Federal Inmates Allowed To Utilize MP3 Player Service

By Christopher Zoukis In an innovative move by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), federal inmates are now allowed to purchase MP3 players from their institution’s commissary and individual MP3 files through their housing unit’s Trust Fund Limited Inmate Communication System (TRULINCS) computers.  This system is offered via a federal…

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The Equal Protection Clause in Prison

By Christopher Zoukis The Equal Protection Clause set forth in the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits denying any person “the equal protection of the laws.” Id.  This constitutional protection does not stop at the prison gates, but its utility to the incarcerated is circumscribed, and efforts to violate rights under the clause…

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Federal Bureau of Prisons Allows Inmates to Utilize Monitored Email Service

By Christopher Zoukis The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has implemented a monitored email service in conjunction with the Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) — the same company which facilitates the BOP’s MP3 service — so that federal inmates can now email their family and friends. This service is accomplished via…

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Sexual Assault Claim Against Suffolk County, New York Jail Moves Forward

By Christopher Zoukis District Judge Ann M. Donnelly recently granted the Plaintiffs’ motion to amend their 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint against the Suffolk County, New York jail, as well as the county sheriff and several officers. The complaint, initially brought by a class of female prisoners housed at the…

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First Circuit Reverses Convictions of Massachusetts Probation Officials

By Christopher Zoukis In December 19, 2016, the First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the convictions of several former public officials in Massachusetts for their roles in a hiring scheme at the Office of the Commissioner of Probation (OCP). The defendants, Elizabeth V. Tavares, John J. O’Brien and William H.…

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