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Publication • November 6, 2017
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Alex Friedmann CV 2017 ALEX FRIEDMANN 5331 Mt. View Road #130 Antioch, TN 37013 (615) 495-6568 phone • (866) 735-7136 fax afriedmann@prisonlegalnews.org Criminal Justice and Prison Privatization Expert / Consultant / Journalist Areas of Expertise: Criminal justice systems and practices, detention facilities, privatization of correctional services, felon disenfranchisement, recidivism and ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: Control Units, PLN related
From the Editor by Paul Wright by Paul Wright The past 40 years have seen a massive rise in the use of solitary confinement throughout the United States as a means of psychological torture to destroy people. As federal courts enjoined official means of physical torture (prisoners were being flogged ...
Brief • 2017
Prison Legal News v. Northwestern Regional Jail Authority, VA, Memorandum Opinion, Jail Censorship, 2017 9/29/2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA HARRISONBURG DIVISION PRISON LEGAL NEWS, Plaintiff, v. NORTHWESTERN REGIONAL JAIL AUTHORITY, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ...
Opposition to Prison Is an Environmental Fight in Appalachia by Sara Imperiale by Sara Imperiale A proposed federal prison has become the focus of opposition for advocates concerned about the project's most notable feature: it’s slated for a mountaintop coal removal site. Coal companies mine by mountaintop removal predominately in ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
From the Editor by Paul Wright This issue marks the 27th anniversary of Prison Legal News and our parent organization, the Human Rights Defense Center. When I first started publishing PLN from my prison cell in Clallam Bay, Washington in 1990, I didn’t think I would still be doing so ...
PLN Interviews CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou by John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former counterterrorism consultant. He left the CIA in March 2004, later serving as a senior investigator on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior intelligence advisor ...
Prison Legal News Interviews CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou - Full Interview by   Note: This is the full PLN interview with John Kiriakou; a shorter version was published as our April 2017 cover story, here. John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ...
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 ...
Publication • January 13, 2017
HRDC NPAP CLE Seminar on Representing Victims of Law Enforcement Misconduct on the Street and in the Cell Block, March 2017 Upcoming CLE Seminar: Representing Victims of Law Enforcement Misconduct on the Street and in the Cell Block The South Florida-based Human Rights Defense Center in collaboration with the National ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 7, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
From the Editor by Paul Wright By now everyone should have received our special fundraiser issue, which includes our 2015 annual report. We don’t get many visitors to our office in Lake Worth, Florida, and when we do reactions tend to fall into two categories when people realize we have ...
Former Prison Doctor Settles Racial Discrimination, Wrongful Termination Lawsuit with Federal Government for $65,000 by Lonnie Burton On January 16, 1997, a former prison doctor who had sued the federal government for racial discrimination resulting in his wrongful termination, agreed to dismiss his case in return for a payment of ...
Bureau of Prisons Pays $145,000 to Settle Handicap Discrimination Lawsuit by Lonnie Burton The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), through the United States Attorney General's Office, agreed to pay a total of $145,000 to settle a 1998 lawsuit brought by a BOP employee who alleged she was discriminated against on ...
BOP Pays $30,000 to Settle Prison Counselor's Religious Discrimination Claim by Lonnie Burton On March 18, 2002, a settlement agreement was finalized resolving a complaint brought by a federal prison counselor who alleged she was targeted for discrimination because of her religious beliefs. PLR is now reporting on this case ...
$290,000 Settlement for Federal Prisoner in Medical Negligence, Loss of Hearing Claim by Lonnie Burton On December 17, 1999, the United States agreed to pay $290,000 to a federal prisoner who permanently lost his hearing after he received inadequate medical care during his incarceration at two federal prisons in Florida. ...
$100,000 Jury Verdict in BOP Gender Discrimination Case by Lonnie Burton On September 27, 2002, a federal jury sitting in the United States District Court in Colorado found in favor of the plaintiff in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) worker against her ...
$40,000 for Federal Prisoner in Slip and Fall Case by Lonnie Burton On May 22, 2000, the U.S. Attorney General's Office reached a settlement agreement with a federal prisoner who had injured himself when he slipped and fell in his cell shower at the Federal Detention Center (FDC) near Seattle. ...
Apples-to-Fish: Public and Private Prison Cost Comparisons by Alex Friedmann by Alex Friedmann* It sounds like such a simple question: do private prisons save money? The answer, however, is dependent on a number of factors – including how “saving money” is defined. Consider that in 2013, the nation’s largest for-profit ...
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