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Article • September 6, 2017
telephone." Based at least in part on the DOJ's benign description of the Stingray, the majority punted any further analysis. A strongly worded dissent by Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Wood disagreed
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
FCC Chairman Called Out on Conflict of Interest Concerning Prison Phone Company by Carrie Wilkinson by Carrie Wilkinson The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) submitted a formal comment on three Federal Communications Commission dockets on August 9, 2017, accusing FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who formerly represented prison telecom giant Securus ...
Article • August 22, 2017
No Right to Private Attorney Call for Iowa DUI Arrestee Prior to Consent to Breathalyzer Test by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On June 24, 2016, the Supreme Court of Iowa rejected the appeal
Article • August 22, 2017
makes the practice of periodically 'checking in' on the calls of inmates after initial screening to ensure they are still privileged, i.e., that the attorney had not handed the telephone over to a non
at the commissary. The offender is allowed an unlimited number of minutes per month at 20 minutes per call. These phone calls are monitored, with the exception of legal telephone calls. Telephone access
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Filed under: Telephone Access
Consensual Use of Another Prisoner’s Telephone PIN is Not Oregon ID Theft by The Oregon Court of Appeals held on August 17, 2016 that the consensual use of another prisoner’s
Article • July 20, 2017
Filed under: Telephone Rates
prisoners and guards clashed over the prison's excessive telephone rates, a "smartmouth" guard's comments on the subject, and other issues. According to prisoners formerly housed in the dorm, on October 9
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Prison Phone Update: Appellate Court Deals Major Blow to Prisoners and Their Families by Carrie Wilkinson by Carrie Wilkinson In a September 2016 article on the fight for comprehensive prison and jail phone reform, PLN reported that while limits on ancillary fees had been implemented by the FCC, intrastate (in-state) ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
New York: Disciplinary Segregation Settlement Finalized; $1.6 Million in Attorney Fees Awarded by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On March 31, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin granted final approval to a historic settlement between the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and New York State that will ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
From the Editor by Paul Wright by Paul Wright For the past 30 years, as mass incarceration rates have skyrocketed, so has the number of prisoners infected with hepatitis C (HCV). This is in part because so many prisoners are current or former intravenous drug users, and so much time ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
removal proceedings.  “Defendants have violated Plaintiffs’ right to representation of counsel by denying and severely restricting Plaintiffs’ ability to make telephone calls
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Filed under: Telephones, Telephone Rates
rates to maintain communication with their friends and family members, agreed on March 27, 2017 to pay $8.8 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
Gangs, Privatization Create “Chaotic” Conditions in Mississippi Prisons by David M. Reutter By David M. Reutter Mention prison and most people imagine dark thoughts.  The reasons for those thoughts vary from a fear of losing personal freedom to the images from Hollywood that portray prison as a gladiator school where ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Ninth Circuit: Warrantless Probationary Cell Phone Search Unconstitutional by The Ninth Circuit Court of Ap­peals has held that a warrantless, suspicionless search of a probationer’s cell phone violated the Fourth Amendment, and that evidence discovered during the search must be suppressed. Paulo Lara was on probation for a California drug ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Report Says Private Prison Companies Increase Recidivism by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In June 2016, In the Public Interest (ITPI), a non-partisan public policy group, published a report titled “How Private Prison Companies Increase Recidivism,” based upon the fact that for-profit prisons rely upon incarceration to generate revenue – ...
Article • April 13, 2017
of 2013, alleged that DHS and ICE have provided telephone services that are unduly restrictive and expensive, and that the immigrant’s “constitutional and statutory rights are being
PLN Interviews CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou by John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former counterterrorism consultant. He left the CIA in March 2004, later serving as a senior investigator on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior intelligence advisor ...
Prison Legal News Interviews CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou - Full Interview by   Note: This is the full PLN interview with John Kiriakou; a shorter version was published as our April 2017 cover story, here. John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ...
Article • March 28, 2017
;underestimate because it does not include calls to attorney cellphone numbers. In other words, the 14,000 attorney calls are potentially just a small subset of the attorney-client calls that were
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 ...
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