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Deaths at North Carolina Jail Due to Lack of Medical, Mental Health Care by The deaths of four pre-trial detainees at the Durham County Jail in North Carolina are under investigation. Over the past 16 years, 10 other prisoners have died at the facility. Officials are remaining mum, referring questions ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Ethics Rule Requiring Post-conviction Disclosure of Exculpatory Evidence Adopted in North Carolina by In the wake of the exoneration of five North Carolina men, the state Supreme Court adopted a new ethics rule in March 2017 that requires any attorney who receives evidence suggesting the innocence of a convicted defendant ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Fourth Circuit Clarifies Rights of Pretrial Detainees; $35,000 Settlement on Remand by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals released an important decision concerning the rights of pretrial detainees on November 7, 2016. The case involved allegations of unconstitutional conduct by authorities at the New Hanover ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Fourth Circuit Reverses Judgment in Favor of BOP in Deliberate Indifference Case by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Fourth Circuit has reversed a district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Bureau of Prisons (BOP) officials on a prisoner’s claim that his Eighth Amendment rights were violated. Paul ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Supreme Court Voids North Carolina Law Barring Sex Offenders from Facebook by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In a unanimous decision, on June 19, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina statute that prohibits convicted sex offenders from accessing “a commercial social networking Web site where the ...
Brief • June 20, 2017
Dilworth v. McMahon, NC, Settlement, Pretrial Solitary Confinement, 2017 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS that I, the undersigned, MICHAEL DILWORTH (hereinafter referred to as "Releasor"), for and in consideration of the sum of THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS N0/100 DOLLARS ($35,000.00) in cash, which is paid ...
Brief • 2017
Sledge v. Little, NC, Settlement, Wrongful Conviction, 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA SOUTHERN DIVISION Case No. 7:15-cv-00180-D JOSEPH SLEDGE, JR., ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) ) v. ) PHILLIP LITTLE, in his individual ) capacity, EARL STORMS, in his official ) ...
Brief • May 17, 2017
McCollum v. Robeson County, NC, Settlement, Wrongful Conviction Death Sentence, 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA WESTERN DIVISION ------------------------------------------------------------------------X Docket # 5:15-CV-451-BO HENRY LEE MCCOLLUM and J. DUANE GILLIAM as guardian of the estate LEON BROWN, Plaintiffs, -versusTOWN OF RED SPRINGS, KENNETH ...
Kickback publication • May 8, 2017
Filed under: Telephones, Telephone Rates
North Carolina kickbacks FY2014 Date Commission February-15 $ 671,369.53 January-15 $ 630,652.24 December-14 $ 668,455.41 November-14 $ 619,109.14 October-14 $ 605,206.40 September-14 $581,068.45 August-14 July-14 $ $603,793.72 600,412.48 June -14 $603,037.79 May-14 April-14 $648,047.71 $663,487.40 March-14 $732,785.84 Total $ 7,627,426.11
Kickback publication • May 8, 2017
Filed under: Telephones, Telephone Rates
North Carolina rates May 2017  Inmate Telephone System  Inmate Telephone System Effective March 17, 2016, rates and fees have changed in compliance with Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Order issued on November 5, 2015 The North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Prisons has a contract with GTL to provide ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Filed under: Staffing, Staff Training
Healthcare and Handcuffs: BOP Assigns Medical Staff to Security Positions by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), facing chronic guard shortages, has resorted to either paying overtime to officers who work additional shifts or assigning nurses and other healthcare staff to security positions. In the ...
Brief • May 4, 2017
McCollum v. Robeson County, NC, Amended Complaint, Wrongful Conviction Death Sentence, 2016 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA WESTERN DIVISION ------------------------------------------------------------------------X Docket # 5:15-CV-451-BO HENRY LEE MCCOLLUM and GERALDINE BROWN RANSOM, on behalf of and as legal guardian of LEON BROWN, Plaintiffs, -versusROBESON ...
The Man Arrested for Praising Jesus by Andrew Cohen Lester Packingham’s Facebook post is headed for the Supreme Court By Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project In “Case in Point,” Andrew Cohen examines a single case or character that sheds light on the criminal justice system. An audio version of Case in ...
Five Wrongfully Convicted North Carolina Men Receive Almost $8 Million by David Reutter Five former prisoners who were wrongfully convicted in a home invasion murder have received settlements and compensation totaling nearly $8 million following a botched investigation and misconduct by the sheriff’s office in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Three ...
Article • October 31, 2016
North Carolina Court of Appeals Upholds Termination of Prisoner's Parental Rights by While the identity of the father was unknown, minor child C.L.S. was adjudicated neglected and dependent based upon the mother's history of drug addiction - including drug use during her pregnancy with C.L.S. - mental health issues and drug-related criminal ...
Article • October 14, 2016
Summary Judgment Denied on North Carolina Excessive Force Claims by Mark Wilson A North Carolina federal court held that material factual disputes precluded summary judgment on a prisoner's excessive force claims. Randolph Watterson and Stephen Somerset were cellmates in protective custody at North Carolina's Gaston County Jail. Watterson claims that ...
North Carolina Man Awaits Compensation Four Years After Death Row Exoneration by Matthew Clarke Glen Edward Chapman's conviction for two Hickory, North Carolina murders was reversed and a new trial ordered because lead investigator Dennis 'Money had lied during his trial testimony and detectives had "lost, misplaced or destroyed" evidence ...
Justice Department Impedes Release of "Legally Innocent" Prisoners by Derek Gilna Despite several recent high-profile cases where the U.S. Justice Department has urged the release of prisoners who all parties agreed were "legally innocent, dozens more remain behind bars.in North Carolina. The cases arise in instances where men were imprisoned ...
Article • September 9, 2016
4th Circuit Overturns Dismissal of Adam Walsh Civil Commitment Case by Derek Gilna The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the dismissal of the Adam Walsh case against Walter Wooden, finding that the application of that Act to the defendant did not violate the Due Process and Equal Protection ...
Article • September 8, 2016
"Mere Possession" of a prison shank found sufficient for finding of "crime of violence' by Derek Gilna Jermaine Mobley was sentence to 37 months in the Eastern District of North Carolina in 2010 for possession of a prohibited object in prison as de­fined by 18 U.S.C. Section 1791(a)(2), after being ...
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