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Publication • November 17, 2017
Demographic Differences in Sentencing, an Update Demographic Differences in Sentencing: An Update to the 2012 Booker Report UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION United States Sentencing Commission One Columbus Circle, N.E. Washington, DC 20002 www.ussc.gov William H. Pryor, Jr. Acting Chair Rachel E. Barkow Commissioner Charles R. Breyer Commissioner Danny C. Reeves ...
Publication • November 17, 2017
Filed under: War on Drugs
Congress Should Press Philippines to Stop the Extrajudicial Drug War Killings Since the Philippines escalated its "drug war" in June of last year, over 3,900 people have been killed in anti-drug operations1, with nearly 2,300 more drug-related murders2 and thousands still "unexplained,"3 according to police reports. Estimates by media and ...
State Bar of Texas Pursuing Disciplinary Action against Prosecutor Who Lied about Deals with Jailhouse Informants in Capital Case by Richard Resch by Richard Resch In September 25, 2017, the State Bar of Texas filed a disciplinary action against former Harris County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth A. Exley. She is ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Filed under: Crime, War on Drugs, Telephones
Georgia Prison Contraband Investigation Nets 130 Arrests, Guilty Pleas by David Reutter by David M. Reutter About 130 people have been arrested following a joint two-year investigation by the FBI and the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDOC). Indictments for 75 of the arrestees were announced in September 2015; another 46 ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Obama Publishes Commentary on Criminal Justice Reform in Harvard Law Review by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Barack Obama made history by becoming the first president to contribute to legal scholarship by having an article published in a law journal while in office. The article, titled “The President’s Role in ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Victim-centered Sexual Abuse Investigations Abandon Concept of Neutrality by David Reutter by David Reutter Criminal justice reform advocates are pushing back against a new trend to “always believe the victim” in sexual assault cases, which has given rise to “victim-centered and offender-focused” investigations. The victim-centric trend has led to a ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Study Shows “Ban-the-Box” Policies May Result in Racial Bias by Employers by David Reutter by David Reutter Increasingly, criminal justice reformers are pushing for “ban-the-box” policies, ordinances and statutes, which are intended to eliminate from job applications the box that asks, “Have you been convicted of a felony?” [See: PLN, ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Eleventh Circuit: Florida Prisoners Must be Provided Kosher Meals by David Reutter by David Reutter The Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) must provide prisoners with the option of receiving kosher meals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held in affirming a district court’s grant of summary judgment and a permanent ...
Profiting Off Mass Incarceration: Detroit Pistons Owner Buys Private Prison Phone Company by Brian Dolinar by Brian Dolinar, Truthout The election of Donald Trump has already given an economic boost to those profiting from mass incarceration. The stock prices of the two biggest private prison builders – CoreCivic (formerly Corrections ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Louisiana Corrections Secretary: More Private Prisons Won’t Save Money by Privatizing more prisons will not save Louisiana money now or in the long run, according to the state’s Public Safety and Corrections Secretary, Jimmy LeBlanc. LeBlanc is opposed to House Concurrent Resolution 30, proposed by state Rep. Jack McFarland, which ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Compensation for Wrongful Convictions in Massachusetts Not Easily Obtained by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Kevin O'Loughlin was wrongfully convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl in 1983. He spent almost four years in prison, where he endured multiple assaults – all for a crime he did not commit. Then a ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Environmental Protection Agency Finally Recognizes Prisons in Screening Tool by Panagioti Tsolkas by Panagioti Tsolkas Two years ago, the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), which publishes Prison Legal News, introduced the concept of prison environmentalism, building off the work of jailhouse lawyers, scholars and activists around the country. On many ...
Correctional Health Report Suppressed by Bush Administration Finally Released by A "prophetic" U.S. Surgeon General's report that warned of a coming crisis with mentally ill prisoners and prison health care in general, suppressed by the Bush administration, was only released in mid-2016. The 2006 document, titled “The Surgeon General: Call ...
Electronic Monitoring Becomes More Widespread, but Problems Persist by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna, Christopher Zoukis The use of wearable electronic tracking devices for defendants and people on community supervision has risen sharply over the past decade. Cash-strapped municipalities like the reduced cost, which is much lower than a prison ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Filed under: Statistics/Trends, Tattoos
Tattoo Recognition: Law Enforcement’s Newest Identification Tool by David Reutter by David Reutter New technology is giving law enforcement agencies the ability to identify people by taking a photo of their tattoos; it can also group people with others who have the same type of body art. Federal researchers at ...
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 ...
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