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Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
California Court Vacates Prison Infraction Charging Prisoner for Refusing Meals by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton The California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Two, has invalidated a prison infraction that charged a hunger-striking prisoner with “participating in a riot, rout, or unlawful assembly,” as it was unsupported by ...
Corizon, CCA Settle Lawsuit Over Solitary Confinement of Elderly Woman by Matthew Clarke Corizon Health and for-profit prison firm Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) have settled a lawsuit over the solitary confinement of a then-70-year-old prisoner following an alleged false positive drug test caused by Zantac, a heartburn medication. Carol ...
ACLU Sues California as Incompetent Defendants Wait in Jail for Mental Health Treatment by Joe Watson The ACLU filed a lawsuit last year on behalf of defendants declared incompetent to stand trial who languish in county jails across California while they await transfers to state mental health facilities. When the ...
Indiana Federal Court Certifies Habeas Corpus Class of Prisoners Disciplined for Refusing to Admit Guilt in Sex Offender Program by Matthew Clarke On September 30, 2015, a U.S. district court certified a class of Indiana state prisoners who refused to admit their guilt as part of the Indiana Sex Offender ...
Second Circuit Upholds Implicit Waiver of Appearance at Disciplinary Hearing by Bruce Smith was a New York state prisoner when he was charged with the disciplinary infraction of fighting with another prisoner. On the day of his disciplinary hearing, Smith was brought to the hearing room, but the hearing officer ...
Article • August 25, 2016
NY Prisoner’s Sanction for Not Providing Urine Sample for Drug Screening Affirmed by Camilo Infante, a New York state prisoner, failed to provide a urine sample within three hours of a guard’s order to do so for purposes of drug screening. He claimed at his disciplinary hearing that a groin ...
Ninth Circuit: Prisoner’s Service of Process for Other Prisoner Not Protected Conduct by Mark Wilson Ninth Circuit: Prisoner’s Service of Process for Other Prisoner Not Protected Conduct by Mark Wilson On September 10, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a prisoner’s retaliation claim, holding that ...
Article • February 15, 2014 • from PLN February, 2014
NY Prisoner’s Youthful Age Considered in Modifying Prison Disciplinary Sanction by The Appellate Division of New York’s Supreme Court, Fourth Judicial Division, after taking into account a prisoner’s youthfulness, modified the penalty imposed in a prison disciplinary hearing. Prisoner Paul Cookhorne was charged with violating various prison rules that included ...
Massachusetts Supreme Court: 90 Days in Segregation on Awaiting Action Status without Hearing Violates Due Process by The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has ruled that prisoners held in segregated confinement on “awaiting action” status are entitled to due process protections, and such prisoners may not be kept in segregation ...
NY Prison Disciplinary Hearing that Doesn’t Consider Insane Prisoner’s Mental Health Held Invalid by Leon Reed, a New York state prisoner, stabbed another prisoner to death in September of 1976 at the Gaveen Haven Correctional Facility. He was found not guilty of murder in state court by reason of insanity. ...
NY Prisoner’s Sanction for Not Providing Urine Sample for Drug Screening Affirmed by Camilo Infante, a New York state prisoner, failed to provide a urine sample within three hours of a guard’s order to do so for purposes of drug screening. He claimed at his disciplinary hearing that a groin ...
Assessment of Prison Account Without Seizure of Funds Implicates Due Process in Third Circuit by Mark Wilson In an important case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that an assessment of a prisoner’s trust account without an actual seizure of funds implicates a ...
California Court of Appeals: Minor Misconduct "Some Evidence" Supporting Parole Denial by California Court of Appeals: Minor Misconduct "Some Evidence" Supporting Parole Denial On March 5, 2009, a California Court of Appeal held that a prisoner's receiving a minor misconduct notation (form CDC 128-A) since his previous parole review was ...
Vermont Supreme Court: “Nutraloaf” Diet Is Punishment that Requires Hearing by On March 13, 2009, the Vermont Supreme Court held that placing a prisoner on a “Nutraloaf” and water diet constitutes punishment that requires a hearing before the punitive diet is imposed. William Borden, Richard Pahl and Brian Pelletier, Vermont ...
Personal Restraint Petition Remanded to DOC in Washington State by On October 27, 2008, a Washington State Court of Appeals filed an unpublished opinion in the matter of a personal restraint petition filed by prisoner Toby Joseph Masse challenging punishment imposed pursuant to a prison disciplinary hearing. Having received a ...
N.Y. Affirms Multiple Accumulating DOC Disciplinary Proceedings For Same Incident by New York State prisoner Derek Josey sought review of an intermediate appellate court ruling allowing the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) to punish him multiple times for the same incident. New York’s highest court ruled that res judicata did ...
Oregon Prison Disciplinary Fines Upheld by On December 14, 2005, an Oregon court of appeals upheld the statutory authority of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) to impose monetary fines for disciplinary violations. Jacob Henry Barrett, an Oregon state prisoner, filed a petition for judicial review of two DOC administrative ...
Flurry of Escapes Emphasizes Prisoners' Desperation by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke Last September produced a bumper crop of prison and jail escapes around the country, including a desperate escape by two Texas prisoners that resulted in the death of a guard, a car jacking and two shootouts. Plus a ...
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