Criminal offenses do not always invole prison or jail Occasionally a monetary fine is the punishment. Less fortunate citizens often do not have the resources to pay these fines. A growing trend amongst court systems nationwide is to hire private probation companies to supervise these indigent defedants who in turn charge them daily fees. If a defendant cannot pay, the court systems put them in jail while still making money. Read more about this potential consitituional crisis here.
Arne Kvernvick Nilsen, the governor of the Norwegian Benstoy prison island, reflects on a long and productive career in human services. Nilsen reveals his philospohy on corrections and rehabilitation which advocates for a “healing” based approach instead of a “revenge” based approach. Read more about Arne Kvernvick Nilsen and Benstoy prsion island here
The ongoing battle between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the federal court system continues when three federal judges ordered California to start releasing low risk offender immediatley. Read more in the New York Times article “Judges Order California to Free Prisoners”
Photo courtsey of The Black Educator blog
In the decade starting in 2000 and ending in 2010, the incarceration rate for African Americans dropped, according to a new report released by the Sentencing Project, a prison research and advocacy group based in Washington, DC. Read more in The New York Times story “Incarceration Rates for Blacks Have Fallen Sharply, Report Shows“.
At the end of the Spring Semester, just before the exam period, student attorney Fan Li (second from left) represented a transgender prisoner who was facing a “tool to escape” charge. Read more about the disciplinary hearing here.
Doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approval. Read more about the story here.
Joel Thompson, a former member of PLAP, has returned to serve as the interim supervising attorney while John Fitzpatrick is on deployment. Read more about Joel’s return here.
Summer PLAPer and former police officer Tom Koglman was recently feautured on the HLS Clinical blog. Read more of his interview here.
Ten officers from the New York Department of Corrections have been arraigned on criminal charges for allegedly ordering or participating in an assault on an inmate. Read more here.
A combination of reducing mandatory minimums and conditional release for juveniles will help Oregon reduce its prison growth. Read more here.