California Prison Conditions Driving Prisoners to Suicide

By Sal Rodriguez A court-appointed consultant, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Raymond Patterson, has reported that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has failed to effectively combat the large and escalating problem of suicides in the California prison system. According to reporting by KPCC, Patterson despondently asserted that his making any…

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How to Defend Against Federal Bureau of Prisons Disciplinary Proceedings

By Christopher Zoukis The vast majority of inmates within the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) will eventually find themselves the focus of a disciplinary proceeding.  This is because BOP disciplinary policy includes everything from the seemingly inconsequential to the criminal.  In fact, federal inmates are known to receive incident reports…

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Reducing Liability When Speaking With Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Personnel

By Christopher Zoukis Inmates incarcerated within the Federal Bureau of Prisons simply need to remain silent when talking to prison personnel.  I know this is a basic concept from an attorney’s perspective, but it is often forgotten by incarcerated clients.  As such, attorneys, and other defense specialists, should make a…

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Private Prisons: The More Americans They Put Behind Bars The More Money They Make

By Michael Snyder How would you describe an industry that wants to put more Americans in prison and keep them there longer so that it can make more money?  In America today, approximately 130,000 people are locked up in private prisons that are being run by for-profit companies, and that…

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The Day After The Escape: Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Response to the Two Escapes at MCC Chicago Shows Just How Backward American Correctional Thinking Is

By Christopher Zoukis In the first week of January 2013, at the federal prison in which I live, a couple dozen guards and other staff members — teachers, mostly — stomped into my housing unit and appeared intent on doing a vigorous “shakedown” of our cells and the common areas.  There…

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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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