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Posted by Shelly Twining on Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:25

In a report entitled “The Impact of an Aging Inmate Population on the Federal Bureau of Prisons” released May 6, 2015, the Office of the Inspector General brings to light the impact of the care and expenses of the fastest growing population of 50 and older inmates in the BOP. The results show the cost of care of the aging inmates far outweigh the younger inmates, 8% more than 49 and younger, and 14 times more per inmate on medication is spent ($684 for an aging inmate compared to $49 for younger inmates).  The OIG also found that the prison staff members at institutions are not trained,...

Posted by Shelly Twining on Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 10:49

 On April 21, 2015, in the case of Rodriguez v. United States, the Supreme Court held that police officers cannot prolong a traffic stop to conduct a dog-sniffing drug search. The opinion, issued by Judge Ginsburg (in which Justices Roberts, Scalia, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan joined; Justice Kennedy issued a dissenting opinion; Justice Thomas issued a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Alito and Kennedy joined (Justice Kennedy joined all but Part III); and Justice...

Posted by Shelly Twining on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 14:23

On January 20, 2015, in the case of Holt v. Hobbs, the Supreme Court in a unanimous opinion written by Justice Alito struck down an Arkansas prison practice that prevented a prisoner of the Muslim faith to wear a beard.  The Court’s opinion was based in part on its analysis of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000. To view more of the Supreme Court's opinions, go to Law - Case Law - US Supreme Court in our navigation bar above.

Posted by Shelly Twining on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 14:30

Dr. Robert L. Smith, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine and the MetroHealth System, will give a 2 hour presentation regarding  "Understanding Addiction and Substance Abuse (so that you can better represent your client and better understand your client's plight)."  It will be held on November 17, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (registration is from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) at the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse, Auditorium, 7th Floor, 801 W. Superior Ave., Cleveland, Ohio and will be streamed live at the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Toledo, Ohio. This seminar...