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$175,000 in Damages, Attorney Fees Against Sentinel Offender Services by A Georgia state jury awarded $50,000 to a woman for false arrest and imprisonment by Sentinel Offender Services, a private probation company. The award was the outcome in the first trial of more than a dozen lawsuits filed against the ...
Seventh Circuit Tells Wisconsin Probationer with Gender Dysphoria how to Proceed by Matthew Clarke On December 23, 2015, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal of a Wisconsin probationer with gender dysphoria who was denied a preliminary injunction to allow her to move from a men’s homeless shelter ...
Georgia’s Supreme Court Rules on Private Probation Services by The Georgia Supreme Court held on March 25, 2016 that common law allows for tolling of privately-supervised misdemeanor probation sentences, and that such common law was not abrogated when lawmakers passed the State-Wide Probation Act. The case was before the state ...
Publication • December 30, 2016
Class V Restitution, Work Release, and Community Supervision or Custody Master Agreement, WA DOC and City of Seattle, 2015
Community Cages - Profitizing community corrections and alternatives to incarceration, AFSC, 2016 COMMUNITY CAGES: Profitizing community corrections and alternatives to incarceration e h t f o t r a P l Treatment Indusetriax Compl 2tic #no series AUGUST 2016 COMMUNITY CAGES: Profitizing community corrections and alternatives to incarceration AUGUST 2016 ...
For Profit Drug Test Company Wrongly Reported No Shows for Completed Tests by A multi-week computer glitch by private drug testing firm Jail Alternatives for Michigan Services (JAMS) wrongly accused hundreds of pre-trial defendants of failing to show for court ordered drug testing. When her office failed to receive notice ...
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 ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Preliminary Injunction Granted in Class-action Suit Challenging Private Probation Services in Tennessee by David Reutter Another victory in the fight against debtors’ prisons was achieved with the grant of an injunction by a Tennessee federal district court. The preliminary injunction, issued in a class-action lawsuit in December 2015, prohibits a ...
Article • November 7, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Supervised Release Term Does Not Limit Prison Sentence Upon Violation by The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held “that upon revocation of supervised release a defendant may be sentenced to the felony class limits contained in [18 U.S.C.] § 3583(e)(3) without regard to imprisonment previously served for revocation of supervised ...
Nearly 2% of U.S. Adults on Parole or Probation at Year-End 2013 by Matthew Clarke According to a statistical report released by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics in October 2014, there were nearly 4.8 million U.S. adults on some form of community supervision at the end ...
New Orleans Sheriff Ends Oversight of Electronic Monitoring Program by David Reutter The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office’s (OPSO) administration of New Orleans’ Electronic Monitoring Program (EMP) was an almost “total failure,” according to the city’s Inspector General, Ed Quatrevaux, who found deficiencies in the program compromised public safety and wasted ...
Appeals Court Strikes Down Stringent Sex-Offender Probation Conditions by Derek Gilna Charles Murray was sentenced to 95 months' imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, and as part of that sentence was required to fulfill "various special conditions of supervised release that, for example, require(d) him to ...
Should Spend Less Violating Parolees, Probationers by A recent report argues that California's parolees and probationers are proportionally far less of the population arrested for new crimes and, thus, law-enforcement resources should target the overwhelming majority of offenders who aren't under community supervision. The study, released in 2013 by the ...
Publication • September 1, 2016
Filed under: Prison Reform, Parole, Probation
Missouri Policy Shortens Probation and Parole Terms, Protects Public Safety, PEW, 2016 A brief from Aug 2016 Missouri Policy Shortens Probation and Parole Terms, Protects Public Safety Individuals on community supervision can earn credits to reduce their sentences Overview In 2012, Missouri established an “earned compliance credits” policy that allows ...
Article • August 25, 2016
California "Reason to Know" Probation Condition Not Unconstitutionally Vague by Mark Wilson The California Court of Appeals held that a probation condition prohibiting association with persons “you know, or reasonably should know” are drug users is not unconstitutionally vague. In 2012, Jaime Mata Mendez was convicted of California drug charges ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Filed under: Probation
Texas Need Not Prove Ability to Pay Probation Fees Before Revocation by Matthew Clarke In a November 14, 2012 opinion, The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals held that the prosecution is not required to prove that a probationer was able to pay fees before he was revoked for nonpayment. The ...
Article • August 22, 2016
Fifth Amendment Right Waived, If Not Invoked During Polygraph Test by Pennsylvania parolee David S. Knoble served his sentence for endangering the welfare of a child, conspiring with his wife for her to engage in sexual intercourse with his 14-year old son and then placed on four-year probation. He was ...
Federal Probation Officer Sexually Abuses Five Women by A 22-year veteran federal probation officer faces indictment and suit for sexually abusing five women under his supervision, from late 2006 until retiring in mid-2009. Gaillynn Monica Abbott filed a July 20, 2010, federal lawsuit against her federal probation officer, Mark John ...
Publication • August 19, 2016
Profiting from Probation - America’s “Offender-Funded” Probation Industry, Human Rights Watch, 2014 H U M A N R I G H T S W A T C H PROFITING FROM PROBATION America’s “Offender-Funded” Probation Industry Profiting from Probation America’s “Offender-Funded” Probation Industry Copyright © 2014 Human Rights Watch All rights ...
The Impact of Probation and Parole Populations on Arrests in Four California Cities, Justice Center, 2013 The Impact of Probation and Parole Populations on Arrests in Four California Cities A report prepared by the Council of State Governments Justice Center The Impact of Probation and Parole Populations on Arrests in ...
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