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Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Filed under: Work, Release and Reentry
Ban the Box Movement Spreads to More States, Municipalities by An executive order issued by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe in April 2015 made it easier for people with criminal records to be considered for state jobs. The order was another victory for the “ban the box” movement, which seeks to ...
At Virginia's Supermax Prisons, Isolation and Abuse Persist Despite Reforms by By Katie Rose Quandt and Jack Denton, Solitary Watch Red Onion State Prison, a supermax complex in the southwest corner of Virginia near the Kentucky border, has long had a reputation as one of the harshest prisons in the nation. ...
Still No Answers by Jamycheal Mitchell’s death in a Virginia jail cell still hasn’t been explained. It should be a national scandal. by Dahlia Lithwick, Slate On August 19, 2015, 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell was found dead in his cell at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Virginia. New revelations in May 2016 about ...
Article • September 8, 2016
WV: Money Sent By Family to Prisoners Subject to 40% Deduction, Despite Rule To the Contrary by Lonnie Burton On June 8, 2016, the West Virginia Supreme Court held that funds received by prisoners from family and friends are considered "earnings" and thus subject to the deductions mandated by W. ...
Article • September 8, 2016
Virginia Supreme Courts Upholds Conviction of Man Forced to Stand Trial in Jail Clothes by Lonnie Burton On June 2, 2016, the seven judge Virginia Supreme Court affirmed a court of appeals decision to uphold the conviction of a defendant who had a jury trial while wearing jail-issued attire. The ...
Article • September 8, 2016
Virginia Court Affirms Parole Revocation for Sex Offender Who Refused to Admit Guilt by Lonnie Burton On May 17, 2016, the Court of Appeals of Virginia denied the appeal of a man whose parole was revoked when he refused to admit that he was guilty of the offense for which ...
Discrimination Complaint by White Male Prison Guard Settled by Christopher Zoukis An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint filed by Kevin J. Erickson, a white male prison guard at Federal Correctional Institution Petersburg, Virginia, was settled in March 2002. Erickson's EEOC complaint, filed in April 2001, alleged that Wanda Hunt, ...
Fourth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Virginia Prisoner’s Religious Freedom Suit by The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a Virginia prisoner’s civil rights action that raised claims related to his religious practices and medical care. Prisoner Jesus Emmanuel Jehovah’s complaint alleged prison officials violated his free exercise ...
Article • August 24, 2016
Civil Suit Against Wise County, Virginia for Case of Mistaken Identity by In a case of mistaken identity, an innocent man residing in Memphis, Tennessee was extradited to a regional jail in Wise County, Virginia where he remained incarcerated for more than three months. Once the Commonwealth’s Attorney could be ...
Article • August 12, 2016
Ruling in Execution Records Limits Virginia FOIA Disclosures by David Reutter The Virginia Supreme Court issued a ruling in death penalty public records case that could “become a license to withdraw records,” said Megan Rhyne, Executive Director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government. The ruling reversed a Fairfax County ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Prisoner’s Master Carpenter Skills Nets Opportunity to Serve and Receive Freedom by David Reutter A Virginia man who was sentenced to prison in several counties has avoided being sent to prison, and his skill set is being attributed to remaining in jail and release. Lawrence “Junior” Wood faced 36 different ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Prieto’s Promise: An End to Death Row? by Mumia Abu-Jamal In late 2013, a federal judge in Virginia issued a remarkable ruling in the case of Prieto v. Clark. The civil suit, brought by Virginia death row prisoner Alfredo R. Prieto, challenged conditions on the state’s execution unit, including total ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Report: Virginia's Prisons, Jails Overburdened by Nonviolent Drug Offenders by Joe Watson Virginia should decriminalize drug-related behavior and treat drug abuse as a public health issue, while increasing educational resources and opportunities in low-income communities of color in order to improve public safety and lower the state's prison population, according ...
Article • August 5, 2016
Prison Guard Guilty of Stealing Mail by On September  23, 2014, a guard at a Virginia state prison entered a guilty plea to one count of mail theft for stealing mail intended for prisoners. Ezra Lamont Price was employed as a guard at the Danville Adult Detention Center when mail ...
Article • August 2, 2016 • from PLN August, 2016
Virginia: Unproven Facts Used to Deny Parole Subject of Lawsuit, Settlement by A settlement agreement in a federal lawsuit forced the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) and the state’s Parole Board to deem a prisoner eligible for parole. The settlement also reversed the agencies’ interpretation of Virginia’s “Three Strikes” law ...
Article • August 1, 2016
BOP Pays $10,000 Sexual Harassment Complaint by The federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) paid $10,000 to settle an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint alleging sexual harassment by an employee at FCI Petersburg in Virginia. Azala Gray Epps worked as a guard.  Initially, she started at MCC New York in August 1994 ...
Article • July 29, 2016
$662,500 Award for VA Man subject to Illegal Home Search and Tasing by A Virginia federal jury awarded $62,000 to a man in a claim police officers illegally entered his home and tased him. Marcus Mial called police in 2010 after his wife grabbed a knife and threatened to harm ...
Anderson-Bey et al v. District of Columbia, DC, Opinion, 8th Am bus conditions, 2008 Case 1:00-cv-02000-RCL Document 112 Filed 12/11/2006 Page 1 of 22 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA KENNETH ANDERSON-BEY, et aL, ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) v. ) DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, et al. Civil ...
Brief • July 25, 2016
Burnette v. Fahey, VA, Plf Memo, parole denial based on original offense, 2010 Case 3: 10-cv-00070-REP Document 10 Filed 03/30/10 Page 1 of 10 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA RICHMOND DIVISION SHARON BURNETTE, et aI., Plaintiffs, v. HELEN F. FAHEY, in her capacity ...
Brief • July 19, 2016
Carr v. Hazelwood, VA, Complaint, sexual abuse female prisoner complaint, 2007 Case 7:07-cv-00001-jlk-mfu Document 49 Filed 05/14/2008 Page 1 of 4 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA Roanoke Division ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 7:07-CV-00001 ) ) ) ) ) SHERIL ...
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