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Prisons & Jails – Constitutional – Ex Post Facto Law – Due Process – Prisoner’s Credits – 1975 Life Sentence – Criminal Practice (access required)

State v. Bowden Even though defendant received a “life” sentence when such a sentence was defined as 80 years, this case is distinguishable from Jones v. Keller, 364 N.C. 249, 698 S.E.2d 49 (2010). Here, unlike the situation in Jones, the N.C. Department of Correction actually awarded and applied defendant’s good, gain, and merit time sentence reduction credits which he earned between 1975 and October 2009 to reduce defendant’s unconditional release date.

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Prisons & Jails – Claim Mooted for Prison Visitation Denial (access required)

Williams v. Ozmint Restoration of a prison inmate’s visiting privileges has mooted his appeal of suspension of those privileges for a two-year period as a penalty for the inmate’s suspected receipt of contraband; the 4th Circuit further concludes that the prison warden who imposed the suspicion is shielded by qualified immunity because the inmate did not have a clearly established right to visitation.

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