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Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Supreme Court Voids North Carolina Law Barring Sex Offenders from Facebook by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In a unanimous decision, on June 19, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina statute that prohibits convicted sex offenders from accessing “a commercial social networking Web site where the ...
Illinois High Court Upholds Sex Offender Requirements Struck Down in Other States by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On October 20, 2016, the Illinios Supreme Court declared constitutional a law that requires convicted sex offenders to report their email addresses, Internet identities and related online data to law enforcement officials. ...
Publication • June 8, 2017
Joint letter to Ryan and Pelosi re FCC net neutrality, HR 2666 - April 2016 April 12, 2016 The Honorable Paul Ryan Speaker U.S. House of Representatives The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Democratic Leader U.S. House of Representatives Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi: We understand that floor consideration of H.R. ...
Publication • June 7, 2017
Filed under: Internet, First Amendment
WJLTA - Jail (E)mail, Brennen Johnson, 2016 WASHINGTON JOURNAL OF LAW, TECHNOLOGY & ARTS VOLUME 11, ISSUE 4 WINTER 2016 JAIL (E)MAIL: FREE SPEECH IMPLICATIONS OF GRANTING INMATES ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC MESSAGING SERVICES Brennen J. Johnson* © Brennen J. Johnson Cite as: 11 Wash. J.L. Tech. & Arts 285 (2016) ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Texas Prison System Bans Social Media for Prisoners by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) added a rule to the April 2016 version of its Offender Handbook that bars prisoners from using any form of social media. Rule 111.N.4 states that “Offenders are prohibited ...
Article • March 31, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
“PrisonCloud” Provides Limited Internet Access to Belgian Prisoners by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna According to April 2016 news reports, Belgian prison authorities have instituted limited and controlled access to online services, including the Internet, at the Beveren Prison in Antwerp. The innovative system, called PrisonCloud, has caught the attention ...
The Man Arrested for Praising Jesus by Andrew Cohen Lester Packingham’s Facebook post is headed for the Supreme Court By Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project In “Case in Point,” Andrew Cohen examines a single case or character that sheds light on the criminal justice system. An audio version of Case in ...
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, ...
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