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McBride v. MDOC, MI, Class Action Complaint, Deaf Inmate Communication, 2015 2:15-cv-11222-SFC-DRG Doc # 1 Filed 03/31/15 Pg 1 of 51 Pg ID 1 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN MARY ANN MCBRIDE; BRIAN STANLEY WITTMAN; and RALPH WILLIAMS, on behalf of themselves and ...
The Man Arrested for Praising Jesus by Andrew Cohen Lester Packingham’s Facebook post is headed for the Supreme Court By Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project In “Case in Point,” Andrew Cohen examines a single case or character that sheds light on the criminal justice system. An audio version of Case in ...
Why Mother Jones Sent a Reporter Undercover as a Prison Guard by by Sydney Smith, iMediaEthics The U.S. news magazine Mother Jones sent reporter Shane Bauer undercover  as a prison guard at a facility run by the private company Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).  During that time, Bauer worked at the then-CCA facility Winn Correctional Center in ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Fifth Circuit Holds Supervised Release Condition Restricting Dating Improper by On December 17, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a blanket supervised release condition prohibiting a former prisoner from dating any adult with minor children was improper because it was not supported by a factual finding or ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright Since we started publishing PLN in 1990, the injustices of the parole system, or that of never-ending punishment and sentences without end, has been an enduring theme. In the 1970s it was prisoners’ rights activists and advocates who called for an end to parole ...
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 ...
Dear Librarian: Filling the Information Gap for Prisoners with No Internet Access by Christopher Zoukis For most Americans, life without Google or Wikipedia would be quite different, and living without Internet access probably unimaginable. One might ask, “How would I obtain the information I need to live my life?” Yet ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
“Natural Causes Killed Victor: A Death in Solitary,” a folk opera by George Swanson (DVD, 55 minutes) by Lance Tapley Written by George Swanson, a folksinger and Episcopal priest, this unusual folk opera tells how Victor Valdez, a sickly, working-class immigrant from the Dominican Republic, died in 2009 in solitary ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
From the Editor by Paul Wright Welcome to the first issue of PLN for 2017. If you have not yet donated to our annual fundraiser, it is not too late to do so! All donations help, from the smallest to the largest. It is your donations that allow us to ...
CCA Mother Jones Shane Bauer Corrections Request, CCA, June 28, 2016 All of this combined with many other issues that we have raised in our interactions with Mother Jones to date demonstrate that the magazine’s reporting is defined by factual recklessness, the deliberate concealment of truth and a disgraceful lack ...
CCA response to AP records request re staffing 2016, CCA, April 5, 2016 5 April 2016 Requester Travis Loller The Associated Press 1207 18th Ave. South, Suite 261A Nashville, TN 37212 Log Number 201600094 Please see the following response to a public records request sent to Steve Groom, General Counsel, ...
Publication • December 30, 2016
Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 1062 (62915), New York State Bar Association, 2015 ETHICS OPINION 1062 New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 1062 (6/29/15) Topic: Financing a law practice; crowdfunding websites. Digest: A law firm may engage in certain types of crowdfunding but not others. Any ...
Ohio Prison Guards Use JPay System to Illegally Download Thousands of Copyrighted Songs by Joe Watson Ohio’s top watchdog has recommended that the use of state owned computers by employees of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) should be heavily restricted to prevent prison guards from again illegally ...
Photo of Prisoner Beaten by Georgia Gang Members Posted Online by Prisons are designed to be closed institutions, cut off from the rest of the world. Contraband cell phones, however, are opening them up and exposing the reality of what happens behind the walls. When Demetria Harris saw a photo ...
Tennessee Sheriff’s Willful Denial of Public Records Merits PLN Attorney Fee Award by On June 24, 2015, a Tennessee appellate court found the sheriff of Marshall County had willfully denied access to public records requested by Prison Legal News, and held that PLN was entitled to attorney fees after filing ...
Article • December 8, 2016 • from PLN December, 2016
Prison Survival Guides Find Audience Beyond Soon-to-be Prisoners by Derek Gilna Those people unfortunate enough to have been incarcerated are all too aware of the harsh realities of life “on the inside.” Thanks to America’s fascination with prison as a solution for all anti-social behavior, as well as draconian sentences ...
Article • December 6, 2016
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Crappy criminal-justice reporting demonstrates journalism flaws exploited on national stage by Terry Hanning Crappy criminal-justice reporting demonstrates journalism flaws exploited on national stage “A lie ain’t a side of a story. It’s just a lie.” Terry Hanning, The Wire Since the presidential election, the national press has been struggling with the ...
A Primer on Prisoners’ Constitutional Rights by Alex Friedmann Prison Legal News (PLN) regularly reports on prison and jail-related court decisions involving violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights. Those who are new to the arena of civil rights litigation and unfamiliar with prisoners’ few remaining rights may need a basic introduction ...
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. ...
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 ...
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