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Article • December 11, 2017
$4,000 to Subject of Esquire article "The Tunnel" in Retaliation Lawsuit against Michigan Prison Officials by Lonnie Burton
Brief • December 11, 2017
Parker v. City of New York, NY, Memo and Order, Solitary Confinement Case 1:15-cv-06733-CLP Document 58 Filed 12/11/17 Page 1 of 26 PageID #: 295 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK -------------------------------------------------------------X ROY PARKER et al. on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, MEMORANDUM ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Study Tracks Decline in Use of Solitary Confinement as Reform Bill Stalls in U.S. Senate by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton A November 2016 report found that 67,000 prisoners were held in restrictive housing throughout the United States – also known as solitary confinement or segregation – in both state ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
New York Jail Agrees to End Solitary Confinement of Juveniles by Matthew Clarke, Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna and Matt Clarke Jail officials in Syracuse, New York have agreed to end solitary confinement for 16- and 17-year-old juvenile offenders held at the Onondaga County Justice Center under the terms of ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Massachusetts: Reform Legislation Introduced after Study on Solitary Confinement Published by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton A “white paper” published in November 2016 by Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts (PLSM) found that while the use of solitary confinement in the state was widespread, it did not produce provable cost-effectiveness or ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Prisoners in Solitary Confinement Benefit from Nature Videos, Study Shows by Monte McCoin by Monte McCoin Researchers have found that prisoners considered the highest security risks were less stressed and less violent after watching videos with nature scenes than those who did not. Ecologist Nalini Nadkarni at the University of ...
Publication • November 28, 2017
Mental Health Consequences Following Release from Long-Term Solitary Confinement in California Mental Health Consequences Following Release from Long-Term Solitary Confinement in California Consultative Report Prepared for the Center for Constitutional Rights Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Lab, Stanford University Table of Contents Executive Summary 2 Introduction 4 Methodology 4 ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Lawsuit Over 22 Years of Continuous Segregation Reinstated by Second Circuit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On January 24, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a ruling by a New York federal district court that dismissed a lawsuit brought by a prisoner who had challenged ...
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
DOJ Applauds Pennsylvania’s Commitment to Treatment for Mentally Ill Prisoners by David Reutter by David M. Reutter The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has ended its investigation into the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ (PDOC) use of solitary confinement for prisoners with serious mental illness or intellectual disabilities (SMI/ID). PLN reported ...
C.S. v. King County, WA, Not Convicted Juveniles in Solitary Case 2:17-cv-01560-JCC Document 2 Filed 10/23/17 Page 1 of 38 1 DISTRICT JUDGE JOHN C. COUGHENOUR 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 7 8 9 10 11 C.S., a minor, by ...
Article • September 7, 2017
Filed under: Control Units
Maine Judge Rules Prisoner's Nearly Two-Year Stay in Segregation Without Explanation Defies Due Process, Orders Hearing on Damages by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On March 23, 2015, Kennebec, Maine, Superior Court Justice M. Michaels Murphy found in favor of a state prisoner who claimed prison officials violated his due ...
Article • September 1, 2017
Eighth Circuit: Pepper Spraying Prisoner's Genitals Not Excessive Force by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has affirmed a district court's finding that a Missouri prison guard did not use excessive force when he pepper sprayed a prisoner four times, including ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Opening the Door by Jean Casella and Aviva Stahl by Jean Casella and Aviva Stahl, Solitary Watch What will it take to end long-term solitary confinement in America’s prisons? Colorado could be the first to find out. For 13 of his 22 years in prison, Cero Smith spent 23 hours ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Federal Court Approves Landmark BOP ADX Mental Health Settlement by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Following a two-day hearing, Colorado federal district court judge Richard P. Matsch approved a landmark settlement in December 2016 that ended a five-year class-action lawsuit over the horrendous mistreatment of mentally ill prisoners. As a ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: Control Units, PLN related
From the Editor by Paul Wright by Paul Wright The past 40 years have seen a massive rise in the use of solitary confinement throughout the United States as a means of psychological torture to destroy people. As federal courts enjoined official means of physical torture (prisoners were being flogged ...
Article • August 22, 2017
New York Appeals Court Finds Prisoner Improperly Denied Witnesses at Disciplinary Hearing, Yet Denies Relief by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On September 30, 2016, a New York appellate court upheld the dismissal of a state prisoner's claim that he was unlawfully confined following a guilty finding at a prison ...
Brief • August 11, 2017
Parker v. City of New York, NY, Solitary Confinement, Stipulation EXHIBIT 1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK ----------------------------------------------------x ROY PARKER; RAJAB ASEP, CHRISTOPHER CHANDLER, JAMAL COLEMAN; ALLANA DIXON; CHAUNCEY MIRANDA; and CESAR RIVERA, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, 15 Civ. 06733 (JBW) ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Fourth Circuit Clarifies Rights of Pretrial Detainees; $35,000 Settlement on Remand by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals released an important decision concerning the rights of pretrial detainees on November 7, 2016. The case involved allegations of unconstitutional conduct by authorities at the New Hanover ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Disability Rights Group Slams Mental Health Program at New York State Prison by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Disability Rights New York (DRNY), the state’s Protection & Advocacy group, which has a federal mandate to advocate for people with disabilities, issued a lengthy report critical of the treatment of prisoners ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
$6,500 Settlement after Ninth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment in Retaliatory Ad-seg Case by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On October 26, 2016, the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal of a suit filed by a California prisoner who claimed prison officials had wrongly punished him for reporting staff misconduct. ...
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