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Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: Prisoner Property
Oregon Prisoner’s Conversion Claim Against Guard Reinstated by The Oregon Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s dismissal of a prisoner’s handwritten, pro se filing for failure to state a claim. Oregon prisoner Michael Spillino filed a handwritten petition in circuit court, claiming that Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) lieutenant ...
Extensive Contraband Found During Shakedowns at Mississippi Prisons by A surprise predawn shakedown on March 3, 2017 yielded an “excessive amount of contraband” at one of Mississippi’s three privately-operated prisons, according to Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Interim Commissioner Pelicia Hall. The search at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility was ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: Medical, Prisoner Property
Plastic Spoon Not a “Dangerous Weapon” Under Oregon Law by The Oregon Court of Appeals has held that a prisoner was entitled to dismissal of a dangerous weapon charge because a plastic spoon with a slightly sharpened handle was not a dangerous weapon. The Court also held an “attempt” jury ...
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 ...
Brief • May 12, 2017
Pederson v. County of Plumas, CA, Mot to Enforce Consent Decree, Access to Dentures, 2017 Case 2:89-cv-01659-KJN Document 79 Filed 10/28/16 Page 1 of 29 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Dan Stormer, Esq. [S.B. # 101967] Mohammad Tajsar, Esq. [S.B. #280152] HADSELL STORMER & RENICK ...
Brief • May 12, 2017
Pederson v. County of Plumas, CA, Order for Sanctions and Report, Access to Dentures, 2017 Case 2:89-cv-01659-KJN Document 91 Filed 05/11/17 Page 1 of 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 PEDERSON, et al., 12 ...
Brief • May 12, 2017
Pederson v. County of Plumas, CA, Order on Consent Decree, Conditions at Jail, 2017 Case 2:89-cv-01659-KJN Document 85 Filed 02/08/17 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 PEDERSON, et al., 12 13 ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
The Financial Firm that Cornered the Market on Jails by Arun Gupta Thousands of arrestees a year are forced into get-out-of-jail-broke cards that are loaded up with deceptive fees. by Arun Gupta, The Nation A year and a half ago, after a grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in ...
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 ...
New Study Documents Lower Pre-arrest Incomes for Prisoners by Derek Gilna A study released last year, prepared by the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI), documented what most criminal justice experts have long suspected – that offenders’ pre-arrest incomes are significantly lower than the incomes of people who are not incarcerated. Interestingly, ...
Warrantless Jail Cell Manuscript Seizure Vacates Oregon Rape Convictions by Mark Wilson The Oregon Court of Appeals reversed an Oregon man's rape convictions, finding that prosecutors improperly seized a handwritten manuscript from his jail cell without a warrant. Kenneth Everett Moore was arrested on six counts of rape when his ...
Article • October 27, 2016
Kentucky Court of Appeals Upholds Jail Confiscating Cash and Checks to Pay Fees by Matthew Clarke On November 13, 2015, a Kentucky court of appeals held that neither a jail nor a bank acted illegally when the confiscated the checks prisoners had on them when they were booked into the ...
Article • October 3, 2016 • from PLN October, 2016
Oregon Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Release Debit Card Suit by Derek Gilna On August 25, 2016, a federal district court in Oregon denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by former prisoner Danica Love Brown, who had filed a class-action complaint naming Stored Value Cards, Inc. d/b/a ...
Article • September 8, 2016
WV: Money Sent By Family to Prisoners Subject to 40% Deduction, Despite Rule To the Contrary by Lonnie Burton On June 8, 2016, the West Virginia Supreme Court held that funds received by prisoners from family and friends are considered "earnings" and thus subject to the deductions mandated by W. ...
Article • August 25, 2016
North Dakota Supreme Court Clarifies Child Support Lien Issues re State Prisoner by The Supreme Court for the State of North Dakota affirmed the judgment of the Ward County District Court, Northwest Judicial District of North Dakota, affirming an administrative enforcement action placing a lien, ordered September 28, 2011, on ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Jail Employees Steal from Prisoner Fund in Small-Town Maine by After stealing more than $7,200 from a so-called "inmate benefits account," a county jail employee in small-town Maine snitched on a co-worker and implicated his boss in the scam before finally resigning himself. Capt. Robert Gross, 62, filed his letter ...
Article • August 5, 2016
CA Prisoners Win Appeal in Failure-To-Pay Interest Case by The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has remanded a case filed by several California state prisoners challenging a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) practice of refusing to credit the prisoners with interest earned on their accounts. ...
Article • August 5, 2016
Prison Guard Guilty of Stealing Mail by On September  23, 2014, a guard at a Virginia state prison entered a guilty plea to one count of mail theft for stealing mail intended for prisoners. Ezra Lamont Price was employed as a guard at the Danville Adult Detention Center when mail ...
Elizzari et al v. Sheriff of Cook County, IL, Plf Mot to Alter or Amend IR Judgment, 2016.pdf Case: 1:07-cv-02427 Document #: 448 Filed: 03/07/16 Page 1 of 6 PageID #:8558 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION LEONCIO ELIZARRI, et al., Plaintiffs, -vsSHERIFF OF ...
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