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Article • March 28, 2017
Housing the Unwanted by Jie Jenny Zou and Roger Miller by Jie Jenny Zou and Roger Miller, The New York World For the next three years of J. Mercado’s life, finding a suitable place to live in New York City will depend entirely on how close the building is to area ...
Article • March 28, 2017
Brutal Crimes Don't Justify Bad Laws by Jean Trounstine By Jean Trounstine, Truthout A true tragedy, driven by a media frenzy, often provokes a misguided need to do something as quickly as possible and leads to bad public policy - like California's Three Strikes sentencing law. Massachusetts Juvenile Judge Jay D. ...
Article • March 28, 2017
Filed under: Wrongful Conviction
America's Guilt Mill by David J. Krajicek by David J. Krajicek, The Crime Report Thousands of Americans, many of them poor, are wrongfully convicted each year for crimes that don’t make headlines. While innocence advocates focus on lifers, those falsely accused of lesser crimes are the overlooked casualties of our overburdened ...
Article • March 24, 2017
Filed under: Wrongful Imprisonment
New York Court of Claims Awards $90,000 for Overextended Incarceration/Parole by   On April 2, 2015, the New York State Court of Claims awarded a former prisoner $90,000 for being incarcerated and subjected to parole after the expiration of his sentence. The New York Department of Corrections and Community Services ...
Article • March 24, 2017
Spokane County Settles Class-Action Suit Over Jailing; Those Unable to Pay Fines by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On September 19, 2014, a Washington State federal court signed off on the preliminary settlement of a class-action lawsuit brought against Spokane County for routinely jailing people with court-ordered fines or other ...
Brief • March 17, 2017
Harris v. City of Chicago, IL, Motion to Bar Def Expert, Wrongful Conviction, 2017 Case: 1:14-cv-04391 Document #: 213 Filed: 01/06/17 Page 1 of 13 PageID #:3892 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION NICOLE HARRIS, ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ...
Publication • March 16, 2017
Senator Grassley - Letter to FBOP on Untimely Release of Prisoners, 2017 February 22, 2017 VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION The Honorable Thomas R. Kane Acting Director Federal Bureau of Prisons 320 First Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20534 Dear Acting Director Kane: In a 2014 news article, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) ...
Prop 47 Makes Thousands of Drug, Property Offenders Eligible for Release by Joe Watson by Joe Watson The passage of California's Proposition 47 in November 2014—which reduced many felony drug-possession and property crimes to misdemeanors— might be a harbinger of criminal-justice reform nationwide. But for now, reform advocates will gladly ...
Article • March 14, 2017
Eighth Circuit: Improperly Filed Habeas Petitions Should Be Converted to Bivens Action by On December 17, 2014, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals revived a case brought by a state prisoner who alleged in a habeas corpus petition that his Eighth Amendment rights had been violated by a prison ...
Article • March 14, 2017
Early Dismissal of Probationer's Lawsuit on Qualified Immunity Grounds Reversed By Ninth Circuit by On March 29, 2016, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed an Oregon federal district court ruling which dismissed a lawsuit filed by a man whose probation was revoked ...
Article • March 14, 2017
Filed under: Parole, Juveniles
California Supreme Court Refuses to Rule on Constitutionality of Miller Fix, Giving Juveniles Sentenced to Life Parole after 25 Years by On May 26, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling which passed on a chance to rule on the constitutionality of the state legislature's response to the United ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
New Jersey Appellate Court Modifies Use of Polygraphs for Paroled Sex Offenders by On January 21, 2016, a New Jersey appellate court upheld the State Parole Board’s requirement that sex offenders take polygraph examinations but modified how the results could be used, prohibiting evidentiary use that could result in the ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Filed under: Wrongful Conviction
Tragic Justice: Wrongfully Convicted Prisoners Die Shortly After Exoneration by Matthew Clarke For many people who are wrongfully convicted, being arrested for a crime they did not commit is just the first in a series of tragic events. If the arrest is traumatic, then their conviction and often lengthy incarceration ...
Article • March 10, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Obama Sets Record for Commutations Granted, and for Those Denied by Derek Gilna Former President Barack Obama has been widely commended for granting a record 1,927 applications for clemency during his two terms in office from January 20, 2009 through January 19, 2017, consisting of 1,715 commutations and 212 pardons. ...
Article • March 9, 2017 • from PLN March, 2017
Filed under: Wrongful Conviction
Ohio Pays More Than $9.6 Million to Three Men Wrongfully Convicted in 1975 Murder by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On February 22, 2016, the State of Ohio and two men imprisoned for decades for a murder they did not commit agreed to a settlement totaling more than $5.9 million. ...
Article • February 24, 2017
Our Bail System Is Leaving Innocent People To Die In Jail Because They’re Poor by When freedom is only available to those who can afford it, many end up paying with their lives. By Nick Wing, The Huffington Post Of the nearly 750,000 inmates confined in jails around the U.S. ...
‘People Who Work In The System Become Desensitized To How Brutal It Is To Cage Someone’ by Alec Karakatsanis of Equal Justice Under Law explains how even a few days in jail can throw a life “into disarray.” By Ryan J. Reilly, The Huffington Post Alec Karakatsanis is the co-founder ...
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 ...
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