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Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Fourth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Deaf Prisoner’s Civil Rights Claim by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Thomas Heyer, who is completely deaf, was initially convicted of possessing child pornography, then violated his supervised release and was imprisoned for eighteen months in 2007. Before he was released from federal prison, prosecutors ...
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 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
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 ...
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