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Arkansas Prisoner’s Parental Rights Terminated by The Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed the termination of a prisoner’s parental rights. George Blumley was in prison on October 7, 2012, when the biological mother of his nine year old son, G.B., was arrested on several charges relative to a domestic violence incident.  The ...
Article • February 21, 2017
$340,000 Awarded to Man Chicago Detective Falsely Claimed had Confessed to Murder by Leonard Robinson was arrested by Chicago police for battery. That charge was eventually dropped, but while he was held in jail for two days, then charged with killing his girlfriend's three-year-old son forty-one months earlier. He remained ...
$13 Million Ohio Wrongful Conviction Verdict Upheld by Sixth Circuit by On December 2, 2014, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a district court jury verdict which awarded $13 million to a man who spent 12 years in prison for a murder conviction later overturned for malicious prosecution ...
Article • February 17, 2017
Crying Rape by False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem. By Cathy Young, Slate In the emotionally charged conversation about rape, few topics are more fraught than that of false allegations. Consider some responses to the news that singer-songwriter Conor Oberst had been falsely accused of sexual assault. ...
Face-to-Face Family Visits Return to Some Jails by By Mindy Fetterman, Stateline The jailhouse scene from 2014 remains vivid in Rebecca Shlafer’s mind. A 3-year-old girl came to the Washington County Jail in Stillwater, Minnesota, to see her dad. “She ran down the hall, jumped up in a chair and ...
Beyond the Bars of Hopelessness: How We Can Revive Parole by By Jean Trounstine, Truthout A newly released Sentencing Project report, "Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences", lays it on the line: Incarcerated people who have been sentenced to "life" but are eligible for parole are serving ...
Americans Are Still Being Imprisoned For Being HIV Positive by By Sydney Lupkin, VICE There has never been a documented case in which HIV was transmitted via saliva. But Willie Campbell, who is HIV positive, has been behind bars for nearly a decade and is serving a 35-year sentence for spitting at a Dallas police officer. According to the ...
Trapped by Sam Levin California wastes tens of millions of dollars a year keeping people in prison long after they’ve been rehabilitated – denying parole for arbitrary reasons and destroying lives in the process. by Sam Levin, East Bay Express Part One: Cruel and Indefinite Punishment Demian Johnson knows he ...
South Carolina Court Finds DOC Erred in Treating Cases as No-Parole Offenses by On November 12, 2015, the South Carolina Court of Appeals held the state’s Department of Corrections (DOC) had erred in interpreting a statute as requiring prisoners with a second conviction for conspiracy to manufacture or intent to ...
Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
California Governor Grants 112 Pardons, One Commutation by On December 23, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown granted 112 pardons and commuted one prison sentence in a continuation of his tradition of issuing pre-Christmas reprieves. Most of the pardons were provided to people who had already completed their sentences for nonviolent ...
$175,000 in Damages, Attorney Fees Against Sentinel Offender Services by A Georgia state jury awarded $50,000 to a woman for false arrest and imprisonment by Sentinel Offender Services, a private probation company. The award was the outcome in the first trial of more than a dozen lawsuits filed against the ...
A Story of Racial Bias, the Absence of Mercy, and a Death in Prison by By Equal Justice Initiative Forty-five years after Phillip Chance traveled from his home in Detroit, Michigan to visit family in rural Choctaw, Alabama, he died in an Alabama prison. During that visit in 1971, 15-year-old Phillip ...
Justice Department Inspectors Find Problems with BOP Reentry Programs by Derek Gilna A report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Justice, released in August 2016, faulted the quality and effectiveness of the Release Preparation Program (RPP) provided to federal prisoners by the Bureau ...
Texas: “San Antonio Four” Exonerated after Two Decades by In 1997, Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez were convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls. The women came to be known as the “San Antonio Four.” With help from the Innocence Project of Texas, all four were ...
Five Wrongfully Convicted North Carolina Men Receive Almost $8 Million by David Reutter Five former prisoners who were wrongfully convicted in a home invasion murder have received settlements and compensation totaling nearly $8 million following a botched investigation and misconduct by the sheriff’s office in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Three ...
Legacy of Mass Incarceration: Parental Incarceration Impacts One in Fourteen Children by Christopher Zoukis A recent study by the research firm Child Trends revealed a stunning consequence of our nation’s policy and practice of mass incarceration: one out of every fourteen children in the U.S. has a parent who is ...
After Prisons: A Supervisory State? by James Kilgore After Prison? Freedom, Decarceration and Justice Disinvesment By William G. Martin and Joshua Price (eds.) Lexington 2016 Reviewed by James Kilgore, Daily Kos After Prisons? is a remarkable book for several reasons.  First of all, it remains strong from start to finish.  Every ...
Article • January 12, 2017
Chain Gang 2.0: If You Can’t Afford This GPS Ankle Bracelet, You Get Thrown In Jail by Eric Markowitz by Eric Markowitz, International Business Times On a recent broiling August day, Antonio Green, an out-of-work construction worker, sat in his living room, a folder full of receipts open across his legs. ...
Advanced Correctional Healthcare’s Brutal Brand of Jailhouse Medicine by Timothy Strayer in his hospital bed in Dearborn County ICU after spending just one month behind bars at the county jail. by Brian Sonenstein, Shadowproof Timothy Strayer was approaching 70 years of age and suffering from multiple chronic illnesses in the ...
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