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PLO, ACLU & Others File Suit Demanding Trump and ICE Stop Violating the Constitutional Rights of our ImmigrantsACLU-August 1, 2018
LOS ANGELES — The American Civil Liberties Union, Prison Law Office, and Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center filed a lawsuit today against President Trump and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for violating the constitutional rights of immigrants detained at FCI Victorville, a federal prison in Victorville, California. Full Story
“Tender Justice” North Dakota’s New Prison Practice Inspired During 2015 EPP Tour of Norwegian Prisons
Terry Pullins is on his second tour in the North Dakota prison system. He’s also done time in California. Since he never got farther than the fifth grade, the 40-year-old Pullins has spent nearly as much time behind bars as he did in school. But last December brought the most acute punishment he has ever suffered: Pullins lost his daughter in a car accident.
Most inmates in most prisons endure that sort of grief alone. But Pullins is at the Missouri River Correctional Center near Bismarck, N.D. This is a prison designed as much as possible to imitate life on the outside. The warden and staff rallied around him. “Every day I needed help,” Pullins says. “Those two weeks were rough, but they were there for me. I don’t always feel like I’m in prison. I feel like I’m somewhere bettering myself.” Full Story
On June 22, 2018, the federal court in Parsons v. Ryan issued a scathing order finding Arizona prison officials in contempt of court for the Arizona Department of Correction’s ongoing failure to provide basic health care to the approximately 34,000 people in its custody. The court also ordered the appointment of independent experts after massive failure of medical care and in the monitoring of ADC’s health care contractor.
NDOC Continues To Apply Humane Practices Picked Up During PLO’s EPP Tour
Fox News – 05/25/18,
BISMARCk, N.D. – More than 80,000 inmates are placed in solitary confinement every year across the country.
A study by New York University says solitary confinement is considered harmful to a prisoner’s mental health because it restricts meaningful social contact.http://
A small group of Alaska corrections officers are spending more time getting to know inmates, with a goal of helping them reintegrate in society once they’re released. That’s one of several reforms Alaska officials are drawing from the example of Norway, in making changes to how prisons in the state operate.
San Bernardino, California (March 28, 2018) –A settlement has been reached in a class action case filed against San Bernardino County regarding the constitutionality of the conditions of confinement in the county jails. Under the settlement county officials have agreed to make improvements in certain areas of jail operations that affect the health and well-being of those who are incarcerated in the county’s jails.
Follow-up:San Bernardino County settles class action lawsuit alleging jail inmate civil rights violations
Follow-up:Class action jail lawsuit settled as Sheriff’s Department vows series of changes
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit over the conditions of the county’s jails, officials said Wednesday.
NPR – March 2, 2018, Arizona Prisons Face Federal Sanctions Over Prisoners’ Health Care
KJZZ 91.5 – March 1, 2018, Mortality Reviews Show Arizona Blames Corizon Health For Inmate Deaths.
Arizona Daily Sun – February 27, 2018, – Former prison doctor criticizes Department of Correction Medical Delivery System.
azcentral. – February 27, 2018, – Did Arizona’s inmate-care provider deny care to avoid fines? Judge hears testimony in case
KJZZ 91.5 – February 27, 2018, – Former prison doctor makes stunning allegations.
Marshall Project – February 26, 2018, – A federal judge considers $1 million in fines for one state’s “pervasive and intractable failures.”
Federal Judge Calls Hearing After KJZZ Report on Health Care Delivery In AZ Prisons
KJZZ – The Chaos Of AZ Prison Health Care Part 2
Prison Doctor Speaks – Dr. Jan Watson “I had never seen anything like that in my life,” she said, her eyes taking on a distant gaze as she recalled her experiences. “I had inmates dropping left and right. It was kind of overwhelming and scary at first, but then, I just – became accustomed to it.”
KJZZ – The Chaos Of AZ Prison Health Care Part I
Delayed Care – In 2015, inmates settled a lawsuit with Arizona over poor health care conditions in state prisons. More than two years later, Arizona and its provider have failed to meet the more than 100 stipulations agreed to in the settlement and a federal judge is threatening to fine the state millions of dollars. Inmates have testified in the settlement process to long wait times for medicine, delayed chronic disease care and a lack of access to specialists. The voices in this series confirm those allegations and more, recounting their experiences with the Arizona prison health care system.
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Proposition 57: CDCR’s New Credit and Early Parole Regulations
CDCR new rules that will grant many prisoners additional good conduct and programming credits and allow some nonviolent prisoners serving determinate sentences to be considered for early parole. The rules are in effect on an emergency basis while the CDCR undergoes a formal rule-making process to enact the rules on a permanent basis. More information about the regulations and how to submit public comments are in this Proposition 57 information letter (updated May 2018). The text of the regulations and additional information are available on the CDCR website.
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.
Youth Offender Parole Guide (SB 260/SB 261/SB 394/AB 1308)
This Youth Offender Parole Guide provides detailed information about the laws that allow many prisoners to seek early parole for crimes they committed prior to age 26.
Disability Rights California Celebrates 4 Decades of Civil Rights Advancement
Disability Rights California investigates conditions in jails, juvenile facilities, immigration detention centers and other facilities that detain people. We started this project in 2015 because we have significant concerns about how people with disabilities are treated behind bars and out of the public’s view. For example, people with mental health conditions often end up in solitary confinement for long periods, causing enormous harm to their mental and physical well-being.
See our new art gallery provided by incarcerated individuals.
California State Prisoners Handbook
The California State Prisoners Handbook is currently being revised. We anticipate it will be ready for print in September 2018. Much of the information has changed and we are no longer sending out the 2008 version or the 2014 supplement. Please check back in October 2018 for ordering details.
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.