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Article • January 3, 2017
New Federal Study Shows Half of Incarcerated Veterans Have Mental Disorder by Christopher Zoukis A report compiled by a well-respected prisoner group indicates that while the Massachusetts Department of Corrections is diligent in collecting profits from prisoners' commissary purchases, it has failed to spend those funds on prisoner benefit purchases, ...
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 ...
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 ...
Article • February 3, 2016 • from PLN February, 2016
Union Supply Overcharges Sales Tax on Holiday Packages for TN Prisoners by Once a year, the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) allows prisoners and their family members to order special holiday packages, consisting mainly of snacks, candy and other food items. The holiday packages can include items totaling up to ...
Article • January 7, 2016
Filed under: Commissary
Audit Criticizes Financial Management of Nassau County Jail Commissary by Derek Gilna An audit performed by the Nassau County, New York Comptroller’s Office, following the standards of the New York State Commission of Corrections, or NYSCOC, and pursuant to state law, has criticized the financial management of the county’s jail ...
Brief • November 4, 2015
Adams v. Benton County Sheriff, AR. Amended Complaint, Jail Debit Card Kickbacks, 2013 Case 5:13-cv-05074-PKH Document 18 Filed 06/14/13 Page 1 of 15 PageID #: 104 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS FAYETTEVILLE DIVISION YVES EUGENE ADAMS, CESAR REYES, PAM PHILPOTT, BRANDON PHILPOTT, individually and on ...
Article • August 28, 2015 • from PLN September, 2015
Corporations You’ve Never Heard of are Making Millions from Mass Incarceration by James Kilgore By James Kilgore, Truthout Likely the most well-known prison profiteers in the United States are the Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group. Between them, these two firms pulled in about $3.3 billion last year running ...
Article • May 24, 2015
Prison Hobby Shop Surcharge Upheld By California Court by Prison Hobby Shop Surcharge Upheld By California Court A California appellate court has upheld a ten percent surcharge imposed on the sale of prison inmates' hobby craft items, overturning a superior court order which held it to be unconstitutional. The case ...
Article • January 11, 2015
Filed under: Trust Accounts, Commissary
CA Prison Canteen Price-Gouging Case Dismissed by CA Prison Canteen Price-Gouging Case Dismissed The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has dismissed a class action lawsuit brought by state prisoners alleging that prison officials unfairly raised canteen prices to make up for money lost in an earlier ...
Article • January 10, 2015 • from PLN January, 2015
Filed under: Trust Accounts, Commissary
Investigation Finds that Money Stolen from Oregon Prison Wasn’t Really Stolen by Joe Watson Investigation Finds that Money Stolen from Oregon Prison Wasn’t Really Stolen by Joe Watson An Oregon State Police investigation has revealed that money believed stolen from the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) was actually right where ...
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