The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously ruled that a federal lawsuit, Parsons v. Ryan, can proceed against the state of Arizona on behalf of all 33,000 prisoners in the state’s 10 prisons and all future prisoners.
Federal Court Issues Order Prohibiting California from Applying Propositions 9 and 89 to Some Lifers (But Order is Stayed Pending Appeal)
A federal court has held that California Propositions 9 and 89 unlawfully increase punishment for life prisoners who committed their crimes before the effective dates of those propositions.
New Supplement to the California State Prisoners Handbook Now Available
The 2014 Supplement to The California State Prisoners Handbook is now available. The Supplement contains 185 pages of information on legal developments between 2008 and the end of October 2013, plus some updated forms and resource lists.
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Prison Law Office Director Named a “Californian to Watch in 2014”
The Sacramento Bee has named Prison Law Office Director Donald Specter a “Californian to Watch in 2014” based on his successful efforts to bring an evidence-based approach to prison overcrowding problems. Read the article.
Report Published on European-American Prison Project
The Vera Justice Institute has published a Report on the European-American Prison Project, which was funded by the Prison Law Office. The Project’s goal was to expose American correctional officials to radically different systems and practices in Germany and the Netherlands, in order to advance an international dialogue around effective corrections and to stimulate reform efforts in the United States.