Inmate's Rights & Prison. Legal news and articles for April 23 - 27, 2017

A thousand Palestinian prisoners are on a hunger strike. This woman is fighting for their rights.Liberia: 'Appalling' Prison Conditions UnearthedColorado is hiding inmates; victims want to know where they areNGO demands lawyer access for hunger-striking Palestinian prisonersEx-inmates hail plan to close Rikers Island prison | USA | Al JazeeraClarke At Fault On County JailTexas Prisons Violate Internationally Recognized Human Rights Standards: ReportLawsuit: Colorado prison guard pepper-sprayed Muslim inmates as they tried to prayMuslim inmates sue Colorado prison guards over pepper spray in ...A mentally ill inmate was dragged from a cell. Prison staff now may face punitive damages.Italy offers a glimpse of the international concern over violent extremism in prisonsTransgender Hopes Trudeau's Policy Will Put Him In Women's PrisonPrison isolation breached jihadist's rights, rules judgeSWAT-like team responds to emergencies, defiance inside jail[ April 23, 2017 ] NBA, Prison service collaborates on inmates' welfare Latest News

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Latest Rikers misconduct case fuels debate over jail's future
CorrectionsOneMarch 27, 2017

Federal prosecutors have also charged more than a half dozen Rikers guards with violating inmates' civil rights through excessive force, smuggling drugs and other charges since 2014. In this March 12, 2015 file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is ...more »

New sheriff in Arizona to close controversial 'Tent City' jail
AOLApril 5, 2017

The canvas compound known as "Tent City" in southwest Phoenix, long branded inhumane by civil rights groups, was no longer needed to handle the inmate population, new Maricopa Sheriff Paul Penzone said. "This facility is not a crime deterrent, it is ...more »

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A thousand Palestinian prisoners are on a hunger strike. This woman is fighting for their rights.
Washington PostApril 27, 2017

RAMALLAH — Khalida Jarrar's neat office and smart appearance offer little indication that this time last year she was serving out a 15-month sentence in an Israeli jail cell. She's an elected Palestinian parliamentarian, a lawyer, a wife and a mother ...more »

Liberia: 'Appalling' Prison Conditions Unearthed
AllAfrica.comApril 27, 2017

The report captured abuses being meted against inmates detained at various prison centers in Liberia. According to the report captioned "Thematic report on the conditions of prisons and prisoners in Liberia", human rights conditions in Liberia's ...more »

Colorado is hiding inmates; victims want to know where they are
9NEWS.comApril 26, 2017

Over a 10-month period, 9Wants to Know repeatedly asked Hickenlooper and DOC Director Rick Raemisch for on-camera interviews to discuss the state's interpretation of the Victim Rights Act and the use of the prisoner swap. Both have declined. 9NEWS ...more »

NGO demands lawyer access for hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners
Jerusalem Post Israel NewsApril 26, 2017

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel wrote in a letter to Solicitor-General Osnat Mendel that since the hunger strike started on April 17, the prisoners' lawyers' requests to visits their clients have been systematically blocked ...more »

Ex-inmates hail plan to close Rikers Island prison | USA | Al Jazeera
Aljazeera.comApril 26, 2017

We explore the dark history of the New York prison and ask if it is a symbol of racially biased mass incarceration.more »

Clarke At Fault On County Jail
urbanmilwaukeeApril 25, 2017

But too often, many in our society tend to forget, purposely or not, that prisoners have legal rights that must be adhered to. Even if prisoners have committed a heinous crime, if these rights are violated an injustice has occurred. The founders of our ...more »

Texas Prisons Violate Internationally Recognized Human Rights Standards: Report
Patch.comApril 25, 2017

AUSTIN, TX — Prisons in Texas are in violation of international human rights standards and deny civil rights of its prisoners on death row kept in solitary confinement, a report released Monday by the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Texas ...more »

Lawsuit: Colorado prison guard pepper-sprayed Muslim inmates as they tried to pray
Denverite (blog)April 24, 2017

Three Colorado prison inmates claim that a correctional officer intentionally pepper-sprayed them as they walked into an Islamic prayer session and later one inmate was severely beaten as retaliation for his attempt to hire a lawyer. Prominent civil ...more »

Muslim inmates sue Colorado prison guards over pepper spray in ...
Colorado Springs GazetteApril 24, 2017

Three Muslim inmates at Sterling Correction Facility are suing three guards,...more »

A mentally ill inmate was dragged from a cell. Prison staff now may face punitive damages.
Sacramento BeeApril 24, 2017

They also disagreed that prison staff “acted with malice, oppressions, evil intent, or in reckless disregard for Plaintiff's rights,” the requirements for punitive damages. “Defendants deny these allegations and contend that Plaintiff received ...more »

Italy offers a glimpse of the international concern over violent extremism in prisons
Los Angeles TimesApril 24, 2017

Patrizio Gonnella, the head of Antigone, a charity that campaigns for prisoners' rights, said many priests visit prisons and many facilities have chapels because of a 1929 deal between the Vatican and the Italian state. Fewer representatives of other ...more »

Transgender Hopes Trudeau's Policy Will Put Him In Women's Prison
Daily CallerApril 24, 2017

Canada's penal system is now operating with an ad hoc policy for transgender inmates that was forced upon them when Trudeau was at a town hall meeting in Kingston, Ontario and he decided to make transgender prison rights a social policy issue for his ...more »

Prison isolation breached jihadist's rights, rules judge
The Times (subscription)April 23, 2017

A judge has ruled that a man who was given a life sentence for plotting to behead a poppy seller had his human rights violated by being placed in isolation by prison staff. Nadir Syed, 24, was convicted in December 2015 and is an inmate of Woodhill ...more »

SWAT-like team responds to emergencies, defiance inside jail
mySanAntonio.comApril 23, 2017

21, a jury found Lawrence, 32, guilty of official oppression, assault by a public servant and violating the civil rights of a person in custody. He later received a one-year jail sentence. At Lawrence's trial, testimony revealed that he punched or ...more »

[ April 23, 2017 ] NBA, Prison service collaborates on inmates' welfare Latest News
NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog)April 23, 2017

The association's Vice chairman, Ademola Koko and the Assistant Controller-General of Ikoyi Prison, Akeem Saliu, stated this at the weekend, during the branch's Human Rights Committee's visit to the prison as part of activities marking the association ...more »

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