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ICE Bans Crayons in Family Detention Center Visiting Area by Prisoners who cause property damage in correctional facilities often receive swift punishment. It was no different for the very young prisoners held in one of the United States’ most controversial detention centers. Housed with their immigrant mothers in the GEO ...
Washington: Teen’s Death in Tribal Jail Sparks Lawsuit, Contract Scrutiny by On January 9, 2017, Seattle attorneys Edwin Budge and Erik Heipt said they plan to file a federal lawsuit on behalf of the family of a teenager who died after warning jailers he had a heart condition and had ...
Negative Report Foreshadows End of G4S Juvenile Operations in UK by Derek Gilna Following a damning report, a private security company lost its contract to run a juvenile detention center in the United Kingdom, then later said it intends to sell off its UK-based juvenile operations. Until May 2016, the ...
Publication • February 1, 2017
Standards for the Prevention Detection Response and Monitoring of Sexual Abuse in Juvenile Facilities, NPREC, 2008 STANDARDS FOR THE PREVENTION, DETECTION, RESPONSE, AND MONITORING OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN JUVENILE FACILITIES STANDARDS FOR THE PREVENTION, DETECTION, RESPONSE, AND MONITORING OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN JUVENILE FACILITIES PREFACE Ours has been a daunting ...
New Report Says ICE Inspection Problems Perpetuate Prisoner Abuse by Derek Gilna The National Immigrant Justice Center and the Detention Watch Network recently released a joint report sharply critical of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency and its oversight methods, terming them "fundamentally unchanged and unreformed.  The ICE detention ...
Photo of Prisoner Beaten by Georgia Gang Members Posted Online by Prisons are designed to be closed institutions, cut off from the rest of the world. Contraband cell phones, however, are opening them up and exposing the reality of what happens behind the walls. When Demetria Harris saw a photo ...
Corrections Officials Stealing Prisoners’ Identities a Growing Problem by Christopher Zoukis Corrections officials tend to have a single-track mindset: guards oversee prisoners in an attempt to maintain security and order. But what if the looking glass needs to be reversed and the jailers need to be overseen instead? With identity ...
Cuomo, New York Fail to "Raise the Age" As to Juveniles Tried As Adults by Christopher Zoukis Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds charged with crimes in New York courts will continue to be tried as adults, as Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature ended the 2015 lawmaking session without a law to ...
Article • October 27, 2016
Landmark Settlement in New York State Juvenile Solitary Confinement Suit by Matthew Clarke The New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) reached a landmark settlement in a case involving excessive solitary confinement of 16- and 17-year-old (juvenile) prisoners. The settlement, filed on October 17, 2014, ushers in wide ...
GAO Report finds Federal Prison Overcrowding Accelerates by Derek Gilna A General Accounting Office study of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) that analyzed prisoner population from fiscal years 2006 through 2011, has shown that overcrowding in BOP prisons at all levels of security is increasing and has resulted in ...
Texas Juveniles Endangered in Jail or in Prison by Matthew Clarke A recent study by the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Policy showed that Texas juveniles who were being held in adult jails while awaiting trial as adults are often isolated with no access to education ...
Article • September 6, 2016
Iowa Gov. Schemes to Keep Juvenile Lifers in Prison After SCOTUS Ruling by When judges make provocative rulings, they're labeled "activists" by peeved politicians. But when those same politicians execute controversial decisions, they purport to be mere protectors of the public interest. In Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad has pitted himself ...
Article • September 6, 2016
Supreme Court Rules on Retroactivity of Miller v. Alabama by The Supreme Court’s prior decision in Miller v. Alabama, holding that sentencing juveniles to life without parole violates the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause, is a substantive constitutional rule that must be applied retroactively on state collateral review (unlike a ...
Arizona Protects Juvenile Rehabs, Destroys Reports of Abuse and Neglect by   A recent newspaper investigation revealed that Arizona's would-be oversight of residential treatment centers (RTCs) for at-risk children is as duplicitous and unjust as the state's prisons and jails. A February report from The Arizona Republic found that the ...
Women and Children First ... to be Held in Detention by Joe Watson In the summer of 2014, a surge of tens of thousands of immigrant refugees from Central America brought unprecedented attention to the incarceration of families and unaccompanied children in so-called residential centers – many run by for-profit ...
Juvenile Sexual Assault Victims of Dr. William Ayres: The Forgotten Victims by Victoria Balfour In 1983, a troubled 14-year-old boy named Richard S. ran away from his group home in San Mateo, California. Richard – who never knew his father and whose mother died when he was a small child ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Los Angeles County Settles Minor's Attempted Suicide Claim for $161,000 by On May 14, 2012, the Counsel General of the County of Los Angeles, California recommended settlement of a lawsuit filed by a minor who was seriously injured jumping from the second level of a structure while in county custody. ...
Settlement in Suit Challenging Conditions in Illinois Juvenile Prisons by Matthew Clarke On September 12, 2012, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) helped youth incarcerated in secure Illinois Youth Centers operated by the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) file a class-action federal lawsuit alleging that conditions in the IDJJ ...
State Pays $1 Million to Settle Sex Claims; Jury Finds Against Juvenile Prison Chaplain by Following an eleven-day trial, a Portland, Oregon jury awarded two men $1,400,000 on claims that they were sexually abused by a chaplain at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in the 1970s. Fourteen men brought suits ...
$4,000 Settlement in Assault at CCA Prison by Corrections Corporation of America paid $4,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging a guard at the Shelby Training Center in Tennessee assaulted a juvenile, Brandon D. Jones. The April 2006 confidential settlement was obtained via public records request by PLN. The complaint was ...
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