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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 H.S. 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 at ...
California Parole Agents Often Have Dangerously High Caseloads by When Jaycee Dugard escaped from captivity in Oakland, California sex offender Phillip Garrido's backyard, it became apparent that both state and federal parole officers had missed multiple opportunities to discover and rescue her during the 18 years she was held captive. ...
Article • August 2, 2016 • from PLN August, 2016
Virginia: Unproven Facts Used to Deny Parole Subject of Lawsuit, Settlement by A settlement agreement in a federal lawsuit forced the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) and the state’s Parole Board to deem a prisoner eligible for parole. The settlement also reversed the agencies’ interpretation of Virginia’s “Three Strikes” law ...
Iowa State Court Finds Prisoner Entitled to Counsel at Prison Classification Hearing by Derek Gilna Iowa State District Court Judge Scott D. Rosenberg reversed and remanded a prisoner’s adverse classification hearing based upon the denial of his right to legal counsel. Gary Pettit pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse and ...
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 ...
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