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Article • December 14, 2017
Texas Court of Appeals Upholds Dismissal of Suit Against Parole Board by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On February 23, 2016, a Texas court of appeals upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against a parole board member and two parole commissioners. John Henry Boykin, a Texas state prisoner, filed ...
Article • December 14, 2017
Texas Court of Appeals Dismisses Prisoner's Petition for a Writ of Injunction by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On March 9, 2016, a Texas court of appeals dismissed a prisoner's writ of injunction because the prisoner had no other proceeding in that court. Tracey W. Murphy, a Texas state prisoner, ...
Article • December 11, 2017
Texas Prison Guards' Union Chief Decries Indoor Use of Gas Gun by Matthew Clarke By Matt Clarke Lance Lowry, a Texas prison guard and the head of the Huntsville local of the union representing the most prison guards in Texas, said a prison supervisor who fired a gas gun at ...
State Bar of Texas Pursuing Disciplinary Action against Prosecutor Who Lied about Deals with Jailhouse Informants in Capital Case by Richard Resch by Richard Resch In September 25, 2017, the State Bar of Texas filed a disciplinary action against former Harris County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth A. Exley. She is ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Texas Appellate Court Upholds $100,000 Damages Award in Jail Slip-and-Fall by Matthew Clarke
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Arrested Texas Jail Nurse Refused to Test Blood Sugar of Prisoner Who Died by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke Texas licensed vocational nurse Brittany Johnson was arrested on June 28, 2016 and charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide in the death of female prisoner Morgan Angerbauer, 20, who died of diabetic ...
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Climate Refugees in Toxic Immigrant Jails Are Victims of Environmental Racism by Candice Bernd by Candice Bernd, Truthout In April 2017, the Northwest Washington again made headlines after more than 100 immigrant detainees launched a hunger strike to protest the conditions inside the for-profit immigration jail. The demands reflected many ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Prisoner Labor Focus of Controversy in Texas, Alabama by David Reutter by David Reutter The use of prisoner labor and poor prison conditions are behind calls for action in Texas and Alabama, and have led to concerns over the use of prison labor nationwide. Most people believe slavery was abolished ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Court Decision Favoring BOP Whistleblower Critical of BOP and OIG by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna A December 2, 2016 decision by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, overturning a finding by the Merit Systems Protection Board, has cast in doubt the operations of the chief internal investigative body of ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Misdemeanor Trespassing Arrest Leads to Permanent Impairment by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis In March 2015, 53-year-old Ralph Karl Ingrim suffered a seizure at a Dollar General store in Amarillo, Texas. A store clerk was kind enough to call the police to have him removed. When they arrived, Ingrim allegedly ...
Article • September 13, 2017
Illegal 24-Day ICE Detention Nets Lawful Permanent Resident $99,000 Settlement by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In 2008 a lawsuit filed by a Mexican citizen who had obtained lawful permanent resident status in the United States and was later detained while trying to return to the U.S. from Mexico was ...
Article • September 11, 2017
"No Toilet, No Ventilation": Prisoners Describe Horrific Conditions in Harvey's Flood Zone by Candice Bernd by Candice Bernd, Truthout This story is the sixth piece in "America's Toxic Prisons," an investigative, collaborative series between Truthout and Earth Island Journal. This series dives deeply into the intersection between mass incarceration and ...
Article • August 31, 2017
Filed under: Sex Offender Residence
Texas Court of Appeals: Decriminalization of Civil Commitment Conditions Violation Applies to Cases Pending on Appeal by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On November 16, 2016, a Texas court of appeals held that a legislative amendment that removed criminal penalties for violations of sex offender civil commitment supervision requirements applied ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: RLUIPA, Religious Grooming
Fifth Circuit Vacates Dismissal of Texas Grooming Policy RLUIPA Claim by The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has reversed the dismissal of a challenge to a prison grooming policy filed by Native American prisoners. Texas state prisoners Teddy Norris Davis and Robbie Dow Goodman alleged their religious freedoms ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Private Prison Companies’ Plan to License “Baby Jails” Fails in Texas Legislature by Bob Libal by Bob Libal Legislation developed by private prison corporation GEO Group that would have licensed immigrant family detention centers as “child care facilities” failed in the Texas legislature in May 2017 following widespread opposition by ...
Article • August 4, 2017
$187,000 Settlement for TX County Jail Administrator Turned Whistleblower by Joe Watson by Joe Watson A former jail administrator in Bastrop County, Texas, agreed to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit for $187,000 against his old boss, a former sheriff who had pleaded guilty to charges of corruption and abuse of ...
Going to Prison in Texas in 2015 by William T. Habern by William T. Habern, David P. O’Neil, and Debra Bone Introduction For over 30 years our firm has represented offenders and their families in prison and parole administrative and legal issues. The first version of this article was published ...
Brief • August 1, 2017
Tellez v. GEO Grp, TX, Memorandum Opinion, 2017 FILED IJNITEI) STATES DISTRICT CO1.JRI FOR TH.E WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS AUG 0 1 2017 CLERK, U.S. DISTRICT CLERK WESTERN D!.TRcT OF TEXAS BY RAYMONI) TELLEZ, DEPUTY Plaint 1ff, Case No: 5:iS-ev.-465-RCL V. TUE GEO GROUP INC., Defendant. MEMORANDUM OPINION Plaintiff R)'mond ...
Brief • August 1, 2017
Filed under: GEO Group/Wackenhut
Tellez v. GEO Grp, TX, Order, 2017 Case 5:15-cv-00465-RCL Document 87 Filed 08/01/17 Page 1 of 1 FILED AUG 0 12017 UNiTED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS CLERK. U.S. O$STRICT CLERK WESTERN ISTICT OF TEXAS BYxJ DEPUTY ) RAYMOND TELLEZ, ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) ...
Texas Prisoner was Emaciated and Sick when Killed by Cellmate by A fight with his cellmate, Joe Greggs, led to the January 19, 2016 death of prisoner Alton Rodgers at the William P. Clements Unit in Texas. An official report listed Rodgers’ fatal injury as trauma consistent with having his ...
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