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Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
No-show Cops and Dysfunctional Courts Keep Cook County Jail Prisoners Waiting Years for a Trial by Spencer Woodman by Spencer Woodman, Chicago Reader June 25, 2012, was a terrible day for Jermaine Robinson. Overall, life was good – the 21-year-old Washington Park resident had been studying music management at Columbia ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Waging War on the Poor: Unpaid Fines Lead to Jail by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Stung by a series of lawsuits filed across the nation challenging the practice of jailing people unable to pay court fees and fines, Texas legislators passed a law that requires judges to offer community ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Former Mississippi DOC Commissioner, Co-defendants Sentenced in Massive Bribery Scheme by In January 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Henry T. Wingate sentenced Sam Waggoner, 62, to five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving Mississippi’s former corrections commissioner. The sentence also included two years of supervised ...
Article • September 1, 2017
Federal Judge: Chicago Guilty of 'Bad Faith' for Refusing to Provide Documents in Police Shooting Case, Cites Ongoing Pattern of Conduct by City by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In a sternly-worded 24-page order dated January 3, 2017, U.S. District Judge Joan B. Gottschall of the U.S. District Court for ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Ohio State Criminal Convictions Threatened by Evidence Technician’s Misconduct by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Recent court filings make it clear that G. Michele Yezzo, an evidence technician for 33 years with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), had a long history of behavioral problems that ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Local Entities Tax-Exempt Bonds for Facilities to House Federal Prisoners under IRS Review by David Reutter by David M. Reutter The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is auditing dozens of tax-exempt bond-financed jail deals. The audits are looking into whether the bonds are no longer tax-exempt and are taxable private-activity bonds. ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Ethics Board Fines Former Prisons Commissioner by On May 31, 2017, the Philadelphia Ethics Board levied a $2,000 fine against former Prisons Commissioner Louis Giorla for violating conflict of interest rules that prohibit city employees from benefitting from any of their official actions for two years after leaving ...
Brief • June 16, 2017
Maynor v. Morgan County, AL, Mot for Order Req Show Cause Contempt, Inmate Fund Misappropriation, 2017 FILED Case 5:01-cv-00851-AKK Document 133 Filed 02/22/17 Page 1 of 14 2017 Feb-22 AM 11:32 U.S. DISTRICT COURT N.D. OF ALABAMA IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA NORTHEASTERN ...
Brief • June 16, 2017
Maynor v. Morgan County, AL, Order re Civil Contempt, Inmate Fund Misappropriation, 2017 FILED Case 5:01-cv-00851-AKK Document 169 Filed 06/15/17 Page 1 of 4 2017 Jun-15 AM 08:56 U.S. DISTRICT COURT N.D. OF ALABAMA UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA NORTHEASTERN DIVISION JOHNNY MAYNOR, et al., ...
Publication • June 15, 2017
ACLU of Ohio - Letter to City of Washington Court re Overdoses, 2017 ACLU AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION o f OHIO I ·, March 28, 20 I 7 VIA CERTI FI E D MAIL AND EMAIL Mark Pitstick, Law Director, Washington Court I lquse l 17 N Main Street Washington ...
Brief • 2017
DiFrancesco v. Bullock, MT, Complaint, Driver's Licenses Suspensions, 2017 Case 2:17-cv-00066-SEH Document 1 Filed 08/31/17 Page 1 of 36 Phil Telfcyan (pro hac vice pending) Catherine Sevcenko (pro hac vice pending) Rebecca Ramaswamy (pro hac vice pending) Attorneys, Equal Justice Under Law 400 7th Street NW, Suite 602 Washington, D.C. ...
Kissinger v. LeBlanc, LA, Amended Complaint, Retaliation for Media Contact, 2017 Case 3:17-cv-00011-JWD-EWD Document 9 01/25/17 Page 1 of 20 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA WILLIAM KISSINGER, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) JAMES LEBLANC, BURL CAIN, ) DARRYL VANNOY, SETH SMITH, ) ROBERT TANNER, ...
Kissinger v. LeBlanc, LA, Settlement, Retaliation for Media Contact, 2017 Case 3:17-cv-00011-JWD-EWD Document 59-2 09/05/17 Page 1 of 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA * CIVIL ACTION * * N0.17-0011-JWD-EWD * VERSUS * JUDGE JOHN W. deGRAVELLES * * JAMES M. LEBLANC, ET AL MAGISTRATE JUDGE * ...
Hood v. Global Tel Link, MS, Complaint, Bribery and Conspiracy, 2017 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF RANKIN COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI fE ~ l lE r FEB -8 2017 JIM HOOD, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF MI~SISSIPPI, ex rel. THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, Plaintiff, rnn' t1J' v. CIVIL ACTION NO.: ---'/_r_-_;;z_--"-']_ ...
Hood v. Global Tel Link, MS, Settlement, Bribery and Conspiracy, 2017 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE This Settlement Agreement and Release ("Agreement") is entered. into by and between Jim Hood, Attorney General of the State of Mississippi ex rel. The State of Mississippi (''the State"), and Global Tel*Link Corporation ("GTL") through ...
Brief • May 17, 2017
Maynor v. Morgan County, AL, Def Response to Mot Contempt, Jail Food, 2017 FILED Case 5:01-cv-00851-AKK Document 136 Filed 03/17/17 Page 1 of 21 2017 Mar-17 PM 04:10 U.S. DISTRICT COURT N.D. OF ALABAMA IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA NORTHEASTERN DIVISION JOHNNY MAYNOR, ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Massachusetts Sheriff Offers Prisoner Labor to Build Trump’s Border Wall by A Massachusetts sheriff made a personal offer to President Donald Trump shortly before Inauguration Day that drew swift condemnation from civil rights advocates. On January 5, 2017, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, a Republican, announced that he would make ...
A Community Mental Health Model in Corrections, Kupers, 2015 A COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH MODEL IN CORRECTIONS Terry A. Kupers* The jail and prison population in the United States has been multiplying exponentially for four decades. We now have almost two-and-a-half million people behind bars, and during the same years the ...
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 ...
Reports Show Immigration Facility Inspectors Overlook Serious Rights Violations by Derek Gilna Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) inspectors are entrusted with ensuring that facilities used to house vulnerable detainees are following strict guidelines for their operation.  However, an October 2015 report by two independent prisoner-rights groups, "Lives in Peril – ...
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