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Securus Phone Rates Spark Uprising at Alaska Prison by Joe Watson A riot at an Alaska prison “kind of blew up” because, according to prisoners, the phone service provided by Securus was shoddy and the company charged unreasonable rates. Sparked by a widespread disconnection of phone calls one Monday night ...
Article • January 10, 2017 • from PLN January, 2017
Jail Official Convicted of Illegally Recording Phone Conversations Loses Appeal by Christopher Zoukis A former high-ranking official at a New Jersey county jail, convicted on federal charges for illegally listening to and recording the private phone conversations of jail union leaders, has lost his appeal and will remain in federal ...
Publication • December 30, 2016
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Report Finds Criminal Justice System Financially Overburdens Prisoners and Their Families by Christopher Zoukis The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a nonprofit focused on racial and economic policy, in conjunction with Forward Together and a dozen other community and civil rights organizations recently released a study which surveyed hardships ...
Photo of Prisoner Beaten by Georgia Gang Members Posted Online by Prisons are designed to be closed institutions, cut off from the rest of the world. Contraband cell phones, however, are opening them up and exposing the reality of what happens behind the walls. When Demetria Harris saw a photo ...
Publication • November 30, 2016
al Qaida-Like Mobile Discussions & Potential Creative Uses, MI Bn OSINT Team, 2008 FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Supplemental to the 304th MI Bn Periodic Newsletter Sample Overview: al Qaida-Like Mobile Discussions & Potential Creative Uses By 304th MI Bn OSINT Team October 16, 2008 This is a draft FOUO product ...
How Chicago Police Convinced Courts to Let Them Track Cellphones Without a Warrant by By Jenna McLaughlin, The Intercept The Chicago Police Department has acquired and used several varieties of advanced cellphone trackers since at least 2005 to target suspects in robberies, murders, kidnappings, and drug investigations. In most instances, officers ...
Video Visitation Companies Try to Stop In-Person Visitation at Texas Jails by Matthew Clarke In one of the latest attempts to squeeze money out of those least able to afford it, companies that specialize in providing phone and video visitation services to prisoners in Texas jails on a local monopolistic ...
Wisconsin Jail Policies Unconstitutional But Not Enjoined by Mark Wilson A Wisconsin federal court held that a jail's disciplinary, mail, and publication rules were unconstitutional. The court declined to enjoin those practices, however, essentially rendering its holding a mere advisory opinion. On September 29, 1970 pretrial detainees of the Milwaukee ...
NY: Prisoner's Abuse Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss by Lonnie Burton On December 2, 2014, a federal judge denied New York City's attempt to dismiss a suit filed by a Riker's Island prisoner who claimed he was attacked and beaten by a jail guard without provocation or justification. The excessive ...
Article • October 25, 2016
Eighth Circuit Finds No Constitutional Right to Communicate in Chinese by Lonnie Burton On August 15, 2016, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a case filed by a Chinese-born Missouri state prisoner who had his mail to and from China repeatedly rejected by prison officials. ...
Article • October 14, 2016
Prison-Area Cell Phone Companies Not Liable for Attempted Hit on Guard by Matthew Clarke In a March 25, 2015, opinion, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that cell phone service providers and owners of cell towers in the area around a South Carolina prison were not liable for the ...
Article • October 3, 2016 • from PLN October, 2016
Alabama Public Service Commission Enacts Prison, Jail Phone Reforms by David Reutter Over the past several years, the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) has issued a series of orders that revise an October 2013 order related to rule changes for Inmate Calling Services (ICS). The PSC issued its most recent ...
Judge Orders End to Recording of Attorney-Client Meetings at CCA’s Leavenworth Detention Center by Derek Gilna The Kansas Federal Public Defenders’ Office has challenged a scheme whereby officials at a detention center in Leavenworth, Kansas operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) secretly video-recorded confidential attorney-client meetings. As a result, ...
No Way to Call Home: Incarcerated Deaf People Are Locked in a Prison Inside a Prison by By Mike Ludwig, Truthout This story is the result of a nine-month investigation and part one of a multimedia series on deaf prisoners, as part of a reporting collaboration with the Making Contact radio program. ...
Brief • September 19, 2016
Filed under: Telephones, Telephone Rates
GTL v. FCC-ICS, DC, Amicus Brief Support of State Respondents, telephone rates, 2016 USCA Case #15-1461 Document #1636355 Filed: 09/19/2016 Page 1 of 27 NOT YET SCHEDULED FOR ORAL ARGUMENT No. 15-1461 (Consolidated with Nos. 15-1498, 16-1012, 16-1029, 16-1038, 16-1046, 16-1057) UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF ...
Article • September 2, 2016 • from PLN September, 2016
Securus Settles Lawsuit Alleging Improper Recording of Privileged Prisoner Calls by by Jordan Smith, The Intercept Attorneys and advocates for people incarcerated in local jails in Austin, Texas have settled a federal lawsuit against telecommunications company Securus Technologies, with an agreement ostensibly designed to ensure that privileged legal communications between defense ...
Article • September 2, 2016 • from PLN September, 2016
Family Connections Bill Signed into Law in Illinois by Carrie Wilkinson Illinois Governor Bruce V. Rauner signed HB 6200, the Family Connections Bill, into law on August 22, 2016. Under the provisions of that legislation, domestic prison phone rates within the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and Department of Juvenile ...
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 ...
Article • September 2, 2016 • from PLN September, 2016
The Fight for Comprehensive Prison Phone Reform Continues by Carrie Wilkinson As previously reported in PLN, the prison telecom industry has been successful so far in delaying implementation of the rate caps ordered by the FCC in October 2015. [See: PLN, May 2016, p.36; Dec. 2015, p.40]. And while the ...
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