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Dear Librarian: Filling the Information Gap for Prisoners with No Internet Access by Christopher Zoukis For most Americans, life without Google or Wikipedia would be quite different, and living without Internet access probably unimaginable. One might ask, “How would I obtain the information I need to live my life?” Yet ...
Photo of Prisoner Beaten by Georgia Gang Members Posted Online by Prisons are designed to be closed institutions, cut off from the rest of the world. Contraband cell phones, however, are opening them up and exposing the reality of what happens behind the walls. When Demetria Harris saw a photo ...
Article • September 9, 2016
Filed under: Mail, Internet
Minnesota State Prisoners Gain Access to Email by Derek Gilna A modified email system has been established by Minnesota prison system to allow state prisoners to receive, but not send emails to approve outside parties. This week the state began allowing all in state prisons to receive printed emails sent ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Guard’s Internet Boasts Expose Jail’s “Culture of Violence” by “Seeing someone get TASER’d is second only to being the guy pulling the trigger. That is money. Puts a smile on your face—My job is sweet sometimes,” wrote Multnomah County Jail Deputy David B. Thompson on an Internet gaming site called ...
Nebraska Law Limiting Sex Offender Internet Use “Guts” Constitutional Rights by David Reutter Driven by “rage” and “revulsion” of registered sex offenders, the 2009 Nebraska Legislature enacted LB 97, which allowed law enforcement to monitor and restrict Internet usage by those offenders. In an exhaustive order following a trial, U.S. ...
Article • February 18, 2016
8,000 Oregon Victims Incorrectly Alerted of Prisoner Releases by Mark Wilson Approximately 8,000 Oregon crime victims were recently alarmed when they were erroneously alerted that the prisoners who committed crimes against them would be released. Since 2001, the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) has been one of 47 states that ...
Article • December 1, 2015 • from PLN December, 2015
Arizona Jury Awards $3.4 Million against Owner of Sex Offender Websites by Matthew Clarke Arizona Jury Awards $3.4 Million against Owner of Sex Offender Websites by Matt Clarke In May 2014, a Maricopa County, Arizona jury awarded $3.4 million to people who were falsely profiled on private sex offender websites ...
Article • October 30, 2015
Filed under: Statistics/Trends, Internet
Mistakes and Misinformation Force Temporary Closure of Texas "Prisoner" Website by Mistakes and Misinformation Force Temporary Closure of Texas "Prisoner" Website An excessive amount of mistakes and misinformation on a Texas prisoner information website caused its creators to remove it from the Internet. The Texas Tribune embraces its mission of ...
Article • September 24, 2015 • from PLN October, 2015
Hundreds of South Carolina Prisoners Sent to Solitary Confinement Over Facebook by Dave Maass Hundreds of South Carolina Prisoners Sent to Solitary Confinement Over Facebook by Dave Maass In the South Carolina prison system, accessing Facebook is an offense on par with murder, rape, rioting, escape and hostage-taking. Back in ...
Article • August 28, 2015 • from PLN September, 2015
Court Denies Challenge to D.C. Sex Offender’s Website on Registry Officials by Court Denies Challenge to D.C. Sex Offender’s Website on Registry Officials A website that “registers” and posts photos of government employees who work in the District of Columbia’s sex offender registration office is protected by the First Amendment, ...
Article • July 1, 2015
Filed under: Censorship, Internet
Florida Withdraws Rule Proposal to Ban Prisoner Internet Presence by David Reutter Florida Withdraws Rule Proposal to Ban Prisoner Internet Presence By David Reutter The Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) has withdrawn a proposed administrative rule that would have prohibited prisoners from using any form of Internet. The proposed rule ...
Article • December 3, 2014 • from PLN December, 2014
Ninth Circuit Affirms Preliminary Injunction in Challenge to California’s CASE Act by Ninth Circuit Affirms Preliminary Injunction in Challenge to California’s CASE Act On November 7, 2012, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) enjoining the implementation of parts of the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act (“CASE Act”), ...
Article • August 13, 2014 • from PLN August, 2014
Jails Stop Posting Mug Shots to End "Extortion" by Profiteering Websites by Jails Stop Posting Mug Shots to End "Extortion" by Profiteering Websites A growing number of jails are no longer putting booking photos of arrestees online in order to prevent websites such as mugshots.com from obtaining and posting them, ...
Publication • 2014
Combating Inmate Facebook Usage BOP Powerpoint 2014 PLN.3RFP.000041 PLN.3RFP.000042 PLN.3RFP.000043 PLN.3RFP.000044 PLN.3RFP.000045 PLN.3RFP.000046 PLN.3RFP.000047 PLN.3RFP.000048
Article • October 15, 2012 • from PLN October, 2012
Mug Shot Websites Based on Extortion Business Model by David Reutter by David M. Reutter One of the most insidious businesses to grow out of the prison industrial complex revolves around mug shots. Natural curiosity compels many people to view jail booking photos taken by law enforcement agencies when someone ...
Article • September 15, 2012 • from PLN September, 2012
Google Provides Law Enforcement and Courts with User Information, Censors Content by Joe Watson Tech giant Google congratulated itself in October 2011 for refusing two “takedown” requests from U.S. law enforcement agencies that claimed videos of police brutality posted on YouTube were defamatory. Google owns YouTube, the Internet’s most popular ...
Colorado District Court Examines Responsibility in Issuing Search Warrants Following $425,000 Settlement for Illegal Computer Search by A $425,000 settlement was reached in December, 2011 in a federal civil rights action against a prosecutor who approved an application for an illegal search. It may be the first ruling of its ...
United States District Court Grants Summary Judgment in Internet Libel Case by The United States District Court granted a Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 suit, claiming violation of his Fourth Amendment rights. This action arose out of Thomas Mink’s publication of an internet based ...
Charges Against Phoenix New Times Editors Dropped/Private Prosecutor Dismissed by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke In the middle of the night of October 18, 2007, Phoenix New Times founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested at their homes and charged with revealing grand jury information for publishing an article ...
Article • April 15, 2011 • from PLN April, 2011
Facebook Lands Prison Guards, Prisoners in Hot Water by Michael Rigby by Mike Rigby One downside of the information age is that both prison guards and prisoners have found themselves in trouble due to their accounts on Facebook, the Internet’s premier social networking site. Three Nebraska prison guards were fired ...
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