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ICE Detainee Sent to Solitary Confinement for Encouraging Protest of “Voluntary” Low-Wage Labor by Spencer Woodman by Spencer Woodman, reprinted with permission from The Intercept In June, officials at a privately run Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in rural Georgia sentenced an immigrant detainee to a month in solitary ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Filed under: Voting
Two Federal Courts Find Prison Gerrymandering Unconstitutional by David Reutter by David Reutter Two federal district courts, one in Florida and the other in Rhode Island, have held prison gerrymandering unconstitutional, though one of the orders was overturned on appeal. The rulings are the first of their kind. “This is ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Filed under: Discrimination, Advocacy
Seattle Council Approves Protections for Renters with Criminal Records by Nathalie Graham by Nathalie Graham, Seattle Weekly Fifteen months in prison, three years of probation. A $30,000 fine. Sue Mason paid her debt to society long ago – 14 years, to be exact – yet, it feels like she’s still ...
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
Filed under: Protests
Supreme Court Holds Demonstrators May Be Arrested for Trespassing Jail Grounds by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On November 14, 1966, the Supreme Court of the United States held that demonstrators may be arrested for protesting on jail property. A group of about 200 students were protesting on a nonpublic ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Prisoner Rights Event Prompts Florida Prison System Lockdown by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The "Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March," held in Washington, D.C. on August 19, 2017, apparently prompted a statewide lockdown by the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) to prevent any displays of solidarity with the free-world ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: Private Prisons, Advocacy
No Private Prisons in King County, Washington by On August 14, 2017, the King County Council in Washington State voted 8-1 to pass an ordinance prohibiting the county from contracting with private prison companies. The county does not currently use for-profit prisons and has contingency arrangements with other counties should ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: Voting
Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Automatic Disenfranchisement for all Felony Convictions by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke In a June 30, 2016 opinion, the Iowa Supreme Court held that all felonies were “infamous crimes” under the voter disqualification provision of the state’s constitution. Kelli Jo Griffin was convicted of the class ...
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
Filed under: Voting
First Circuit Allows City to Include Prisoners in Census Counts by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The First Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a district court’s order barring the city of Cranston, Rhode Island from counting the 3,433 prisoners held at the Adult Correctional Institution (ACI), located in that ...
Brief • July 20, 2017
Cox v. Baxley, VA, Complaint, Failure to Protect, 2016 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA ROANOKE DIVISION COX, DEWAYNE JACKSON (a/k/a Dwayne Cox), Plaintiff v. BENJAMIN BAXLEY; JUSTIN MILES; JOSHUA PINKERMAN; AND BRADLEY QUINN; Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ...
Brief • July 20, 2017
Cox v. Baxley, VA, Verdict, Failure to Protect, 2017 DEWAYNE JACKSON COX, Plaintiff, V. BENJAMIN BAXLEY, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Civil Action No. 7:16CV00408 VERDICT FORM Before: Hon. Glen E. Conrad United States District Judge Question 1 Do you find that the ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Filed under: Prison Reform
Two Non-profit Foundations Provide Funding, Leadership for Criminal Justice Reform by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On April 12, 2016, the MacArthur Foundation announced grants totaling nearly $25 million to support 20 jurisdictions working to create fairer and more effective systems of local law enforcement. The grants are part of ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
George Soros’ Quiet Overhaul of the U.S. Justice System by Scott Bland Progressives have zeroed in on electing prosecutors as an avenue for criminal justice reform, and the billionaire financier is providing the cash to make it happen. by Scott Bland, Politico While America's political kingmakers inject their millions into ...
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Publication • June 14, 2017
Filed under: Lobbying, Bail, Bail Bonds
ACLU - $elling Off Our Freedom, 2017 MAY 2017 $ELLING OFF OUR FREEDOM How insurance corporations have taken over our bail system CONTENTS Color Of Change and ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice would like to acknowledge: Katie Unger, who spearheaded the research and analysis for this report. Thanks to the ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Three Murders in Alabama Prisons in Ten Days; State Senate Passes Reform Bill by Alabama state prisons tallied a deadly streak of three unrelated homicides within the 10-day period between February 16 and 26, 2017. Two stabbing deaths were reported at the Elmore Correctional Facility; the third death occurred after ...
New Report Examines “Treatment Industrial Complex” by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna As public and legislative pressure builds to reduce the number of prisoners held in state and federal correctional facilities, the private prison industry has changed gears to offer rehabilitative and treatment services – a shift criticized in a ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Corporate Cash Helps Fill Indiana Politicians’ Coffers by Leah Carter, James Benedict, Madison Hogan and Paige Ferguson by Leah Carter, James Benedict, Madison Hogan and Paige Ferguson On paper, Indiana has a strict cap on campaign contributions from corporations. But in practice, it’s easy for businesses to turn on the ...
Brief • June 8, 2017
Filed under: Jail Misconduct, Voting
Buroff v. Gladieux, IN, Amended Complaint, Voter Disenfranchisement, 2017 USDC IN/ND case 1:17-cv-00124-TLS-SLC document 18 filed 06/06/17 page 1 of 10 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA FORT WAYNE DIVISION DEMETRIUS BUROFF and IAN BARNHART, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiff, v. DAVID GLADIEUX, ...
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