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David
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David Shapiro is a staff attorney at the ACLU National Prison Project, where his work focuses on immigration detention, privatized incarceration, and prisoners' First Amendment rights. Before joining the ACLU, David worked as litigation associate at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and as a law clerk to Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the 3rd Circuit. David graduated from Yale Law School and Harvard College and studied Russian literature in Moscow as a Fulbright Scholar.

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Results of Our Poll for the Worst Prison Innovation of 2011: And the Loser Is...

By David Shapiro, ACLU National Prison Project at 2:24pm
In December, we asked you to pick among three candidates for the worst prison idea of 2011: denying prisoners lunch, charging families to visit prisoners or a pilot program in South Korea involving robotic correctional officers. You cast your votes, and the results are in!

Price Gouging in Prison

By David Shapiro, ACLU National Prison Project at 3:06pm

Today, President Obama signed the Cell Phone Contraband Act, which, as the name suggests, makes it a crime for prisoners to possess cell phones. But a little-known provision of the new law could have far more important effects for prisoners and…

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