11th Circuit Reduces Florida Inmate Access to Hepatitis C Treatment

Tossing out a court order forcing Florida prisons to treat inmates suffering from the early effects of hepatitis C, an 11th Circuit panel Monday ruled that state prison officials are not constitutionally required to treat all inmates who suffer from the disease with expensive antiviral drugs.

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Immigration Detention

A federal court in California enjoined the City of McFarland and for-profit prison firm Geo Group from accepting federal immigration detainees at two private prisons. Adding or transferring detainees at this time could spread Covid-19 and “serious questions remain” about whether the city sufficiently allowed the public to be heard during public meetings about the issue.

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Ghislaine Maxwell Wants Better Treatment in Prison

Ghislaine Maxwell’s criminal defense attorneys claim she is being treated worse in confinement than other pretrial detainees and won’t receive a fair trial unless the government discloses the identities of three victims cited in the indictment accusing her of helping Jeffrey Epstein exploit and abuse underage girls.

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Ninth Circuit Rules for California in Dispute Over Solitary-Confinement Settlement

California is not violating a settlement agreement with suspected gang members formerly housed in solitary confinement by keeping them confined to their general population cells for up to 23 hours a day, the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday.

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Michael Cohen Claims Remand to Prison Was Retaliation for Plan to Publish Trump Book

Former Trump fixer Michael Cohen, who was recently sent back to prison after being released to home confinement due to Covid-19, claims in a lawsuit filed Monday that he is being punished for writing — and intending to publish — a book critical of the president.

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Judge Considers Blocking California Private Prison Ban

Calling a pair of lawsuits brought by private prison operator GEO Group and the federal government challenging the constitutionality of California’s private prison ban “fascinating and complex,” a federal judge Thursday suggested she was unlikely to rule the ban discriminates against the federal government or its contractors.

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