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Article • September 6, 2017
Judicial Watch Not Entitled to Internal Department of Defense Memo In Bowe Bergdahl Case, D.C. Circuit Court Rules by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On February 7, 2017, a three-judge panel sitting in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed a ruling of the D.C. District Court ...
Article • September 1, 2017
Second Circuit Rules Against American Civil Liberties Union on Drone Strike FOIA Request by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in which the American Civil Liberties Union requested documents from several government ...
Mississippi Closes Troubled Former Youth Prison by Citing budgetary cuts, the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) finally closed the troubled, privately-operated Walnut Grove Correctional Facility (WGCF) on September 15, 2016. As previously reported in PLN, Walnut Grove had been under a federal consent decree since 2012 over allegations of guards ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Denver Man, Accused of Rape Due to Mishandled DNA, Has Lawsuit Dismissed by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Shawnnon Hale, 24, wrongful accused of felony rape and jailed for 61 days, was released from custody in Denver, Colorado in early 2015 when the police crime lab acknowledged it had mislabeled ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: Statistics/Trends
BJS Studies Show Number of Prisoners, Probationers Continues to Drop Slightly by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has published three new studies based on calendar year 2015 data, with one indicating the total number of prisoners nationwide declined to the lowest level since ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Almost 270 Die in Pre-trial Detention in Canadian Jails in Last Five Years by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna According to data gathered by the Reuters news agency, which culled records from various Canadian provincial governments, almost 270 prisoners awaiting trial have died over the past five years. Apparently pretrial ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Ohio State Criminal Convictions Threatened by Evidence Technician’s Misconduct by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Recent court filings make it clear that G. Michele Yezzo, an evidence technician for 33 years with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), had a long history of behavioral problems that ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Brennan Center Asks: “How Many Americans Are Unnecessarily Incarcerated?” by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna After three years of research, the highly-respected, non-partisan Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law published an extensive report in December 2016 which concluded that while “mass incarceration has emerged as ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Surgeon General’s Report: Substance Abuse Continues to Grow in America by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna A new report from the federal government documents what many already know: that the problem of substance abuse addiction continues to expand, now affecting an estimated 20.8 million Americans. That’s more than the total ...
Publication • August 2, 2017
Vera Institute of Justice - The Prison Paradox, 2017 Vera Evidence Brief For the Record The Prison Paradox: More Incarceration Will Not Make Us Safer Don Stemen, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Loyola University Chicago; Member, Vera Research Advisory Board July 2017 Summary* to property crime. Research consistently shows ...
Publication • August 1, 2017
Physicians for Human Rights - Neither Justice Nor Treatment, 2017 Physicians for Human Rights Neither Justice Nor Treatment Drug Courts in the United States June 2017 There are more than 3,100 drug courts operating in the United States. But while the courts’ proponents say they reduce recidivism for people with ...
Banks Profit from Loans to Private Prison Industry by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), now known as CoreCivic, and GEO Group (GEO), the two largest private prison companies, are major profit-generators for six U.S. banks – Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, BNP Paribas, SunTrust, U.S. ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Filed under: Conspiracy
Florida: Trio of Con Artists Sentenced in Rule 35 Sentence Reduction Scam by Friends and relatives of at least 22 federal prisoners in Miami-Dade County and elsewhere paid  $4.4 million to a trio of con artists who promised sentence reductions in exchange for fees. Alvin James Warrick, 40, Colitha Patrice ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Use of Electronic Monitoring Skyrockets by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis A study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, released on September 7, 2016, revealed that the number of accused and convicted offenders required to wear some kind of electronic monitoring device has increased nearly 140 percent in the last decade. ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Unlikely Criminal Justice Reform: How New York City Reduced Arrests and Slashed Prisoner Populations by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In what has been described as a "remarkable reversal of mass incarceration,” a newly-published report by Justice Strategies credited the New York Police Department (NYPD) for a massive decline in ...
Private Prison Firms Spend Billions of Taxpayer Dollars Acquiring Other Companies by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis A fact sheet compiled by In the Public Interest (ITPI), a public policy research organization, indicates that Corrections Corporation of America – CCA, now known as CoreCivic – and the GEO Group, the ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Policing for Profit: Law Enforcement Agencies Abuse Civil Asset Forfeiture by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke While crime may not pay, policing can be very profitable when law enforcement agencies are allowed to seize assets not only from criminals but also people merely suspected of breaking the law. No criminal ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Incarceration Numbers Falling, Especially for Blacks by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the imprisonment rate for blacks is declining and has been doing so for many years. But the BJS data also indicates that the trend is headed in the opposite ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Ohio Closes Prison Farms, Auctions Equipment, Plans to Sell Farmland by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On April 13, 2016, Gary Mohr, Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), announced plans to phase out farming operations at all ten of the state’s prison farms, and sell around ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Filed under: Informants, Bail Bonds
Federal Jailhouse Snitch Testifies Against Former Prison Doctor at Bond Hearing by David Reutter by David Reutter             Federal prosecutors used the testimony of a jailhouse snitch at a bond hearing to argue a doctor charged with tax evasion and fraud should be denied bond because ...
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