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Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: Trust Accounts, Commissary
Stolen Credit Cards Laundered Through Global Tel*Link in Ohio Prisons by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Ohio State Highway Patrol, which investigates all manner of crimes in Ohio, launched an investigation in November 2016 into the use of stolen credit card numbers to fund commissary accounts in the state ...
Article • August 10, 2017
Filed under: Smoking, Commissary
Jails Market E-Cigarettes to Detainees to Generate Revenue by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson Prisons and jails across the country went tobacco-free years ago, to avoid second-hand smoke lawsuits and rising medical care costs. Now, impoverished jails are selling prisoners e- cigarettes, in hopes of profiting off their addiction. “Hope ...
Going to Prison in Texas in 2015 by William T. Habern by William T. Habern, David P. O’Neil, and Debra Bone Introduction For over 30 years our firm has represented offenders and their families in prison and parole administrative and legal issues. The first version of this article was published ...
Article • July 26, 2017
Filed under: Food, Commissary
Sentences that End with Food by Joe Watson by Joe Watson, Edible Baja Arizona The men at Tucson’s state prison get comfortable cooking Every Saturday afternoon, Matt Patton helps me escape from prison, 18 ounces at a time. He stops at my bunk inside this institutional warehouse and reaches into the ...
ACLU SoCal - Orange County Jails, 2017 JUNE 2017 A REPORT BY THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA JAILS PROJECT The authors of this report are Esther Lim, MSW and Daisy Ramirez, MSW. Contributing authors and researchers: David Colker, Ruth Dawson, Peter Eliasberg, Brendan Hamme, Tasha Hill and ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
Work Release Programs Reduce Recidivism in Louisiana – At a Cost by The Louisiana Department of Corrections (LDOC) Transitional Work Program has been having a positive effect on reducing recidivism in Louisiana, though it has not been without its faults and criticisms. A recent audit of the program called for ...
Article • January 3, 2017
Massachusetts DOC Fails to Spend Nearly $2 Million Surplus in Prisoner Benefit Funds by Christopher Zoukis A report compiled by a well-respected prisoner group indicates that while the Massachusetts Department of Corrections (DOC) is diligent in collecting profits from prisoners' commissary purchases, it has failed to spend those funds on ...
Report Finds Criminal Justice System Financially Overburdens Prisoners and Their Families by Christopher Zoukis The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a nonprofit focused on racial and economic policy, in conjunction with Forward Together and a dozen other community and civil rights organizations recently released a study which surveyed hardships ...
Prison Rodeos: A Bunch of Bull? by David Reutter Rarely does the public find anything entertaining about a person who has been convicted of a crime and sent to prison. That is not the case with prison rodeos, however, which draw people from all over the U.S. and even other ...
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 • August 23, 2016
Jail Employees Steal from Prisoner Fund in Small-Town Maine by After stealing more than $7,200 from a so-called "inmate benefits account," a county jail employee in small-town Maine snitched on a co-worker and implicated his boss in the scam before finally resigning himself. Capt. Robert Gross, 62, filed his letter ...
Article • July 29, 2016
Filed under: Discrimination, Commissary
Blind Vendors Have Priority in Tennessee Law; Law Applicable to Jails and Prisons by A Tennessee Court of Appeals held state law requires that blind vendors be given “priority in the establishment and operation of vending facilities on public property in this state.”  The holding affirms a trial court’s decision ...
Brief • July 19, 2016
Hopkins v. Flores, CA, Settlement, jail inmate welfare fund recovery, 2008 CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT This Class Aetion Settlement Agreement ("Settlement Agreement") i'; entered into by a elass of inmates of the Santa Clara County jails ("Inmate Class"), through Class Counsel, and Santa Clara County ("County") nle foregoing are refolwd ...
Brief • July 7, 2016
Hill V. BOP, CO, Settlement Agreement, Conditions for Trans Prisoners, 2015 THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. 13-cv-03404-MSK-NYW SCOTT HILL a/k/a SAMANTHA HILL Plaintiff, v. UNITED STATES BUREAU OF PRISONS, a United States agency, MICHAEL K. NALLEY, Regional Director, North Central Region, Bureau ...
Article • June 3, 2016 • from PLN June, 2016
Penal Servitude: A Reminder about the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment Exclusion Clause by by Charles Sullivan and Barbara Koeppel The U.S. Congress banned slavery in America 150 years ago on December 18, 1865 when the 13th Amendment became the law of the land (after a 250-year run). But it didn’t, ...
Brief • April 21, 2016
Filed under: Transfers, Commissary
Sample v. BOP, DC, Complaint, FOIA phones ITS transfers and commissary, 2008 Case 1:06-cv-00715-PLF Document 22 Filed 11/15/2006 Page 1 of 14 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BRANDON C. SAMPLE, § and § BERNARD SHAW, § v. § FEDERAL BUREAU OF ...
Brief • April 21, 2016
Filed under: Transfers, Commissary
Sample v. BOP, DC, Settlement, FOIA phones ITS transfers and commissary, 2008 Case 1:06-cv-00715-PLF Document 111 Filed 12/04/2008 Page 1 of 13 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA B~DON SAMPLE, ~ al. , ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) v. ) Civil Action No. 06-715 PLF ) Federal ...
Article • March 31, 2016
Iowa Court Effectively Bars Lifer From Spending Any Money While In Prison by Christopher Zoukis Tracey Richter, serving a life sentence at the Mitchellville women's prison in Iowa, learned in April 2014 that she faces a new punishment as to her 2001 murder conviction: a garnishment order from the state ...
Reproductive Health Care in Women’s Prisons “Painful” and “Traumatic” by Victoria Law By Victoria Law, Truthout It was Kim Dadou’s second day at New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. As part of the prison’s intake process, she was brought to the prison’s medical unit for a gynecological exam and pap smear. ...
Inmate Commissary Operations Policy - Metro-Davidson Co Detention Facility, CCA, 2006 POLICY TITLE Inmate/Resident Commissary Operations CHAPTER SIGNATURE ON FILE AT FACILITY SUPPORT CENTER David M. Garfinkle Vice President, Finance SIGNATURE ON FILE AT FACILITY SUPPORT CENTER Richard P. Seiter Executive Vice President/Chief Corrections Officer SIGNATURE ON FILE AT FACILITY ...
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