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The Time For Establishing a Parole Plan is NOW

The issue of parole is an area that few consider or plan for after having been sentenced to a prison term. Parole is not guaranteed. Any individual sentenced to a prison term should be considering parole issues, if not a...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Weigh Private Right of Action for Failure to Accurately Calculate Presentence Time-Served Credits

During its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide a novel question presented by a case arising from the Fifth District: does a prisoner have an implied right of action against the circuit clerk and county...more

Can the Flying Spaghetti Monster Reshape RLUIPA?

Stephen Cavanaugh, an inmate incarcerated by the Nebraska Department of Corrections, filed a civil rights lawsuit alleging that prison staff repeatedly discriminated against him by not allowing him to meet for worship...more

Conn. Killer's Kosher Request Illustrates National Debate

A Muslim prisoner has taken Arkansas prison officials to the U.S. Supreme Court for refusing to allow him to grow a one-inch beard for religious purposes. In New Mexico, a prisoner sued corrections officials for not allowing...more

Clarification on the Statute of Limitations for Conditions of Confinement Cases

The Supreme Court of Virginia has recently addressed and clarified the application of Va. Code § 8.01-243.2, which provides: No person confined in a state or local correctional facility shall bring or have brought on...more

Prison Sentence in Air India Bribery Scheme Sends Deterrent Message to Canadian Executives

On May 23, Nazir Karigar, an agent of Cryptometrics Canada Inc. (Cryptometrics), was sentenced to three years in federal prison under Canada’s foreign bribery statute. Mr. Karigar was convicted last August of conspiring to...more

First Prison Sentence Handed Down Under Canada’s Foreign Corruption Legislation (R. v. Karigar)

Nazim Karigar was sentenced to three years imprisonment today by the Ontario Superior Court for his part in a conspiracy to bribe an Indian government Minister and other officials of a state-owned airline...more

Bill Would Increase Fines, Prison Terms For Workers Compensation Offences In Manitoba

It’s not just courts that are increasing fines for safety offences. The Manitoba government has proposed substantial increases to fines under the Manitoba Workers Compensation Act....more

Ifrah Law Report: Johns Hopkins Symposium on Social Costs of Mass Incarceration

On April 28, 2014, Ifrah Law attorneys Jeff Hamlin and Casselle Smith attended a symposium on incarceration presented by The Johns Hopkins University and its Urban Health Institute. The day–long program focused on adverse...more

A License to Wed: Can You Be Denied a Marriage License?

In October of 2013, the Illinois couple of Colette Purifoy and John Morris were denied a marriage license because of John’s inability to consent. In 2009, John suffered permanent brain damage after unexpected complications...more

Prison Realignment – A Clearer Picture

What do we do with the recently released data that approximately 60% of parolees released to counties were arrested within 12 months of leaving prison? This confirms that rather than seeing a decrease, recidivism rates have,...more

Dust In The Wind – A "Silent Epidemic" Rises In The Southwest

Statisticians call it a correlation when two sets of data are strongly linked. Last Friday, the governor of California declared a state of emergency arising from the persistent drought that resulted in 2013 being the driest...more

Federal Authorities Crack Down on Student Discipline Practices

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Issue Guidance Warning Against Unlawful Discrimination in Student Discipline - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder this week issued a...more

All About “Commitment”: CEQA Review is Not Triggered By Orange County’s AB 900 Application For State Funding To Expand Existing...

In a decision recently ordered published, the Fourth District Court of Appeal added to the growing progeny of Save Tara, and affirmed the trial court’s judgment denying the City of Irvine’s writ petition seeking to compel...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

More Undocumented Immigrants Are Being Sent to Prison

Undocumented immigrants make up the fastest growing segment of the federal prison population. Of the more than 60,000 people convicted of immigration crimes this year, most have been entered (or re-entered) the country...more

UBS Client Sentenced to One Year in Prison

Bloomberg reports that a client of UBS AG was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for using a Swiss bank account to evade more than $1 million in taxes. ...more

Colorado Accounting Department Head Sentenced to Federal Prison for Failing to Pay Over Employment Taxes

Bloomberg BNA reports that a Colorado woman who managed the accounting department of a garage door company she co-owns was sentenced to 28 months for failing to pay $4.67 million in employment taxes (United States v....more

Individuals Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Immigration Conspiracy

Three individuals from Missouri, Thomas Laurence, Thomas Strawbridge, and Elizabeth Meredith, were recently sentenced to 1 to 10 years in prison for a fraudulent immigration scheme. The individuals, none of whom are licensed...more

Prison for Executives of Professional Employer Organization

The AP is reporting today that two West Virginia staffing agency executives have been sentenced to prison in a tax evasion scheme....more

Fee Caps Do Not Apply to Prisoners Defending Judgment on Appeal

In Woods v. Carey the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case on the recovery of attorney fees in the context of a prisoner defending a judgment on appeal....more

CMS Demands Repayment for Items and Services Furnished to Incarcerated Beneficiaries

CMS recently initiated recoveries from providers and suppliers for services furnished to beneficiaries while “incarcerated,” which generally are not covered by Medicare. Such services are not covered because a state or local...more

Conspirators Get Prison Time for Defrauding Small Business 8(a) Program

White-collar crime can involve any number of types of fraud against the government or private parties. One that isn’t usually thought about but can result in serious jail time involves conspiracies to obtain government...more

Imagine This -- Détente Between the Right and the Left On Prison Reform!

Can you imagine political conservatives advocating prison reform? It is hard to imagine if you are old enough to remember the infamous Willie Horton ads from the 1988 U.S.Presidential race....more

Mr. Bourke Heads To Jail – If Only He Had A Compliance Officer At The Table

After years of litigation and twists and turns, Mr. Bourke finally entered jail to serve his one year and one day sentence. ...more

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