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AZ Teen Held in Isolation Commits Suicide After ADOC Ignores Warning From Prison Law Office About Declining Mental Health
New evidence shows that a few weeks before a teenager held in solitary confinement at Perryville Prison died in what appears to be an act of suicide, the Arizona Department of Corrections had been specifically warned about her deteriorating mental health and notified that the conditions in which she was being kept likely violated state policy.
Two Wardens Retire After Prison Law Office Investigation
SACRAMENTO–The wardens at California’s two major women’s prisons have retired amid allegations of pervasive problems at both institutions, including sexual abuse of female inmates at one prison and suicides at the other. Full Story
Follow-up:Prison Law Office Report on Problems at CCWF
August 19, 2016 – From the very top of its former management, CCWF has incubated an institutional culture that permits, condones, and covers up abuse; that allows staff to retaliate against prisoners seeking assistance; and that prevents prisoners from seeking help from entities outside the institution. This corrosive atmosphere of fear and violence stems from a widespread failure of staff to perform the most basic requirements of their jobs.
North Dakota: DOJ Changes Course After European Criminal Justice Project Participation
Sacramento, CA – The California Senate approved a bill authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D- Los Angeles) to prohibit California jails from eliminating in-person visits. SB 1157, the Strengthening Family Connections: In-Person Visitation bill, would preserve visitation rights for people in California county jails, juvenile facilities, and private facilities by clarifying that video technology cannot replace in-person visits. After passing the Senate 32-6 with bipartisan support, SB 1157 now heads to the Assembly.
Follow-up:CA Assembly Passes County Jail In-Person Visitation Bill
SB 1157, the Strengthening Family Connections: In-Person Visitation bill, would preserve visitation
rights for people in California county jails by requiring facilities that have eliminated or plan to eliminate in-person visitation, to offer in-person visitation. After passing the Assembly 4820 with strong bipartisan support, SB 1157 will head to Governor Brown’s desk following Senate approval of amendments made in the Assembly.
Phoenix New Times Article Features Prison Law Office Lawsuit Against Arizona Department of Corrections
The May 19, 2016 cover story of the Phoenix New Times newspaper features the tragic experience of an Arizona woman who needlessly died due to ADC’s and Corizon’s failure to treat her cervical cancer, and details the problems uncovered by the Parsons v. Ryan lawsuit filed by our office, the ACLU, and other attorneys challenging the state’s broken health care system.
As a result of efforts by The Prison Law Office and other advocates, thousands of low income Alameda county families will no longer have to pay juvenile probation and public defender fees.
After 12 years of reform efforts, conditions in California’s Department of Juvenile Justice Facilities have improved greatly. As a result, the parties have agreed to end court oversight and monitoring in the Farrell class action lawsuit.
Building Awareness of Transgender Inmates
Prison Law Office has been corresponding with a number of transgender people in California prisons. We hope to better understand and help advocate for safer conditions. We will continue to learn from transgender people in prison about issues they are facing and work with them on acknowledging and enforcing their rights under federal law and the Prison Rape Elimination Act national standards.
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US-European Criminal Justice Program Going Strong
Overview: The US-European Criminal Justice Innovation Program is working to bring the innovative and humane approaches to sentencing, diversion, treatment (physical and behavioral health), conditions of confinement, and community reentry systems, practiced by the Norwegian Criminal Justice System, applied here in the US.
SB260/SB261 Youthful Offender Parole Guide
This Youthful Offender Parole Guide provides detailed information about the laws that allow many prisoners to seek early parole for crimes they committed prior to age 23. The Guide also has practical tips for convincing the BPH to grant early parole.
See our new art gallery provided by incarcerated individuals.
California State Prisoners Handbook
The California State Prisoners Handbook is a unique and valuable resource for prisoners, and their attorneys and advocates. The Handbook discusses in detail the laws governing prisoner rights and the policies and practices of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The 1,100-page Fourth Edition (2008) also includes numerous sample forms and model pleadings. 2014 Supplement Now Available. How to order
Inside Books Project Resource Guide
In November, 2014, the voters of California passed Proposition 47, which changes many property and drug-possession offenses to regular misdemeanors. Learn more by seeing our Information re: Proposition 47.
Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook
The Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook is a resource for prisoners who wish to file a federal lawsuit addressing poor conditions in prison or abuse by prison staff. It also contains limited general information about the American legal system. This Handbook is available for free to anyone: prisoners, families, friends, activists, lawyers and others.