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Article • January 12, 2017
Chain Gang 2.0: If You Can’t Afford This GPS Ankle Bracelet, You Get Thrown In Jail by Eric Markowitz by Eric Markowitz, International Business Times On a recent broiling August day, Antonio Green, an out-of-work construction worker, sat in his living room, a folder full of receipts open across his legs. ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Michigan: Contract for Prisoner Legal Writer Program Results in Controversy by A contract between the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) and a law firm hired to train and oversee prisoner legal writers drew controversy last year before it was rebid. The “legal writer” program was created pursuant to a 1996 ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Rundown on California Propositions 57 and 64 by Kent A. Russell by Kent A. Russell, Esq. In the November 2016 elections, California voters enacted Propositions 57 and 64, two new laws that will potentially benefit thousands of prisoners and scores of prior marijuana offenders. Prop 57 makes most non-violent prisoners ...
Model Mental Health Care Diversion System Started by Miami Judge by David Reutter Thanks to the efforts of Florida Eleventh Circuit Court Judge Steve Leifman, Miami-Dade County is leading the way in how police and the courts deal with the mentally ill. As PLN has reported over the years, jails ...
Report Finds Charging Criminal Justice Fees Perpetuates Mass Incarceration by Matthew Clarke The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law released a report in May 2015 titled, “Charging Inmates Perpetuates Mass Incarceration.” Mass incarceration refers to the fact that the United States, which has around 5% ...
Dear Librarian: Filling the Information Gap for Prisoners with No Internet Access by Christopher Zoukis For most Americans, life without Google or Wikipedia would be quite different, and living without Internet access probably unimaginable. One might ask, “How would I obtain the information I need to live my life?” Yet ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Ninth Circuit Vacates Generalized Order to Shackle Pretrial Defendants, En Banc Review Granted by The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held in August 2015 that a full restraint policy imposed on pretrial detainees in non-jury proceedings “ought to be justified by a commensurate need.” Before the Court were the consolidated ...
Child Support Relief Coming for Incarcerated Parents by In the last days of the Obama administration, regulators quietly ease the child support burden on parents in prison. by Eli Hager, The Marshall Project Squeezing in an executive action just a month before president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, on December 20, 2016 ...
Publication • December 30, 2016
CA Government Code Section 27706 g, CDCR, undated Michael Bien of Rosen Bien and Jim Egar, Chief Public Defender of Monterey County, worked together to investigate and then to successfully litigate a class action challenging medical, mental health, corrections, dental and ADA issues at the Jail. The Public Defender's Office ...
Charging the Poor - Criminal Justice Debt & Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons, Sobol, 2016 Legal Studies Research Paper Series Research Paper No. 16–09 Charging the Poor: Criminal Justice Debt & Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons Neil L. Sobol This paper can be downloaded without charge from the Social Science Research Network Electronic Paper ...
Publication • December 29, 2016
Filed under: Indigent Defense
Administrative Order - Appointment of Counsel for Indigent Defendants in Criminal Cases and Minimum Standards for Indigent Criminal Defense Services, MI Supreme Court, 2016 Order Michigan Supreme Court Lansing, Michigan Robert P. Young, Jr., June 1, 2016 Chief Justice ADM File No. 2015-27 Administrative Order No. 2016-2 Regulations Governing a ...
Publication • December 29, 2016
Advising Criminal Defendants on Civil Claims for Police Misconduct, Law Offices of John Burton, 2004 THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN BURTON 414 S O U T H M A R E N G O A V E N U E PASA DENA , CALIFORNIA 91101 Telephone: (626) 449-8300 F a ...
Bail Fail - Why the U.S. Should End the Practice of Using Money for Bail, JPI, 2012 BAIL FAIL: Why the U.S. Should End the Practice of USING Money for BaiL JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE | SEPTEMBER 2012 2 justice policy institute CONTENTS 3 PART 1: INTRODUCTION 5 PART 2: BACKGROUND ...
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 ...
Ferguson, Missouri Under Fire for Revenue-based Criminal Justice System by Christopher Zoukis Following 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri ignited by the killing of an unarmed black youth by a white police officer, some local law enforcement practices have been changed. The reforms were spurred, in large part, by a U.S. ...
New Study Documents Lower Pre-arrest Incomes for Prisoners by Derek Gilna A study released last year, prepared by the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI), documented what most criminal justice experts have long suspected – that offenders’ pre-arrest incomes are significantly lower than the incomes of people who are not incarcerated. Interestingly, ...
Article • December 7, 2016 • from PLN December, 2016
Missouri Governor Doesn’t Have to Serve as Public Defender by In a letter dated August 2, 2016, the director of Missouri’s Public Defender System called for Governor Jay Nixon – a licensed lawyer who was a four-term Attorney General before being elected governor – to represent an indigent defendant in ...
Prominent Texas Capital Defense Attorney Suspended for a Year by David Dow has near-legendary status among death penalty attorneys in Texas. He works pro bono for clients whose lives literally depend on him; he takes their cases after they arrive on death row, often seeking to right the wrongs committed ...
Publication • December 1, 2016
Filed under: Court Access, Judiciary
New Politics of Judicial Elections, Justice at Stake, 2006 THE NEW POLITICS OF JUDICIAL ELECTIONS 2006 How 2006 Was the Most Threatening Year Yet to the Fairness and Impartiality of Our Courts—and How Americans are Fighting Back by James Sample and Lauren Jones Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School ...
Extended Sentence by The formerly incarcerated are facing crippling prison debt when they get out, and it needs to stop. By Larry Schwartztol and Abby Shafroth, Slate When David Silva returned in 2006 from serving 38 months in New Jersey state prison for offenses related to his substance abuse, he faced more than ...
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