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April 14, 2011

If you have an interest in prisoners' interest in earning interest...

then be sure to check out today's work by the First Circuit in Young v. Wall, No. 10-1862 (1st Cir. April 14, 2011) (available here), which gets started this way:

This appeal requires us to determine whether a prison's unilateral suspension of its internal policy of paying interest on inmate accounts violated the constitutional rights of an affected inmate.  The district court thought not.  Weighing in on an issue that has split the circuits, we conclude that prison inmates lack a constitutionally protected property right in interest not yet paid.  Accordingly, the defendant was at liberty to abrogate the policy prospectively.

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I find a couple of the cases highlighted in the SCOTUS blog likely grants column more interesting.

The NC one, with the prisoners who has been told they were earning time off their sentences only to have it yanked out from under them I hope gets granted (and reversed).

The Penn case I think the appeals panel got it right on both the issue that some process is due and their broad outline of what that process needs to entail (less that courtroom proceedings). so I don't see a grant there being nearly as important.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Apr 14, 2011 11:03:06 PM

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