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Article • August 7, 2017
Filed under: Wrongful Imprisonment
IN Woman Settles Wrongful Arrest Lawsuit by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Anna Michelle Young, who was wrongfully arrested and incarcerated two days after Christmas in 2003 in Hancock County, Ind., agreed to settle her suit against Sheriff Nicholas Gulling, et al, in August 2008 for unspecified damages. The Hancock ...
Article • August 7, 2017
Filed under: Strip Searches, Bail
$7,500,000 Class-Action Settlement for Illegal Strip-Searches in Camden, NJ by Joe Watson by Joe Watson A class-action, Fourth Amendment lawsuit originally filed by Laverne Hicks and Michael Velez, two New Jersey men who had each been stopped by state police for alleged traffic violations and subsequently strip-searched and jailed by ...
Article • August 7, 2017
$750,000 Settlement for MI Man Wrongfully Jailed for Murder of Girlfriend's Infant Son by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Matthew Ditzhazy, who was acquitted of charges that he murdered his girlfriend’s 19-month-old son, reached a $750,000 settlement agreement in July 2008 with the city of Lincoln Park, Mich., near Detroit, ...
Going to Prison in Texas in 2015 by William T. Habern by William T. Habern, David P. O’Neil, and Debra Bone Introduction For over 30 years our firm has represented offenders and their families in prison and parole administrative and legal issues. The first version of this article was published ...
Brief • July 31, 2017
Adams v. Sentinel Offender Services, GA, Complaint, Private Probation Fees, 2017 Case 1:17-mi-99999-UNA Document 1922 Filed 07/25/17 Page 1 of 54 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA ATLANTA DIVISION ) STACEY ADAMS, ) ) JERRY SAINT VIL, on behalf of ) themselves and others ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Unlikely Criminal Justice Reform: How New York City Reduced Arrests and Slashed Prisoner Populations by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In what has been described as a "remarkable reversal of mass incarceration,” a newly-published report by Justice Strategies credited the New York Police Department (NYPD) for a massive decline in ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Filed under: Shootings, Parole
New York: Police Department Ordered to Produce Police Manual in Parolee Shooting Case by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Nassau County Supreme Court Judge Karen V. Murphy ordered the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) to turn over its Police Department Manual to the plaintiff in a wrongful death suit on ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Filed under: Probation, First Amendment
Ninth Circuit Reverses Revocation of Supervised Release Over Blog Post by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The federal government's attempt to restrict a former prisoner’s First Amendment right to free speech has been reversed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Darren Chaker was convicted of a white collar crime ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Filed under: Sentencing
Arkansas Prisoner’s Illegal Sentence Remanded Despite Filing Wrong Challenge by In a December 15, 2016 ruling, the Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a trial court to re-sentence a prisoner who was illegally sentenced to an extra 10 years in prison. The Court issued the order even though it dismissed the prisoner’s ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Filed under: Witnesses, Probation
Tenth Circuit Remands Two-year Sentence for Federal Probation Violation by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis On October 25, 2016, the Tenth Circuit remanded a case involving a federal probation violation for resentencing due to the improper admission of hearsay testimony from a probation officer. Tremale Henry was on federal supervised ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Filed under: Pardons/Clemency
Schwarzenegger Secretly Commutes Sentence of Friend's Son; Victim Notification Not Required in California Clemency Decisions by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson The California Court of Appeals held that the victim notification requirements of "Marsy's Law" do not extend to the Governor's sentence commutation authority. Near midnight on October 3, 2008, ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Tennessee Private Probation Firm Probed for Alleged Abuses by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Various misdemeanor probationers in Rutherford County, Tennessee have filed a federal lawsuit against Rutherford County, Pathways Community Corrections (PCC), previously known as Providence Community Corrections, and various probation officers, seeking injunctive relief and class action status ...
Brief • July 20, 2017
Herman v. Owney, IL, Complaint, Wrongful Incarceration Rape, 2015 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT, LAW DIVISION -- ,_.;, JOHN HERMAN, Plaintiff, v. APRIL M. OWNEY, 'Defendant ) ) ) ) ) ) ) c::> -n No.: f'"l \..J 201.sL001m5 CALEND,AR/~-OOM C. DEBBOLI and complaining of ...
Brief • July 14, 2017
Ferguson v. Short, MO, Judgment, Wrongful Conviction, 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI RYAN FERGUSON, Plaintiff, v. ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 14-04062-CV-C-NKL ) JOHN SHORT, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) JUDGMENT IN A CIVIL CASE ___ Jury Verdict. This ...
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 ...
Brief • July 12, 2017
Payne v. County of Cook, IL, Amended Complaint, Illegal Police Search, 2016 Case: 1:15-cv-03154 Document #: 120 Filed: 04/12/16 Page 1 of 49 PageID #:782 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION ORANGELO PAYNE, Plaintiff v. ) ) ) ) COUNTY OF COOK, ...
Brief • July 12, 2017
Payne v. County of Cook, IL, Judgment, Illegal Police Search, 2016 1:15-cv-03154 ILND 450 (Rev.Case: 10/13) Judgment in a Civil ActionDocument #: 155 Filed: 12/09/16 Page 1 of 1 PageID #:1075 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS Orangelo Payne, Plaintiff(s), Case No. 15 cv ...
Publication • July 7, 2017
Office of the Inspector General - Review of...Smart on Crime Initiative, Evaluation and Inspections Division, 2017 Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Review of the Department’s Implementation of Prosecution and Sentencing Reform Principles under the Smart on Crime ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Embattled Private Probation Company Ceases Operations by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In July 2016, Pathways community Corrections, a private probation company, announced that it had voluntarily ceased operations in Tennessee following a series of complaints, a federal lawsuit and an investigation by state officials that uncovered evidence the company ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
New York Prison Cannot Hold Sex Offender Beyond Expiration of Sentence by The Supreme Court's Appellate Division, Third Department, held that the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) may not hold a prisoner beyond his maximum sentence expiration date even if suitable post-release housing has not ...
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