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Immigration crackdown fills prisons with Latinos, reinforces racism

"Hispanics are now the majority group being sent to federal prison, largely because of the criminal prosecution of repeat border jumpers. ... the line has been blurred between the broader Hispanic population and outright lawbreakers – the result being the growing persecution of all Hispanic...

Split Supreme Court: Federal Prisoner May Not Sue Prison Employees Under Bivens

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A federal prisoner who alleges that he has been mistreated while behind bars has no grounds to proceed with his suit against individual employers of the prison under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal Bureau of Narcotics (403 U.S. 388 [1971] [ an enhanced...

INFORMATION FOR CALIFORNIA STATE PRISONERS WITH IMMIGRATION HOLDS (Revised February 2012)

"This manual is designed for noncitizen prisoners in the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Thus, the manual is addressed to people who are currently serving criminal sentences of longer than one year and who have at least one felony conviction; people...

Immigration Scammer Nets Prison Term

"A federal judge has sentenced a 68-year-old Raleigh man to nearly five years in prison after he pled guilty to bilking hundreds of [unauthorized] immigrants out of thousands of dollars by impersonating an immigration agent. Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced Tommie Rand...

Riot at Private Immigration Jail in Miss. Leaves 1 Dead, 19 Injured

"A privately-run prison for low-security inmates in Mississippi remained locked down Monday while officials investigated what triggered a riot at the Adams County Correctional Center a day earlier. One guard died, and 16 employees were injured -- as were three inmates -- in the riot that...

Prison Blues: Prison Mess Tarnishes Brown's 'CA Comeback'

SNCJ Spotlight Any day now, perhaps even as you are reading this, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will decide whether to grant California Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) request to block an order by a three-judge U.S. District Court panel to cull over 9,000 prisoners from the state's chronically...

California Governor Brown Scrambles To Meet Federal Court Prison Order

BROWN SCRAMBLES TO MEET CA PRISON ORDER: Faced with yet another stinging rebuke from the federal court system over its overcrowded prisons, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and Golden State prison officials said they will act to cull 9,600 inmates from the 33-prison system by the end of the year. Most...

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Insurance Fraud “Chutzpah” – No Mercy for Insurance Criminal

This case concerns the criminal conduct of the owner of an insurance business, formerly known as Associates Insurance Agency, Inc., owned and operated by the Defendant-Appellant, Tina Woods Butler , in Dyersburg, Tennessee. On February 13, 2012, the Dyer County Grand Jury returned a seventeen-count indictment...

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Cocaine Use, Not Needle Stick, More Likely Cause of Hepatitis C: Cal. Comp. Cases February Advanced Postings (2/20/2014)

Here’s the fourth batch of advanced postings for the February 2014 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2014 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Jose Morfin, Petitioner v. Workers'...

Real Cases in Real Estate By Andrea Lee Negroni, Esq. – March 5, 2014 Update

Updates for the Week of March 5, 2014 A prison is not a residence for purposes of the Iowa Civil Rights Act’s prohibition of housing discrimination . Inmate Melissa Renda complained to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission that after she filed charges of sex discrimination in the facility, she...

Hon. Robert Longstreth on Dugard v. United States: The U.S. Owes No Duty to the General Public to Control a Dangerous Parolee

Jaycee Dugard was abducted as a child, then imprisoned and sexually abused for 18 years by a convicted rapist, who fathered her two daughters while she was still a minor. Following her rescue, her horrific experience received international attention, and she wrote a well-received, best-selling account...

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...

DHS and Private Prisons Refuse to Release Records on Dollar Per Day Wages Paid to ICE Prisoners; FOIA Lawsuit Filed

"The last year I've been conducting research on the legality of ICE contracts authorizing private prisons to meet performance goals by paying one dollar per day to the people they're locking up. ICE is not forthcoming about the program and it has not responded to my FOIA requests submitted...

Slammer Time For Utah Immigration Attorney For Alien Smuggling, H-2B Visa Fraud

"James Hector Alcala, age 46, a Salt Lake City attorney, will serve 56 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and alien smuggling and one count of visa fraud. ... Alcala was indicted in July 2009 along with a Salt Lake City law firm, a property...

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...

California: Correctional Officer’s Premises Liability Suit Might Be Barred by Bunkhouse Rule

In a premises liability suit brought against the state by a correctional officer, a California appellate court held it was error for a trial court to grant summary judgment to the state on the basis of the “premises line” exception to the going and coming rule. The officer fell on an allegedly...

Major uprising at BOP "CAR" prison for immigrants in Willacy County, Texas

Bob Libal writes: "This should come as a shock to no one. Immigrants - many serving time on re-entry convictions - have staged a major uprising at this private prison in Willacy County, Texas. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ 2015/02/21/willacy-county- prison-tak_n_6727930.html The facility...

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...

CCA, GEO Spend Millions Lobbying Congress for Immigration Prison Contracts; Profits Soar

"Contrary to private prison corporation claims that they do not lobby on issues related to immigration policy, between 2008 and 2014, CCA spent $10,560,000 in quarters where they lobbied on issues related to immigrant detention and immigration reform. Of that amount, CCA spent $9,760,000, —...

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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Nevada: Employer, Not Department of Corrections, Responsible for Comp Benefits for Inmate Living at “Half-Way” House

The Supreme Court of Nevada held that statutory definition of a prison “work program” contained in Nev. Rev. Stat. § 616B.028(1) did not include a “half-way” house—a form of work release—where inmates were allowed to live if they were engaged in private employment...