Strengthened Court Surveillance Rules for NYPD Muslim Surveillance Program

This is post 11 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” Responding to public outrage at the disclosure of a “Muslim Surveillance Program” by the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the NYPD agreed in court filings in early January to strengthen oversight of terrorism investigations thorough a series […]

Q&A with Kris Hermes: RNCs, DNCs, and NSSEs—Oh My!

This is post 10 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” Drawing on first-hand experience and in-depth research, Former Mass Defense Coordinator and longtime Guild member Kris Hermes authored Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000 (PM Press, September 2015), which shows how the escalation of […]

Mississippi DOC Revives “Group Punishment”

This is post 9 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Charles D. Owens, II | Lakesville, MS The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC), under the leadership of the new Commissioner Marshall Fisher, has revived the practice of group punishment. Under this revived practice, entire prisons re punished for […]

Chicago Community Bond Fund: Harm Reduction in a Prison Nation

This is post 8 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Sharlyn Grace and Max Suchan, NLG-Chicago On any given day, around 500,000 people in the United States are behind bars for one simple yet horrifying reason: they cannot afford bond. In Chicago, a determined group of mothers […]

Flint Inmates Forced to Drink Lead-Contaminated Water

This is post 7 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Shanna Merola, NLG Detroit and Michigan Chapter Legal Observer Coordinator On January 8th, Detroit activists called for a “solidarity road trip” from Detroit to Flint, Michigan to “Arrest Governor Snyder.” That evening, local residents and social justice […]

Prisoner Paralegals: Our Struggle to Find Justice

This is post 6 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Hunter Lee Weeks | Sterling, CO In prison, there are those of us who spend time, effort, and funds to acquire a formal education in law. Most of us have no education, while a few of us have […]

Inmate Advisory Counsel: A Cruel Hoax

This is post 5 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Rodney B. Barno | Corcoran, CA I was the Inmate Advisory Counsel (IAC) Chairman at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (CSATF) in Corcoran, California. My responsibility was to advocate for the population of my facility and […]

The Flint River Lead Poisoning Catastrophe in Historical Perspective

This is post 4 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Tom Stephens, NLG Detroit and Michigan Chapter The facts of the Flint River lead poisoning are essentially undisputed. Enabled by Michigan’s unprecedented “emergency management” policies affecting primarily African-American cities, it’s a case of spectacular regulatory failure at […]

Kentucky’s “Corruptional” System

This is post 3 of 15 in the series “Guild Notes Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016)” By Christopher L. Young | La Grange, KY I am grateful to be a member of the NLG and a Guild Notes subscriber and looking forward to receiving the Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook—I appreciate the chance to get my voice […]