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The Violent American Epidemic You Won’t Hear About: Why Prison Abuse Goes Unreported and Unpunished by Daniel Denvir A culture of silence pervades America’s penal system, where victims have little recourse against powerful abusers by Daniel Denvir, Salon In April 2015, New York Administrative Law Judge Faye Lewis recommended that Rikers ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Jail Official Convicted of Illegally Recording Phone Conversations Loses Appeal by Christopher Zoukis A former high-ranking official at a New Jersey county jail, convicted on federal charges for illegally listening to and recording the private phone conversations of jail union leaders, has lost his appeal and will remain in federal ...
Problems with California’s New Medical Prison by Matthew Clarke With construction costs of $840 million and a capacity to provide care to almost 3,000 patients, California’s new medical prison near Stockton is the largest and most expensive in the nation. Unfortunately, that expense has not resulted in a smooth-running operation; ...
Brief • March 4, 2016
Michigan Corrections Organization v. MI DOC, MI, Judgment, Guards Sue over Overtime, 2014 RECOMMENDED FOR FULL-TEXT PUBLICATION Pursuant to Sixth Circuit I.O.P. 32.1(b) File Name: 14a0294p.06 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT _________________ MICHIGAN CORRECTIONS ORGANIZATION, Service ┐ Employees International Union, Local 526M, et al., │ Plaintiffs-Appellants, ...
Article • November 13, 2015
Female Prison Guard Shop Steward Appeals PERC Ruling by Female Prison Guard Shop Steward Appeals PERC Ruling A Washington state court of appeals considered a decision by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) on whether an agency has erroneously interpreted or applied the law, or whether an agency order is ...
Article • November 3, 2015
Budget Savings Plan for Michigan Department of Corrections a Failure by Christopher Zoukis Budget Savings Plan for Michigan Department of Corrections a Failure by Christopher Zoukis In December 2012, the Michigan legislature passed a law that would allow up to 250 retired state prison guards to come back to work ...
Article • October 19, 2015
Warden’s Overtime Reduction Plan Backfires by David Reutter Warden’s Overtime Reduction Plan Backfires by David Reutter Pennsylvania’s Monroe County Correctional Facility (MCCF) has been financially burdened in recent years by overtime pay to guards. To reduce that drain on resources, MCCF’s warden entered negotiations with the guards’ union with a ...
Article • August 28, 2015 • from PLN September, 2015
Social Impact Bonds in Criminal Justice: A Deal We Can’t Refuse? by Jennifer R. Zelnick Social Impact Bonds in Criminal Justice: A Deal We Can’t Refuse? by Jennifer R. Zelnick, MSW, ScD Over the past several years there has been a lot of buzz about Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). More ...
Article • July 7, 2015 • from PLN July, 2015
Ten Law Enforcement Groups Among Worst Charities in America by Joe Watson Ten Law Enforcement Groups Among Worst Charities in America by Joe Watson Of America’s 48 worst charities, ten – or just over 20% – are affiliated with law enforcement groups, according to a joint investigation by the Tampa ...
Article • June 10, 2015
Santa Clara County Fulfilled Meeting and Conferring Obligations in Reducing Peace Officer's Work Hours by Santa Clara County Fulfilled Meeting and Conferring Obligations in Reducing Peace Officer's Work Hours The California Appeals Court for the Sixth District has held that Santa Clara County (“County”) fulfilled its lawful obligations “to meet ...
Article • June 3, 2015 • from PLN June, 2015
Arbitrator’s Award on Pay Raises for Prison Guards Costs Pennsylvania County $5 Million by David Reutter Arbitrator’s Award on Pay Raises for Prison Guards Costs Pennsylvania County $5 Million by David M. Reutter Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County Commission has been forced to dip into its reserve funds to comply with an ...
Article • April 9, 2015 • from PLN April, 2015
Oregon Prison Guard Union Sues Mentally Ill Prisoners by Oregon Prison Guard Union Sues Mentally Ill Prisoners Oregon prison officials report that around 16 percent of the state’s 14,500 prisoners are “severely mentally ill.” In 2013 the union representing Oregon guards began suing some of those prisoners, in part to ...
Article • February 4, 2015 • from PLN February, 2015
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Wisconsin Prison Guard Union Faces Challenges by Derek Gilna Wisconsin Prison Guard Union Faces Challenges by Derek Gilna A 2013 memo issued by then-incoming Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Edward F. Wall, in which he warned DOC employees to stop spreading rumors, was apparently another example of contentious relations ...
Article • January 13, 2015
Guards Union Complaints Prompt Funds Transfer to Avoid Sequester Furloughs by Derek Gilna Guards Union Complaints Prompt Funds Transfer to Avoid Sequester Furloughs by Derek Gilna Tightening budgets due to the 2013 sequester cuts have forced U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to transfer $150 million from other agencies to allow ...
Mangaung and Beyond: Private Prison Exemplifies South Africa’s Criminal Justice Woes by James Kilgore In recent months a battle has erupted at Mangaung prison in South Africa. Mangaung, located near the city of Bloemfontein, is one of the country’s two privately-operated correctional facilities. Managed by British-based G4S, which bills itself ...
Article • January 15, 2014 • from PLN January, 2014
Connecticut Guards File Grievances over Efforts to Stem Super Bowl Absenteeism by Connecticut prison guards filed almost 100 grievances over temporary changes in work rules intended to reduce the number of guards calling in sick on Super Bowl XLVI, which pitted the New York Giants against the New England Patriots. ...
Article • November 15, 2013 • from PLN November, 2013
Federal Prisoners Paid During Government Shutdown, but Not Prison Guards by Derek Gilna One of the ironies of the recent 16-day federal government shutdown, which ended on October 16, 2013, is that prisoners in the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) continued to receive their paychecks while BOP workers did not. ...
Article • October 15, 2013 • from PLN October, 2013
CDCR to Block Contraband Cell Phone Signals at all Facilities by The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has awarded a six-year system-wide telephone contract to Global Tel*Link (GTL), which requires the company to install equipment capable of blocking signals from contraband cell phones at the state’s 33 adult ...
Article • August 15, 2013
California: Court Upholds Governor’s Authority to Contract with Out-of-State Private Prisons during Prison Overcrowding State of Emergency by The California Court of Appeal held in 2008 that Governor Schwarzenegger did not exceed his authority when, after invoking the Emergency Services Act (Gov. Code § 8550 et seq.) to issue a ...
Article • July 15, 2013 • from PLN July, 2013
California: Eastern District Jury Pool Alleged to be Biased Against Prisoners by Defense attorneys representing two prisoners accused of murdering a federal prison guard have argued that the jury pool in the region – the Central Valley of California – is biased against prisoners due to the numerous correctional facilities ...
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