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Article • September 12, 2017
$1.3 Million+ Award of Attorney's Fees and Costs Approved in New York Unlawful Confinement Case that Netted Only $1 in Damages by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On June 17, 2016, Judge Jed A. Raskoff, sitting in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, issued an ...
First Circuit Orders Clarification of Conditions of Release for Sex Offender by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ordered a lower court to clarify several conditions imposed upon a sex offender as part of his supervised release following a term ...
Article • September 1, 2017
Filed under: Hunger Strikes, Food, Suicides
New York Courts Affirms Prison's Right to Force Feed Prisoner by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On December 29, 2016, a New York appellate court ruled that prison officials did not violate a prisoner's rights by medically force feeding him. The court found that the prison's responsibilities for "safety and ...
Article • August 31, 2017
Indiana: Incarcerated Mother's Parental Rights Termination Overturned by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On November 10, 2016, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's order terminating the parental rights of a mother who found herself serving a seven month jail sentence for a drug offense. The appellate court ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Opening the Door by Jean Casella and Aviva Stahl by Jean Casella and Aviva Stahl, Solitary Watch What will it take to end long-term solitary confinement in America’s prisons? Colorado could be the first to find out. For 13 of his 22 years in prison, Cero Smith spent 23 hours ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Federal Court Approves Landmark BOP ADX Mental Health Settlement by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Following a two-day hearing, Colorado federal district court judge Richard P. Matsch approved a landmark settlement in December 2016 that ended a five-year class-action lawsuit over the horrendous mistreatment of mentally ill prisoners. As a ...
Deaths at North Carolina Jail Due to Lack of Medical, Mental Health Care by The deaths of four pre-trial detainees at the Durham County Jail in North Carolina are under investigation. Over the past 16 years, 10 other prisoners have died at the facility. Officials are remaining mum, referring questions ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Surgeon General’s Report: Substance Abuse Continues to Grow in America by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna A new report from the federal government documents what many already know: that the problem of substance abuse addiction continues to expand, now affecting an estimated 20.8 million Americans. That’s more than the total ...
Article • August 24, 2017
Notice of Sex Offense Admission Requirement Not Required to Find Florida Probationer Violated Treatment by David Reutter by David Reutter The Florida Supreme Court held a defendant may be found guilty of violating probation for failing to admit to engaging in sexually deviant behavior during a sex offender program. Warren ...
Article • August 23, 2017
Vermont Prisoner’s Ex Post Facto Challenge to Program Change Fails by David Reutter by David Reutter The Vermont Supreme Court held that statutes and policies that do not retroactively after or limit the Vermont Department of Corrections (VDOC) discretion over a prisoner’s treatment programming and early release, their application did ...
Article • August 22, 2017
Filed under: Sex Offender Treatment
North Dakota Sex Offender Commitment Reversed Due to Insufficient Trial Court Findings by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On February 18, 2016, the North Dakota Supreme Court vacated the ruling of Ward County District Judge Gary H. Lee denying a petition for discharge from civil commitment as a sexually violent ...
Article • August 22, 2017
Filed under: Sex Offender Treatment
New York Appellate Court Orders Sex Offender Released from Civil Confinement, Holds Man was Unlawfully Committed by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On December 17, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals reversed a Supreme Court order which revoked the out-patient treatment of a sex offender and directed that he ...
Article • August 22, 2017
Montana Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Incarcerated Father's Parental Rights, But Vacates Incarceration As a Basis for Doing So by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of Montana approved a district court order terminating the parental rights of a father serving a ten year ...
Dead Bodies and Billions in Tax Dollars by David Gambacorta by David Gambacorta, The Philadelphia Inquirer The secret, dangerous world of private prisons Something was wrong with Thomas Bryant. He couldn't eat or sleep. His body was drenched in a cold sweat, and he trembled and shook like a radiator ...
Jones v. LaPorte County Sheriff's Dept, IN, Settlement, Disabilities Discrimination, 2017 1200/6629 JOINT AND MUTUAL RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS The parties to this Joint and Mutual Release of All Claims are as follows: Michael A. Jones, individually and for his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns (herein referred to as ''RELEASOR'') ...
Holland v. County of San Luis Obispo, CA, Settlement, Restraints Blood Clot, 2017 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE This Settlement Agreement and Release (the "Settlement Agreement") is made by and between: "Plaintiffs:" Sharon Holland and Carty Holland, individually and in their capacity as Successors in Interest to Andrew Holland and representatives ...
Publication • August 1, 2017
Physicians for Human Rights - Neither Justice Nor Treatment, 2017 Physicians for Human Rights Neither Justice Nor Treatment Drug Courts in the United States June 2017 There are more than 3,100 drug courts operating in the United States. But while the courts’ proponents say they reduce recidivism for people with ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Man Smuggles Poison into Jail, Commits Suicide Following Arrest for Failure to Pay Ambulance Bill by Less than two hours after he was arrested for not paying an outstanding debt, Rex Iverson, 45, was found unresponsive in a holding cell at a jail in Box Elder County, Utah. An ambulance ...
Alaska Prisoner Deaths Criticized in Report, Author Becomes New DOC Commissioner by The deaths of 25 Alaska prisoners over an 18-month period were examined in a November 2015 report provided to Governor Bill Walker, who then replaced the state’s corrections commissioner with the author of the report. The handling of ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Disability Rights Group Slams Mental Health Program at New York State Prison by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Disability Rights New York (DRNY), the state’s Protection & Advocacy group, which has a federal mandate to advocate for people with disabilities, issued a lengthy report critical of the treatment of prisoners ...
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