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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Article • September 1, 2017
Media Companies Denied Damages and Fees in Public Records Litigation by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Five media companies, including The Associated Press, were denied statutory damages and attorney's fees in an unsuccessful public records request filed in Cincinnati, Ohio. The suit, filed over a body-camera video from a police ...
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 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Missouri Prisoner’s IRA May be Seized for Incarceration Costs by The Missouri Court of Appeals has held that a trial court erred as a matter of law in finding that a federal statute pre-empted the Missouri Incarceration Reimbursement Act (MIRA) and precluded attachment of a prisoner’s Individual Retirement Account (IRA). ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: RLUIPA, Religious Grooming
Fifth Circuit Vacates Dismissal of Texas Grooming Policy RLUIPA Claim by The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has reversed the dismissal of a challenge to a prison grooming policy filed by Native American prisoners. Texas state prisoners Teddy Norris Davis and Robbie Dow Goodman alleged their religious freedoms ...
Oregon Victim Must Allow In Camera Inspection of Computer by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson The Oregon Court of Appeals held that an alleged rape victim was required to turn over her computer for in camera inspection of her internet searches. That is, a criminal defendant's right to access "important ...
Article • August 22, 2017
No Violation of Law for Sex Offender Volunteering for Church Youth Group; New Jersey Indictment Dismissed by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On March 22, 2016, a New Jersey appellate court affirmed the dismissal of an indictment that charged a sex offender with violating a statute which forbids such offenders ...
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'') ...
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 ...
Advocacy Center v. LeBlanc, LA, Complaint, Solitary Mental Health, 2017 Case 3:17-cv-00468-JWD-EWD Document 1 07/20/17 Page 1 of 15 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA BATON ROUGE DIVISION ADVOCACY CENTER, * * PLAINTIFF, * * * * VS. * * JAMES M. LEBLANC, SECRETARY OF * THE LOUISIANA ...
Brief • July 18, 2017
Scott v. Pennsylvania DOC, PA, Settlement, Aphasia Disability Discrimination, 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA DONALD SCOTT, Plaintiff, Civil Action No. 15-72 v. PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, Defendant, SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS This Settlement Agreement and Release of All Claims ...
Brief • July 12, 2017
Disability Rights Florida v. Jones, FL, Complaint, Disability Rights, 2016 Case 4:16-cv-00047-WS-CAS Document 1 Filed 01/26/16 Page 1 of 123 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA Tallahassee Division DISABILITY RIGHTS FLORIDA, INC., Plaintiff, v. Case No. JULIE JONES, in her official capacity as Secretary of the Florida Department ...
Disability Rights Florida v. Jones, FL, Motion for Summary Judgment, Disability Rights, 2017 Case 4:16-cv-00047-RH-CAS Document 62 Filed 01/30/17 Page 1 of 51 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA Tallahassee Division DISABILITY RIGHTS FLORIDA, INC., Plaintiff, vs. CASE NO. 4:16-cv-47-RH-CAS JULIE JONES, in her official capacity as Secretary ...
Brief • July 12, 2017
Scott v. Pennsylvania DOC, PA, Aphasia Disability Discrimination, Complaint, 2015 ~----------- ··· ·----·· ·· ·- Case 1:15-cv-00229-JEJ Document 1 Filed 02/02/15 Page 1 of 11 r:tLED HARRISBURG, l_ r ... IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA DONALD SCOTT, FEB O2 zaisw ) ) Plaintiff, ...
Brief • July 11, 2017
Disability Rights Florida v. Jones, FL, Settlement, Disability Rights, 2017 UNITED STA TES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA Tallahassee Division DISABILITY RIGHTS FLORIDA, INC., Plaintiff, Case No. 4:16-cv-47-RH-CAS vs. JULIE JONES, in her official capacity as Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, Defendant. --------------------------------' SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT Table of ...
Illinois Pays $450,000 to Prisoner Who was Raped, Punished for Reporting It by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton An Illinois State prisoner who was raped agreed to settle his lawsuit against Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) officials who punished him for reporting the sexual assault. The $450,000 payout was one ...
Third Circuit Finds that Prisoners’ Verbal Grievances are Constitutionally Protected by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a prisoner’s verbal grievance made to prison staff was protected speech under the First Amendment, and gave rise to a civil action when the prisoner ...
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