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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 – ...
Office of Inspector General Chides DOJ and Navajo Nation for Wasteful Prison Project by Derek Gilna The Department of Justice (DOJ) plan seemed straightforward: build two badly-needed correction facilities on the Navajo Nation to replace two obsolescent and overcrowded facilities. Over $70.5 million was allotted for this project, elaborate plans ...
“This Man Will Almost Certainly Die” by Dozens of men have died in disturbing circumstances in privatized, immigrant-only prisons. The Bureau of Prisons itself says there’s a problem. And yet the privatization scheme continues. by Seth Freed Wessler, The Nation Where Claudio Fagardo-Saucedo grew up, on the colonial streets of ...
Former Warden, Sheriff, Justice of the Peace Charged in Texas Corruption Scandal by Matthew Clarke Elberto Esquiel Bravo, 55, the former warden at the East Hidalgo County Detention Center, was arrested in January 2015 and charged with acting as an accessory after the fact in a conspiracy to bribe Hidalgo ...
Abu Zubaydah: Torture’s “Poster Child” by Marjorie Cohn In August, Abu Zubaydah, who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo for 14 years without being charged with a crime, appeared for the first time before the U.S. military Periodic Review Board, which determines whether Guantanamo detainees will continue to be held as ...
Full Senate Report on CIA Torture Remains Classified, Largely Unread by Matthew Clarke “I want to be absolutely clear with our people and the world. The United States does not torture” – George W. Bush On December 9, 2014, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a heavily-redacted, 525-page executive summary of ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Arkansas Secretary of State Issues Faulty Felon Data, Thousands Purged from Electoral Rolls by It will be up to county clerks in Arkansas to fix a grand-scale mistake by Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office, and the ability of thousands of people to vote in November’s general election is in ...
Book Review: Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by Dr. Heather Ann Thompson (Pantheon Books, 2016). 752 pages, $24.00 (hardcover) Book review by Alan Mills Anyone who wants to ...
Arizona Governor's Record on Clemency is Brutal, Unlikely to Change by In Arizona, where most residents throughout the state seldom experience thunderstorms, data shows that it's more likely criminal offenders will be struck by lightning than granted clemency by the governor. And the rarity of commutation is likely to be ...
California Court Affirms Award of Attorney's Fees to Watchdog Group; Remands Case to Determine if Sanctions Appropriate by Lonnie Burton On June 7, 2016, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One affirmed the award of attorney's fees to a state watchdog organization after they prevailed in a ...
Article • October 14, 2016
Pardon for Michigan Attorney Has Political Connotations by After Michigan Governor Rick Snyder reorganized the state’s parole board, he told its new members he had an interest in granting pardons to prevent a criminal conviction from being an economic barrier to applicants. Then, in March 2015 he granted a rare ...
GEO Group Still Invests in Florida Politics by Prison Legal News has long reported on the financial partnership between for-profit prison firm GEO Group and Florida politicians – a “legacy of corruption,” as detailed in PLN’s March 2011 cover story. GEO’s Political Action Committee (PAC) in Florida, where the company ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright PLN has opposed the private prison industry since we began publishing in 1990; back then the industry was in its infancy, having started in 1983 in its modern incarnation. Besides the political and moral implications of farming out correctional functions to for-profit corporations, there ...
Justice Department Impedes Release of "Legally Innocent" Prisoners by Derek Gilna Despite several recent high-profile cases where the U.S. Justice Department has urged the release of prisoners who all parties agreed were "legally innocent, dozens more remain behind bars.in North Carolina. The cases arise in instances where men were imprisoned ...
Lakewood (WA) Police Department Found in Violation of State Public Records Act by Lonnie Burton On May 25, 2016, Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals found that the city of Lakewood, Washington, and the Lakewood Police Department (LPD) improperly withheld documents in a Public Records Act (PRA) ...
Arizona Prison Town Gets Money for Nothing from CCA Deal with Feds by Joe Watson In return for, well... nothing, the sun-kissed small town of Eloy, Arizona, is getting paid by the federal government. Already home to an immigrant detention facility about an hour southeast of Phoenix, Eloy recently became ...
New Mexico Community Custody House Arrestees Used to Clean Private Land by Matthew Clarke An investigation by Albuquerque television station KRQE revealed that Bernalillo County house arrestees who were assigned to wash cars, pick up trash and pull weeds as part of their community service spent close to the same ...
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