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Article • August 22, 2017
New York Appeals Court Finds Prisoner Improperly Denied Witnesses at Disciplinary Hearing, Yet Denies Relief by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On September 30, 2016, a New York appellate court upheld the dismissal of a state prisoner's claim that he was unlawfully confined following a guilty finding at a prison ...
A Vision for Black Lives - Policy, Demands for Black Power, Freedom & Justice, M4BL, 2016 P OLIC Y. M 4 BL .ORG Black humanity and dignity requires Black political will and power. Despite constant exploitation and perpetual oppression, Black people have bravely and brilliantly been the driving force pushing ...
The New Slave Revolt by By Chris Hedges, TruthDig A nationwide prison work stoppage and hunger strike, begun on Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, have seen over 20,000 prisoners in about 30 prisons do what we on the outside should do—refuse to cooperate. “We will not only ...
Massachusetts Prisoners Involved in Reform Efforts Transferred, Held in Solitary by Christopher Zoukis Three Massachusetts state prisoners have been placed in segregation in apparent retaliation for their prison reform activism. Timothy Muise, Shawn Fisher and Steven James, all incarcerated at the medium-security prison MCI Shirley, were taken from their cells ...
German Prisoners Form Union, Seek Minimum Wage and Pension by Joe Watson A group of prisoners in Germany has accomplished what American prisoners have long been prohibited from doing: They formed a labor union for incarcerated workers, to advocate for minimum wage pay so they can earn enough for a ...
Prisoners Protest Solitary Confinement at Illinois Facility by Joe Watson More than two dozen prisoners at the Menard Correctional Center in Illinois protested conditions in the prison’s high security unit (HSU) by staging a series of hunger strikes, most of them sustained for weeks. The protests at the Menard facility, ...
Article • March 1, 2016 • from PLN March, 2016
Last Member of “Angola 3” Released from Louisiana Prison after 44 Years by David Reutter The last remaining member of the “Angola 3” – believed to have served the longest term in solitary confinement in the United States – was released from prison after almost 44 years, while consistently maintaining ...
Article • August 28, 2015 • from PLN September, 2015
Illinois University Faculty Member and PLN Contributor Fights for His Job after Opposing New County Jail by Joe Watson Illinois University Faculty Member and PLN Contributor Fights for His Job after Opposing New County Jail by Joe Watson In 2013, James Kilgore’s activism against a proposed new jail in Champaign, ...
Article • July 7, 2015 • from PLN July, 2015
Settlement Moots Appeal of Claims Denied by Summary Judgment by David Reutter Settlement Moots Appeal of Claims Denied by Summary Judgment by David Reutter The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a prisoner’s civil rights appeal after finding it was rendered moot by the parties’ post-trial settlement agreement. Nevada ...
"Public Concern" Test Does Not Apply To Prisoner Claims of Retaliation; Speech Must Be Consistent with Status as Prisoner by Brandon Sample "Public Concern" Test Does Not Apply To Prisoner Claims of Retaliation; Speech Must Be Consistent with Status as Prisoner By Brandon Sample The "public concern" test does not ...
The History of Prison Legal News by Paul Wright In May 1990, the first issue of Prisoners’ Legal News (PLN) was published. It was hand-typed, photocopied and ten pages long. The first issue was mailed to 75 potential subscribers. Its budget was $50. The first 3 issues were banned in ...
Retaliatory Beatings Violate First Amendment, Damages Awarded by Retaliatory Beatings violate First Amendment, Damages Awarded The court of appeals for the Second circuit held that a district court had improperly granted Judgment Notwithstanding the verdict to prisoner officials in a retaliation suit filed by New York state prisoners. Court also ...
Prisoner Organizers Transferred for Safety from Staff by The court of appeals for the Fifth circuit affirmed a district court injunction ordering two prisoner activists transferred to another prison for protection from prison staff. The plaintiffs were accused of inciting the burning of prison buildings and that their lives would ...
Prisoner's Transfer Enjoined Until Hearing to Determine Motivation by A federal district court issued a temporary injunction enjoining Connecticut state prison officials from transferring a prisoner, who was a reporter and columnist for a local newspaper. Prison officials contended the prisoner was not safe in administrative confinement or population from ...
Retaliation by NY Jail Guards Not Barred by PLRA by The plaintiff complained that the defendants retaliated against him for public criticism of police misconduct. He was arrested on seemingly trumped-up charges, transferred from Orange County to Rikers Island with false information that his claim to have been a police ...
New Mexico: $50,000 Settlement For False Arrest, Unconstitutional Strip Search by In the week of January 1, 2001, a lawsuit alleging false arrest and an unconstitutional strip search in retaliation for supporting a particular candidate for district attorney settled for $50,000. In 1999, while attending Gallup High School, Emily Ellison ...
Punishment for Publishing Newsletter Unconstitutional by The court of appeals for the Third circuit held that a district court erred when it dismissed a suit filed by Pennsylvania prisoners who were placed in segregation for publishing a prison newsletter. In reversing, the appeals court held that it is unconstitutional to ...
Article • May 15, 2007
Retaliation Suit Wrongly Dismissed by The court of appeals for the Tenth circuit held that a district court in Kansas wrongly dismissed a federal prisoners retaliation suit. The court applied the Turner v. Safley reasonableness test to a retaliation claim. Plaintiff claimed he was placed in segregation with no due ...
Norris-LaGuardia Act Trumps State Common Law by The United States Supreme Court held that only when the level of proof in §6 of the Norris-LaGuardia Act is reached can damages for interference be awarded. Paul Gibs filed a federal action against a labor union, The United Mine Workers of America ...
Retaliatory Transfer for Seeking Creation of Law Library Unconstitutional by The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed an Indiana district court's order dismissing a prisoner's § 1983 action alleging alternative theories of retaliation to justify his transfer. The appellate court found that all of the theories might be ...
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