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Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Filed under: Crime, War on Drugs, Telephones
Georgia Prison Contraband Investigation Nets 130 Arrests, Guilty Pleas by David Reutter by David M. Reutter About 130 people have been arrested following a joint two-year investigation by the FBI and the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDOC). Indictments for 75 of the arrestees were announced in September 2015; another 46 ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Virginia Jail Pays $250,000 to Settle Suit for Failure to Accommodate Deaf Prisoner by In December 2016, a $250,000 settlement was reached in a lawsuit brought by a deaf prisoner who was effectively unable to communicate during a six-week stay at a jail in Arlington County, Virginia. The suit pushed ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright by Paul Wright By now all PLN subscribers should have received our fundraiser mailing which includes our 2016 annual report and details our many activities, ranging from publishing and litigation to advocacy and media outreach. This provides a great overview of the depth and ...
Article • November 6, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Global Tel*Link Fails to Derail Prison Phone Suit but Dodges Class Certification by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna An order entered by Western District of Arkansas federal judge Timothy L. Brooks on September 28, 2017 gave a mixed result to both sides in a hotly-contested lawsuit over excessive costs for ...
Profiting Off Mass Incarceration: Detroit Pistons Owner Buys Private Prison Phone Company by Brian Dolinar by Brian Dolinar, Truthout The election of Donald Trump has already given an economic boost to those profiting from mass incarceration. The stock prices of the two biggest private prison builders – CoreCivic (formerly Corrections ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Former Mississippi DOC Commissioner, Co-defendants Sentenced in Massive Bribery Scheme by In January 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Henry T. Wingate sentenced Sam Waggoner, 62, to five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving Mississippi’s former corrections commissioner. The sentence also included two years of supervised ...
Article • October 4, 2017
More Prisons Banning In-Person Visits, Adding To Securus Tech's Pile Of Cash by Tim Cushing by Tim Cushing From the it's-ok-because-prisoners-aren't-human-beings,-amirite dept Jails and prisons continue to sacrifice what few physical interactions prisoners have with loved ones on the outside to phone service provider Securus. The New Orleans Advocate reports ...
Article • September 6, 2017
Seventh Circuit Passes on Opportunity to Weigh in on Police Use of Cell-Site Simulators by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has refused to remand a case for further fact-finding about the government's use of cell-site simulators during investigations. Damian Patrick ...
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 of man who claimed his Sixth Amendment right to counsel was violated when he was denied ...
Article • August 22, 2017
Nevada Federal Court Dismisses Suit over Attorney-Client Phone Call Monitoring by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton Attorney Donald York Evans and his client John Witherow, a Nevada state prisoner, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit challenging the monitoring of privileged phone calls between them. After lengthy proceedings the suit was ...
Going to Prison in Texas in 2015 by William T. Habern by William T. Habern, David P. O’Neil, and Debra Bone Introduction For over 30 years our firm has represented offenders and their families in prison and parole administrative and legal issues. The first version of this article was published ...
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 telephone PIN does not constitute the crime of identity theft under state law. Jacob Thomas Ritter was incarcerated at the ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Filed under: Telephone Rates
Alaska Prisoners Riot Over Excessive Phone Rates by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis A disturbance at Alaska's Lemon Creek Correctional Center left a housing unit uninhabitable after 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 ...
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
ICE Settles Suit Filed by Immigration Detainees, Pays $405,000 in Attorney Fees by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Immigration and Customs (ICE) officials in northern California agreed to settle a three-year-old federal class-action lawsuit that focused on ICE policies which unnecessarily restricted the ability of immigration detainees to communicate with ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Filed under: Telephones, Telephone Rates
Global Tel*Link Agrees to Pay $8.8 Million in Class-action Settlement by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Global Tel*Link (GTL), the telecom company known for exploiting prisoners with high phone rates to maintain communication with their friends and family members, agreed on March 27, 2017 to pay $8.8 million to settle ...
Gangs, Privatization Create “Chaotic” Conditions in Mississippi Prisons by David Reutter By David 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 violence reigns ...
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