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January 7, 2019

Federal Judge Certifies Class Action Lawsuit Against Parole System for Unconstitutionally Re-incarcerating Thousands Annually

Press Release
Contact: Amy Breihan Phone: 314 254 8540 Email: amy.breihan@macarthurjustice.org St. Louis – A federal court has certified a class-action lawsuit alleging the State of Missouri re-incarcerates thousands of people in defiance of U.S. Supreme Court rulings guaranteeing that parolees receive certain due process protections when states consider depriving them of their liberty due to alleged...
January 2, 2019

How solitary confinement drove a young inmate to the brink of insanity

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Chicago Tribune

December 28, 2018

Transgender inmate gets rare transfer to female prison

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Hampton, of Chicago, had requested the transfer on grounds she’d be less vulnerable to the sexual assault, taunting and beatings she was subjected to in male prisons…The IDOC’s hand was forced last month by a federal court that found Hampton had a strong case that her equal-protection rights were violated. Her lawyers said it was...

Associated Press

December 27, 2018

Transgender inmate moved to Illinois women’s prison after alleging years of abuse

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“It’s an important first step that we hope will lead to the Department of Corrections recognizing that all trans women need to be free from abuse and discrimination while in custody,” [Vanessa del Valle] said. “And that includes properly housing them in women’s prisons.”

Chicago Tribune

December 27, 2018

Illinois Prison Officials House Transgender Woman in Women’s Prison

Press Release
CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) has moved Strawberry Hampton, a 27-year-old transgender woman, from the all-male prisons where she was held, to Logan Correctional Center, a women’s prison. This comes after a year of IDOC rejecting Ms. Hampton and her lawyers’ pleas, and opposing a lawsuit that sought this transfer. Ms....
December 14, 2018

How the State, Prisons, and Guards Keep Books from Incarcerated People

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Teen Vogue

December 13, 2018

Survey: Mississippi jail inmates fall, but many stay long

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A new survey provided to The Associated Press suggests that the number of Mississippi inmates jailed for short periods may be declining, but that those in jail for longer is holding steady…The survey by the MacArthur Justice Center shows almost half of the more than 5,000 people jailed had a stay of 90 or more...

Associated Press

December 12, 2018

New Jail Database Shows Lengthy Pretrial Incarceration Continues In Mississippi’s Local Jails

Press Release
OXFORD, Miss. – The vast majority of the 5,534 men and women detained in local Mississippi jails are not serving sentences for criminal convictions but instead are awaiting their day in court to face charges, and nearly half of the detainees have been in jail for more than 90 days. Those are some of the...
December 12, 2018

Lengthy Pretrial Incarceration Continues in Mississippi Jails

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University of Mississippi News

December 12, 2018

Mississippi spends $100 million annually to jail unconvicted

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“Our database confirms that long-term pretrial incarceration of poor Mississippians, attributable primarily to improper and illegal use of the money bail system, continues to be a significant problem that costs counties millions of dollars,” said Cliff Johnson, director of the MacArthur Justice Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Clarion Ledger