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Washington State Prisoner Settles Mailroom/Public Records Lawsuit for $750 by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On September 25, 2016, the state of Washington finalized a settlement agreement with a prisoner who had sued for public records act violations and for improper prison mail rejections. The parties agreed to a $750 ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
HRDC Sues Kitsap County, Washington over Debit Release Cards by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna A lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed on October 20, 2017 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Washington, complaining of excessive and predatory fees imposed on prisoners who receive debit cards containing funds from their ...
Brief • December 4, 2017
Bango v Pierce County, WA, Complaint, Psych Treatment Withheld, 2017 Case 3:17-cv-06002 Document 1 Filed 12/04/17 Page 1 of 38 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA 7 8 9 DONALD BANGO and SCOTT BAILEY, individually and on behalf ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Filed under: Prison Labor
Concern over Use of Prisoners to Clear Homeless Camps in Washington, Oregon by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In November 2016, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Seattle, Washington adopted a resolution calling on the city to stop using state Department of Corrections (DOC) work crews to clean up homeless ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Washington State Pays $6.5 million to Family of Diabetic Prisoner Who Died by In April 2015, a jury in Spokane, Washington awarded $8 million to the family of a 57-year-old prisoner described as a “brittle diabetic” who was allowed to die when state prison guards, rather than seeking medical attention, ...
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Washington Supreme Court Reverses Prisoner’s Parental Termination Order by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In January 26, 2017, a divided Washington Supreme Court held that a trial court could not terminate the parental rights of an incarcerated father without considering the facts of his incarceration as required by legislative amendments ...
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 ...
C.S. v. King County, WA, Not Convicted Juveniles in Solitary Case 2:17-cv-01560-JCC Document 2 Filed 10/23/17 Page 1 of 38 1 DISTRICT JUDGE JOHN C. COUGHENOUR 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 7 8 9 10 11 C.S., a minor, by ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Filed under: Discrimination, Advocacy
Seattle Council Approves Protections for Renters with Criminal Records by Nathalie Graham by Nathalie Graham, Seattle Weekly Fifteen months in prison, three years of probation. A $30,000 fine. Sue Mason paid her debt to society long ago – 14 years, to be exact – yet, it feels like she’s still ...
Article • September 13, 2017
Naturalized U.S. Citizen Receives $400,000 after Being Illegally Held by ICE for 71 Months by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton Rennison Vern Castillo served honorably in the United States Army. He received the National Defense Service Medal and an Army Service Ribbon. While serving the country, Castillo was sworn in ...
Article • September 12, 2017
Washington Court of Appeals Holds No Duty of Protection Owed By DOC to Felon Under Community Supervision by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On February 14, 2017, Division Three of the Washington State Court of Appeals held in a 2-1 ruling that the Department of Corrections (DOC) was not liable ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: Private Prisons, Advocacy
No Private Prisons in King County, Washington by On August 14, 2017, the King County Council in Washington State voted 8-1 to pass an ordinance prohibiting the county from contracting with private prison companies. The county does not currently use for-profit prisons and has contingency arrangements with other counties should ...
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 • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Washington State Mental Health Agency Held in Contempt; $14 Million in Fines Levied by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington has held the state’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in contempt in a class-action lawsuit. The contempt order was ...
Brief • July 20, 2017
Thomas v. Cannon, WA, Complaint, Wrongful Death Sniper, 2015 Case 3:15-cv-05346 Document 1 Filed 05/22/15 Page 1 of 17 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA 7 8 9 FREDRICK and ANNALESA THOMAS; and JO-HANNA READ, as Guardian ad Litem of ...
Brief • July 20, 2017
Thomas v. Cannon, WA, Verdict, Wrongful Death Sniper, 2017 Case 3:15-cv-05346-BJR Document 237 Filed 07/14/17 Page 1 of 14 Honorable Barbara J. Rothstein UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE FREDRICK and ANNALESA THOMAS; and JO-HANNA READ, as Guardian ad Litem of E.T., a minor, Plaintiffs, v. ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Filed under: Escapes
Washington: Sentence for Escape Conviction Can Only be Enhanced by Other Escapes by Division III of the Washington State Court of Appeals held on June 21, 2016 that a sentence for a conviction of “escape from community custody” may only be enhanced or increased by other escape convictions. Washington state ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Is Risk Prediction Real Criminal Justice Reform or Junk Science? by Joe Watson by Joe Watson With its criminal justice system bursting at the seams, one state has decided to take a controversial step to alleviate the pressure. In 2015, Pennsylvania officials indicated the state would become the first in ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Filed under: Juveniles
Washington State Leads the Nation in Jailing Juvenile Status Offenders by More than two decades have passed since the murder of 13-year-old runaway Rebecca Hedman spurred Washington State lawmakers to pass a bill allowing judges to send at-risk children to juvenile detention centers. But implementation of the “Becca Bill” has ...
Brief • June 29, 2017
Powell v. Barnes, WA, Amended Complaint, Failure to Protect, 2017 Case 2:16-cv-00352-JLR Document 41 Filed 01/10/17 Page 1 of 32 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR ...
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