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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 ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright Over the years PLN has reported extensively on the ACA and NCCHC, and the “accreditation” scams they run using taxpayer money to promote mass incarceration and the prison industry. They are not alone; many other groups like the American Jail Association and National Sheriffs’ ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright Criminologist Jonathan Simon refers to prisons as human toxic waste dumps where the ruling class dumps its human waste: out of sight and out of mind. Sadly, toxic waste is not just a literary analogy when discussing American prisons and jails. As PLN has ...
Article • March 1, 2016
“My Words Are Dangerous”: An Interview with Christopher Zoukis by Aviva Stahl By Aviva Stahl While there has been a lot of interest in recent years in journalism about prisons and the criminal justice system, less well known is the journalism being done by prisoners themselves. From the San Quentin News in ...
Publication • February 16, 2016
Report on the Human Rights Situation in the US, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2012 MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION REPORT ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Moscow, 2012 Contents Introduction…………………………………………………………………… 3 U.S. participation in the international treaties and conventions on human ...
Publication • February 16, 2016
Nation Behind Bars - A Human Rights Solution, Human Rights Watch, 2014 H U M A N R I G H T S W A T C H NATION BEHIND BARS A HUMAN RIGHTS SOLUTION NATION BEHIND BARS A HUMAN RIGHTS SOLUTION Introduction.......................................................................................................................................3 Background: Rates of Incarceration and Basic Criminal ...
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