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Article • December 7, 2017
Alabama Prisoner Convicted of Kidnapping Minor Can be Labeled as Sex Offender by David Reutter The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that an Alabama prisoner failed to state a claim against the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), when he alleged that its application of a 2011 sex offender (S.O.) ...
Article • December 7, 2017
$5,000 to Conn. Prisoner in Retaliation Lawsuit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On April 24, 2014, a Connecticut state prisoner and the Connecticut Department of Corrections (DOC) agreed to settle a claim brought by the prisoner which alleged that he was terminated from his prison job after he filed ...
Article • December 7, 2017
Filed under: Discrimination
Rhode Island Settles Prison Hiring Civil Rights Suit with United States by Lonnie Burton By Lonnie Burton On April 24, 2017, the state of Rhode Island and attorneys for the United States Department of Justice (D0J) reached a settlement agreement in a three year old lawsuit over discriminatory hiring practices ...
Article • December 7, 2017
Self-serving Affidavits Ruled Admissible in Discrimination Suit by The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal district court's summary judgment granted to Indiana's Whitley County Sheriff's Office in a racial discrimination suit. The court found that the district court erroneously applied the "common actor" provision to grant summary judgment, ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Filed under: Gang Policies
Prison Tattoos Tell a Story by David Reutter by David M. Reutter Tattoos are virtually a rite of prison passage, and the designs, where they are placed and what they signify often have more meaning than just self-expressive body ink. Once considered taboo, tattoos have gained wider acceptance in today’s ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Most Black “Neighborhoods” in Wisconsin are Actually Jails, Prisons by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis A 17-year-old has made a startling discovery about Wisconsin: more than half of the state’s black “neighborhoods” are actually jails. The young researcher, Lew Blank, used the Weldon Cooper Center’s Racial Dot Map and Google ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Missouri DOC Director Replaced after String of Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuits by After eight years on the job, Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) director George Lombardi submitted a letter of resignation to then-Governor Jay Nixon on December 14, 2016. Lombardi, who spent over 31 years in corrections, agreed to resign ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Louisiana Death Sentence Reversed, Charges Dismissed, Lawsuit Filed by David Reutter by David M. Reutter Following the reversal of his homicide conviction by the Louisiana Supreme Court in November 2016, death row prisoner Rodricus Crawford, 29, was released on $50,000 bond after serving three years in prison. A new prosecutor ...
Prisoners and Disabilities: The Legal Landscape by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Incarceration in a state or federal prison is bad. Incarceration in a state or federal prison while disabled is much worse. Consider the numbers. According to a recent Vice.com article, 31 percent of prisoners in state facilities reported ...
Study Indicates Racial Bias Skews Criminality Risk Assessment Tool by The use of software to predict future criminality is increasing in popularity. However, a study by ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit news agency that produces investigative journalism, found that prediction programs are racially skewed. Risk assessments are gaining traction in courtrooms ...
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
A Place to Call Home A Place to Call Home A Vision for Safe, Supportive and Affordable Housing for People with Justice System Involvement © 2017 Prisoner Reentry Institute John Jay College of Criminal Justice City University of New York 524 West 59th Street, Suite 609BMW New York, NY 10019 ...
Brief • November 8, 2017
Filed under: Discrimination
Jones v. Jacksonville, FL, Settlement, Jail Employee Discrimination, 2017 1 Introduced by the Council President at the request of the Office of 2 General Counsel: 3 4 5 ORDINANCE 2017-765 6 AN ORDINANCE APPROPRIATING 7 GENERAL 8 BALANCE TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THE SETTLEMENT 9 OF A LAWSUIT FILED BY ...
Eighth Circuit Reverses Finding of Due Process Violations in Minnesota Civil Commitment Program by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On January 3, 2017, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an opinion that reversed a district court’s finding of substantive due process violations in a civil rights complaint brought ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Virginia Jail Pays $250,000 to Settle Suit for Failure to Accommodate Deaf Prisoner by In December 2016, a $250,000 settlement was reached in a lawsuit brought by a deaf prisoner who was effectively unable to communicate during a six-week stay at a jail in Arlington County, Virginia. The suit pushed ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Fourth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Deaf Prisoner’s Civil Rights Claim by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Thomas Heyer, who is completely deaf, was initially convicted of possessing child pornography, then violated his supervised release and was imprisoned for eighteen months in 2007. Before he was released from federal prison, prosecutors ...
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
Filed under: Discrimination, Advocacy
Seattle Council Approves Protections for Renters with Criminal Records by Nathalie Graham by Nathalie Graham, Seattle Weekly Fifteen months in prison, three years of probation. A $30,000 fine. Sue Mason paid her debt to society long ago – 14 years, to be exact – yet, it feels like she’s still ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Virginia Governor Grants Full Pardons to the “Norfolk Four” by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Four former U.S. Navy veterans wrongly convicted of the rape and murder of an 18-year-old woman have been granted full pardons by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Eric Wilson, Danial Williams, Derek Tice and Joseph Dick, ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Vermont Supreme Court Invalidates Sex Offender Probation Conditions by Last year the Vermont Supreme Court vacated four sex offender probation conditions, finding that they improperly delegated judicial authority to probation officers and were overbroad, unconstitutional or based upon insufficient findings. In 2013, Owen Cornell was convicted of a sex offense ...
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