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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 • 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 ...
Wisconsin Jail Policies Unconstitutional But Not Enjoined by Mark Wilson A Wisconsin federal court held that a jail's disciplinary, mail, and publication rules were unconstitutional. The court declined to enjoin those practices, however, essentially rendering its holding a mere advisory opinion. On September 29, 1970 pretrial detainees of the Milwaukee ...
Nevada Prisoner Receives $500, Other Considerations, in Settlement of Complaint Asserting Numerous Civil Rights Violations by Lonnie Burton On April 18, 2016, the Nevada Department of' Corrections (NDOC) agreed to pay a state prisoner $500 and make other policy changes' as part of a settlement agreement resolving the federal civil ...
Article • October 25, 2016
Eighth Circuit Finds No Constitutional Right to Communicate in Chinese by Lonnie Burton On August 15, 2016, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a case filed by a Chinese-born Missouri state prisoner who had his mail to and from China repeatedly rejected by prison officials. ...
California: Jail’s Unsolicited Publication Distribution Ban Upheld by Mark Wilson A California federal district court held in May 2015 that jail officials did not violate the First Amendment by refusing to distribute unsolicited publications to prisoners. Crime, Justice & America, Inc. (CJA), founded by former bail bondsman Ray Hrdlicka, publishes ...
Article • August 24, 2016
Pennsylvania Policy Requiring Control Number for Qualification as Legal Mail Unconstitutional by David Reutter Finding that no legitimate penological interest existed to support a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PDOC) policy that required a PDOC-issued control number be included on correspondence for it to qualify as legal mail, a Pennsylvania U.S. ...
Article • August 23, 2016
PLN Invalidates Oregon Jail's Postcard-Only Policy; Magazine Ban and Rejection by On April 24, 2013, an Oregon federal court granted Prison Legal News (PLN) an injunction, permanently enjoining an Oregon jail's postcard-only policy. It also declared that jail magazine ban and rejection notice and appeal policies violated the First and ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Report: Postcard-Only Jail Policies Bad for Reentry, Recidivism by Contrary to claims that postcard-only mail policies make jails safer and save money, a recent report from the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) contends that bans on sealed, personal letters merely perpetuate the costs of incarceration and exacerbate the criminal justice system's ...
Article • August 9, 2016
California Prisoner Allowed to Sell Banned Book on Condition that Profits Go to Charity Approved by Prison Officials by In January 2012, the Warden of California’s notorious Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) stipulated to a settlement agreement with PBSP prisoner Dale Bretches, who in 2006 had filed suit pursuant to ...
Publication • August 9, 2016
Inmate Mail and Incoming Publications, PA DOC, 2011 POLICY STATEMENT Commonwealth of Pennsylvania • Department of Corrections Policy Subject: Policy Number: Inmate Mail and Incoming Publications Date of Issue: December 2, 2011 Authority: Signature on File DC-ADM 803 Effective Date: December 23, 2011 John E. Wetzel I. AUTHORITY The Authority ...
Publication • August 9, 2016
Inmate Mail Policy, UT DOC, 2011 DC-ADM 803, Inmate Mail and Incoming Publications Procedures Manual Section 3 - Handling and Distribution of Mail 4. Outgoing correspondence must be sealed and delivered to the mailroom by the staff coordinator. E. Incoming Publications 1. General Procedures a. Incoming publications are not to ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright The Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, co-founded by the Human Rights Defense Center, has led the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to curb some of the more egregious abuses of the prison telecom industry. It has also helped focus increased attention from all sources, including ...
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