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Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Study Shows “Ban-the-Box” Policies May Result in Racial Bias by Employers by David Reutter by David Reutter Increasingly, criminal justice reformers are pushing for “ban-the-box” policies, ordinances and statutes, which are intended to eliminate from job applications the box that asks, “Have you been convicted of a felony?” [See: PLN, ...
Article • September 6, 2017
Eleventh Circuit Slams Douglas County, Georgia Sheriff's Office for Retaliation Against Whistle-Blower by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued a stinging opinion in which it firmly rebukes the retaliatory actions of the Douglas County, Georgia Sheriff's Office. Derrick Bailey, ...
Jones v. LaPorte County Sheriff's Dept, IN, Settlement, Disabilities Discrimination, 2017 1200/6629 JOINT AND MUTUAL RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS The parties to this Joint and Mutual Release of All Claims are as follows: Michael A. Jones, individually and for his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns (herein referred to as ''RELEASOR'') ...
Brief • August 2, 2017
USA v. Arpaio, AZ, Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, Contempt of Court, 2017 Case 2:16-cr-01012-SRB Document 210 Filed 07/31/17 Page 1 of 14 1 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 8 9 United States of America, Plaintiff, ...
Study Finds Extreme Lack of Gender, Racial/Ethnic Diversity in State Courts by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna A new report, "Gavel Gap: Who Sits in Judgment on State Courts?,” by Professors Tracey E. George and Albert H. Yoon, of Vanderbilt Law School and Toronto Law School, respectively, found that state ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Report: “Culture of Racism,” Frequent Use of Force at Northern California Prison by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In December 2015, California's Office of the Inspector General reported there was a “culture of racism and lack of acceptance of ethnic differences” among guards at the High Desert State Prison (HDSP), ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Incarceration Numbers Falling, Especially for Blacks by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the imprisonment rate for blacks is declining and has been doing so for many years. But the BJS data also indicates that the trend is headed in the opposite ...
Urban Institute - A Matter of Time, Executive Summary, 2017 JUSTICE POLICY CENTER A Matter of Time The Causes and Consequences of Rising Time Served in America’s Prisons Leigh Courtney, Sarah Eppler-Epstein, Elizabeth Pelletier, Ryan King, and Serena Lei July 2017 This document is the executive summary for the feature ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Is Risk Prediction Real Criminal Justice Reform or Junk Science? by Joe Watson by Joe Watson With its criminal justice system bursting at the seams, one state has decided to take a controversial step to alleviate the pressure. In 2015, Pennsylvania officials indicated the state would become the first in ...
Fifth Circuit Upholds Houston Police Officer's Retaliation Jury Award by On August 19, 2015, the Fifth Circuit court of appeals upheld a federal jury's $23,000 award for retaliation by the police department and returned an additional award of $127,000 for evaluation of how much of it was due to future ...
ACLU - Cruel and Usual Punishment, LA County Jails, 2011 Cruel and Usual Punishment: How a Savage Gang of Deputies Controls LA County Jails A report by the ACLU National Prison Project and the ACLU of Southern California September 2011 Principal Authors Sarah Liebowitz ACLU Foundation of Southern California, Jails ...
Bear v. Delaware County, OH, Settlement, Taco Bell Negligence, 2017 MAZANEC, RASKIN & RYDER Co., L.P.A. -----attorneys and counsellors at l a w - - - - Celebrating More Than Thirty Years of Excellence Douglas C. Boatright Email: dboatright@mrrlaw.com Direct Dial: (614) 324-1043 May 9, 2016 Jennifor L. Branch, Esq. ...
Brief • 2017
USA v. Rhode Island DOC, RI, Settlement, Racial Discrimination in Hiring, 2017 Case 1:14-cv-00078-WES-LDA Document 80-1 Filed 09/18/17 Page 1 of 48 PageID #: 1142 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF RHODE ISLAND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, ...
Publication • 2017
Harvard Law Review - The President's Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform, 2017 VOLUME 130 JANUARY 2017 NUMBER 3 © 2017 by The Harvard Law Review Association COMMENTARY THE PRESIDENT’S ROLE IN ADVANCING CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM Barack Obama CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................ 812 I. THE URGENT NEED FOR REFORM ................................................................................. 816 ...
Brief • May 16, 2017
Rodriguez v. City of Los Angeles, CA, Response to Req for Disc, Discriminatory Curfews, 2011 26 September 2011, Rena M. Shahandeh, Esq. Los Angeles City Attorney's Office 200 North Main Street, 6th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90012 213-978-8785 (fax) rena.shahandeh@lacity.org VIA FAX & US MAIL: (213) 978-8785 RE: Christian Rodriguez, ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
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The Sentencing Project Explores Impact of Race and Ethnicity on U.S. Prison System by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna A June 2016 report by The Sentencing Project found that blacks are incarcerated in state prisons at much higher rates than whites – up to ten times the incarceration rate in ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Stipulated Order Desegregates Arizona Prisons; $195,000 in Attorney Fees Awarded by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke Decades after prisons in the Deep South were desegregated by the federal courts, a federal judge has approved a stipulated order desegregating housing and job assignments in Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) facilities. The ...
Article • April 26, 2017
$6,750 Settlement in BOP Racial, Age Discrimination Complaint by The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) paid $6,750 to settle an employee’s age and racial discrimination claim.  The April 7, 2000, complaint of Sally Williams, a Secretary GS-6 at the BOP office in Washington D.C., alleged denial of promotions. Williams asserted that younger ...
Article • April 26, 2017
EEOC Judge Holds BOP Retaliated Against Employee for Prior EEO Activities by On May 1, 2002, an administrative law judge for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) retaliated against an employee who had filed previous complaints with the EEOC when they terminated ...
Department of Justice Opposes Finding of Racial Discrimination against BOP by Donald Ernest Thompson, who is black, was a correctional supervisor (GS-11 Lieutenant) at FCI Englewood in Littleton, Colorado when he was made Disturbance Control Team Leader. Two white members of the team objected to his appointment, claiming he had ...
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