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Arkansas Prisoner’s Parental Rights Terminated by The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed the termination of a prisoner’s parental rights. George Blumley was in prison on October 7, 2012, when the biological mother of his nine year old son, G.B., was arrested on several charges relative to a domestic violence incident.  The ...
Face-to-Face Family Visits Return to Some Jails by By Mindy Fetterman, Stateline The jailhouse scene from 2014 remains vivid in Rebecca Shlafer’s mind. A 3-year-old girl came to the Washington County Jail in Stillwater, Minnesota, to see her dad. “She ran down the hall, jumped up in a chair and ...
ICE Bans Crayons in Family Detention Center Visiting Area by Prisoners who cause property damage in correctional facilities often receive swift punishment. It was no different for the very young prisoners held in one of the United States’ most controversial detention centers. Housed with their immigrant mothers in the GEO ...
Legacy of Mass Incarceration: Parental Incarceration Impacts One in Fourteen Children by Christopher Zoukis A recent study by the research firm Child Trends revealed a stunning consequence of our nation’s policy and practice of mass incarceration: one out of every fourteen children in the U.S. has a parent who is ...
This cruel new policy makes it near impossible for kids to see their incarcerated parents by By Dana Bazelon, Vox Unless you are an attorney, it requires a great deal of effort and some organization to visit someone in prison. You have to want it. There are forms to be signed ...
Dear Librarian: Filling the Information Gap for Prisoners with No Internet Access by Christopher Zoukis For most Americans, life without Google or Wikipedia would be quite different, and living without Internet access probably unimaginable. One might ask, “How would I obtain the information I need to live my life?” Yet ...
Child Support Relief Coming for Incarcerated Parents by In the last days of the Obama administration, regulators quietly ease the child support burden on parents in prison. by Eli Hager, The Marshall Project Squeezing in an executive action just a month before president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, on December 20, 2016 ...
ICE Deportations Peaked in FY 2012, Declined from 2013 to 2015 by Derek Gilna Despite the fact that the Obama administration has deported more people than any other president in U.S. history, in 2015 the number of deportations conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reached a low not seen ...
Oregon Prison Parenting Program Dramatically Reduces Recidivism by Mark Wilson Oregon prisoners who complete a parenting program are significantly less likely to engage in criminal behavior and substance abuse after release, a long-term study found. More than half of America’s 2.3 million prisoners have children under the age of 18 ...
Video Visitation Companies Try to Stop In-Person Visitation at Texas Jails by Matthew Clarke In one of the latest attempts to squeeze money out of those least able to afford it, companies that specialize in providing phone and video visitation services to prisoners in Texas jails on a local monopolistic ...
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Conviction for Contacting Victim by Lonnie Burton On April 27, 2016, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the conviction of a Texas state prisoner for Improper Contact with a Victim. David Schlittler was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of his five-year-old stepdaughter. He ...
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 27, 2016
Missouri Court of Appeals Upholds Termination of Prisoner's Parental Rights by Matthew Clarke B.E.G. (Father) appealed the termination of parental rights to two minor children whom he sexually abused. The court of appeals affirmed. Because he pled guilty to child molestation, Father was prohibited by section 211.038 R.S. Mo. from ...
Article • October 25, 2016
Fact of Incarceration May Be Used Against Father in Maine Parental Rights Termination Proceeding by Lonnie Burton The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled on August 30, 2016, that a parent's incarceration may be used as a factor by a court in parental rights termination cases. The ruling affirmed a lower ...
Studies Suggest Parental Incarceration is More Damaging to Children than Death of a Parent by Christopher Zoukis A study published in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior found much higher rates of significant health and behavioral problems among children of incarcerated parents as opposed ...
GA: Calls for Better Prenatal Care in Jails After Pregnant Mom Loses Baby by A recent lawsuit filed against Clayton County, Georgia, and Sheriff Kem Kimbrough has prompted human rights organizations and Georgia lawmakers to clamor for set guidelines for county jails across the state regarding the proper treatment of ...
New Study Debunks Common Beliefs of Children of Incarcerated Parents by Christopher Zoukis A study released by the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, and in conjunction with the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated, debunks commonly cited statistics concerning children with incarcerated parents, calling the ...
Poor Parents Fail to Pay Child Support, Go to Jail by Matthew Clarke Child support is an enormous issue in the United States. In August 2015, Mark Greenberg, the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright A lot has been written about mass incarceration and the role drug laws have played in boosting the nation’s prison and jail population. While it is intuitive to expect prisoners to be accused or convicted of criminal offenses, the reality is that tens of ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Texas Court of Appeals Upholds Termination of Prisoner's Parental Rights by The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of parents identified with the pseudonyms Joseph and Katherine to one-year-old Jasmine. During a termination hearing, evidence showed that Katherine was addicted to ...
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