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Cry No Crocodile Tears for Frozen Brooklyn Inmates!

CNN-photo As most people, I was sympathetic to the Brooklyn inmates, who did not have heat, during the most frigid weather this past January. However, you can be assured at any given day, somewhere in the United States, inmates are suffering from extreme cold, or excessive heat in their cells. The New York Times reported […]

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Prepare Defendant: Going to Jail or Prison First Time

Attorneys cannot prepare a defendant, for incarceration, who is going to jail or prison for the first time. As a former attorney and inmate, I can offer the practical tips (In English or Spanish) for jail-prison survival. “The 25 Basic Rules of Surviving Prison & Jail,: are based upon my personal experiences, and what I learned from […]

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25 Rules:How To Survive in Prison & Jail

How To Survive in Prison & Jail From a former inmate, criminal attorney and the creator of PrisonPath Every culture has its rules. If you visit another country and violate what is considered appropriate behavior, you may at best, be ignored or, in the worst case scenario, subjected to scorn, ridicule, or violence. Being incarcerated […]

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Government Shutdown–Federal Correctional Officers

Florence Federal Correctional Complex– Since December 22, 2018, the Trump government shutdown has left 800,000 federal workers and contract workers without pay. Among the 800,000–federal correctional officers. Federal correctional officers were not furloughed, but are required to work without pay. Eric Young, the head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Union, told ABC News, “In […]

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2018 Not 1820–No Shackling: Women Giving Birth

The proposed Prison Justice Reform bill (The First Step Act) includes a significant provision prohibiting placing pregnant prisoners in shackles, during labor-birth. Unfortunately, The First Step Act, will apply only to the federal prison system, and not to state and local jails and prisons. Depending on the jurisdiction, what actually happens to an incarcerated woman giving […]

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Criminal Justice Reform–2018

  The Senate on December 18th, passed a criminal justice reform bill in an 87-12 vote, signaling the biggest reforms to the federal criminal justice system in decades. If the bill is approved by the House and the President, the bill only affects federal inmates. Currently , out of 2.1 million inmates, only 180,000 are […]

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Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen–3 Years Prison Trump’s former attorney was sentenced today to three years in prison. Cohen had pled guilty in August to avoiding illegally 1.4 million in taxes, and more controversial, to violating  campaign finance laws.  He made payments in the  2016 election to silence porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.  Both women claimed, they had sexual […]

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California legislators have voted to eradicate bail in favor of a computer-driven algorithm tool called, “risk-assessment.”  The chant heard throughout California, one that pushed the SB10 bill forward, was backed by many entertainers who have used the no money, no bail as their cause cèlèbre.  It ignited widespread negativity about the bail process. Hey, those […]

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The New Scarlet Letter–“F” for Felon

The traditional example of a Scarlet Letter was the Puritan woman in the book, The Scarlet Letter, who cheated on her husband. She had to wear a red “A” for adultery. The new scarlet letter is “F” for Felon. The constant use of the F word, felon, to describe a former incarcerated individual reduces his or her chance […]

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Midterm Elections–Who Can Vote?

Disenfranchised Voters Infographic Elections have consequences for all of us, but there are Americans, who are not allowed to vote. With midterm elections next week, almost six million Americans are disenfranchised from voting. It does not matter if, the former inmates are again productive members of society, who pay taxes. Only states decide who can […]

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