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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 ...
Article • September 7, 2016
Delaware: Prisoners Have No Right of Access to Certain DOC Policies; Court Rules Statute Denying Access Constitutional by Lonnie Burton On May 25, 2016, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware upheld the constitutionality of a state statute which prohibits the Department of Correction (DOC) from providing certain ...
Article • April 15, 2013 • from PLN April, 2013
No Free Speech Protection for Prisoners Who Copy Excerpts from Books by Christopher Zoukis Prisoners who copy "arguably inflammatory” or “incendiary” passages from the books they check out from a prison library or are allowed to purchase are not entitled to rely on the First Amendment to protect them from ...
Illinois: Prisoner Who Commits Disciplinary Infraction May Also Be Prosecuted In Court by In November 2011, the Illinois Court of Appeal held that a single unlawful act by a state prisoner may give rise to both disciplinary and criminal charges. In August 2000, Anthony Gay, a prisoner at Pontiac Correctional ...
Article • October 15, 2008 • from PLN October, 2008
New York Mail Rule Disciplinary Conviction Reversed by The Appellate Division, Fourth Department, of the New York Supreme Court has ordered the removal from a prisoner’s institutional record of a misbehavior report for failing to comply with correspondence rules. Curtis Davis, a prisoner at New York’s Attica prison, commenced an ...
Article • August 15, 2008
Failure to State Claim Dismissal Reviewed De Novo by The plaintiff's claim that he was denied due process by lack of notice is rejected; exactly why is not stated. Violation of prison rules concerning disciplinary hearings does not deny due process. The record showed some evidence to support the charge. ...
Disciplinary Rule Description Rather than Title Controls by The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has held that “it is the content of what is contained under a title that is critical in most instances, not the title” of a prison disciplinary rule (DR). This ruling comes in the appeal ...
Article • August 15, 2008
Parolee Subject to Prison Rules Prior to Release by Complaints about fire code violations in a facility operated under contract with the state raised at most an issue of negligence on the part of the city where the facility was located, since the claim turned on their alleged failure to ...
Ninth Circuit Upholds Discipline of Immigration Prisoner; PLRA Does Not Apply by The plaintiff, an immigration detainee, was in the law library when some visitors came in, and he made some disparaging remarks about the institution, handed them a flyer, and suggested they could not believe what officials told them. ...
Oklahoma Discipline Vacated Following Ruling in Gamble; No Evidence Violates Due Process by The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an Oklahoma prisoner was denied due process of law when he was punished in the absence of evidence to support the disciplinary violation. Oklahoma prisoners "are required to keep ...
Article • January 15, 2008
Non-English Speaking Fed Prisoner Entitled to Representative at Prison Disciplinary Hearing by In 1976, Aharon Ron, a federal prisoner in Lexington, Kentucky, was found hiding in a barn with his visitor. He was infracted for being in an unauthorized area. Ron didn't understand English very well and, when presented with ...
Article • May 15, 2007
Federal Court Reaches Merits of Michigan Disciplinary Habeas by The petitioner challenged a disciplinary proceeding in which he lost good time after exhausting state judicial remedies. Under AEDPA, a federal court in habeas is bound by state court determinations unless they are contrary to or involve an unreasonable application of ...
Article • May 15, 2007
Idaho: Prison Regulation Provided Fair Notice of Prohibited Behavior by The Court of Appeals of Idaho held that a prison regulation prohibiting a prisoner from being in an unauthorized area gave fair notice that the prisoner's conduct was prohibited. Idaho state prisoner Gregory Nelson was charged with violating a prison ...
Article • May 15, 2007
FL Prisoner Must Know Illicit Nature of Substance to Possess Drugs by Florida's Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal held that to be convicted of possession of contraband in a prison, predicated on possession of marijuana, the prisoner must not only possess the substance but must also be aware of the ...
Discipline for Content of Outgoing Mail Reversed by The United States District Court for the Southern district of New York held that prison officials violated a New York prisoner's First Amendment rights of expression by censoring his outgoing mail and disciplining him for complaints about prison conditions and officials in ...
Expulsion from Sex Offender Treatment Program Implicates Liberty Interest by Bob Williams By Bob Williams Finding confinement and treatment inextricably linked, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado has ruled that a Colorado prisoner may have a liberty interest in participating in a Sex Offender Treatment Program ...
Article • May 15, 2007
Legislation Supplies Notice On Its Own by At 1181-82: Whether an affected party is entitled to individual notice and a pre-deprivation hearing depends upon the character of the action. When the action is purely legislative, the statute satisfies due process if the enacting body provides public notice and open hearings. ...
Article • May 15, 2007
New York Disciplinary Procedures Violate Due Process, Prisoner Awarded $750 by The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York held that disciplinary procedures extending prisoners' time in punitive segregation violated due process and that the prison's strip search policy violated the Fourth Amendment. Prisoners Zachary Morgan, Born-Allah, ...
El Paso County Jail Conditions Unconstitutional by The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed a district court's order that found conditions at Texas' El Paso County Jail were unconstitutional and ordered injunctive relief to correct the violations. The district court ordered that exercise and recreational areas be installed; prisoner diets ...
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