Prison Legal News

The Silencing of Prison Legal News

Civil rights attorneys say a Florida ban on a publication critical for inmates fighting abuse and neglect behind bars sets a dangerous precedent for press freedom. But editor Paul Wright’s one-man battle against what he calls prison censorship has largely been ignored by the media.

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Homeless ‘Need Protection’ from Crime: Advocates

Concerns about security at New York City hotels used to shelter homeless families are rising after a report documents criminal activity at more than half the hotels last year. The city now houses more than 30 percent of the nation’s homeless families.

Cy Vance Jr

NYC Will ‘Pay the Price’ of National Concealed Carry Law, Warns Vance

If the proposed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (CCRA) becomes law, violence in New York City would climb to levels not seen since the 1990s, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. warned at a gun policy forum co-sponsored by The Crime Report and City Limits magazine Thursday.

Domestic Violence: ‘Where’s the Outrage?’

A national awareness campaign similar to the anti-drinking and driving movement is the most promising way to address the nation’s domestic violence problem, according to speakers at John Jay College Wednesday. They called it a public health challenge.

Federal Protection for Women Sliding Backwards, Experts Warn

Lynn Rosenthal and Bea Hanson, prominent players in the Obama White House, told a conference at John Jay College Tuesday they were worried that the upcoming reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act would not cover the programs needed to help women experiencing intimate partner violence.

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How Safe are ‘Sanctuary Cities’?

For Amada Morales, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala who has taken refuge in a New York church with her family, it’s a question of life or death. Identified in an ICE database after a driving offense, she is subject to deportation and a return to a homeland where she believes her children’s lives would be in danger.

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Did Outdated Laws in Louisiana Help Convict an Innocent Man?

Louisiana juries can convict someone of a felony without a unanimous vote, thanks to a law that legal experts call outdated and potentially dangerous. That’s what happened to Troy Rhodes, a 37-year- old African-American man, convicted by a 10-2 jury in New Orleans and sent to prison for 149 years for crimes he may not have committed.

Andrew Cuomo

NY Bans Guns For Domestic Abusers

New York’s new law barring anyone convicted of domestic abuse from owning firearms will save lives, says Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He signed the legislation April 24 in a public ceremony that doubled as a platform to attack federal inaction on gun violence.

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Survivors of Solitary: Still Haunted by Memories

The time he spent in solitary confinement, trapped in a tiny prison cell with almost no human contact, is “going to be with me for the rest of my life,” says Rev. Matthew Burke. It’s a common refrain among those subjected to what many argue is a counterproductive form of punishment for already-incarcerated individuals—but their special needs are often overlooked in prisoner reentry services.