prisoner rights

September 2018

CLDC Moves Forward in Lawsuit Challenging Lack of Mental Health Treatment in Jails

By |2019-05-16T18:19:18-07:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Cases, Current Cases|Tags: , |

Cooper Brinson, Staff Attorney

Back in June, the US District Court for Oregon ruled that a lawsuit, filed by the Civil Liberties Defense Center on behalf of Angelo J. Fricano, should move forward to trial after successfully beating back the defendants attempts to have the case dismissed. The federal civil […]

December 2017

April 2016

Hypocrisy and Human Rights

By |2019-05-16T18:18:58-07:00April 4th, 2016|Categories: About, Info|Tags: , , , , |

Consistently, media covering President Obama’s historic 2-day visit to Cuba has focused on the need for Cuba to clean up its human rights record if it truly wants to normalize relations with the U.S. While Cuba may have some shortcomings when it comes to its human rights record, the U.S. should be hesitant in its condemnation of others for abuses when the U.S. commits and perpetuates serious abuses at home (and abroad).

December 2015

Political Prisoner Returns to U.S. after 20 Year Prison Sentence in Peru

By |2016-12-03T23:35:11-07:00December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Info|Tags: , |

Lori Berenson has spent much of the last 20 years in prison in Peru following being convicted of aiding the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement in planning an assault on the Peruvian Congress. This week marked the end of her sentence and being able to leave Peru, so she now heads home to the U.S.

November 2015

Federal court rules in favor of prisoners’ rights to adequate medical treatment

By |2015-11-20T10:19:35-07:00November 20th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Info|Tags: |

This month, in Shadrick v. Hopkins County, the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a private, for-profit corporation providing medical services to prisoners may be liable for violating the federal constitutional rights of prisoners by failing to adequately train its medical staff.

October 2015

May 2015

First Amendment victory in Pennsylvania

By |2016-12-05T18:09:52-07:00May 6th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Info, News|Tags: , |

Last week, a federal court in Pennsylvania struck down a state law aimed at restricting the free speech rights of prisoners. In Mumia Abu Jamal v. Kane, the court addressed a new state law in Pennsylvania called the “Revictimization Relief Act,” which attempted to stop accused or convicted criminals from publicly expressing viewpoints that might offend the alleged victims of their crimes. The court found the law unconstitutional because it had an unlawful purpose, was vaguely executed, and was patently overbroad in its scope.