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Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World, by Baz Dreisinger by Matthew Clarke book review by Matt Clarke Incarceration Nations by Baz Dreisinger (Other Press, 2016). 325 pages, $19.00 (hardcover). When John Jay College of Criminal Justice Professor Baz Dreisinger began her two-year pilgrimage to prisons ...
PLN Interviews CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou by John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former counterterrorism consultant. He left the CIA in March 2004, later serving as a senior investigator on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior intelligence advisor ...
Article • April 1, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
From the Editor by Paul Wright by Paul Wright This month’s cover story, an interview with former CIA officer John Kiriakou, is part of our ongoing series of interviews with interesting people who have experience with the U.S. criminal justice system. The interview with John is around 8,000 words. A ...
Prison Legal News Interviews CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou - Full Interview by   Note: This is the full PLN interview with John Kiriakou; a shorter version was published as our April 2017 cover story, here. John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Filed under: Editorials
From the Editor by Paul Wright This issue’s cover story on release debit cards continues our coverage of this relatively recent phenomenon which exploits prisoners and arrestees by charging them fees to access their own money and all too often takes all or most of their funds when they are ...
Article • January 13, 2017
Analysis: Sen. Jeff Sessions’s Record on Criminal Justice by By Ames C. Grawert , Brennan Center for Justice This analysis provides a brief summary of Sen. Jeff Sessions’s past statements, votes, and practices relating to criminal justice. Specifically, this analysis finds that: Sen. Sessions opposes efforts to reduce unnecessarily long ...
After Prisons: A Supervisory State? by James Kilgore After Prison? Freedom, Decarceration and Justice Disinvesment By William G. Martin and Joshua Price (eds.) Lexington 2016 Reviewed by James Kilgore, Daily Kos After Prisons? is a remarkable book for several reasons.  First of all, it remains strong from start to finish.  Every ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
“Natural Causes Killed Victor: A Death in Solitary,” a folk opera by George Swanson (DVD, 55 minutes) by Lance Tapley Written by George Swanson, a folksinger and Episcopal priest, this unusual folk opera tells how Victor Valdez, a sickly, working-class immigrant from the Dominican Republic, died in 2009 in solitary ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
From the Editor by Paul Wright Welcome to the first issue of PLN for 2017. If you have not yet donated to our annual fundraiser, it is not too late to do so! All donations help, from the smallest to the largest. It is your donations that allow us to ...
Book Review: Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by Dr. Heather Ann Thompson (Pantheon Books, 2016). 752 pages, $24.00 (hardcover) Book review by Alan Mills Anyone who wants to ...
Article • November 7, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
From the Editor by Paul Wright By now everyone should have received our special fundraiser issue, which includes our 2015 annual report. We don’t get many visitors to our office in Lake Worth, Florida, and when we do reactions tend to fall into two categories when people realize we have ...
Article • October 3, 2016 • from PLN October, 2016
Filed under: Reviews, Habeas Corpus
Book Review: The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (2nd Edition) by Christopher Zoukis The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (2nd Edition), by Brandon Sample and Alissa Hull (PLN Publishing, 2016). 275 pages, $49.95 (softcover) Book review by Christopher Zoukis The much-anticipated second edition of The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright PLN has opposed the private prison industry since we began publishing in 1990; back then the industry was in its infancy, having started in 1983 in its modern incarnation. Besides the political and moral implications of farming out correctional functions to for-profit corporations, there ...
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 ...
Publication • August 23, 2016
Something Inside So Strong, USHRN, 2003 Labi Siffre, Something Inside So Strong This report is distributed by the U.S. Human Rights Network. To order additional copies or to download the report, visit the network website at: www.ushrnetwork.org SOMETHING INSIDE SO STRONG A R E S O U R C E ...
Publication • August 10, 2016
Legal Guide for INS Detainees, American Bar Association, (undated) Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice A LEGAL GUIDE FOR INS DETAINEES: ACTIONS BROUGHT AGAINST INS OR OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE OR LOSS American Bar Association Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice, and Pro Bono 740 15th Street, ...
Article • August 2, 2016 • from PLN August, 2016
Cell Workout, by L.J. Flanders (LC Books, 2015) by David Reutter 231 pages, $35.00 softcover Book review by David M. Reutter “In prison, people can discover new things and improve themselves in many ways; faith, fitness, a new language, education, skills and qualifications that may lead to job opportunities,” writes ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, co-founded by the Human Rights Defense Center, has led the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to curb some of the more egregious abuses of the prison telecom industry. It has also helped focus increased attention from all sources, including ...
Publication • July 26, 2016
How to Win Prison Disciplinary Hearings, Parmelee, 1996 The Only SelfDefense Manual for Sate & ederal Prisoners Ofli ing P oven Methods That Wor By e Dear Readers: I am sure you may "be noticing some content and fonnat changes in this manual compared to others previously shipped. The reason ...
Petitions of Salih et al, MD, Pet Joint Reply to Memo, DOC ban on media interviews with prisoners, 2013.pdf PETITION OF * ROBERT MORGAN,# 273-810 * CIRCUIT COURT FOR FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THE DECISION OF THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES * ANNE ARUNDEL ...
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