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Krome Detention Center has Long History of Detainee Abuse by David Reutter Immigration reform was a recurring theme in the recent presidential election. The national debate has focused on what should be done with the millions of undocumented immigrants who reside in the United States, but as events at the ...
Mississippi: Hinds County Jails in Crisis, Face Mandated Reforms by David Reutter The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a letter in May 2015 that described the findings of an investigation which concluded two jails in Hinds County, Mississippi were violating prisoners’ rights. The county has since entered into a ...
American Jail Population Remains Steady by Christopher Zoukis The population of America's jails at mid-year 2014 remained steady at approximately three-quarters or a million prisoners, at 744,600 men, women, and children.  This number represents a 1.8 percent increase from 2013 levels, but still lower than the 2008 high of 785,500 ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Local Jails Increasingly Refuse to Comply with ICE Detainers by Joe Watson Hundreds of municipalities across the country – including major cities such as Los Angeles and others with large populations of immigrants – are refusing to honor requests from federal officials to hold undocumented immigrants in jail for possible ...
ACLU Sues California as Incompetent Defendants Wait in Jail for Mental Health Treatment by Joe Watson The ACLU filed a lawsuit last year on behalf of defendants declared incompetent to stand trial who languish in county jails across California while they await transfers to state mental health facilities. When the ...
Justice Department Impedes Release of "Legally Innocent" Prisoners by Derek Gilna Despite several recent high-profile cases where the U.S. Justice Department has urged the release of prisoners who all parties agreed were "legally innocent, dozens more remain behind bars.in North Carolina. The cases arise in instances where men were imprisoned ...
Article • September 6, 2016
Man Detained in Dallas Jail without Trial Longer Than Maximum Sentence by Matthew Clarke A man who was arrested for criminal trespass spent 200 days in the Dallas County Jail awaiting a court date on a charge that carries a maximum of 180 days in jail. The 37-year-old unidentified man ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Oregon Prosecutor & Defense Attorney Face Discipline for Illegal Confinement of Mentally Ill Defendant by The Oregon State Bar has voted to pursue disciplinary action against the Washington County District Attorney and a mentally ill criminal defendant's attorney for causing the man's illegal confinement. Donn Thomas Spinosa stabbed his wife ...
Utah Prisoners Incarcerated Longer Due to Lack of Rehabilitation Program Space by Since 2011, the average length of a Utah state prisoner's incarceration has increased by three months. The reason is a lack of space in rehabilitation programs--especially programs for sex offenders—combined with a parole board requirement that prisoners complete ...
Article • August 24, 2016
Civil Suit Against Wise County, Virginia for Case of Mistaken Identity by In a case of mistaken identity, an innocent man residing in Memphis, Tennessee was extradited to a regional jail in Wise County, Virginia where he remained incarcerated for more than three months. Once the Commonwealth’s Attorney could be ...
New York Holds Sex Offenders past Their Release Dates Because of 2005 Law by Joe Watson New York's Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) is reinterpreting statutes governing where sex offenders can live post incarceration to keep scores of them behind bars past their release dates. Since February 2014, ...
Report Reveals “Guaranteed Minimums” Drive ICE Detention by An updated report by Detention Watch Network (DWN), in cooperation with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), has exposed the practice of “guaranteed minimum” bed quotas in detention facilities operated by or for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The term refers to ...
In-house Parole Costs New Mexico Over $10 Million Annually by Matthew Clarke Inefficiencies in the New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) and the state’s Parole Board have resulted in hundreds of prisoners being kept in prison long beyond their parole release dates. The cost of incarcerating each prisoner during this so-called ...
Article • August 2, 2016 • from PLN August, 2016
Prison Policy Initiative Report Says Money Bail System Keeps Poor in Jail by Derek Gilna Of the more than 2.3 million people locked up in the United States at any given time, around 646,000 are held in county jails. Of that population, seven in ten are pretrial detainees who have ...
Article • August 2, 2016 • from PLN August, 2016
California: Ninth Circuit Reverses Finding that Props 9 and 89 are Unconstitutional by Derek Gilna In February 2014, following a bench trial, U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence K. Karlton found that two California laws created as a result of state ballot initiatives “retrospectively increased punishments, in violation of the ex ...
Article • August 1, 2016
BOP Over-detention of Prisoner Nets $35,000 Settlement by The federal Bureau of Prisons paid $35,000 to settle a claim alleging it over-detained a prisoner by 154 days. Lester Coleman was due to be released on July 5, 2000, but he was not released until December 7, 2000.  His complaint stated ...
$950,000 Settlement in DC Prisoner’s False Imprisonment Lawsuit by The District of Columbia paid $950,000 to settle the lawsuit of Joseph S. Heard for unlawful imprisonment. On November 15, 1998, Heard, a deaf man, was arrested for unlawful entry into a George Washington University building. The case was dismissed October ...
Doe v. Wackenhut Corrections, TX, Complaint, juvenile prison misconduct guard rape abuse sentencing, 1999 Case 3:99-cv-01319 Document 1 Filed 03/12/1999 Page 1 of 26 Case 3:99-cv-01319 Document 1 Filed 03/12/1999 Page 2 of 26 Case 3:99-cv-01319 Document 1 Filed 03/12/1999 Page 3 of 26 Case 3:99-cv-01319 Document 1 Filed 03/12/1999 ...
Brief • July 12, 2016
Lewis et al v. Government of D.C., DC, Memo Opinion, overdetention 8th Am 4th Am lack of probable cause, 2016 Case 1:15-cv-00352-RBW Document 17 Filed 06/27/16 Page 1 of 18 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ____________________________________ ) KAYLA DIONNE LEWIS, et al., ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ...
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