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Article • August 22, 2017
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Allows Indigent Criminal Defendants to Sue Over Inadequate Public Defender's Office by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has taken the bold step of finding a new cause of action that would allow indigent criminal defendants to prospectively sue a county for failing to ...
Article • June 14, 2017
Hearing Required Before Assessment of Appointed Attorney Fees in Texas by On July 20, 2016, a Texas court of appeals held that, before fees incurred by a court-appointed attorney are assessed against an indigent criminal defendant, the court must hold a hearing and determine that the defendant is capable of ...
Brief • May 19, 2017
Walker v. City of Calhoun, GA, Brief of Amicus Curiae, Indigent Arrestee Bail Debtors Prison, 2016 Case: 16-10521 Date Filed: 08/18/2016 No. 16-10521-HH Page: 1 of 34 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT _________________ MAURICE WALKER, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated, Plaintiff-Appellee ...
Article • March 28, 2017
Paying the Piper by David J. Krajicek by David J. Krajicek, The Crime Report Montgomery, Alabama’s City Court is a Debt-Collecting Machine Montgomery, Alabama--Anyone who wishes to enter Municipal Court in Alabama’s capital city must first be sanctioned by a court officer who scans your belongings, then polices your attire. “Tuck ...
Article • February 24, 2017
Our Bail System Is Leaving Innocent People To Die In Jail Because They’re Poor by When freedom is only available to those who can afford it, many end up paying with their lives. By Nick Wing, The Huffington Post Of the nearly 750,000 inmates confined in jails around the U.S. ...
Still No Answers by Jamycheal Mitchell’s death in a Virginia jail cell still hasn’t been explained. It should be a national scandal. by Dahlia Lithwick, Slate On August 19, 2015, 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell was found dead in his cell at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Virginia. New revelations in May 2016 about ...
Article • January 12, 2017
Chain Gang 2.0: If You Can’t Afford This GPS Ankle Bracelet, You Get Thrown In Jail by Eric Markowitz by Eric Markowitz, International Business Times On a recent broiling August day, Antonio Green, an out-of-work construction worker, sat in his living room, a folder full of receipts open across his legs. ...
Report Finds Charging Criminal Justice Fees Perpetuates Mass Incarceration by Matthew Clarke The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s School of Law released a report in May 2015 titled, “Charging Inmates Perpetuates Mass Incarceration.” Mass incarceration refers to the fact that the United States, which has around 5% ...
Child Support Relief Coming for Incarcerated Parents by In the last days of the Obama administration, regulators quietly ease the child support burden on parents in prison. by Eli Hager, The Marshall Project Squeezing in an executive action just a month before president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, on December 20, 2016 ...
Charging the Poor - Criminal Justice Debt & Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons, Sobol, 2016 Legal Studies Research Paper Series Research Paper No. 16–09 Charging the Poor: Criminal Justice Debt & Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons Neil L. Sobol This paper can be downloaded without charge from the Social Science Research Network Electronic Paper ...
Publication • December 29, 2016
Filed under: Indigent Defense
Administrative Order - Appointment of Counsel for Indigent Defendants in Criminal Cases and Minimum Standards for Indigent Criminal Defense Services, MI Supreme Court, 2016 Order Michigan Supreme Court Lansing, Michigan Robert P. Young, Jr., June 1, 2016 Chief Justice ADM File No. 2015-27 Administrative Order No. 2016-2 Regulations Governing a ...
Bail Fail - Why the U.S. Should End the Practice of Using Money for Bail, JPI, 2012 BAIL FAIL: Why the U.S. Should End the Practice of USING Money for BaiL JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE | SEPTEMBER 2012 2 justice policy institute CONTENTS 3 PART 1: INTRODUCTION 5 PART 2: BACKGROUND ...
Report Finds Criminal Justice System Financially Overburdens Prisoners and Their Families by Christopher Zoukis The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a nonprofit focused on racial and economic policy, in conjunction with Forward Together and a dozen other community and civil rights organizations recently released a study which surveyed hardships ...
Ferguson, Missouri Under Fire for Revenue-based Criminal Justice System by Christopher Zoukis Following 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri ignited by the killing of an unarmed black youth by a white police officer, some local law enforcement practices have been changed. The reforms were spurred, in large part, by a U.S. ...
New Study Documents Lower Pre-arrest Incomes for Prisoners by Derek Gilna A study released last year, prepared by the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI), documented what most criminal justice experts have long suspected – that offenders’ pre-arrest incomes are significantly lower than the incomes of people who are not incarcerated. Interestingly, ...
Article • December 7, 2016 • from PLN December, 2016
Missouri Governor Doesn’t Have to Serve as Public Defender by In a letter dated August 2, 2016, the director of Missouri’s Public Defender System called for Governor Jay Nixon – a licensed lawyer who was a four-term Attorney General before being elected governor – to represent an indigent defendant in ...
Extended Sentence by The formerly incarcerated are facing crippling prison debt when they get out, and it needs to stop. By Larry Schwartztol and Abby Shafroth, Slate When David Silva returned in 2006 from serving 38 months in New Jersey state prison for offenses related to his substance abuse, he faced more than ...
American Jail Population Remains Steady by Christopher Zoukis The population of America's jails at mid-year 2014 remained steady at approximately three-quarters or a million prisoners, at 744,600 men, women, and children.  This number represents a 1.8 percent increase from 2013 levels, but still lower than the 2008 high of 785,500 ...
A Primer on Prisoners’ Constitutional Rights by Alex Friedmann Prison Legal News (PLN) regularly reports on prison and jail-related court decisions involving violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights. Those who are new to the arena of civil rights litigation and unfamiliar with prisoners’ few remaining rights may need a basic introduction ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Preliminary Injunction Granted in Class-action Suit Challenging Private Probation Services in Tennessee by David Reutter Another victory in the fight against debtors’ prisons was achieved with the grant of an injunction by a Tennessee federal district court. The preliminary injunction, issued in a class-action lawsuit in December 2015, prohibits a ...
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