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Article • September 12, 2017
Washington Court of Appeals Holds No Duty of Protection Owed By DOC to Felon Under Community Supervision by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On February 14, 2017, Division Three of the Washington State Court of Appeals held in a 2-1 ruling that the Department of Corrections (DOC) was not liable ...
Article • September 12, 2017
Arizona's No-Bail Constitutional Provision for Certain Sex Crimes Violates Federal Constitution, State Supreme Court Says by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On February 9, 2017, the Arizona Supreme Court struck down a state constitutional provision which barred bail in certain sex offense cases where the alleged victim was under 15 ...
Article • September 6, 2017
Eleventh Circuit Slams Douglas County, Georgia Sheriff's Office for Retaliation Against Whistle-Blower by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued a stinging opinion in which it firmly rebukes the retaliatory actions of the Douglas County, Georgia Sheriff's Office. Derrick Bailey, ...
First Circuit Orders Clarification of Conditions of Release for Sex Offender by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ordered a lower court to clarify several conditions imposed upon a sex offender as part of his supervised release following a term ...
Article • August 31, 2017
Filed under: Sex Offender Residence
Texas Court of Appeals: Decriminalization of Civil Commitment Conditions Violation Applies to Cases Pending on Appeal by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On November 16, 2016, a Texas court of appeals held that a legislative amendment that removed criminal penalties for violations of sex offender civil commitment supervision requirements applied ...
Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Indiana Prison Counselor's Retaliation, Sex and Age Discrimination Lawsuit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On December 10, 2014, the United States Circuit Court for the Seventh Circuit upheld a district court order dismissing a lawsuit brought by a former Indiana prison substance abuse counselor ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
American University Removes Statue of Imprisoned Native American Activist by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna American University, a private college in Washington, D.C., bowed to pressure from a federal law enforcement group and removed a statue of Native American activist and prisoner Leonard Peltier, who was convicted of the 1975 ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Oregon Prison Officials Must Provide Post-release Disability Care by An Oregon federal district court issued a preliminary injunction enjoining prison officials from releasing a disabled prisoner without assistance. Oregon state prisoner Steven Fox was an able-bodied person when he entered prison in 2010. Due to the neglect of prison officials, ...
Article • August 22, 2017
Filed under: Gang Policies
New Hampshire Supreme Court Okays Use of Gang Affiliation Evidence in Upholding Prisoner's Murder Conviction by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On November 17, 2016, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire affirmed the murder conviction of a prisoner who killed a fellow prisoner. In doing so, the court held that ...
Article • August 10, 2017
Juvenile Sex Offender from Michigan Required to Register in Kentucky; Court Holds Adjudication Counts as Conviction for Registration Purposes by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On October 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of Kentucky upheld the conviction of a former Michigan man for failing to register as a sex offender ...
Article • August 10, 2017
"Intellectual Disabilities" End Decade on Oregon's Death Row; State's "Expert" Sharply Criticized by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson After serving more than ten years on death row, a 60-year old Oregon prisoner had his death sentence vacated and was ruled ineligible for the death penalty, due to an "intellectual disability." ...
Article • August 4, 2017
$20,000 Settlement for NJ Jail Guard Harassed for Years After Pregnancy by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Lisa Knowlton and her husband, Ronald--both guards at the Morris County, N.J. jail--settled a workplace harassment suit against the county in August 2008 for $20,000 after years of what Lisa claimed was employment ...
Brief • August 2, 2017
USA v. Arpaio, AZ, Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, Contempt of Court, 2017 Case 2:16-cr-01012-SRB Document 210 Filed 07/31/17 Page 1 of 14 1 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 8 9 United States of America, Plaintiff, ...
Jones v. LaPorte County Sheriff's Dept, IN, Settlement, Disabilities Discrimination, 2017 1200/6629 JOINT AND MUTUAL RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS The parties to this Joint and Mutual Release of All Claims are as follows: Michael A. Jones, individually and for his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns (herein referred to as ''RELEASOR'') ...
Study Finds Extreme Lack of Gender, Racial/Ethnic Diversity in State Courts by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna A new report, "Gavel Gap: Who Sits in Judgment on State Courts?,” by Professors Tracey E. George and Albert H. Yoon, of Vanderbilt Law School and Toronto Law School, respectively, found that state ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Report: “Culture of Racism,” Frequent Use of Force at Northern California Prison by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In December 2015, California's Office of the Inspector General reported there was a “culture of racism and lack of acceptance of ethnic differences” among guards at the High Desert State Prison (HDSP), ...
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
Nevada DOC Moves to End Discrimination against HIV-positive and Disabled Prisoners by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On June 20, 2016, Rebecca Bond, chief of the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), sent the Nevada Attorney General a letter calling out the state’s Department of Corrections ...
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 ...
Publication • July 27, 2017
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights - Sign on Letter re Prisoners with Disabilities, 2017 July 19, 2017 Via Email to reentry@usccr.gov Catherine E. Lhamon, Chair Patricia Timmons-Goodson, Vice Chair Debo P. Adegbile, Commissioner Karen K. Narasaki, Commissioner Gail Heriot, Commissioner David Kladney, Commissioner Peter N. Kirsanow, Commissioner Michael Yaki, Commissioner ...
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