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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

NY Times Highlights “Unconscionable” Conditions for Females at the MDC

Earlier this week, the New York Times ran a story on the state of care, and lack of care, for women detained at the MDC in Brooklyn.  In particular, it highlighted the stories of pregnant women, including one who lost her baby while in custody.  The article notes that “[t]he treatment of women, pregnant and otherwise, at the Metropolitan Detention Center has alarmed a number of judges.”

You can read the entire article here.

You can read our earlier post on the issue here.

 

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Friday, October 14th, 2016

Hearing Regarding Conditions at MDC Brooklyn Scheduled for 10/27

Eastern District Judge Cheryl Pollak has scheduled a hearing on the conditions of confinement, particularly for women, at the MDC.

For years, lawyers have raised issues about the conditions of confinement in general and the conditions of confinement for women in particular.  As reported in today’s New  York Daily News, the National Association of Women Judges has conducted official visits to the MDC and found “abysmal conditions faced by female prisoners, including a lack of fresh air and sunlight, no air conditioning during the heatwave, rotten food and insufficient medical care.”  You can read more about the case and Judge Pollak’s comments here.

Steve Zizzou and Sally Butler, counsel representing the defendant at the October 27th hearing, are looking for individuals who have information regarding the conditions at the MDC, particularly regarding the lack of medical care and serial sexual and other abuse.  Information can be given on a …

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

New RDAP Rules

Below is a message from Denise Barrett from the National Sentencing Resource Counsel Project reporting on new rules relating to the Bureau of Prisons’ Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP).

The BOP changed some of the RDAP rules.  They are published in the federal register and take effect May 26, 2016.

Unfortunately, BOP has retained the provision that prohibits early release for persons convicted of certain crimes (e.g. possession of a firearm).  It did, however, change the rules on prior convictions such that violent offenses older than ten years do not make the person ineligible for early release.

A substantive change was made to the rules governing  expulsions from the RDAP program.  Those who committed acts involving alcohol or drugs, violence or threats of violence, escape or attempted escape, or any 100 level series incident, are no longer subject to expulsion. 

Below is a link to the federal register, which has

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