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California Ballot 2016: Pros and Cons of Props 62-67

This is part three of our ongoing series, California Ballot 2016, summarizing each of the 17 state-wide measures voters will encounter on the November ballot. Click these links: Props 51-56, or Props 57-61 to catch up on the...more

Ask the Health Law Gurus™: Can a Prison Forcibly Medicate an Inmate with a Psychotropic Drug against the Inmate’s Will?

Question: Can a Pennsylvania prison forcibly administer a psychotropic medication to an inmate against the inmate’s will? Answer: In Pennsylvania, a prison’s ability to forcibly medicate an inmate with a psychotropic...more

Not all Expressions of Purported Religious Beliefs are Protected by the First Amendment, Cavanaugh v. Bartelt, Docket No....

The Dismissal of Federal and State Civil Right Claims - Federal District Court Declines to Protect the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster [FSM] - In an entertaining, thoughtful, and well-reasoned decision the...more

Committee OK's Bill to Address Suicide Among Correction Officers and Prisoners

Here’s a thumbs-up to the legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. Last week, the committee rightly gave a favorable report to a bill, SB 1284, mandating a study of how to keep prisoners and...more

Lawsuits Continue Against Central Virginia Regional Jail

Two federal lawsuits are proceeding against the Central Virginia Regional Jail for civil rights violations of inmates. One case is brought by the mother of an inmate who died in CVRJ custody allegedly due to lack of medical...more

Worth Another Look: GO-TIME

One year ago today, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order establishing the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME). The Executive Order sought to increase coordination between...more

Supreme Judicial Court Hears Case Involving Access to Sweat Lodges in Prisons

On October 5, 2015, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts heard argument in Trapp v. Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, SJC-11863. At issue is whether RLUIPA (and the Massachusetts Constitution) recognize...more

Africa Update - September 2015 #5

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On September 25th, the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council issued a statement welcoming the reinstatement of President Michel Kafando and the transitional authorities of Burkina...more

FCC’s TCPA Order Offers Little Clarity or Relief for Businesses

In potentially its most significant action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) since the 2003 overhaul of its rules ushering in the National Do-Not-Call Registry and other updates, the Federal Communications...more

RLUIPA Round-Up

Coral Springs, Florida may allow Satanist Chaz Stevens to begin a City Commission meeting with an invocation honoring Satan in September or October. However, Mayor Skip Campbell will first meet with commission members to...more

Kosher Meals for Prisoners: U.S. Department of Justice Wins Claim of Religious Discrimination against the Florida Department of...

A federal court has ruled that the Florida Department of Corrections’ (Department) refusal to provide kosher meals to inmates violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). The court’s decision in...more

Supreme Court Update: TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA V. Sandoz (13-584); Department Of Homeland Security V. Maclean (13-894); Holt V....

Greetings, Court fans! While we in New Haven were more-or-less spared having to dig out from "Winter Storm Juno" (aka "snowbigdeal"), it's taken us a while to dig out from the Court's recent pile of opinions. With this...more

Connecticut Home Invasion Killer/Death Row Inmate Sues Under RLUIPA for Kosher Food

In 2007, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky invaded a home in Cheshire, Connecticut, where they horrifically murdered a mother and her two children. Hayes and Komisarjevsky were sentenced to death for their crimes. ...more

October 2013 Bonus Case Summaries: New York: Commonly Occurring Incidents Trigger a Duty to Preserve

Taylor v. City of New York, 2013 WL 4744806 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 4, 2013). In this criminal law case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions for spoliation of video footage of a fight between prison inmates. ...more

California Extends Deadline to Consider Early Prison Release for Immigration Law Offenders

California is currently considering a number of possible solutions to its prison overcrowding problems – one of which is an early release of immigration offenders. Last month, a three-judge panel agreed to extend until...more

CMS Offers Clarification Regarding Incarcerated Beneficiary Claim Denials

On July 31, 2013, CMS updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for all fee-for-service providers related to incarcerated beneficiary claim denials. Medicare does not cover supplies or services for persons who are...more

Private Health Care Providers Should Understand the Risks When Treating Inmates - BB&K's Jared Goldman Examines the Potential...

If you have worked in correctional health care for a while, you have heard about the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against “deliberate indifference” to an inmate’s medical needs. But you may be unaware of the patchwork of...more

Sexual Misconduct “During” Law Enforcement Activities Does Not “Arise Out of” Law Enforcement Activities

In a recent case before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the court held that jail employees were not entitled to coverage for sexual molestation of an inmate under the law enforcement coverage...more

Counties in California Can Learn a Few Lessons from State on Inmate Health Care - BB&K Health Care Attorney Shares Tips on...

Inmates in the Riverside County jails served a federal class-action lawsuit last month, claiming the county is subjecting them to cruel and unusual punishment by depriving them of basic medical and mental health care. A...more

Inmates Claim County is Depriving Them of Basic Medical and Mental Health Care - Similar Lawsuits Expected to be Filed as Counties...

Inmates in the Riverside County jails served a federal class-action lawsuit last week, claiming the county is subjecting them to cruel and unusual punishment by depriving them of basic medical and mental health care. Among...more

Prison Re-Entry Panel at PBI Conference - Great Learning Experience

One of the great things about being invited to be on a panel at the Pro Bono Institute's wonderful annual conference is that, even though I was presumable asked because I know something about the topic, I always learn much...more

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