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White v. Dona Ana County Detention Center, NM, Recommendation, Mailroom Law Library, 2011 Case 2:08-cv-00955-WJ-GBW Document 138 Filed 01/12/11 Page 1 of 45 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO DENVER JAMES WHITE, Plaintiff, v. No. CV 08‐0955 WJ/GBW DONA ANA COUNTY DETENTION CENTER, ET ...
Brief • May 19, 2017
Kirk v. Carson City, NV, Settlement, Postcard-only Mail Policy, 2016 • ,1 JOHN L. THORNDAL JAMES G. ARM >'.'!Oot~,.... CRAIG R. DE STEPHEN C. BALKENBUSH PAU L F. EISINGER CHARLES L. BURCHAM BRIAN K. TERRY ROBERT F. BALKENBUSH PHILIP GOODHART CHRISTOPHER J. CURTIS KATHERINE F. PARKS KEVIN R. DIAMOND BRIAN ...
Publication • May 17, 2017
Northern Kentucky Law Review - False Teeth, 1990 FALSE TEETH? THORNBURGH'S CLAIM THAT TURNER'S STANDARD FOR DETERMINING A PRISONER'S FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS IS NOT "TOOTHLESS" Alphonse A. Gerhardstein* I. INTRODUCTION Prison rules are easy to create. "Once established, rules have great success at survival.... By ...accumulations of permanent rules passed ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
PLN Settles Censorship Suit Against Illinois County for $75,000, Policy Changes by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On June 17, 2016, Kane County, Illinois ratified a settlement agreement with Prison Legal News to resolve a federal lawsuit after dozens of copies of PLN sent to prisoners at the county’s jail ...
Article • April 24, 2017
Sentenced to Shut Up: To Protect Free Expression, Curb Prison Censorship by David M. Shapiro By David M. Shapiro, Truthout If Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" were written in 2017, the missive might not have made it out of the jail and into history. Today, too many American prisons ...
Article • March 27, 2017
America’s Fortress of Blood: The Death of George Jackson and the Birth of the Prison-Industrial Complex by Dan Berger In 1971, activist George Jackson was mysteriously killed in San Quentin prison — a tragedy repeated time and again by Dan Berger, Salon A young black man gunned down by law enforcement. ...
$7,500 Settlement in Pennsylvania Prisoner’s “Nuisance Suit” by In January 2016, Pennsylvania’s Northumberland County agreed to pay $7,500 to settle a former prisoner’s lawsuit alleging he was denied access to the courts, visitation, recreation and receipt of incoming publications. While at the Northumberland County Prison, Charles Picarella, Jr., who is ...
$5,000 Settlement for Prison Interfering with California Prisoner's Mail by In November 2015, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DORC) settled for $5,000 a federal civil rights action brought by DORC prisoner Sherman Manning alleging interference with Manning's mail and retaliation for his publication of books critical of the ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Imprisoned Author Denied Access to His Own Published Writing by In order to survive being subjected to nearly three decades of solitary confinement, William “Billy” Blake turned to reading and, more importantly, writing. “A Sentence Worse than Death” is an essay Blake wrote for inclusion in an anthology of narratives ...
Dear Librarian: Filling the Information Gap for Prisoners with No Internet Access by Christopher Zoukis For most Americans, life without Google or Wikipedia would be quite different, and living without Internet access probably unimaginable. One might ask, “How would I obtain the information I need to live my life?” Yet ...
Article • December 8, 2016 • from PLN December, 2016
Prison Survival Guides Find Audience Beyond Soon-to-be Prisoners by Derek Gilna Those people unfortunate enough to have been incarcerated are all too aware of the harsh realities of life “on the inside.” Thanks to America’s fascination with prison as a solution for all anti-social behavior, as well as draconian sentences ...
Maryland DOC Suspends Volunteer, Drops Literature Program by Mikita Brottman led a reading and discussion group for nine Maryland prisoners serving life sentences at the Jessup Correctional Institution. A professor of literature at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a psychoanalyst, Brottman volunteered her time for two hours a ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
United Kingdom: Prison Book Ban Overturned by Derek Gilna A writ filed by Barbara Gordon-Jones, a prisoner at HM Prison Send in Surrey, southwest of London, resulted in the reversal of a policy instituted by the British government that effectively prevented prisoners from receiving books from friends and family members. ...
Article • November 7, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
From the Editor by Paul Wright By now everyone should have received our special fundraiser issue, which includes our 2015 annual report. We don’t get many visitors to our office in Lake Worth, Florida, and when we do reactions tend to fall into two categories when people realize we have ...
Wisconsin Jail Policies Unconstitutional But Not Enjoined by Mark Wilson A Wisconsin federal court held that a jail's disciplinary, mail, and publication rules were unconstitutional. The court declined to enjoin those practices, however, essentially rendering its holding a mere advisory opinion. On September 29, 1970 pretrial detainees of the Milwaukee ...
California: Jail’s Unsolicited Publication Distribution Ban Upheld by Mark Wilson A California federal district court held in May 2015 that jail officials did not violate the First Amendment by refusing to distribute unsolicited publications to prisoners. Crime, Justice & America, Inc. (CJA), founded by former bail bondsman Ray Hrdlicka, publishes ...
Article • August 24, 2016
Sixth Circuit Affirms Denial of Qualified Immunity for Michigan DOC Officials by On February 6, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a denial of qualified immunity for three Michigan prison officials accused of violating the First Amendment and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalize Persons ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Maryland Ban on Prisoner's Book Rescinded by Brandon Sample The Maryland Department of Corrections (MDOC) has rescinded its ban on "The Marshall Plan: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther," a book written by Marshall "Eddie" Conway, a Maryland prisoner. Acting MDOC warden Wayne Webb banned Conway's book ...
Article • August 22, 2016
Fifth Circuit: Louisiana Prisons Can't Ban Nation of Islam Newspaper by In 2005, Louisiana prison officials instituted a statewide ban on "The Final Call, a newspaper published by the Nation of Islam. The ban was based solely on the content of a statement of beliefs called "The Muslim Program" located ...
Article • August 9, 2016
California Prisoner Allowed to Sell Banned Book on Condition that Profits Go to Charity Approved by Prison Officials by In January 2012, the Warden of California’s notorious Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) stipulated to a settlement agreement with PBSP prisoner Dale Bretches, who in 2006 had filed suit pursuant to ...
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