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Article • December 1, 2017
Prisoner Injured in Circular Saw Accident Awarded $816,000, Cut Down to $100,000 By Law by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis A Massachusetts state prisoner who worked in a prison industry workshop was awarded $816,000 in compensation for an injury sustained while working with a circular saw. The August 2, 2013 ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Filed under: Prison Labor
Concern over Use of Prisoners to Clear Homeless Camps in Washington, Oregon by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In November 2016, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Seattle, Washington adopted a resolution calling on the city to stop using state Department of Corrections (DOC) work crews to clean up homeless ...
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 ...
Brief • October 27, 2017
Norrid v. DARP, OK, Complaint, Forced Labor Human Trafficking,
ICE Detainee Sent to Solitary Confinement for Encouraging Protest of “Voluntary” Low-Wage Labor by Spencer Woodman by Spencer Woodman, reprinted with permission from The Intercept In June, officials at a privately run Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in rural Georgia sentenced an immigrant detainee to a month in solitary ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Prisoner Labor Focus of Controversy in Texas, Alabama by David Reutter by David Reutter The use of prisoner labor and poor prison conditions are behind calls for action in Texas and Alabama, and have led to concerns over the use of prison labor nationwide. Most people believe slavery was abolished ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Filed under: Prison Labor, Grievances
South Carolina Prisoners’ Wage Grievances Not Subject to 15-day Deadline by A South Carolina Appellate Court held that prisoners’ grievances were not subject to a 15-day filing deadline because they did not concern an “incident” but rather challenged the South Carolina Department of Corrections’ (SCDC) policies or procedures. The ruling ...
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 • September 8, 2017
Eighth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Minnesota Prison Workplace Injury Lawsuit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On February 2, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the ruling of a federal district court in Minneapolis which dismissed a lawsuit filed by a prisoner who lost three ...
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 • August 4, 2017
$1,514 Verdict in Favor of NV Prisoner in Jail Retaliation Case by Joe Watson by Joe Watson A federal judge returned a bench verdict in favor of Timothy H. Johnson, a prisoner at the Ely, Nevada state prison, in May 2008, awarding the plaintiff $1,514.35 in his suit alleging that ...
Going to Prison in Texas in 2015 by William T. Habern by William T. Habern, David P. O’Neil, and Debra Bone Introduction For over 30 years our firm has represented offenders and their families in prison and parole administrative and legal issues. The first version of this article was published ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Nevada DOC Moves to End Discrimination against HIV-positive and Disabled Prisoners by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On June 20, 2016, Rebecca Bond, chief of the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), sent the Nevada Attorney General a letter calling out the state’s Department of Corrections ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
South Carolina Appellate Court Upholds Prisoner’s Wage Suit by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna South Carolina state prisoner Fred Gatewood, who worked in a prison industries job, thought he was to be paid $4.00 per hour subject to various state-mandated deductions, but in fact received less. He filed wage-related grievances, ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Ohio Closes Prison Farms, Auctions Equipment, Plans to Sell Farmland by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On April 13, 2016, Gary Mohr, Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), announced plans to phase out farming operations at all ten of the state’s prison farms, and sell around ...
Marquez v. McMahon, CA, Amended Complaint, Taser Torture, 2017 Case 5:14-cv-01196-JGB-DTB Document 50 Filed 02/17/17 Page 1 of 19 Page ID #:281 LAW OFFICES OF VINCENT W. DAVIS & ASSOCIATES DANIEL C. SHARPE, ESQ., SBN 267075 150 North Santa Anita Avenue, Suite 200 2 Arcadia, California 91006 Telephone; (626) 446-6442 ...
Smith v. McMahon, CA, Amended Complaint, Taser Torture, 2017 Case 5:15-cv-00157-JGB-DTB Document 49 Filed 02/17/17 Page 1 of 17 Page ID #:216 1 2 3 4 5 6 EANET, PC Matthew L. Eanet (SBN 227490) 550 S. Hope Street, Suite 750 Los Angeles, CA 90071 Telephone: 310-775-2495 Facsimile: 310-593-2589 E-mail: ...
Brief • July 24, 2017
Hanson v. County of San Bernardino, CA, Amended Complaint, Taser Torture, 2017 Case 5:14-cv-00911-JGB-DTB Document 83 Filed 02/21/17 Page 1 of 33 Page ID #:423 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 LAW OFFICES OF DALE K. GALIPO Dale ...
Bishop v. County of San Bernardino, CA, Amended Complaint, Taser Torture, 2017 Case 5:14-cv-01085-JGB-DTB Document 51 Filed 02/21/17 Page 1 of 32 Page ID #:247 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 LAW OFFICES OF DALE K. GALIPO Dale ...
Third Circuit Finds that Prisoners’ Verbal Grievances are Constitutionally Protected by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a prisoner’s verbal grievance made to prison staff was protected speech under the First Amendment, and gave rise to a civil action when the prisoner ...
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