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Florida Supreme Court Reverses Itself on Death Penalty Restriction from 2016

Saying it made a “clear error” in 2016, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday scrapped a decision that gave some Death Row inmates another chance to argue that they should be shielded from execution because they have intellectual disabilities. The…
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Prisons Are Housing Mental Health Patients Who’ve Committed No Crimes

Andrew Butler was a popular kid at Hollis Brookline High School in New Hampshire, an honors student who was captain of the football and wrestling teams. Then, during college, Andrew tore his leg muscles, making even walking to class difficult.…
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North Dakota Prison Officials Think Outside The Box To Revamp Solitary Confinement – NPR

There are slightly more than 2 million people incarcerated in the United States — that's nearly equal to the entire population of Houston. Among those prisoners, thousands serve time in solitary confinement, isolated in small often windowless…
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Webinar: Your Client’s Brain and the Relevancy of Graham and Miller – September 27 at 2:00 PM

Your Client's Brain and the Relevancy of Graham and Miller September 27, 2018, 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 90 minutes Webinar Faculty Jill Pasquarella, Supervising Attorney, Louisiana Center for Children's Rights About the Webinar The…
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Mentally Ill South Florida Man Starved to Death in Prison, Lawsuit Alleges – The Miami New Times

When Vincent Gaines was sentenced to five years in prison on robbery charges in June 2013, state officials recommended he be placed in a mental-health unit because he had regular visual and auditory hallucinations. So Gaines was transferred…
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Supreme Court to Review Questions About Competency to Be Executed – Equal Justice Initiative

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to review the case of Vernon Madison, on whether he is competent to be executed due to his lack of rational understanding of the crime for which he was convicted. Read more.
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Florida OKs $4.5 Million Payout for Brutal Prison Shower Death of Darren Rainey – The Miami Herald

The State of Florida has approved a $4.5 million settlement to the family of Darren Rainey, a severely mentally ill inmate who was incarcerated at Dade Correctional Institution in Florida City. For two hours, Rainey was allegedly locked in…
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Juvenile Law Center Releases New Report on Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities

Last week, the Juvenile Law Center released its new report, Unlocking Youth: Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities. The report was able to make a number of findings: The use of solitary confinement in juvenile…
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Briefing: Ending Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities – August 2, 2:00 PM

Tomorrow, the Juvenile Law Center will be livestreaming a Congressional briefing on its latest report, Unlocking Youth: Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities. The video can be seen on JLC's Facebook page.