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Jury Awards Tourists $650K In Katrina Jail Lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A federal jury in New Orleans has awarded more than $650,000 to two Ohio tourists arrested for public drunkenness and jailed for more than a month in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Jail Inmate: Lack Of Porn Violates U.S. Constitution

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. - (AP) A Michigan jail inmate says he's being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because he can't have pornography. In a handwritten lawsuit, 21-year-old Kyle Richards claims his civil rights are being violated at the Macomb County Jail. Richards says denying his request...

In Austin: From Minor Violations, Deportations

Front page, above the fold, Sunday, Mar. 18, 2012, Austin American-Statesman : "Dave Harmon, who has reported on border issues since the 1990s, and database editor Christian McDonald spent two months combing through three years of Travis County Jail booking records — totaling 258,000 ...

Prison Guard and Inmate Cartoon

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SNCJ Spotlight: Brown, Lawmakers Reach Prison Compromise

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) reached a deal with legislative leaders last week to ease overcrowding in the state's prison system by boosting spending on rehabilitative services intended to keep inmates from returning to prison after their release. Brown announced the deal in concert with Assembly...

Prisoner in Orange Jumpsuit

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State Net Criminal Law Update: Bryant Signs Off On Mississippi Sentencing Overhaul

BRYANT SIGNS OFF ON MS SENTENCING OVERHAUL: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed prison sentence reform legislation last week that supporters say could save the Magnolia State $266 million over the next decade. The bill, HB 585, requires those convicted of a violent offense to serve at least 50 percent...

West Virginia Revisits Standards for State Entity and Official Immunity

By Jason P. Foster , Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC In West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority v. A.B. , --- S.E.2d ----, 2014 W. Va. LEXIS 1152 (2014), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the West Virginia Supreme Court revisited its March 27...

Insurance Fraud Results in Eight Years in Prison: Plea of Guilty to Insurance Fraud Stands

When a party pleads guilty to multiple crimes in open court and with the advice of competent counsel he or she can expect to spend time in jail or prison and to have no opportunity to withdraw the plea. However, in People v. Dobson , Not Reported in Cal.Rptr.3d, 2015 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 824 (Cal.App...

This Is Real Law: The Power of Knowledge: Publishing Legal Information to Fight Arbitrary Detention

You’re in a police cell. It’s dark, and it reeks of sweat and urine. If you’re lucky, you aren’t hurt. Even if you are injured, provided it’s not serious, you might have other things on your mind. If you’re a lawyer, journalist or experienced activist, for example...

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State Net Criminal Law Update: Nearly Half of States Made Criminal Sentencing Changes in 2014

Twenty-three states enacted 51 bills last year dealing with sentencing and criminal penalties, according to the State Sentencing and Corrections Legislation database provided by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project. At least...

Heat in US Prisons and Jails: Corrections and the Challenge of Climate Change

The Sabin Center has published Heat in US Prisons and Jails: Corrections and the Challenge of Climate Change . This groundbreaking paper, written by visiting scholar Daniel Holt, addresses two important but largely neglected questions: How will increased temperatures and heat waves caused by climate...

U.S. Citizen Released After 18 Months in Houston Immigration Jail

Jacqueline Stevens, Jan. 18, 2016 - "On January 5, 2016, Lorenzo Palma, with a lawyer finally by his side (Nashville-based civil rights attorney Andrew Free ), won his release from the Houston CCA immigration jail. Ever since immigration judge Saul Greenstein flagged the possibility that Mr. Palma...