Influx of Immigration Detainees Swamps Federal Prisons

By Christopher Zoukis The Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration crackdown announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April, calls for referring for criminal prosecution all persons detained for illegal entry into this country. One highly controversial aspect of the new policy was that it meant separating minor children, who aren’t being charged with crimes, from their […]

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St. Louis Workhouse Inmates Sue over “Hellish” Conditions

Claiming a variety of problems at their former place of incarceration created “unspeakably hellish and inhumane conditions,” seven former inmates (two of whom shielded their identities with pseudonyms) of the St. Louis Medium Security Institution, also known as the “Workhouse,” filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court on Nov. 13. The ex-inmates claim long-known but ignored defects […]

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Despite ADA, Inmates With Disabilities Face Neglect

By Christopher Zoukis In a 1998 decision, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections v. Yeskey, the Supreme Court made clear Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits not just federal, but also state and local corrections from discriminating against otherwise qualified individuals due to their disabilities. First-time offender Roland Yeskey was sentenced to a […]

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