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Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
In Midst of Opioid Crisis, an Addiction Medication Program for Federal Prisons Fizzles by Mike Ludwig by Mike Ludwig, Truthout In the spring of 2014, as rising rates of opioid misuse and fatal overdoses were capturing the nation’s attention, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) was working on ...
Oregon Prison Guard Freed on Sex Charge, Victim Detained as Material Witness by "She was in chains,” said Betsy Rawls, an attorney representing a former prisoner who was incarcerated as a material witness against the prison guard who sexually abused her. “Belly chains and shackles. And she’s the victim.” The ...
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 ...
Article • August 31, 2017
Indiana: Incarcerated Mother's Parental Rights Termination Overturned by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On November 10, 2016, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's order terminating the parental rights of a mother who found herself serving a seven month jail sentence for a drug offense. The appellate court ...
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 ...
Article • August 22, 2017
Montana Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Incarcerated Father's Parental Rights, But Vacates Incarceration As a Basis for Doing So by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of Montana approved a district court order terminating the parental rights of a father serving a ten year ...
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 ...
States Use Medicaid Expansion under Obamacare to Lower Prison Healthcare Costs, Reduce Recidivism by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Despite constant backlash against the Affordable Care Acts (ACA), states across the country are depending on the federal legislation to not only reduce healthcare costs for prisoners and parolees, but also ...
Affluenza Epidemic Rampant in Our Nation’s Criminal Justice System by Gary Hunter by Gary Hunter Af-flu-en-za /n. <L. affluentia, see AFFLUENCE + <LL. Influens, see INFLUENCE/: an acute and infectious disease caused by greed and favoritism in the judicial system and characterized by preferential treatment and lenient sentences for wealthy ...
Council of State Governments - Criminal Justice Mental Health Consensus Project, 2002 police chiefs | consumers | pretrial service administrators | probation officials | state legislators | substance abuse providers | state corrections directors | judges | district attorneys | families | parole board members | county executives | public ...
Article • June 5, 2017
‘Pimping Out’ Drug Addicts for Cash by Alfred Lubrano In Philadelphia, addicts have become a cash crop, used by some treatment centers and recovery houses to create a perpetual money churn. On the street, it's called "pimping out." By Alfred Lubrano Each day, through the streets of Kensington, Frankford, and ...
FAMM - Using Time to Reduce Crime, 2017 USING TIME TO REDUCE CRIME: Federal Prisoner Survey Results Show Ways to Reduce Recidivism By Kevin Ring and Molly Gill JUNE 2017 AUTHORS Kevin A. Ring President Families Against Mandatory Minimums Molly Gill Director of Federal Legislative Affairs Families Against Mandatory Minimums ...
Annual Report on Mental Health Care, Illinois Dep't. Of Corrections IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS PEORIA DIVISION ASHOOR RASHO et al., Plaintiffs, vs. DIRECTOR JOHN R. BALDWIN, et al., Defendants ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. 1:07-CV-1298-MMM-JEH ...
Eighth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Minnesota Prisoner Medical Deliberate Indifference Lawsuit by On November 24, 2014, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a ruling that affirmed a district court order granting summary judgment to Olmstead County, Minnesota defendants in a lawsuit in which the family of a deceased ...
‘She Was Afraid To Go Back To Jail’ by By Liz Adetiba, The Huffington Post Athena Covarrubias, 40, was arrested in August 2015 on a drug charge and three bond forfeiture warrants. She was taken to Texas’ Travis County Jail, where she hanged herself 12 days later. Her cousin, Kelly ...
PLN Exclusive! Wisconsin DOC Audit Reveals Contract Violations by Community Corrections Provider by Derek Gilna Genesis Behavioral Services, a private company, contracts with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) to provide community corrections services to male offenders at a facility in Kenosha – including certified substance abuse, mental health, domestic ...
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 ...
Michigan Jail Subject of Wrongful Death Lawsuit and PLN Censorship Suit by The family of a prisoner who died from drug withdrawal symptoms at Michigan’s Macomb County Jail (MCJ) filed a lawsuit against the facility and its private medical contractor, Correct Care Solutions, in March 2015. On June 11, 2014, ...
Wardens “Retire” from Two California Women’s Prisons by The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) called the July 29, 2016 “retirement” of wardens at two state women’s prisons a “coincidence.” However, Colby Lenz, a legal advocate with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, commenting on the abrupt departures of ...
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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