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Article • August 21, 2017
Mississippi Supreme Court Allows Challenge of Lethal Injection Protocol to Continue; Reverses Lower Court by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On December 15, 2016, a 5-4 ruling by the Mississippi Supreme Court revived a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit brought by a death row prisoner who claimed he will suffer cruel ...
Article • August 21, 2017
Mass. Supreme Court: Prison Guard Not Entitled to Assault Pay After Employment Ends by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On January 21, 2008, prison guard Mark Marchand intervened to protect a fellow employee in an altercation with a prisoner. As a result, Marchand suffered an unspecified knee injury and began ...
Article • August 21, 2017
Filed under: Sentencing, Juveniles
Louisiana Supreme Court Invalidates Juvenile's 99-Year Sentence under Graham v. Florida and Orders Parole Eligibility by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Graham v. Florida, 560 U.S. 48, that life sentences without parole for non-homicide juveniles constituted cruel and unusual punishment. On October ...
Dead Bodies and Billions in Tax Dollars by David Gambacorta by David Gambacorta, The Philadelphia Inquirer The secret, dangerous world of private prisons Something was wrong with Thomas Bryant. He couldn't eat or sleep. His body was drenched in a cold sweat, and he trembled and shook like a radiator ...
In-the-News Article • August 18, 2017
HRDC director addresses lockdown in all Florida prisons Aug. 18, 2017 Articles with PLN Quotes CBS12.com No visits to Florida prisons this weekend; no answers as to why by Mike Magnoli Friday, August 18th 2017 PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) — CBS12 is investigating the mysterious situation involving all of the ...
In-the-News Article • August 15, 2017
HRDC files conflict of interest comment re FCC Chairman Aug. 15, 2017 PLN Press Releases Prison Legal News PRESS RELEASE   Human Rights Defense Center For Immediate Release   August 15, 2017   Trump Appointee Accused of Conflict of Interest by Human Rights Group Human Rights Defense Center claims business entanglements and ...
In-the-News Article • August 12, 2017
More coverage of HRDC's conflict of interest claim against FCC chairman Aug. 12, 2017 Articles that mention PLN Huffington Post Trump’s FCC Chair Backed Off Obama-Era Rule On Inmate Calls That Hurt An Ex-Client An inmate advocacy group publicized Ajit Pai’s prior work this week. By Dana Liebelson   WASHINGTON ...
In-the-News Article • August 11, 2017
Coverage of HRDC's conflict of interest comment re FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Aug. 11, 2017 Articles with PLN Quotes Communications Daily HRDC Seeks Pai Recusal on Securus and ICS as Company's Deal Encounters More Headwinds The Human Rights Defense Center asked FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to recuse himself from all ...
In-the-News Article • August 11, 2017
HRDC accuses FCC chairman of having conflict of interest Aug. 11, 2017 Articles with PLN Quotes International Business Times FCC head Ajit Pai accused of 'clear conflict of interest' in prison phone company deal The Human Rights Defense Center says that Pai never stopped representing Securus even after his federal ...
Publication • August 11, 2017
HRDC ex part comment to FCC re Chairman Pai's Conflict of Interest Human Rights Defense Center DEDICATED TO PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS August 9, 2017 Secretary Marlene H. Dortch Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20554 Re: Ex Parte filing: WC Docket 17-126 WC Docket 12-375 GN Docket ...
Article • August 10, 2017
Filed under: Employee Litigation
Lawsuit by Former Prison Guards to Win Right to Carry Firearms Reinstated After D.C. Federal Court Reverses Summary Judgment by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On June 3, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversed a D.C. District Court ruling which had granted summary judgment ...
Article • August 10, 2017
Filed under: Public Records Act
Lakewood (WA) Police Department Found in Violation of State Public Records Act by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On May 25, 1016, Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals found that the City of Lakewood, Washington, and the Lakewood Police Department (LPD) illegally withheld documents in a Public ...
Article • August 10, 2017
Juvenile Sex Offender from Michigan Required to Register in Kentucky; Court Holds Adjudication Counts as Conviction for Registration Purposes by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On October 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of Kentucky upheld the conviction of a former Michigan man for failing to register as a sex offender ...
Article • August 10, 2017
Filed under: Smoking, Commissary
Jails Market E-Cigarettes to Detainees to Generate Revenue by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson Prisons and jails across the country went tobacco-free years ago, to avoid second-hand smoke lawsuits and rising medical care costs. Now, impoverished jails are selling prisoners e- cigarettes, in hopes of profiting off their addiction. “Hope ...
Article • August 10, 2017
"Intellectual Disabilities" End Decade on Oregon's Death Row; State's "Expert" Sharply Criticized by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson After serving more than ten years on death row, a 60-year old Oregon prisoner had his death sentence vacated and was ruled ineligible for the death penalty, due to an "intellectual disability." ...
In-the-News Article • August 10, 2017
HRDC accuses FCC Chairman Pai of conflict of interest re prison phone calls Aug. 10, 2017 Articles that mention PLN NY Post FCC chairman under fire for ‘conflict of interest’ in sale of prison phone company By Josh Kosman August 10, 2017  FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is getting called out by a ...
In-the-News Article • August 10, 2017
HRDC says FCC chairman has conflict of interest over Securus connection Aug. 10, 2017 Articles with PLN Quotes arstechnica.com Ajit Pai accused of conflict for helping former client, a prison phone company Pai should recuse himself from inmate calling decisions, prisoners’ advocate says. JON BRODKIN - 8/10/2017 A prisoners' rights group has ...
Publication • August 10, 2017
FCC comment requesting recusal of Chairman Pai on ICS issues - August 2017 Human Rights Defense Center DEDICATED TO PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS August 9, 2017 Secretary Marlene H. Dortch Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20554 Re: Ex Parte filing: WC Docket 17-126 WC Docket 12-375 GN ...
Article • August 9, 2017
Autopsy of Darren Rainey by Autopsy photos of Darren Rainey, who died on June 23, 2012 at Dade Correctional Institution in Florida after being placed by guards into a scalding shower. WARNING: this gallery contains graphic images. View at your own discretion.
In-the-News Article • August 9, 2017
PLN quotes about heat-related deaths in Texas prisons Aug. 9, 2017 Articles with PLN Quotes Courthouse News Service Texas Must Move 1,000 Inmates to Protect Them From Heat Stroke CAMERON LANGFORD   August 9, 2017   HOUSTON (CN) — More than 1,000 Texas prisoners at risk of heat stroke will ...
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