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Michigan Sheriff Settles PLN Censorship Suit for $295,000 by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In June 2017, Prison Legal News obtained a substantial settlement from the Livingston County, Michigan Sheriff’s Office in a censorship lawsuit. The Livingston County jail agreed to settle after five years of litigation that challenged the ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Filed under: Mail Regulations, Visiting
Prisons, Jails Combat Smuggling by Shredding Mail, Requiring Fresh Underwear by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The regional jail system in West Virginia receives and screens about 300,000 pieces of mail per year. Some letters contain illegal substances being smuggled into facilities for prisoners, particularly subuxone; in response, the West ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
HRDC Lawsuit: Kentucky DOC Guilty of Censorship, Violations of Due Process and Equal Protection by On July 20, 2017, the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) filed a federal lawsuit against the Kentucky Department of Corrections for violating its free speech, due process and equal protection rights. HRDC, a Florida-based non-profit ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
From the Editor by Paul Wright by Paul Wright Over the past 27 years we have reported extensively on abuses in local criminal justice systems in the United States, including jails, to the point that they are more ongoing sagas of abuse and corruption that we update with the latest ...
Article • September 6, 2017
Prison Cannot Restrict Legal Visits by a Prisoner's Family Member/Attorney by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Michigan Department of Corrections Rule 607, which mandated that an attorney who is also a family member of a prisoner could not have legal visits with the prisoners, has been ruled unconstitutional. The Rule ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: Due Process
Prison Mailbox Rule Applies to Alabama Sentence Reconsideration Motions by The Alabama Supreme Court held last year that the prison mailbox rule applies to a motion for sentence reconsideration under former state law. Alabama Code § 13A-5-9.1 authorized the filing of a motion for sentence reconsideration, but the state legislature ...
HRDC/PLN Obtain Landmark Nationwide Censorship Settlement with Private Prison Company by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna On July 24, 2017, the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), the parent organization and publisher of Prison Legal News, entered into a settlement with private prison firm Management and Training Corp. (MTC), which has ...
Article • August 7, 2017
Wiccan Prisoner Settles with NV DOC Over Denial of Hardbound Religious Books by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Donald Towne, a Nevada state prisoner and practicing Wiccan, reached a settlement of unspecified remedies in July 2008 in his pro se lawsuit against the state’s Department of Corrections (NDOC). Towne alleged ...
Article • August 4, 2017
$500 Settlement for MA BOP Prisoner Over Lost Mail by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Edward Vincent DiPietro settled with officials at the Bureau of Prisons Federal Medical Center-Devens in Ayer, Mass. in August 2008 for $500 after he alleged that prison employees Henry J. Sadowski and Carolyn Sabol lost ...
HRDC v. Management & Training Corp, OH, Settlement, Censorship, 2017 IN THE MATTERS OF: Prison Legal News v. Management & Training Corporation, et al Case No. 2:1&.cv-01174, U.S. District Court, District Court of New Mexico, and Human Rig/its Defense Center v. Management & Training Corporation, et al. Case No. 3:17-cv-1082, ...
PLN v. Management & Training Corp, NM, Settlement, Censorship, 2017 IN THE MATTERS OF: Prison Legal News v. Management & Training Corporation, et al Case No. 2:1&.cv-01174, U.S. District Court, District Court of New Mexico, and Human Rig/its Defense Center v. Management & Training Corporation, et al. Case No. 3:17-cv-1082, ...
HRDC v. Management & Training Corp, OH, Settlement, Censorship, 2017 IN THE MATTERS OF: Prison Legal News v. Management & Training Corporation, et al Case No. 2:1&.cv-01174, U.S. District Court, District Court of New Mexico, and Human Rig/its Defense Center v. Management & Training Corporation, et al. Case No. 3:17-cv-1082, ...
Prison Legal News v. County of Los Angeles, CA, Complaint, Jail Censorship, 2017 Case 2:17-cv-04883 Document 1 Filed 07/03/17 Page 1 of 32 Page ID #:1 1 SANFORD JAY ROSEN – 062566 JEFFREY L. BORNSTEIN – 099358 2 CHRISTOPHER HU – 293052 ROSEN BIEN GALVAN & GRUNFELD LLP 3 50 ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Illinois Prisoner Wins Federal Civil Rights Suit over Mail Censorship by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Kevin A. Williams, a state prisoner at the Pontiac Correctional Center in Illinois, was serving a 65-year sentence for murder. While at Pontiac he ordered a copy of his victim’s death certificate, but prison ...
ACLU SoCal - Orange County Jails, 2017 JUNE 2017 A REPORT BY THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA JAILS PROJECT The authors of this report are Esther Lim, MSW and Daisy Ramirez, MSW. Contributing authors and researchers: David Colker, Ruth Dawson, Peter Eliasberg, Brendan Hamme, Tasha Hill and ...
Harris v. Adams County Sheriff's Department, CO, Settlement, Quran and Halal Meals, 2017 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND GENERAL RELEASE THIS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND GENERAL RELEASE ("Agreement") is made by and between, Marquise D. Harris ("Plaintiff')~nd Adams County Board of County Commissioners, its current and former officers, agents, servants and employees, the ...
PLN Settles Censorship Challenge at Oklahoma Jail for $125,000 by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Faced with the censorship of its monthly publication and other correspondence by a jail in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, Prison Legal News, a project of the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), filed suit in federal district ...
Ogden v. Figgins, KS, Prelim Settlement, Mail Allowed, 2017 Case 2:16-cv-02268-JAR-KGG Document 26 Filed 07/19/17 Page 1 of 4 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS RUSSELL K. OGDEN ET AL., Plaintiffs, v. Case No. 16-CV-2268-JAR SHERIFF PETE FIGGINS, Defendant. ORDER PRELIMINARILY APPROVING SETTLEMENT AND AUTHORIZING ...
Brief • 2017
Prison Legal News v. Northwestern Regional Jail Authority, VA, Memorandum Opinion, Jail Censorship, 2017 9/29/2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA HARRISONBURG DIVISION PRISON LEGAL NEWS, Plaintiff, v. NORTHWESTERN REGIONAL JAIL AUTHORITY, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ...
Brief • 2017
Y.F. v. Wrenn, NH, Motion to Approve Settlement, Censorship of Drawings, 2017 Case 1:15-cv-00510-PB Document 32 Filed 09/08/17 Page 1 of 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE ____________________________________ ) Y.F., individually and as next of friend ) of minor C.F., and ) A.R., individually and as next ...
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