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Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
New York Parole Board Repeatedly Held in Contempt; One Case Reversed on Appeal by In May 2016, the New York Supreme Court in Dutchess County held the State Parole Board (the Board) in contempt for failing to follow a court order governing a parole review. New York state prisoner John ...
Trapped by Sam Levin California wastes tens of millions of dollars a year keeping people in prison long after they’ve been rehabilitated – denying parole for arbitrary reasons and destroying lives in the process. by Sam Levin, East Bay Express Part One: Cruel and Indefinite Punishment Demian Johnson knows he ...
South Carolina Court Finds DOC Erred in Treating Cases as No-Parole Offenses by On November 12, 2015, the South Carolina Court of Appeals held the state’s Department of Corrections (DOC) had erred in interpreting a statute as requiring prisoners with a second conviction for conspiracy to manufacture or intent to ...
A Story of Racial Bias, the Absence of Mercy, and a Death in Prison by By Equal Justice Initiative Forty-five years after Phillip Chance traveled from his home in Detroit, Michigan to visit family in rural Choctaw, Alabama, he died in an Alabama prison. During that visit in 1971, 15-year-old Phillip ...
By the Numbers - Parole Release and Revocation Across 50 States, Robina Institute, 2016 1 Parole Release and Revocation Across 50 States INTRODUCTION BY THE NUMBERS: A publication by the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice ROBINA INSTITUTE OF CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA LAW ...
Article • December 8, 2016 • from PLN December, 2016
Heck Satisfied if Ruling Fails to Address Issues but Reverses Conviction by The Third Circuit Court of Appeals held an order vacating a sentence imposed by a lower court constitutes a favorable termination of proceedings under Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994) [PLN, Sept. 1994, p.12], despite the fact ...
Another Appeal in New York Post-Release Supervision Case by Matthew Clarke On October 14, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin held she would retain jurisdiction over a class-action civil rights lawsuit in order to determine the damages to be awarded former prisoners for the imposition or continuation of post-release ...
Corrections Officials Stealing Prisoners’ Identities a Growing Problem by Christopher Zoukis Corrections officials tend to have a single-track mindset: guards oversee prisoners in an attempt to maintain security and order. But what if the looking glass needs to be reversed and the jailers need to be overseen instead? With identity ...
If the Risk is Low, Let Them Go by by Renee Feltz, The Indypendent Back in 1978, Mujahid Farid had already decided to turn his life around when he entered the New York prison system to begin a 15-year-to-life sentence for attempted murder of an NYPD officer.  Held in Rikers Island ...
Article • November 7, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Oregon Parole Board Incorrectly Prohibited Legal Assistant from Speaking at Parole Hearing by Mark Wilson Last year, the Oregon Court of Appeals held that a prisoner was improperly compelled to choose between having his mother or a legal assistant speak on his behalf at a parole hearing. Oregon state prisoner ...
Article • November 1, 2016
Texas Parole Commissioner Indicted for Falsifying Parole Records by Matthew Clarke On October 1, 2014, a Walker County grand jury indicted Texas parole commissioner Pamela Freeman for making "a false entry in a government record, to-wit: Parole memorandum, said false entry being that an inmate 'refused to interview.'" Freeman, who ...
8th Circuit: "Favorable Termination" Rule Applies Even if Plaintiff No Longer Incarcerated by Lonnie Burton In Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994), the Supreme Court ruled that a prisoner could not bring a suit for damages for an unconstitutional conviction or imprisonment, unless and until the underlying conviction has ...
Article • September 14, 2016
$15,000 Settlement in D.C. Prisoner’s Bogus Parole Revocation Suit by The District of Columbia (D.C.) paid $15,000 to settle the lawsuit of prisoner George Hill for negligence and false imprisonment. On October 15, 1999, Hill surrendered himself to the D.C. Jail, believing there was a parole violation warrant. On September ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Colorado Parole Officer Allegedly Forges Documents to Increase Incarceration by According to a report by the Inspector General's Office (IG) of the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC), a parole officer may have changed the arrest dates on documents to keep people arrested on parole violation warrants locked up longer than ...
Article • August 25, 2016
State of Washington Settles on Wrongful Death Claim by The Superior Court of the State of Washington oversaw the $100,000 settlement in February 2002 of a wrongful death claim brought by the wife of Dexter Villa, who was deceased in October 1998 as a result of the actions and inactions ...
Article • August 12, 2016
No Oregon DNA Appeal Unless Testing is Denied or Limited by Mark Wilson The Oregon Court of Appeals held that prisoners do not have a due process right to a psychological evaluation at state expense for "rehabilitation hearings." Oregon prisoners convicted of Aggravated Murder are sentenced to life imprisonment with ...
Article • August 12, 2016
No Due Process Right to Oregon Parole Witnesses or Cross-Examination by Mark Wilson The Oregon Court of Appeals rejected a facial challenge to a rule denying prisoners the right to call or cross-examine witnesses at parole hearings. When the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision (Board) has established a ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Wisconsin Parole Hampered by Prison Bureaucrats by David Reutter An “irrational” and unaccountable system is preventing Wisconsin’s parole eligible prisoners from satisfying requirements to merit release on parole. About 15% of Wisconsin’s more than 32,000 prisoners have sentences that allow them to be paroled. They are the remnant that lingers ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Oregon Parole Board Psychologist Busted “Embellishing His Life” – Again by Mark Wilson “I have a big ego,” admitted longtime Oregon parole board psychologist Frank P. Colistro, Ed.D. “I embellish my life.” Asked if this hurts his credibility, Colistro hesitated for a long, painful silence before answering “No.” His employers ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Cook County Probation Blamed for Chicago Gun Violence, Death of High School Student by Joe Watson Cook County's Adult Probation Department (CCAPD) is getting considerable blame for the notoriously high prevalence of gun violence in Chicago, including the January 2013 shooting death of a high school band member who performed ...
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