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Article • December 13, 2017
Settlement Reached in Nevada "Postcard-Only" Lawsuit by In June 2016, less than three months after a United States magistrate judge sitting in the federal district court in Nevada issued a Report and Recommendation advising that defendants' motion for summary judgment should be denied, the parties in a suit aimed at ...
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
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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Brief • 2017
Cable v. Aul, RI, Judgment, Book Censorship, 2017 Case 1:16-cv-00441-M-LDA Document 19 Filed 05/16/17 Page 1 of 2 PagelD #: 58 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DI~TRICT OF RHODE ISLAND EDWARD CABLE, Plaintiff v. CA. No.: 16-441-M LINDA AUL, WILLIAM BEGONES, ROBERT SAYLES, MICHELE KOWOLSKY, A.T. WALL, CORY CLOUD, ...
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 ...
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 • May 19, 2017
Kirk v. Carson City, NV, Settlement, Postcard-only Mail Policy, 2016 • ,1 JOHN L. THORNDAL JAMES G. ARM >'.'!Oot~,.... CRAIG R. DE STEPHEN C. BALKENBUSH PAU L F. EISINGER CHARLES L. BURCHAM BRIAN K. TERRY ROBERT F. BALKENBUSH PHILIP GOODHART CHRISTOPHER J. CURTIS KATHERINE F. PARKS KEVIN R. DIAMOND BRIAN ...
Brief • May 18, 2017
ACLU Fund of MI v. Livingston County, MI, Order of Voluntary Dismissal, Postcard-only Policy, 2016 2:14-cv-11213-DPH-RSW Doc # 95 Filed 09/23/16 Pg 1 of 5 Pg ID 1253 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FUND OF MICHIGAN, Plaintiff, ...
Article • April 24, 2017
Sentenced to Shut Up: To Protect Free Expression, Curb Prison Censorship by David M. Shapiro By David M. Shapiro, Truthout If Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" were written in 2017, the missive might not have made it out of the jail and into history. Today, too many American prisons ...
Article • April 3, 2017 • from PLN April, 2017
Michigan County Jail Loses Appeal on Legal Mail, Settles with ACLU by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Officials in Livingston County, Michigan have agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, which argued that a “postcard-only” policy for mail sent to prisoners at ...
$5,000 Settlement for Prison Interfering with California Prisoner's Mail by In November 2015, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DORC) settled for $5,000 a federal civil rights action brought by DORC prisoner Sherman Manning alleging interference with Manning's mail and retaliation for his publication of books critical of the ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Imprisoned Author Denied Access to His Own Published Writing by In order to survive being subjected to nearly three decades of solitary confinement, William “Billy” Blake turned to reading and, more importantly, writing. “A Sentence Worse than Death” is an essay Blake wrote for inclusion in an anthology of narratives ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
United Kingdom: Prison Book Ban Overturned by Derek Gilna A writ filed by Barbara Gordon-Jones, a prisoner at HM Prison Send in Surrey, southwest of London, resulted in the reversal of a policy instituted by the British government that effectively prevented prisoners from receiving books from friends and family members. ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Eleventh Circuit Reverses Finding that Seizure of Prisoner’s Legal Mail Stated Claim by A Georgia federal district court, in denying a motion to dismiss, found an attorney has a Fourth Amendment right to “privacy and possessory interest in letters mailed to him, and that the government may not take and ...
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