole" and placed in FCI Tucson. The prison administrative systems manager, Luis Rivera, told Alexander that ...
Article • April 15, 1994 • from PLN April, 1994
AZ Prisoners Have Right to Court Access by Antonio Bustamonte is an Arizona state prisoner held at the Winslow prison. In April of 1992 a riot broke out at the prison resulting in Bustamonte's housing unit being locked down. One of the consequences of the lockdown, in which prisoner's were ...
Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban on Attorney Contact Visits by This is a class action suit filed by Arizona state prisoners. They sued on two issues. First, they contend that the Arizona DOC's policy and practice of banning all contact visits between prisoners and their attorneys at various prisons violates their ...
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