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Brazilian Prisoners Receive Mind-altering Drugs to Modify their Behavior by Derek Gilna In a controversial move, Brazilian prisoners convicted of murder and rape have been allowed to take a drug called dimethyltryptamine (DMT), in a drink known as Ayahuasca, as part of a spiritual rehabilitation program. Generally ingested in a ...
"Work Therapy"—How the Salvation Army's Chain of Rehabs Exploits Unpaid Labor by By Kenneth Anderson, The Influence Normally when we hear about people who use drugs being sent to forced labor camps as so-called “addiction treatment,” we think of places like Vietnam, China or the former Soviet Union. Surely nothing ...
A Primer on Prisoners’ Constitutional Rights by Alex Friedmann Prison Legal News (PLN) regularly reports on prison and jail-related court decisions involving violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights. Those who are new to the arena of civil rights litigation and unfamiliar with prisoners’ few remaining rights may need a basic introduction ...
NY: Prisoner's Abuse Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss by Lonnie Burton On December 2, 2014, a federal judge denied New York City's attempt to dismiss a suit filed by a Riker's Island prisoner who claimed he was attacked and beaten by a jail guard without provocation or justification. The excessive ...
Nevada Prisoner Receives $500, Other Considerations, in Settlement of Complaint Asserting Numerous Civil Rights Violations by Lonnie Burton On April 18, 2016, the Nevada Department of' Corrections (NDOC) agreed to pay a state prisoner $500 and make other policy changes' as part of a settlement agreement resolving the federal civil ...
Article • October 3, 2016 • from PLN October, 2016
Eleventh Circuit Upholds Alabama DOC Short Hair Policy Following Remand from Supreme Court by The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) does not overcome the Alabama Department of Corrections’ (ADOC) “short hair policy” for prisoners, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held. The ruling was issued on remand ...
Oregon Habeas Cognizable to Challenge Confinement in Florida and Colorado under Interstate Compact by In a pair of rulings, the Oregon Court of Appeals held that prisoners incarcerated in other states under the Interstate Corrections Compact (ICC) may challenge the conditions of their confinement in habeas corpus actions against Oregon ...
Article • September 9, 2016
Prison Seminary Program Expands with $2M Donation by For those who believe religion can lower recidivism, a college-level seminary curriculum launched in California's prisons is a godsend. The Urban Ministry Institute (UMI) began as an experiment at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, about an hour southeast of Los Angeles, ...
Article • September 9, 2016
First Circuit Holds RLUIPA Does Not Provide Relief from Transfer to Remote Prison Where Opportunities for Religious Exercise Are Limited by The First Circuit has held that the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act ("RLUIPA"), 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000cc et seg., does not provide a basis for relief where ...
China Pledges to Stop Taking Organs from Executed Prisoners by Prison officials in China—where prevailing religious beliefs dictate that humans he buried whole after their death—plan to stop taking organs from thousands of prisoners executed every year. But many doubt the practice will entirely cease because the need for organs ...
Fourth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Virginia Prisoner’s Religious Freedom Suit by The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a Virginia prisoner’s civil rights action that raised claims related to his religious practices and medical care. Prisoner Jesus Emmanuel Jehovah’s complaint alleged prison officials violated his free exercise ...
Brief • September 1, 2016
Gartrell v. FBOP, PA, Order denying of Def MTD, RFRA Bivens Action Muslim prayer times and locations, 2011 Case 1:10-cv-02160-WWC Document 39 Filed 10/12/11 Page 1 of 5 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA ISADORE GARTRELL, Plaintiff v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS, et al., ...
Sixth Circuit Reverses Consent Decree in Kentucky Religious Foster Care Provider Case by Lonnie Burton On October 6, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, overturned the terms of a settlement agreement between taxpayer group and the state of Kentucky in a case challenging the manner in which ...
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
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Many Nevada Jewish Prisoners Opting Out of Proposed Kosher Meals by Matthew Clarke On August 12, 2012, a Nevada federal court approved a notice of proposed settlement of a class-action civil rights lawsuit brought by a Jewish Nevada state prisoner over the announced intent of the Nevada Department of Corrections ...
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 ...
Fifth Circuit Reverses District Court's Denial of Appointment of Counsel by On March 6, 2009, Fifth Circuit reversed the district court's denial of appointment of counsel and upheld the dismissal of free exercise, equal protection and retaliation claims. Texas prisoner Willie Lee Garner filed a pro se lawsuit pursuant to ...
Shaheed v. USA, IL, Amended Complaint, Muslim Mistreatment, 2008 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS Hakeem Shaheed, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) ) United States of America, Michael K. Nalley, ) Regional Director of the North Central Region of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, ...
Hawaiian Prisoners’ Religious Freedom Lawsuit Certified as Class Action by Derek Gilna Native Hawaiians have a rich religious history, with elaborate rituals and sacred objects, which is a significant part of their culture.  Interference with the free exercise of these traditional religious practices at Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona where ...
California Housing Classifications May Burden Religious Freedom, but Constitutional Liability Overcomes Burden by The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held a prisoner stated a claim under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) that his classification as racially eligible to house with non-“Aryan” prisoners interfered with his religious ...
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