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Interesting account of gender discrimination in Wyoming alternative sentencing boot camp program

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Canada Goose Parka Blanchard ticked all the boxes for acceptance, except for one. Wyoming Department of Corrections has never housed a woman in boot camp, and it wasn’t going to start canada goose coats uk with her. Which is how Blanchard ended up in Florida, shipped out of state instead of accommodated in her own. And it’s how she became the central figure in a federal lawsuit accusing the WDOC of discriminating against female inmates. Canada Goose Parka

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canada goose clearance sale In an interview with canada goose jacket outlet sale BuzzFeed News, [Blanchard’s court appointed attorney, John] LaBuda called it a “really good program,” one that teaches discipline but also allows inmates to get their GED or drug and alcohol counseling, or sometimes learn a trade. But when the state first offered the program in 1987, it only housed men; that has continued for 30 years. No attorney or judge, to the state or anyone else’s knowledge, has ever tried to place a female client into the boot camp. canada goose clearance sale

canada goose black friday sale In July, [Blanchard’s civil] lawyers filed suit in federal court, alleging the WDOC was violating her constitutional rights by denying her an opportunity offered to men. [John Robinson and Stephen] Pevar also had the idea to turn Blanchard’s case canada goose outlet online store review into a class action lawsuit. As Pevar wrote in a July email to WDOC lawyers, “Wyoming was not only violating Ms Blanchard’s rights but has been violating the rights of women for many years now who are canada goose outlet store uk in her situation. We needed to do something about it.” (In 2013, the ACLU settled a similar lawsuit that opened up a Montana prison boot camp to women, though the program is now ending for both men and women.) canada goose black friday sale

cheap Canada Goose The lawsuit’s proposed class includes current inmates at Lusk’s women’s prison who were first time offenders under www.beachcottage.ca 25 at the time of their sentencing women who were eligible to canada goose outlet toronto location be recommended to the Youthful Offenders Program but weren’t given the chance because of the canada goose outlet ottawa boot camp’s men only tradition. The proposed class also includes young Wyoming women who will face the same situation in the future. But Pevar doesn’t yet know how many women actually fall under this umbrella, if a judge does approve the lawsuit as a canada goose parka outlet class action. He and Robinson have requested the WDOC reveal the names of eligible women currently at Lusk, a prison with a capacity of 293 women. WDOC has not yet provided these names. Blanchard’s attorneys are also trying to get referrals from public defenders like LaBuda currently representing eligible young women. cheap Canada Goose

canada goose deals The class could end up being 20 people or it could be 200, Pevar said, but the goal is for each woman to get put into boot camp, either immediately or by going back in front of their sentencing judges. (The WDOC would provide each woman with an independent attorney for the latter proposed process.) “We feel that the only fair way to vindicate the Constitutional rights of the women whose lawyers didn ask for the recommendation,” Pevar said. No monetary award for the women is involved. canada goose deals

canada goose store In late August, the WDOC filed a motion to dismiss the suit, arguing that women have never been denied the opportunity to go to bootcamp. It’s just that they’ve never tried to go to bootcamp, it said, until Blanchard. The corrections department also argued Blanchard hadn’t exhausted all of remedies before filing suit, and that her complaint is moot because she’s already been placed in boot camp elsewhere canada goose store.

 

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