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Colorado Narrowly Rejects Ballot Measure to End Slavery as Punishment for Crime by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke In November 8, 2016, Colorado voters rejected a ballot measure that would have amended the state constitution to remove 140-year-old language allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crime. The removal ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Court Decision Favoring BOP Whistleblower Critical of BOP and OIG by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna A December 2, 2016 decision by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, overturning a finding by the Merit Systems Protection Board, has cast in doubt the operations of the chief internal investigative body of ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
California Prison Officials Shift Responsibility for Work Injuries to Prisoners by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna California state prisons are known to be dangerous and violent places, but prisoners employed in industry programs at those facilities are also at serious risk of work-related injuries, as indicated by records maintained by ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
UNICOR’s Manufacture of Defective Military Helmets Criticized by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report in August 2016 that was sharply critical of ArmorSource LLC and its subcontractor, Federal Prison Industries (FPI), better known as UNICOR, ...
Article • April 5, 2017
New Law Addresses Imported Fish Caught by Slaves, Ignores U.S. Prisoner Labor by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna A law passed by in 2016 by Congress and signed by the President, the Port State Measures Agreement, prohibits the importation of fish caught using slave labor. U.S. Secretary of State John ...
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 ...
Gartrell v. FBOP, PA, Gartrell Expert Policy Proposal, RFRA Bivens Action Muslim prayer times and locations, 2012 CONFIDENTIAL SUBJECT TO FRE 408 FOR SETTLEMENT PURPOSES ONLY Isadore Gartrell v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, et al. FCI Schuylkill Muslim Prayer Policy Proposal This Muslim Prayer Policy Proposal sets forth alternatives to ...
Brief • March 15, 2017
Gartrell v. FBOP, PA, Settlement Agreement, RFRA Bivens Action Muslim prayer times and locations, 2012 555 Eleventh Street, NW., Suite 1000 Washington, D.C. 20004-1304 Tel +1.202.637.2200 Fax +1.202.637.2201 www.lw.com LATH AM&WAT KIN SLLP April 16, 2012 Ronald Reagan Federal Building Suite 220 228 Walnut Street P.O. Box 11754 Harrisburg, PA ...
Article • September 9, 2016
Senator McConnell's Message to Unicor: Back Off by Derek Gilna When one of the most powerful United States Senators makes a suggestion, even a federal bureaucracy takes notice. Kurt Wilson, an executive with American Apparel, Inc., an Alabama company that makes military uniforms, and Michael Marsh of Kentucky-based Ashland Sales ...
Publication • August 26, 2016
Filed under: Work, Prison Industries
Toxic Sweat Shops - How UNICOR Prison Recycling Harms Workers, Communities, the Environment, and the Recycling Industry, CEH, 2006 TOXIC SWEATSHOPS: How UNICOR Prison Recycling Harms Workers, Communities, the Environment, and the Recycling Industry Center for Environmental Health Prison Activist Resource Center Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition Computer TakeBack Campaign October ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Texas Correctional Industries Gives Prisoners Work Skills by With factories employing 5,200 prisoners at 37 Texas prisons, Texas Correctional Industries (TCI) is a large operation. It is also a diversified operation with furniture factories, computer repair facilities, soap and detergent factories, metal fabrication facilities, boot and shoe manufacturing plants, sign ...
Article • August 24, 2016
Alabama Ends Prison Farming Operations by Citing lack of profit, the Alabama Correctional Industries (ACI) ended its farming operations; ACI was formalized in 1976 with the “Prison-Made Goods Act.” It had been unprofitable for years leading up to the restructuring announced in 2007. “I want ACI to be a profit ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Start-Up Apparel Company Rests Its Fortunes on Back of Prisoner Labor by David Reutter A new company, Tight Lines Y’all, has started operations thanks to the availability of prisoner labor to produce its signature items. When Terry Lewis became inspired to start a company he faced the usual obstacles of ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Federal Prison Industries Fortunes Continue to Sink by Derek Gilna Anyone who has been paying attention the past several months is aware that the public’s perception of the federal government’s ability to manage its affairs in an orderly fashion has been plummeting. Therefore, no one should be the slightest bit ...
Publication • August 3, 2016
Filed under: Work, Prison Industries
The Evolution of Private Party Liability for Civil Rights Violations, Rockefeller Law Center, (undated) THE EVOLUTION OF PRIVATE PARTY LIABILITY IN 42 U.S.C. § 1983 CAUSES OF ACTION – A CONSTANTLY SHIFTING LEGAL ENVIRONMENT A. Jam es Rockefeller, Esq. jim @rockefellerlawcenter.com www.rockefellerlawcenter.com Rockefeller Law Center, P.C. W arner Robins, Georgia ...
Publication • July 26, 2016
The Prison Industry, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, 2010 CENTER ON JUVENILE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE DECEMBER 2010 www.cjcj.org Research Brief The Prison Industry by Randall G. Shelden, M.A, Ph.D Senior Research Fellow, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice Funding was provided by a grant from the Fund for Nonviolence. ...
The Taste of Exploitation: Whole Foods Stops Carrying Products Made by Prisoners by Christopher Zoukis Visit the website for Haystack Mountain, a Colorado-based goat cheese manufacturer, and you will find information about fancy chèvre and other tasty products. The “Our People” section includes profiles on cheesemaker Jackie Chang and other ...
Incarceration, Justice and the Planet: How the Fight Against Toxic Prisons May Shape the Future of Environmentalism by Panagioti Tsolkas Prisons inspire little in terms of natural wonder. It might be a weed rises through a crack and blooms for a moment. It might be a prisoner notices. But prisoners, ...
Company Owes Nevada Prison Industries $428,000 by Bob Sloan Nevada’s state-run prison industry program, Silver State Industries, came under attack from citizens and business owners in 2014. One criticism of the program involved the loss of jobs to non-incarcerated workers and fewer jobs available to the unemployed. Another complaint was ...
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