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  • Ohio inmate who survived '09 execution appeals to high court

    08/23/2016 9:41:45 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 75 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 23, 2016 | Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A condemned Ohio killer who survived a 2009 botched execution is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that a second attempt to put him to death would be unconstitutional. Lawyers for death row inmate Romell Broom argue that giving the state prisons agency a second chance would amount to cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy. A divided Ohio Supreme Court rejected Broom's arguments in March. Broom's attorneys appealed that ruling earlier this month to the U.S. Supreme Court and filed notice of that appeal on Monday with the state court. The state stopped Broom's execution...
  • California governor denies parole for Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

    07/23/2016 9:48:09 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 July 2016 | By Associated Press
    California Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole for the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who is serving a life sentence for killing a wealthy grocer and his wife more than 40 years ago. Brown overturned the recommendation of a parole board on Friday that found Leslie Van Houten was no-longer the violent young woman who committed a gruesome murder and was now fit for release. She has completed college degrees and been a model inmate. The Democratic governor acknowledged her success in prison and her youth at the time of the murders. However, he wrote in his decision...
  • Officials: Luzerne County prison guard, inmate fell to their deaths (Penn.)

    07/20/2016 6:34:02 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) ^ | July 20, 2016 | Jennifer Learn-Andes
    WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County corrections officer Kristopher Moules and inmate Timothy Darnelle Gilliam Jr. smashed through a closed elevator door at the county prison and fell several floors down the elevator shaft to their deaths Monday night, county Manager C. David Pedri said Tuesday. Describing the situation as a “freak accident,” Pedri said at a news conference that “something happened” to cause the door to jump off its track and open. He said the county has retained a state expert to identify the problem, and he promised to publicly release the expert’s findings and implement any recommended corrective action.
  • Transgender man forced into clothes and jail for women settles with Toronto police

    06/09/2016 10:34:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies ^ | June 8, 2016 | Laura Fraser, CBC News
    Toronto Police Services and correctional officers must revamp their policies on interacting with transgender inmates — especially at the point of arrest — after a historic settlement with a man who was stripped of men's clothing, forced into women's underwear and put into a holding cell for women. The documents that confirm his gender identity were updated roughly 20 years ago when he transitioned from female to male. Kodak has facial hair, wears male clothing and has a deep male voice. But after a strip search, he was moved to the female holding cells. A day later, he was transferred...
  • Judge: Transgender California Inmates Must Get Female-Oriented Items

    06/09/2016 10:23:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 47 replies
    cbslocal ^ | June 10, 2016 | cbs
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — California prison officials must let transgender inmates have more female-oriented commissary items including nightgowns, robes, sandals, scarves and necklaces as part of a settlement that will make California the first state to pay for an inmate’s sex reassignment surgery, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Aside from providing the surgery for 56-year-old Shiloh Quine, the state agreed in August to provide some items to transgender inmates such as Quine who are housed in men’s prisons. The proposed policy doesn’t go far enough, ruled U.S. Magistrate Judge Nandor Vadas. He said transgender inmates housed in men’s prisons should have...
  • Officials: Inmate stabbed to death at WV state prison

    03/22/2016 2:14:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies ^ | March 22, 2016 | wowk
    Mt. Olive - OLIVE, W.Va. (AP) - State officials say an inmate has stabbed another inmate to death at Mount Olive Correctional Complex. West Virginia State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that troopers believe 40-year-old Steven Branscome stabbed 47-year-old Russell Hager several times in the head and neck using a metal shank on Saturday afternoon. Sgt. J.L. Milam responded to the incident around 2:15 p.m., where he found Hager in the prison's weight yard. Baylous says he didn't know the motive or charges.
  • 2 charged with killing San Quentin 6 inmate

    12/10/2015 2:26:31 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 9, 2015
    Two convicted killers were charged with murder Tuesday in the August slaying of a notorious California inmate, just days after he was released into the general prison population. The Sacramento County district attorney’s office charged the pair with killing 71-year-old Hugo Pinell at a maximum security prison east of Sacramento.
  • Whole Foods to stop selling products made by inmates

    10/01/2015 4:42:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 58 replies
    Whole Foods will stop selling products made using a prison labor program after a protest at one of its stores in Texas. The company said the products should be out of its stores by April 2016, if not sooner. Whole Foods said it has sold tilapia, trout and goat cheese produced through a Colorado inmate program at some stores since at least 2011. Michael Silverman, a Whole Foods spokesman, said the company had sourced the products because the program was a way to "help people get back on their feet and eventually become contributing members of society."
  • In a first, California agrees to pay for transgender inmate's sex reassignment

    09/28/2015 3:39:48 PM PDT · by BBell · 24 replies ^ | 8/10/15 | Paige St. John
    California is first in the nation to agree to pay for a transgender inmate's sex reassignment operation, but the state's settlement of a recent court case sidesteps the question of whether such surgery is a constitutional right. The state concedes that Shiloh Quine, who entered the California prison system in 1980 as Rodney, suffers severe gender dysphoria that can be treated only by physically conforming her body to her psychological gender." The agreement to settle Quine's federal lawsuit seeking the surgery was announced late Friday, with a brief statement from the corrections department that "every medical doctor and mental health...
  • Inmate cut in half organs missing

    07/10/2015 2:42:26 PM PDT · by rey · 85 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 10 July 2025
    SACRAMENTO — Nearly 15 hours after a riot at a San Francisco Bay Area prison, guards found a missing inmate sawed nearly in two, with his abdominal organs and most chest organs removed, his body folded and stuffed into a garbage can in a shower stall a few doors from his cell.
  • The Scientist Who Wanted To Bring A Death Row Inmate Back From The Dead

    03/18/2015 9:53:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 18, 2015 | Lauren Davis
    The Scientist Who Wanted To Bring A Death Row Inmate Back From The Dead Dr. Robert E. Cornish is probably best known for his 1930s revivification experiments with dogs, in which he claimed to bring dogs back from clinical death. He wanted to try a similar procedure on humans — and when a death row inmate volunteered, Cornish petitioned the state of California to let him play re-animator. Cornish's dog experiments would make most dog lovers cringe. Cornish would suffocate the dogs until they were clinically dead, and then he would place the bodies on a teeter board, rocking the...
  • How a Mexican Mafia killer became a law enforcement darling

    02/17/2015 11:48:51 AM PST · by Colofornian · 6 replies ^ | Feb. 15, 2015 | Kate Mather and Victoria Kim
    The man sitting in the back of the vehicle is wearing a light-colored shirt, a patterned tie and an air of authority. He's headed to a conference in Anaheim to give a speech and, as trees, hedges and apartment buildings flash by, he rattles off a list of accomplishments — his book, his expert witness testimony. "This has been a dream of mine," he says in the online video, referring to his speaking invitation. "You know how many people have said, 'You can't do it'?" There was every reason to doubt Rene "Boxer" Enriquez could. Enriquez, 52, is serving a...
  • Do You Think Hillary Clinton Would Make A Good

    09/29/2014 9:05:14 AM PDT · by John+Doe+Smith
    Clash Daily ^ | Sept 29 2014
    Me and a few friends will be spending 3 weeks in Europe Early next summer.... Has anyone here been over there? What are a few things "We shouldn't miss"?
  • Prosecutors Are Reading Emails From Inmates to Lawyers

    07/23/2014 6:04:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 22 July 2014 | STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
    The extortion case against Thomas DiFiore, a reputed boss in the Bonanno crime family, encompassed thousands of pages of evidence, including surveillance photographs, cellphone and property records, and hundreds of hours of audio recordings. But even as Mr. DiFiore sat in a jail cell, sending nearly daily emails to his lawyers on his case and his deteriorating health, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn sought to add another layer of evidence: those very emails. The prosecutors informed Mr. DiFiore last month that they would be reading the emails sent to his lawyers from jail, potentially using his own words against him. Jailhouse...
  • Albuquerque NM Police: Inmate Hid in Laundry Basket to Escape

    07/08/2014 7:31:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 8, 2014 | Yahoo! News
    Police: Inmate hid in laundry basket to escape ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Authorities say a New Mexico inmate has been captured after he escaped from jail by hiding in a laundry basket. Officials say 28-year-old Kevin Matthew Perkins packed himself in the basket on Monday to get away from the Metropolitan Detention Center. Authorities say the laundry basket was headed to another facility. When an officer opened a truck door, officials say Perkins jumped out of the basket and ran. Albuquerque police later received a breaking and entering call at an assisted living complex. That's where they found broken glass from...
  • Four correctional officers and four other inmates indicted in a plot to kill another inmate

    04/20/2014 9:31:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    WOWK ^ | Patti Nieto
    WV State Regional Jail Authority Director, Joe DeLong, confirms that four correctional officers and four other inmates are now charged after they plotted to kill another inmate. DeLong, who is currently Boston attending the marathon, says the information surrounding the investigation came out Friday when the indictment was unsealed in Cabell County, WV. DeLong adds the correctional officers involved in the incident which occurred in October of 2013 are no longer with the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority. Steven D. Adkins of Milton, WV is one of the correctional officers charged. He has been charged with accessory before the fact...
  • 7 Officers Arrested at the Gib Lewis Unit After Alleged Sexual Assault

    03/26/2014 4:33:41 PM PDT · by gop4lyf · 12 replies
    Woodville, Texas - As of this afternoon 7 Texas Department of Criminal Justice Employees have been arrested and booked into the Tyler County Jail in Woodville in what is being described by an anonymous source to The Backgate as an alleged sexual assault against an inmate housed at the Gib Lewis Expansion Cellblock. The Gib Lewis Unit is a 2,200 bed prison facility east of Woodville and is home to some of over 850 of Texas' worse inmates who are housed in the high security expansion cellblock. The high tech expansion cellblock was built in 2000 next to the Gib...
  • California inmate dies while awaiting execution

    03/04/2014 6:39:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies ^ | 3/4/14
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A 66-year-old inmate has died while awaiting execution at San Quentin State Prison for a 1988 murder in Sacramento County. The state corrections department said Ralph Michael Yeoman was found unresponsive in his cell early Tuesday. The cause of death is awaiting an autopsy. He was sentenced to death in 1990 for the Feb. 13, 1988, first-degree murder, kidnap and robbery of 73-year-old Doris Horrell of Citrus Heights. Her body was found in a field west of Interstate 5 near what is now Sleep Train Arena. ...
  • Jailbird escapes after being released to have an abortion

    11/08/2013 5:11:43 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Ben Johnson
    STAFFORD, VA, November 8, 2013 ( – Police in a northern Virginia town are looking for a prisoner who escaped after she was released in order to obtain an abortion. When police arrested 28-year-old Kristy Lechelle Cokley and another woman for stealing more than $550 of clothes from a T.J. Maxx store, she was already a felon. Cokley was out on bond after being arrested in another city for possessing a firearm as a felon and allegedly manufacturing illegal drugs. Kristy Cokley, 28 Kristy Cokley, 28 In September, Cokley petitioned for bond in Stafford County Circuit Court on two grounds:...
  • Killer gang member starts SNORING as he is executed in Texas prison

    09/20/2013 5:31:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    A former South Texas street gang member started snoring as he was lethally injected in a Texas prison. Robert Gene Garza, 30, smiled and blew a kiss to friends and relatives as they entered the death chamber. In a brief final statement, he thanked them for coming and told them he loved them. 'I know it's hard for you. It's not easy. This is a release. Y'all finally get to move on with your lives,' he said. Garza took several deep breaths as a lethal dose of pentobarbital began flowing into his arms, then began snoring. All movement stopped within...
  • Police: Former death row inmate kills mom

    01/10/2013 7:23:52 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 18 replies
    AP, via ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2013
    VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — A California man once sentenced to death for killing two people in the 1960s was under arrest Thursday after police said he led officers to the body of his 89-year-old mother. -- SNIP -- The California Supreme Court reversed his death sentence in 1969 after finding 12 prospective jurors were dismissed because they said they opposed the death penalty. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled a year earlier that such jurors shouldn't be automatically excluded from a death penalty case unless they make clear they can't impose capital punishment under any circumstance. Stanworth was sentenced to death...
  • MCSO: Former inmate falsely reported assault by detention officers (Sheriff Arpaio)

    08/03/2012 5:31:33 PM PDT · by donna · 10 replies ^ | August 3, 2012 | Jennifer Thomas
    PHOENIX -- Maricopa County sheriff's detectives have submitted charges against a former inmate for false reporting to law enforcement officers. The charges stem from reports that Kolton Clark, 18, had been assaulted by detention officers while incarcerated in the Fourth Avenue Jail in downtown Phoenix. Clark was taken into custody in July on two counts of misdemeanor assault then released on a $200 bond shortly after being questioned. Detectives began an investigation after receiving information that Clark's family was concerned that he had been beaten, tased and Maced by detention officers while inside an isolation safe cell at the jail....
  • Prison Inmate Sues Hospital Over Circumcision As A Newborn

    04/17/2012 2:25:45 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    KWTX ^ | April 17, 2012 | KWTX
    Prison Inmate Sues Hospital Over Circumcision As A Newborn SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (April 17, 2012)--South Dakota prison inmate Dean Cochrun is suing the hospital where he was circumcised as a newborn, claiming the procedure has robbed him of his sexual prowess. The suit asks for $1,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. Cochrun is acting as his own lawyer. The lawsuit also requests that his circumcision be reversed.
  • Judge Refuses to Order Changes to Report on Inmate Suicide

    04/02/2012 6:37:37 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 4 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | 04/02/12 | Joel Stashenko
    ALBANY - A judge has refused to order a state commission that monitors conditions at county jails to rewrite its final report on the suicide of an inmate at the behest of Ontario County officials who argued, in part, that the findings would make it harder to defend themselves against a civil suit filed by the prisoner's widow. The Commission of Correction acted within the powers given it by state law when it adopted the report on the 2009 suicide of Bruce Morgan in the Ontario County Correctional Facility in Canandaigua, Acting Supreme Court Justice Richard Platkin in Albany. The commission's...
  • Judge apologizes to inmate seeking sex-change

    08/18/2011 12:06:54 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 23 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/18/11 | Boston Herald
    A federal judge has apologized to a transgender inmate who has waited years for a ruling on whether she can get a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation. Michelle Kosilek first sued 11 years ago. Two years later, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled that Kosilek was entitled to treatment for gender-identity disorder, but stopped short of ordering surgery. Kosilek sued again in 2005, arguing that the surgery is a medical necessity. Prison officials oppose the idea. During a hearing Thursday, Wolf said he deeply regrets that his decision has not yet been issued. He says he knows the case is "extremely important"...
  • Chinese labour camp prisoners forced to play online games(game-credit trafficking)

    05/26/2011 6:01:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 05/26/11 | Malcolm Moore
    Chinese labour camp prisoners forced to play online games After a long day of hard labour, scores of Chinese prisoners are now being forced to spend their nights playing online games in order to win credit for their guards, a former inmate has claimed. By Malcolm Moore, Shanghai 9:22AM BST 26 May 2011 A 54-year-old prisoner at the Jixi labour camp in the northern province of Heilongjiang said he was forced to play games on the internet in order to build up credit that was traded by his guards for real money, a practice known as “gold-farming”. In many online...
  • Death row inmate who failed to delay execution does not want to be guinea pig

    04/04/2011 3:56:02 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 11:17 PM on 4th April 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    On the eve of his execution, a Texas death row is saying that he does not want to be the state’s guinea pig for the use of a new drug for lethal injection. Cleve Foster, who is accused of murdering Sudanese refugee Nyaneur Pal in 2002, is set to be executed on Tuesday, but he doesn’t want to be the first Texan to be executed with the new drug pentobarbital.
  • The Prisoner's Dilemma

    03/23/2011 8:53:50 AM PDT · by hawkins
    That Christian Website ^ | 3/23/2011 | Travis Main
    Some years back I had the great opportunity to preach in a prison facility. This blessing extended for about two years. It really enabled me to see and understand a great number of things about those inside and outside of the prison system. I am not a person who is in favor of any frills or extras in the prison system. I guess you can say I am a Sheriff Joe Arpaio fan. If an individual breaks the law, my preference is the punishment seriously deters them from every committing the same mistake. Not only should it deter the transgressor,...
  • Inmate in Wash. state pleads guilty to 49th murder (plea deal prevented death penalty)

    02/18/2011 5:46:31 PM PST · by greatdefender · 16 replies
    SEATTLE – One of the nation's most prolific killers pleaded guilty Friday to killing a 49th person. Gary Ridgway already is serving 48 life terms at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. He entered his plea on a murder charge at the King County Regional Justice Center in Kent, a Seattle suburb. Ridgway, who has been dubbed the Green River Killer, confessed to killing Rebecca "Becky" Marrero in 1982 as part of a 2003 plea deal that spared him the death penalty. Ridgway, who was a commercial truck painter, has been convicted of 48 murders and confessed to or...
  • Lack of lethal-injection drug means Florida must develop new execution procedure

    01/26/2011 6:30:56 AM PST · by greatdefender · 37 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Anthony Colarossi
    Executions of Florida death-row inmates could be on hold for months in the wake of a decision last week by an Illinois drug company to stop producing an anesthetic used in lethal injections here. Though no new executions are scheduled, the halt in production of the drug effectively means that the state will have to come up with a new procedure to kill inmates. And any new drug "cocktail" developed likely will result in legal challenges down the line. The drug in question is sodium thiopental, one of three used by Florida and many other states in the lethal-injection sequence....
  • North Dakota man swallows other inmate's glasses

    08/12/2010 4:49:08 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 10 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | August 12, 2010 | AP via Yahoo
    A North Dakota inmate was not afraid of making a spectacle of himself when he grabbed another suspect's glasses and started to eat them. Burleigh County Sheriff's Maj. Les Witkowski says the 42-year-old inmate at the county detention center became frustrated Aug. 1 when he was not able to talk to the chaplain, so he swallowed both lenses and a piece of the metal frame. He had been booked on an aggravated assault charge just five hours earlier. Witkowski says the inmate was taken to a hospital emergency room but was returned to jail after doctors determined he was OK.
  • Former inmate recalls daring escape from Auschwitz

    07/20/2010 10:33:07 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 27 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 7/20/10 | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA
    NOWY TARG, Poland – With every step toward the gate, Jerzy Bielecki was certain he would be shot. The day was July 21, 1944. Bielecki was walking in broad daylight down a pathway at Auschwitz, wearing a stolen SS uniform with his Jewish sweetheart Cyla Cybulska by his side. His knees buckling with fear, he tried to keep a stern bearing on the long stretch of gravel to the sentry post. The German guard frowned at his forged pass and eyed the two for a period that seemed like an eternity — then uttered the miraculous words: "Ja, danke" —...
  • Woman, 23, charged in Facebook-feud fatal crash

    07/23/2010 5:17:01 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 23 replies
    AP ^ | July 23, 2010 | DAVID N. GOODMAN
    Woman, 23, charged in Facebook-feud fatal crash By DAVID N. GOODMAN Associated Press Writer PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- A Facebook feud between two women who claimed to love the same prison inmate led to a high-speed chase and a crash that critically injured one of the rivals, killed her friend and left the second rival facing murder charges.
  • US Marshals Confirm Body Found At Landfill Is Inmate Who Escaped El Paso Jail

    07/09/2010 7:34:21 PM PDT · by OldBullrider · 48 replies ^ | July 9, 2010 | By ABC-7 Reporter Ken Molestina
    EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Marshals confirmed to ABC-7 Friday afternoon that a body found in a Sunland Park, N.M. landfill was that of a federal inmate who escaped the El Paso jail earlier in the day. Carlos Roberto Medina-Bailon, 30, of Delicias, Mexico, is believed to have escaped the El Paso County Detention Facility between 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Friday by using the garbage disposal system.
  • Recruiting Center Shooting Suspect Accused of Stabbing Inmate to Death (terrorist Muhammad)

    06/17/2010 6:50:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies · 757+ views
    Recruiting Center Shooting Suspect Accused of Stabbing Inmate to DeathReported by: Associated Press Last Update: 6/10 5:29 pm LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A prosecutor says a man accused of fatally shooting a soldier outside a recruiting center now faces charges stemming from an alleged attack on another inmate at the Pulaski County Jail. Chief Deputy Prosecutor John Johnson said Thursday that battery and weapons charges were filed earlier this month against Abdulhakim (ahb-DOOL hah-KEEM) Muhammad, accusing him of assaulting an inmate with a weapon fashioned out of eyeglasses. Muhammad was charged in April with a similar attack on a...
  • The Greatest Tattooed Mugshots Ever

    06/11/2010 7:22:41 AM PDT · by OL Hickory · 44 replies · 1,765+ views
    Anorak news ^ | Posted: 9th, June 2010 | anorak
    ANORAK presents a collection of mugshots of tattooed faces and body parts for your study. Picture number 2 is a class act and one for the ladies; number 6 charts the progression of a career felon in facial alterations; number 7 is not someone you’d want to meet on a moonlit night; and our all time favourite is picture 12, which is a man with nose of trouble. Enjoy them all…
  • Canada seeks not to repatriate Guantanamo inmate

    11/13/2009 12:35:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 561+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/13/09 | Randall Palmer
    OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian courts grossly overreached when they ordered Ottawa to ask Washington to send a Canadian held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison back to Canada, a federal lawyer argued on Friday. The government wants the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn lower court decisions that it had to ask the Obama administration to repatriate Omar Khadr, accused of killing a U.S. soldier during a firefight in Afghanistan. The court heard oral arguments on Friday, and Khadr's legal team asked it to give a speedy ruling. The case coincided with an announcement from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder...
  • Former Cottonwood death row inmate killed a month after his release (Wrongfully convicted)

    10/06/2009 2:43:45 AM PDT · by tlb · 29 replies · 1,772+ views ^ | October 6, 2009 | Jim Schultz
    A former Cottonwood man who served 10 years on Texas death row until his murder conviction was overturned last year by an appellate court was killed Saturday in a solo truck crash in eastern Texas. Michael Toney, a 43-year-old Redding native, was killed when his pickup, which had oversized tires, rolled while going around a curve on Farm Road 347 in the rain Saturday morning, a spokeswoman with the Texas Department of Public Safety in Jacksonville said Monday. He was thrown from the pickup and died at the scene, she said. Toney, who had long maintained his innocence, was released...
  • Sex Felon Haunts Jail At Age 100 - Here's Proof That Only The Good Die Young.

    10/04/2009 11:05:14 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies · 2,462+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 4, 2009 | KEVIN PURDY and JAMES FANELLI
    Sex felon haunts jail at age 100 Here's proof that only the good die young. Meet Theodore Sypnier, the oldest inmate in New York. The geriatric jailbird celebrated his 100th birthday in upstate Groveland Correctional Facility in May and has spent most of his 90s in prison after pleading guilty to attempted sodomy of a child. Sypnier said he is treated no differently than the spring chickens behind bars with him. He catches Z's in a standard prison bed, wears a two-piece forest-green uniform and chows down on regular mess-hall slop. "It's probably just as bad as being the youngest...
  • Al-Qaida inmate gets access to Obama's books

    07/10/2009 4:40:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 326+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 7/10/09 | ap
    McLEAN, Va. - The Bureau of Prisons says it reversed course months ago to allow some of the country's most dangerous prisoners to read two books written by President Barack Obama. Court papers filed Thursday show that prison officials twice rejected requests by inmate Ahmed Omar Abu Ali to read "Dreams from my Father" and "The Audacity of Hope."
  • NY's longest-serving inmate dies at 72

    06/01/2009 6:19:29 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 15 replies · 823+ views
    June 1, 2009
    Jerry Rosenberg, New York's longest serving inmate, has died of natural causes after 46 years in state prison. Rosenberg was 72 and doing time for a botched 1962 stickup in Brooklyn that left two off-duty police officers dead. Rosenberg had maintained his innocence. He had been held at the Wende Correctional Facility's medical unit since 2000 and died Monday. Corrections officials say privacy laws prohibit them from providing a specific cause of death. A picture taken in March shows him with an oxygen tube. Rosenberg was hours away from the electric chair in 1964 when he received a stay. In...
  • Inmate who ate his eye loses his appeal (yes, that's really the headline)

    03/19/2009 12:14:22 PM PDT · by mombyprofession · 82 replies · 1,771+ views
    HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas death row inmate who removed his only remaining eye and ate it several months ago lost an appeal Wednesday before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals . Attorneys for 26-year-old Andre Thomas raised 44 claims in his petition to the state's highest criminal court, including insanity, in a bid to remove him from death row.
  • California death row inmate dies of natural causes

    02/18/2009 12:01:56 AM PST · by americanophile · 12 replies · 850+ views
    SF Gate ^ | February 17, 2009 | AP
    A California inmate condemned to die more than 22 years ago for murder and attempted murder has died of natural causes. The state department of corrections said Tuesday 65-year-old Thomas Francis Edwards died Saturday at a medical facility. He came to San Quentin State Prison in 1986 for the 1981 murder of a 12-year-old girl and...
  • Muslim Leaders Visit Al-Arian in Va. Prison

    04/02/2008 4:56:07 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies · 119+ views
    Council on American-Islamic Relations ^ | 4/1/2008 | Council on American-Islamic Relations
    Representatives of several American Muslim groups today visited Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a former Florida professor currently on his second hunger strike in federal detention to protest alleged unjust treatment by U.S. authorities. Al-Arian began refusing food and water on March 3rd to protest a third attempt by prosecutors to compel his testimony in court. He was transferred to a medical facility in North Carolina, but has since been returned to Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va. He is now taking only liquids and has lost 32 pounds.SEE: Jailed Professor on Hunger Strike (IPS)Those taking part in today's visit included...
  • Inmate serving 97 years gets 28 more for sex abuse of officer

    03/10/2008 6:14:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 77 replies · 2,005+ views
    An unrepentant prison inmate already serving 97 years in prison was sentenced to an extra 28 years Monday morning for holding a prison guard hostage and sexually abusing her. A Pima County Superior Court jury convicted Timothy Monk, 36, on aggravated assault, kidnapping, sexual abuse and promoting prison contraband charges in January. Deputy Pima County Attorney Jonathan Mosher told jurors that on May 1, 2006, Monk lured a female corrections officer to his cell by telling her he wanted to turn over some black-tar heroin he had gotten from another inmate. As the guard turned to get another officer, Monk...
  • Inmate found 35 years after escape (Convicted of murdering her husband in 1970)

    10/16/2007 8:47:17 AM PDT · by Stoat · 54 replies · 1,722+ views
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | October 16, 2007
    Inmate found 35 years after escape 19 minutes ago   PULASKI, Tenn. - A convicted murderer who escaped from an Indiana prison 35 years ago was found living quietly in a small Tennessee town, authorities said Tuesday. Linda Darby, 64, was arrested Friday in Pulaski, a small city near the Alabama border where she was going by the name Linda Joe McElroy. Giles County Sheriff Kyle Helton said he was acquainted with Darby and thought she had been living in Pulaski for at least 30 years."As far as I know she never had any criminal history after she came...
  • Judge Makes 'Green Eggs and Ham' Ruling (Frivolous Inmate Lawsuit)

    09/24/2007 1:42:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies · 109+ views
    AP ^ | Sep 23, 2007 | AP
    Judge Makes 'Green Eggs and Ham' Ruling CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge was driven to rhyme after receiving a hard-boiled egg in the mail from a prison inmate protesting his diet. U.S. District Court Judge James Muirhead reached for Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" for inspiration after getting the egg from inmate Charles Jay Wolff. "I do not like eggs in the file," Muirhead wrote. "I do not like them in any style. I will not take them fried or boiled. I will not take them poached or broiled. I will not take them soft or scrambled/Despite...
  • Special Meals For Jew, Muslim Inmates Halted [FL]

    08/23/2007 1:08:20 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 39 replies · 1,124+ views
    local6 ^ | August 23, 2007
    MIAMI -- Jewish inmates who follow strict religious diets at state prisons are no longer provided meals in line with their beliefs. Muslims must now eat vegan food to satisfy their religious requirements. The Corrections Department has ended the Jewish Dietary Accommodation Program, which provided kosher meals to not only Jews, but to Muslims as well, because the state prison system does not offer halal food. Cost -- and fairness -- were cited as factors. "We have 100 faiths represented by DOC inmates, so it would be impossible to satisfy everyone's preferences and unfair to do it for one group...
  • Inmate Seeks Wedding Present from Macomb

    08/16/2007 5:49:56 PM PDT · by Westlander · 2 replies · 339+ views
    WXYZ & AP ^ | 8-16-2007 | Associated Press
    A prisoner is suing the Macomb County Jail for not allowing him to sign his marriage certificate after tying the knot with his fiance. Waukeen Spraggins said his vows through a glass window in the visitor's room with a minister present in February. But deputies refused to let him sign because high-security inmates are barred from marrying in jail. Spraggins was considered a high risk after he escaped from jail in 1999.
  • Inmate 'Thriller' Video Is Web Hit

    08/09/2007 3:59:37 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 1 replies · 237+ views ^ | 08/09/07 | AP
    CEBU, Philippines (AP) - Behind thick stone walls topped by electrified razor wire, one of cyberspace's most unlikely hits is already warming up as the rest of Cebu stirs from sleep. Pockets of inmates stretch and practice their latest moves. Then the morning workout gets under way in earnest in the exercise yard of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center. In their identical orange prison uniforms, up to 1,500 march and clap in unison as they perform precision dance routines with the Village People's ``In the Navy'' and ``YMCA'' pounding from six well-worn black speakers. And why not? Their...