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Article • September 6, 2017
Eleventh Circuit Slams Douglas County, Georgia Sheriff's Office for Retaliation Against Whistle-Blower by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued a stinging opinion in which it firmly rebukes the retaliatory actions of the Douglas County, Georgia Sheriff's Office. Derrick Bailey, ...
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 ...
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 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: PLN Litigation, Censorship
Los Angeles County Jail Faces Lawsuit Over Censorship of PLN by On July 5, 2017, the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), which publishes Prison Legal News, filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Jail alleging civil rights violations. The jail holds the largest number of pre-trial detainees in the ...
Article • August 22, 2017
New York Appeals Court Finds Prisoner Improperly Denied Witnesses at Disciplinary Hearing, Yet Denies Relief by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On September 30, 2016, a New York appellate court upheld the dismissal of a state prisoner's claim that he was unlawfully confined following a guilty finding at a prison ...
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
$153,955 Jury Award for TN Jail Guard Fired Over Support for Sheriff’s Election Foe by Joe Watson by Joe Watson A mom who was fired from her job as a Tennessee jail guard because she supported the county sheriff’s election foe was awarded $153,955 in August 2008 by a U.S. ...
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, ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
California Court Vacates Prison Infraction Charging Prisoner for Refusing Meals by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton The California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Two, has invalidated a prison infraction that charged a hunger-striking prisoner with “participating in a riot, rout, or unlawful assembly,” as it was unsupported by ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
$6,500 Settlement after Ninth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment in Retaliatory Ad-seg Case by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On October 26, 2016, the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal of a suit filed by a California prisoner who claimed prison officials had wrongly punished him for reporting staff misconduct. ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Filed under: Probation, First Amendment
Ninth Circuit Reverses Revocation of Supervised Release Over Blog Post by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The federal government's attempt to restrict a former prisoner’s First Amendment right to free speech has been reversed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Darren Chaker was convicted of a white collar crime ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Filed under: PLN Litigation, Censorship
PLN Obtains $50,000 Settlement in Tennessee Jail Censorship Suit by On March 16, 2016, a Tennessee federal district court granted PLN’s motion for a preliminary injunction to protect its Fourteenth Amendment rights from infringement by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. The county subsequently agreed to pay a $50,000 settlement. PLN’s ...
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 ...
Third Circuit Finds that Prisoners’ Verbal Grievances are Constitutionally Protected by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a prisoner’s verbal grievance made to prison staff was protected speech under the First Amendment, and gave rise to a civil action when the prisoner ...
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. ...
Jacobs v. Allegheny County, PA, Verdict, Abuse at Jail, 2017 I Case 2:08-cv-00470-JFC Document 632 Filed 06/23/17 Page 1 of 32 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA ANDRE JACOBS, Plaintiff, V. ALLEGHENY COUNTY, MICHAEL O'KEEFE, WILLIAM EMERICK, RAMON RUSTIN, JAMES DONNIS, RONALD POFI, LOUIS ...
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