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McBride v. MDOC, MI, Class Action Complaint, Deaf Inmate Communication, 2015 2:15-cv-11222-SFC-DRG Doc # 1 Filed 03/31/15 Pg 1 of 51 Pg ID 1 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN MARY ANN MCBRIDE; BRIAN STANLEY WITTMAN; and RALPH WILLIAMS, on behalf of themselves and ...
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 ...
“A Living Nightmare” by Women Visiting Loved Ones Jailed at Rikers Describe a Pattern of Invasive Searches by Guards By Raven Rakia, The Intercept Reprinted with permission from The Intercept. The Intercept's story was produced in partnership with WNYC.   On July 2, 2015, Jasmine Quattlebaum took the bus to Rikers Island to ...
$7,500 Settlement in Pennsylvania Prisoner’s “Nuisance Suit” by In January 2016, Pennsylvania’s Northumberland County agreed to pay $7,500 to settle a former prisoner’s lawsuit alleging he was denied access to the courts, visitation, recreation and receipt of incoming publications. While at the Northumberland County Prison, Charles Picarella, Jr., who is ...
ICE Bans Crayons in Family Detention Center Visiting Area by Prisoners who cause property damage in correctional facilities often receive swift punishment. It was no different for the very young prisoners held in one of the United States’ most controversial detention centers. Housed with their immigrant mothers in the GEO ...
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 ...
This cruel new policy makes it near impossible for kids to see their incarcerated parents by By Dana Bazelon, Vox Unless you are an attorney, it requires a great deal of effort and some organization to visit someone in prison. You have to want it. There are forms to be signed ...
Oregon Prison Parenting Program Dramatically Reduces Recidivism by Mark Wilson Oregon prisoners who complete a parenting program are significantly less likely to engage in criminal behavior and substance abuse after release, a long-term study found. More than half of America’s 2.3 million prisoners have children under the age of 18 ...
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 ...
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. ...
Parolees Violated Without New Charges Bloat Wisconsin Prison Population by Matthew Clarke Due to policies and practices which are costly to society and former parolees, well over half the 7,727 people sent to prison in Wisconsin in 2013 were imprisoned for parole rule violations without any new criminal charges. Those ...
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 ...
Study Argues that Conjugal Visits Can Reduce Number of Prison Rapes by Researchers at Florida International University contend that states where sexual intercourse between prisoners and their visiting spouses is allowed have fewer rapes and sexual assaults than states where conjugal visits are prohibited, El controversial finding that disputes the ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Washoe County, Nevada Institutes Web-Based Jail Visits for a Fee by Matthew Clarke On August 1, 2010, the Washoe County Sheriff's Office began a pilot program of web-based jail visitation. Two years later, the web-based visitation had grown to encompass about two-fifths of all visits. In 2010, a local company ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Travis County (Texas) Jail Initiates Video Visitation for a Fee by Matthew Clarke Travis County intends to be one of the first places in Texas that allows video visitation for jail prisoners. Under an agreement with Securus Technologies, Inc. approved by the county commissioners on October 30, 2012, the county ...
Article • August 23, 2016
N.Y. Ex-Con Goes Back to Jail for Going Back to Jail by One day, Matthew Matagrano, 36, was a corrections investigator, waving around a shiny, gold badge to gain entry into any of New York City's jails. The next, they wouldn't let him leave. On March 2, 2013, Matagrano, of ...
Article • August 10, 2016
Oregon Expands Visiting Opportunities to Reduce Recidivism by Mark Wilson Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) officials are working to expand prisoner visiting opportunities, in response to a 2011 study that found a positive correlation between prison visits and recidivism rates. In November 2011, the Minnesota Department of Corrections released a ...
Article • August 10, 2016
BOP X-Ray Machine Installations a $4 Million Failure by Derek Gilna Contraband is a constant problem in Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facilities, and although some of it is just a nuisance -- tobacco, alcohol, and creatine, for instance -- it constitutes a potentially serious threat in higher-security institutions when guns, ...
Article • August 9, 2016
VAC Greed Brings Oregon Prisoners Lower Rates, MP3s, Email & Video Visits by An overnight spike in prisoner phone rates compelled Oregon prison officials to switch to a new prisoner phone service provider on July 1, 2012. Most prisoners consider the new company's lower rates and enhanced services a major ...
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