News & Events

  • European Prison Project Trip to Norway

    November, 2015

    In October, 2015, PLO staff partnered with the UCSF Criminal Justice Health Project to lead a delegation of corrections officials and criminal justice policymakers from Hawaii and North Dakota to visit correctional facilities in Norway, and to meet with European criminal justice experts.  photo gallery

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    Follow-up:North Dakota Judge Learns Valuable Lessons on Norway Trip

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    “The correctional system in Norway works. … As a Judge, I have the power to take away a person’s freedom. I have no right to take away their human dignity. For our benefit and security, we should remind those imprisoned of their potential and human dignity. We also need to remind ourselves that they are a part of the community.” Full article in “The Docket”.

  • Santa Clara County Sued for Unconstitutional use of Solitary Confinement

    November, 2015

    Two people incarcerated in the Santa Clara county jail filed a federal class action lawsuit against Santa Clara County claiming that the use of solitary confinement and other conditions is inhumane and unconstitutional.

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  • Tentative settlement in Riverside jail case

    October, 2015

    Prison Law Office has reached a tentative settlement in our class action lawsuit over medical and mental health care and disability discrimination in the Riverside jails.

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  • Changes for Fresno County Jail Prisoners

    October, 2015

    Fresno County Jail prisoners should soon receive dramatically improved healthcare, disability accommodations, and protection from violence as a result of a settlement agreement filed in federal court.  The Prison Law Office, Cooley LLP, and Disability Rights California filed a class action lawsuit about dangerous jail conditions in 2011, and after extensive litigation and settlement negotiations, agreed on a detailed 22-page Remedial Plan that will address all of the claims in the lawsuit.  Plaintiffs’ Counsel and court experts will monitor the County’s compliance with the Plan for the next four years.

  • San Bernardino County Jail Investigation

    October, 2015

    In response to scores of complaints from San Bernardino County Jail prisoners, the Prison Law Office conducted an extensive investigation into jail conditions in that county.  The Prison Law Office then notified the San Bernardino Sheriff that jail staff were injuring prisoners through excessive force, discriminating against prisoners with disabilities, failing to provide adequate healthcare, and failing to protect prisoners from violence from other prisoners.  The Prison Law Office is now working with the Sheriff and other County officials on a plan to address these dangerous jail conditions.