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  • Florida Man Shoots Himself in Leg While Waiting for Job Interview

    05/10/2016 12:03:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Authorities are investigating after a part-time jail guard accidentally shot himself in the leg as he waited to interview for a janitorial job at a Florida Panhandle elementary school. The News Herald reports that while 28-year-old Travis Anthony Holland waited in his truck on Friday, he decided to replace a spent round in his Derringer revolver before storing it in a secure compartment of the truck. A police report says he shot himself in the thigh and was treated at a hospital. Police initially said the incident didn't warrant criminal charges because law enforcement officers are exempt from a state...
  • Mass killer Anders Breivik's human rights breached in prison, court rules

    04/20/2016 10:40:44 AM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | Apr. 20, 2016 | Tim Hume and Olav Mellingsater, CNN
    Oslo, Norway (CNN) — Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has won part of his lawsuit against the state over his solitary confinement in a high-security prison, a court announced Wednesday. The Oslo district court found the 37-year-old's treatment in prison violated Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, prohibiting "inhuman or degrading treatment," and ruled that his conditions must be eased. The court also ordered the government to pay legal costs of 331,000 kroner ($40,600) for the right-wing extremist, who killed 77 people in a shooting rampage and bombing attack in 2011.
  • Governor: Oklahoma may have used wrong drug in execution

    10/08/2015 1:12:42 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/08/2015 | Ariane de Vogue
    Story highlights The Oklahoma Department of Corrections may have used the wrong drug for the execution of Charles Warner that occurred last January "I was not aware nor was anyone in my office aware of the possibility until the day of Richard Glossip's scheduled execution," Fallin said ~snip~ Oklahoma's difficulties began in April 2014, when Clayton Lockett died gasping for air, writhing on the table. After the botched execution, Fallin ordered a full review of the state's procedures, which took five months to complete. The state adopted a new protocol in September 2014. ~snip~ The Associated Press reported that Warner...
  • Kentucky Forbids Prison Chaplains from Identifying Homosexuality as Sinful

    08/15/2015 6:11:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Prison officials in the state of Kentucky have told chaplains that they are not allowed to speak of homosexual activity as sinful. The Department of Juvenile Justice revoked the credentials of a Baptist chaplain, citing his refusal to comply with a policy that forbids reference to homosexuality as sinful. Chaplains who do not agree to abide by that policy will not be allowed to work in prisons, officials said. The Kentucky policy stipulates that "staff, volunteers, interns and contractors shall not imply or tell LGBTQI juveniles that they are abnormal, deviant, sinful or that they can or should change their...
  • The black president some worried about has arrived (Washington Post)

    07/17/2015 1:52:12 PM PDT · by dennisw · 21 replies
    washingtonpost. ^ | July 15 | Janell Ross
    President Obama address NAACP, calls for prison reform(45:49) President Obama said the nation can no longer "close their eyes" to racial inequality in the criminal justice system as he called for reform during a speech to the NAACP's 106th National Convention on Tuesday. ( There's this thing people sometimes say down South. So-and-so is "acting brand new." Sometimes that's a reference to people behaving like they don't know old friends and family — that they have evolved past their old crowd. Sometimes that's Southern-speak for the emboldened, people behaving like they either don't know the rules or have outright decided...
  • Lax security procedures set stage for New York prison breakout

    06/22/2015 3:32:11 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 21, 2015
    DANNEMORA, N.Y. — By the time David Sweat and Richard W. Matt engineered their extraordinary escape from the maximum-security prison here, corrections officers were rarely shining lights over the faces of inmates during hourly bed checks, making it hard to know if a living, breathing person was inside a
  • Shift Prison Policies Without Endangering the Public

    06/18/2015 10:14:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/14/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    A new report from the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending lays out some quality reforms that would help pare down Michigan’s vast criminal system. Many of the ideas would save taxpayer money and are commonsense reforms that will not endanger the public. In total, the report estimates that Michigan could reduce its prison population by around 10,000 and save $250 million annually. CAPPS notes that Michigan spends about $2 billion on its Department of Corrections — skyrocketing from 1.6 percent of the General Fund budget in 1973 to 20 percent today. Much of this spending is warranted —...
  • MDOC: Suspect in weekend kidnapping was correctional officer (Great Guns Save Lives story)

    06/01/2015 10:07:17 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WDAM ^ | May 20, 2015 | Brad Conaway
    On Wednesday, Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher approved immediate suspension without pay of a correctional officer charged in a kidnapping, armed robbery and homicide that occurred in Jackson on Saturday morning. Fisher learned after Andre Kennedy's arrest that Kennedy is one of 520 officers working at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County. Kennedy, 22, was hired in January 2014. He is charged with capital murder, robbery and kidnapping in a case involving an Eastover homeowner. His partner in crime was shot and killed in what police are calling justifiable homicide. Hinds County Coroner identified the deceased suspect as 23-year-old Edwin...
  • With Declining Recidivism Rates, South Carolina Closes Minimum Security Prison

    02/27/2015 10:43:47 AM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-27-15 | Paige Lafortune
    South Carolina announced Tuesday, February 25th that the state would be closing a minimum security prison. This will be the second minimum security prison closing in South Carolina within a year, and is the result of declining recidivism rates—the rate at which offenders relapse into criminal behavior. In 2010, South Carolina passed significant criminal justice reforms following the suggestions of the South Carolina Sentencing Reform Commission, established to address the high recidivism rates, large prison populations and growing correctional costs. The South Carolina legislature passed the Omnibus Crime Reduction and Sentencing Reform Act of 2010 to address the identified issues....
  • We should stop putting women in jail. For anything.

    11/13/2014 10:15:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's PostEverything Blog ^ | November 6, 2014 | Patricia O'Brien
    It sounds like a radical idea: Stop incarcerating women, and close down women’s prisons. But in Britain, there is a growing movement, sponsored by a peer in the House of Lords, to do just that. The argument is actually quite straightforward: There are far fewer women in prison than men to start with — women make up just 7 percent of the prison population. This means that these women are disproportionately affected by a system designed for men. But could women’s prisons actually be eliminated in the United States, where the rate of women’s incarceration has risen by 646 percent...
  • High court likely to allow Muslim inmate's beard

    10/07/2014 9:05:23 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 22 replies
    WTOP News ^ | 10/07/2014 | WTOP
    The Supreme Court appears likely to side with an Arkansas prison inmate who says his Muslim beliefs require him to grow a half-inch beard. The justices on Tuesday took up their first religious liberty case since the Hobby Lobby case bitterly divided them in June over whether family-owned corporations could mount religious objections to paying for women's contraceptives under the health care overhaul. There was no such division evident in the courtroom Tuesday as several justices were openly skeptical of arguments made by a lawyer for Arkansas in defense of a policy that allows mustaches for all inmates and a...
  • Restoring Prisons and Prisoners on Our Watch

    08/06/2014 4:54:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | August 6, 2014 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr
    America prides itself on being the land of the free, but over the past four decades our prison population has risen tenfold. We have by far the highest rate of incarceration in the world, and as a consequence, at least 2.7 million children have at least one parent in prison. Some fathers have abandoned their children, but others have been locked away from them. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the federal prison population is 37 percent black, 32 percent Latino, and 28 percent white. Professor Michelle Alexander of Ohio State University went so far as to compare...
  • Prisoners Should Get Free Education to Reduce Recidivism, Newt Gingrich Says

    05/21/2014 3:08:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/21/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    WASHINGTON — Prisoners should be provided free education in order to reduce crime and recidivism, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich declared at a gathering of conservative advocates of prison reform. Right on Crime, a Texas-based coalition of conservative public figures and elected officials, had a two day Leadership Summit at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center Tuesday and Wednesday. Newt Gingrich gave remarks at the Wednesday morning session, describing some of the needs he believed had to be met for meaningful prison reform. While still supportive of the early 1990's "war on crime" measures championed by...
  • Innocent Man Freed After 25 Years in Prison

    04/08/2014 4:52:27 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 28 replies
    NBC ^ | Apr 8, 2014 | Jonathan Dienst and Roseanne Colletti
    An innocent man who spent nearly a quarter century in prison for a murder he did not commit walked out of a Brooklyn courtroom with his freedom and his mother by his side Tuesday. Jonathan Fleming, now 51 years old, was in tears as he hugged his lawyers and family Tuesday after his conviction was thrown out by a judge. "I feel like the time I felt when he was born and the nurse bring him to me," said Patricia Fleming, the mother of the wrongly jailed man. "That's how happy I was." From the start, Fleming proclaimed his innocence...
  • Bernard Kerik on Prison: Americans Wouldn't Stand for What I Saw

    11/02/2013 7:44:44 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 39 replies ^ | November 1, 2013 | Jim Meyers
    As New York City police commissioner, Bernard Kerik was ultimately responsible for the incarceration of many criminals. Now that he has seen the prison system from the inside, having served three years behind bars, he has a new appraisal of the U.S. penal system: "insane." In his first interview since his release from prison, where he served time for tax evasion and lying to federal authorities, Kerik told NBC’s Matt Lauer on the Today show Friday: "No one in the history of our country has ever been in the system with my background.
  • US: Racial policy in Calif prison riots breaks law

    10/21/2013 3:34:48 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 27 replies
    KCRA ^ | 10/18/2013
    California is violating the federal Constitution when it punishes prison inmates after a riot based on their race, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday. Gangs in California prisons typically are based on race, and riots often pit members of one race against one another or involve inmates of only one race. After the riots, officers often lock inmates in their cells based on which races were involved to prevent further violence - whether or not those inmates were involved. The Justice Department said in a court filing that the practice violates the 14th Amendment, which requires equal protection under...
  • Liberty and Justice for All: Race, law, and redemption in the United States (Unreal)

    10/09/2013 1:22:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    City College News - The Student Newspaper of MCTC ^ | October 9, 2013 | Sarah Stanley-Ayre
    Miss Stanley-AyreThe year is 2013. Our nation has been crawling and clawing its way towards progressive thinking and radical acceptance. Racially speaking, however, relations remain polarized in many parts of the nation, especially pertaining to law enforcement and the American justice system. As marijuana arrest rates have climbed across the country, a glaring statistic has emerged. Nearly four times as many African Americans are arrested for marijuana-related offenses than Whites, according to the ACLU. In Minnesota, the discrepancy is twice as large. Nearly eight times as many African Americans here are arrested for marijuana possession than whites. According to the...
  • Freeing Inmates Is Criminal

    09/01/2013 6:15:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | September 1, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Why would someone who opposes draconian federal mandatory minimum sentences oppose efforts to cut California's prison population by about 9,600 inmates? Because the federal system and the California system are two different animals. U.S. prosecutors have been known to throw the full weight of the federal government toward putting low-level, nonviolent offenders away for decades. In California, the focus has been on violent and serious offenders. In the past several years, Sacramento has reduced the state prison population by about a quarter, or more than 40,000 inmates. Gov. Jerry Brown's 2011 "realignment" plan diverted nonviolent, non-serious and non-sex offenders to...
  • As Prisons Squeeze Budgets, GOP Rethinks Crime Focus

    06/21/2013 12:08:20 PM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | June 20 , 2103 | Niel King Jr.
    GAINESVILLE, Ga.—Weeks after his election as Georgia governor in 2010, Nathan Deal was pulled aside by a conservative state lawmaker with urgent business to discuss. Rep. Jay Neal, a small-town pastor, said he had the seeds of a plan to cut Georgia's swelling prison population, which was costing taxpayers over $1 billion a year. The governor-elect didn't let Mr. Neal get far. Associated Press Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has led the drive to reduce prison populations in his state. "The minute I mentioned what I wanted to do, he jumped in with what he wanted to do," Mr. Neal recalled....
  • DOJ Using ADA to Get Psychotic Prisoners Out of Solitary

    06/03/2013 1:03:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 3, 2013 - 10:28 AM | Susan Jones
    Prolonged use of solitary confinement for prisoners with serious mental illness and intellectual disabilities is unconstitutional and violates the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division says. In a “findings” letter issued on Friday, DOJ announced the results of its investigation into the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Cresson in Cambria County, Pa. … Although Cresson is slated to be closed, the investigation is not over: The Justice Department has notified the governor that it is expanding its investigation to include all Pennsylvania prisons to see if they also rely on solitary confinement as a means of...
  • Inside the World's Most Secure Supermax: ADX FLORENCE 'the Alcatraz of the Rockies'

    05/11/2013 9:13:36 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 21 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 May 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    'A cleaner version of Hell' ADX Florence is a federal supermax prison with a capacity of 490 male inmates in central Colorado, about 40 mi. south of Colorado Springs. Part of the Florence Federal Correctional Complex -and operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (a division of the Department of Justice)- the daunting facility only takes-on the MOST dangerous and difficult-to-contain in the entire country. The immaculate, hyper-secure prison was built at a cost of $60M, and largely in response to high-profile security lapses at other federal penitentiaries, particularly a pair of 1983 incidents at Marion, Ill that left two guards dead....
  • Where the Men Are

    05/09/2013 5:37:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | May 2, 2013 | John Derbyshire
    My favorite jailhouse sex scene is the one in The Longest Yard. Burt Reynolds is in the Florida state pen. A fellow inmate boasts of his powers as a fixer. “I can get you anything in here! I can get you laid in here!” Burt is skeptical, so the fixer sets him up on some petty mission to the warden’s office. No one is there but the secretary, Bernadette Peters. She locks the doors and starts undressing Burt. Burt (at 1:11 here): “You do this very often?” Bernadette: “I’m just as far from Tallahassee as you are, honey.” Life’s been...
  • 13 (female) corrections officers indicted in Md., accused of aiding gang’s drug scheme

    04/24/2013 7:15:25 AM PDT · by robowombat · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23 | Ann E. Marimow and John Wagner
    More than a dozen Maryland state prison guards helped a dangerous national gang operate a drug-trafficking and money-laundering scheme from behind bars that involved cash payments, sex and access to fancy cars, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Thirteen female corrections officers essentially handed over control of a Baltimore jail to gang leaders, prosecutors said. The officers were charged Tuesday in a federal racketeering indictment. The indictment described a jailhouse seemingly out of control. Four corrections officers became pregnant by one inmate. Two of them got tattoos of the inmate’s first name, Tavon — one on her neck, the other on a...
  • 13 corrections officers indicted in Md., accused of aiding gang’s drug scheme

    04/24/2013 5:57:38 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23, 2012 | Ann Marimow & John Wagner
    More than a dozen Maryland state prison guards helped a dangerous national gang operate a drug-trafficking and money-laundering scheme from behind bars that involved cash payments, sex and access to fancy cars, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Thirteen female corrections officers essentially handed over control of a Baltimore jail to gang leaders, prosecutors said. The officers were charged Tuesday in a federal racketeering indictment. The indictment described a jailhouse seemingly out of control. Four corrections officers became pregnant by one inmate. Two of them got tattoos of the inmate’s first name, Tavon — one on her neck, the other on a...
  • New Congressional Quest: End Prison Phone Call Price Gouging

    04/23/2013 6:30:01 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4-23-2013 | Bridget Johnson
    April 23, 2013 New Congressional Quest: End Prison Phone Call Price Gouging Bridget Johnson The Congressional Black Caucus Working Group on Prison Telecomm Reform is protesting high call costs for phone-homers behind bars. The CBC group will hold a press conference with former inmates and family members “to expose the often exorbitant rates that prisoners and their families are being charged for telephone calls and to announce the CBC response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to resolve the issue after more than a decade of delay,” according to D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D)...
  • Just how bad are American 'supermax' prisons? (Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev future home)

    04/23/2013 6:23:29 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    The European Court of Human Rights has rejected arguments by Babar Ahmad and three other terror suspects that they could face ill treatment in a "supermax" American high-security prison. But what is life like in the "Alcatraz of the Rockies" and why was the court not convinced? The Administrative Maximum facility (ADX), or "supermax" prison in Florence, Colorado, holds some of the most notorious American terrorists and murderers in solitary confinement. The prison is home to about 360 inmates held under ultra-high security. It is here, the suspects argued, they could end up if found guilty of terrorism in the...
  • Immigrants Are Big Business for Private Prisons

    02/16/2013 7:56:22 AM PST · by AuntB · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug. 2012 | Fox News
    The country's largest prison companies are generating huge profits as the U.S. locks up more undocumented immigrants than ever, and an Associated Press review shows the businesses are spending tens of millions on lobbying and political campaigns. The cost to American taxpayers is on track to top $2 billion for this year, and the companies are expecting their biggest cut of that yet in the next few years thanks to government plans for new facilities to house the 400,000 immigrants detained annually. After a decade of expansion, the sprawling, private system runs detention centers everywhere from a Denver suburb to...
  • Why Is the U.S. Prison Population So Large?

    01/13/2013 10:41:06 AM PST · by redreno · 46 replies
    / ^ | January 7, 2013 | Speaker Daniel D'Amico
    The United States houses more human beings in prisons than any other country, both in terms of actual numbers and in relation to population size. The U.S. prison population began to grow dramatically in the 1970s. Professor Daniel D’Amico examines the data behind the alarming increase in the number of prisoners in the United States and finds that much of the growth in the last 40 years has been driven by the war on drugs. From 1980 to 1990, the total U.S. prison population more than doubled. In that same time, the proportion of people in prison for nonviolent drug...
  • As convicted pedophile, Jerry Sandusky runs risk of being sexually assaulted in prison

    10/09/2012 11:21:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10,9,2012 | AP
    Because of who he is and what he’s done, Jerry Sandusky could be in particular danger of sexual assault when he is sent off to prison this week. With thousands of inmates raped behind bars in the U.S. each year, statistics compiled by the federal government show that sex offenders are roughly two to four times more likely than other inmates to fall victim. Sandusky, the 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach, will be sentenced Tuesday for sexually abusing 10 boys in a scandal that rocked the university and brought down coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky is likely to spend...
  • James Holmes jailed in solitary: ‘All the inmates were talking about killing him’

    07/21/2012 2:10:29 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 87 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | July 21, 2012 | Matthew Lysiak In Aurora, Colo. AND Larry Mcshane
    Remorseless mass-murder suspect James Holmes was locked up alone Saturday over fears that the self-proclaimed Joker would become a target for other inmates. The man accused in the Colorado movie theater massacre was still behaving erratically on the day after his rampage at a midnight screening of “The Dark Night Rises” — the last film in the Batman trilogy. “Let’s just say he hasn’t shown any remorse,” a jail employee told the Daily News. “He thinks he’s acting in a movie.” A released inmate said Holmes’ behavior behind bars was increasingly irrational. “He was spitting at the door and spitting...
  • Fellow Inmates Taunt Sandusky with Song

    06/25/2012 11:32:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Rush ^ | June 25, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Jerry Sandusky guilty on Friday night. They took him to jail. Did you hear what happened in jail? They sequestered him in the sexual pervert wing, but it was within earshot of the rest of the prisoners. And the rest of the prisoners had a song for him. In fact, I'm not gonna tell you what the song is. I'm gonna see if we have it on the Prophet System. We'll take a break and if we have it I'll come back and play it, 'cause the inmates sang a song for him once he got there....
  • Live Out Your Walking Dead Fantasies In This Abandoned Tennessee Prison - Modern Ruins

    03/04/2012 12:08:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    IO9 ^ | Mar 3, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    Live Out Your Walking Dead Fantasies In This Abandoned Tennessee Prison - Modern Ruins We're going to have to wait until season three of The Walking Dead TV show to see the zombie-filled prison. But if you're near Nashville, you can visit the Tennessee State Prison, an abandoned penitentiary. It looks like the zombies got to it first. Even before it fell into decay, this prison suffered plenty of woes at the hands of its prisoners. In 1902, a group of prisoners blew out a wing of the facility, killing one prisoner and allowing others to escape (two were never...
  • Va. inmate's win in suit against government a rarity

    05/16/2011 5:02:48 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 2 replies
    Hampton ^ | May 15, 2011 | Tim McGlone
    Rashid Qawi Al-Amin succeeded where thousands of Virginia prison inmates before him have failed: He prevailed in a lawsuit against the government. Al-Amin won a settlement with the state that forces the prison system to supply him, and the Greensville Correctional Center library, with Muslim reading materials, CDs and DVDs. He'll also receive $2,000. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office decided to settle the seven-year legal battle after a series of court rulings in Al-Amin's favor. The state admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement but did agree to perform eight different acts to satisfy Al-Amin's claims. The case highlights a trend...
  • Convicted Riverside County Rapist Found Murdered In His Cell

    03/11/2011 9:17:28 AM PST · by granite · 53 replies
    CBS Online ^ | March 10, 2011 10:23 PM | The Associated Press
    (AP) — Officials at a Northern California prison believe an inmate found dead in his cell was killed by his cellmate. Officials at High Desert State Prison say the inmate was pronounced dead around 9:29 a.m. Thursday after being found unresponsive in his cell. Officials have not released the name of the inmate, but say he was serving 90 years to life on a conviction out of Riverside County for the aggravated sexual assault of a child.
  • Supreme Court upholds California's handling of inmate appeals

    02/23/2011 9:41:02 AM PST · by SmithL
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 2/23/11 | Michael Doyle
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously upheld California's handling of inmate appeals; at least, so far as deadlines go. In a case arising out of a 1986 murder in Sacramento, the Court ruled that California need not set a specific deadline for when inmates file their habeas corpus petitions. . . .
  • Report: O.J. Simpson brutally beaten in prison

    02/15/2011 2:14:41 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 72 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | 2/15/2011 | Will Brinson
    O.J. Simpson's been an afterthought since he went to prison, but a report today that he was brutally beaten by skinheads in his prison cell has him back in the media spotlight. The National Enquirer, which gained noticeable sports cred when they broke the Tiger Woods scandal, reports that Simpson was "beaten unconscious in a brutal prison yard attack" and is now so messed-up mentally that he can't leave his cell. "Unfortunately for O.J., a group of young skinhead punks were within earshot - and they were enraged," Bruce Fromong, a former business partner of Simpson's told the Enquirer. The...
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio Holds Prison-Wide Christmas Caroling Contest

    12/24/2010 3:32:48 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Mediaite ^ | 12/21/10 | Alex Alvarez
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio Holds Prison-Wide Christmas Caroling Contestby Alex Alvarez | 3:11 pm, December 21st, 2010 Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is famous, to put it somewhat euphemistically, for thinking outside the pen when it comes to punishing his state’s criminals. Now the man who made headlines for making inmates don pink underwear is in the news yet again, this time for organizing a caroling contest among inmates, with the most angelic rendition of “All I Want for Christmas is You” winning a festive Christmas dinner. Arpaio has drawn criticism — not to mention a few lawsuits — for another Christmas...
  • Obama in India: I Must Make 'Midcourse Corrections'

    11/07/2010 7:55:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/7/10 | Staff
    NEW DELHI -- Followed by the politics of home, President Barack Obama on Sunday acknowledged that he must make some "midcourse corrections" if he is to win over a frustrated electorate and work with resurgent Republicans. On the second of the three days he is spending in India, Obama arrived in New Delhi on Sunday afternoon in the company of his wife, Michelle. Among his airport greeters were Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who apparently broke the normally rigid rules of protocol by making the trip to personally welcome Obama to the Indian capital.
  • Editorial: Should Life Sentences Be Abolished?

    07/26/2010 11:48:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 85 replies · 2+ views
    PoliceOne ^ | July 26, 2010 | Walt Zlotow
    Forget the death penalty, which is nearly a dead letter already. The impending parole of 77-year-old Henry Michael Gargano after 43 years in federal prison for murdering Northlake policemen John Nagel and Anthony Sperri should spur a serious examination of the need to abolish life sentences. The U.S. Parole Commission has set Gargano's release for Sept. 3, citing his model behavior over the past 10 years, advanced age, poor health and little likelihood of engaging in criminal behavior. Opponents of Gargano's release include Officer Nagle's son, the deputy Northlake police chief and 6,000 supporters who signed petitions. Gargano's incarceration has...
  • Fugitive Units Recapture Florida Inmate Who Escaped 34 years Ago

    04/25/2010 5:43:28 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 25 replies · 1,441+ views
    Florida Dept Of Corrections ^ | 4/20/2010 | Florida Dept Of Corrections
    TALLAHASSEE -- Florida fugitive Paula Eileen Carroll got an unpleasant birthday surprise this morning when she was arrested by Brevard County Sheriff’s Officers at her home for escaping from the Florida prison system more than three decades ago. Carroll escaped 34 years ago from a Florida prison where she was serving a five year sentence for buying, receiving or concealing stolen property. She was sentenced on July 18, 1975 for the Osceola county offense, and escaped less than two months later, on September 3, 1975. A tipster had contacted Fugitive Coordinator Rita Hall with the Department of Corrections’ Fugitive Unit...
  • Why 'Exonerated' Needs to Be Used Sparingly

    04/11/2010 1:34:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 744+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | Fri, Apr 09, 2010 | Michael Landauer
    This press release was shared with me by Dudley Sharp: "EXONERATED" FORMER DEATH ROW INMATE RECONVICTED So-called "Innocence List" Conclusively Debunked Former death row inmate Timothy Hennis, listed as "exonerated" on the "innocence list" maintained by the Death Penalty Information Center, was found guilty of three counts of premeditated murder by a military jury today. "This is the smoking gun that proves what we have been saying for years," said Kent Scheidegger, Legal Director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation. "The so-called innocence list is nothing of the sort." For years, the "innocence list" has been cited by opponents of...
  • ISAF Hosts Afghan Corrections Conference

    03/27/2010 7:44:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 218+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | SFC Matthew Chlosta , USA
      Story and Photo By U.S. Army SFC Matthew Chlosta ISAF PAO KABUL—A workshop and press conference, with more than 50 attendees focused on the progress and future of Afghanistan’s corrections system was held on Mar. 23-24 in the Milano building at the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters. The first of this year’s bi-annual meetings was sponsored in partnership with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, the United States, British and Canadian Embassies and the Afghan Ministry of Justice and managed by the ISAF Deputy Chief of Staff for Stability /Governance Branch. “The purpose of the conference is...
  • Inmate denied access to sermon CDs

    02/10/2010 7:45:11 AM PST · by ZGuy · 9 replies · 418+ views
    OnenewsNow ^ | 2/9/10 | Charlie Butts
    In September 2009, prison inmate Kyle Mabe ordered music and sermon CDs to further his Christian faith. Rutherford Institute founder John Whitehead picks up the story. "The St. Brides Correctional Center, which is a small prison in Chesapeake, Virginia, denied him the right to hear the sermons," he explains. "They said music CDs are okay, but you can't have any sermons." CDs with the spoken word have been banned, which the attorney explains does not align with the U.S. Constitution. The Institute filed suit based on Mabe's First Amendment right to practice his religion, and on previous court rulings. "There...
  • Probe Of Va Jail Problems Yields 2 Perjury Charges (2 Deputies Charged w/ Perjury)

    02/03/2010 2:49:25 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 4 replies · 238+ views
    13 WJZ ^ | 02/03/2010 | 13 WJZ
    A special grand jury has found that officers have smuggled drugs into the Henry County jail and have had sex with inmates, while administrators and supervisors have been inadequate in trying to stop the behavior. The sheriff's office said in a news release that the two-year investigation has resulted in perjury charges against two people, Deputy Glenn Stokes and former Deputy Mary Markland.
  • Bergen Jail first to provide online legal aid in cells (Inmates are Provided Laptops)

    08/22/2007 10:23:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 605+ views ^ | August 21, 2007 | JASON TSAI
    Bergen County Jail inmates who want to brush up on their legal defense can do so now from their cells, a move that officials say is a first nationwide.  Jail officials have begun rolling out the first batch of 80 laptops – each about the size and heft of a large hardcover novel – to some of the 1,000 inmates who occupy the near-capacity lockup. About $100,000 has been spent so far from an account funded by profits from items purchased from inmates, such as toothpaste and candy bars, to buy the $1,200 notebooks and install the necessary wireless...
  • US guard fired for joining the KKK

    12/31/2009 8:32:56 PM PST · by myknowledge · 37 replies · 1,536+ views
    Nine News ^ | January 1, 2010
    A prison guard who acknowledged being a member of white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan has been fired for belonging to a subversive or terrorist organisation, a violation of the county agency's code of ethics. Wayne Kerschner, an Alachua County Sheriff's Office corrections officer, was fired on Tuesday following a 10-month internal investigation. The investigation revealed that Kerschner applied online for membership to the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan a year ago, paid $US30 a month for access to a members-only Klan web site and that the group did a thorough background check that...
  • DC sniper Muhammad set to die by lethal injection

    10/27/2009 9:27:46 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 76 replies · 2,102+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 27, 2009
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad will die by lethal injection when he is executed next month, Virginia officials said Tuesday. Muhammad declined to choose between lethal injection and electrocution, so under state law the method defaults to lethal injection, Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor said. Muhammad is scheduled to be executed Nov. 10 for the October 2002 slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a Manassas gas station during a string of shootings.
  • Inmates say Okla. gov's mansion workers raped them (Gov. Brad Henry's (D-OK) workers)

    10/12/2009 5:29:59 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 9 replies · 901+ views
    OKLAHOMA CITY — Prosecutors are investigating claims that the former head chef and chief groundskeeper at the Oklahoma governor's mansion raped three female prison inmates assigned to work on the mansion's grounds. Neither man has been charged, but the Department of Central Services fired both of them Sept. 29 for violating departmental policies after a three-month Department of Corrections investigation.
  • Tear gas launched as dozens of inmates fight at Lee Correctional (S.C.)

    09/26/2009 5:01:40 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies · 581+ views
    WIS TV ^ | September 26, 2009 | By Logan Smith
    BISHOPVILLE, SC (WIS) - Department of Corrections officers are using tear gas to quell a large fight that broke out among dozens of inmates at Lee Correctional Institute in Bishopville Saturday. Corrections spokesman Josh Gelinas said the fight started at around 4:30pm among about 60 inmates of the Chesterfield Dormitory that were out of their cells. Two officers approached the dorm to try to stop the fighting, Gelinas said, but realized there were too many inmates involved to safely intervene. The officers exited the dorm, blocked the doors and called for backup. The fighting continued for about 20 minutes, Gelinas...
  • California Assembly Balks at Early Release of Inmates

    08/22/2009 5:45:08 AM PDT · by kellynla · 7 replies · 710+ views ^ | August 21, 2009 | Don Thompson
    California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass plans to strip the most controversial provisions from a Senate-approved plan that would have trimmed the state's prison population by 27,000 inmates. The Assembly version would keep about 10,000 more inmates behind bars and leave the state with a new, nearly $200 million budget hole, Bass said early Friday. Bass said the new plan -- to be considered Monday -- would do away with proposals by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to allow home detention with electronic monitoring for inmates with less than 12 months to serve, who are over age 60 or who are medically incapacitated....