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  • Justice Department to release 6,000 inmates from federal prisons beginning Oct. 30

    10/07/2015 12:01:29 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/7/2015
    The Justice Department will release some 6,000 inmates from federal prisons beginning at the end of the month as part of new sentencing guidelines for drug crimes established last year, a federal law enforcement official confirmed Tuesday to Fox News. The new drug sentencing guidelines from U.S. Sentencing Commission, which are intended to reduce penalties on certain nonviolent drug offenders, also applies to any future offenders. The U.S. Sentencing Commission decided in July 2014 that close to 50,000 federal inmates locked up on drug charges would be eligible for reduced sentences. The new sentencing guidelines took effect on Nov. 1,...
  • Justice Department about to free 6,000 prisoners, largest one-time release

    10/06/2015 10:42:14 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/06/2015 | Sari Horwitz
    The Justice Department is set to release about 6,000 inmates early from prison — the largest ever one-time release of federal prisoners — in an effort to reduce overcrowding and provide relief to drug offenders who received harsh sentences over the past three decades. The inmates from federal prisons nationwide will be set free by the department’s Bureau of Prisons between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. Most of them will go to halfway houses and home confinement before being put on supervised release. The early release follows action by the U.S. Sentencing Commission — an independent agency that sets sentencing...
  • 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."
  • 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...
  • Jail inmate in Arizona pulls eye out of its socket

    08/01/2015 3:15:41 PM PDT · by digger48 · 43 replies
    wishtv ^ | August 1, 2015 | ap
    <p>FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A jail inmate in Arizona is hospitalized after authorities say he pulled one of his eyeballs out of its socket.</p> <p>Sheriff’s officials in Pinal County, just southeast of Phoenix, say Colin Corkhill, of Scottsdale, was booked into jail Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder, auto theft, aggravated assault and resisting arrest.</p>
  • Belgium arrests two ex-Guantanamo inmates on jihad terrorism charges

    07/24/2015 4:32:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    jihad watch ^ | 7/24/15 | Robert Spencer
    Gitmo recidivism shouldn’t surprise anyone. Absolutely nothing was done at Guantanamo to disabuse the inmates of their jihadist beliefs. On the contrary, the Qur’an was treated with the utmost respect by the Infidel guards, who didn’t even defile it with their Infidel hands, but handled it only with gloves. That and more only reinforced the Islamic supremacist core beliefs of the prisoners, when they should have been confronted and challenged. “Belgium arrests two ex-Guantanamo inmates on terrorism charges,” by Robin Emmott, Reuters, July 24, 2015: Belgium has arrested two former detainees of Guantanamo prison on charges of terrorism, saying the...
  • Richard Matt and David Sweat, Convicted Murderers Who Escaped Prison, Have Grisly Past

    06/26/2015 2:54:58 PM PDT · by ETL · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 8, 2915? | Erin McClam
    He [Richard Matt] killed a 76-year-old businessman by breaking his neck, then cut up the body and threw the pieces into a river. (snip) The victim was a food broker named William Rickerson who had hired and then fired Matt. (snip) On Dec. 4, 1997, according to the trial testimony of an accomplice, Matt beat Rickerson with a knife sharpener, bound him with duct tape, tossed him in the trunk of a car, and then drove around for 27 hours looking for a place to kill and bury him. At one stop on the drive, Matt opened the trunk, broke...
  • 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
  • Prison Worker's Husband: "No Way I'm Standing Behind Her"

    06/16/2015 7:14:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/16
    <p>The woman charged with helping two killers escape from an upstate New York prison by providing them with hacksaw blades, chisels and other tools was visited in jail Tuesday by her husband, also a prison worker, but not because he supported her, according to the husband's lawyer.</p>
  • Prison labor helps U.S. solar company manufacture at home ( Suniva & Goldman Sachs )

    06/10/2015 11:58:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 10 , 2015 | Nichola Groom
    One of the largest companies to manufacture solar panels in the United States uses a surprising resource to keep costs low and compete against producers from China: prison labor. Suniva Inc, a Georgia-based solar cell and panel maker that is backed by Goldman Sachs Group Inc, farms out a small portion of its manufacturing to federal inmates as part of a longstanding government program intended to prepare them for life after prison. Suniva does not actively publicize its work with the prisons, saying it prefers to talk about its in-house factories in Georgia and Michigan, which handle most of its...
  • Teacher fired for forcing students to write letters to imprisoned cop killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal

    05/15/2015 9:23:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 05/15/2015 | Victor Medina
    Orange County (New Jersey) school board officials voted Wednesday to terminate the employment of a third grade teacher who had her students write "get well" letters to a convicted cop killer. According to, Marilyn Zuniga, a third grade teacher at Forest Street Elementary School in Orange, was suspended last month after she had her students write the letters of encouragement to Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is currently serving a life sentence for killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. Marilyn Zuniga's employment was terminated as part of a larger personnel restructuring agenda. By including Zuniga's termination in a larger...
  • Reagan shooter Hinckley finds both rejection and indifference in future home

    04/19/2015 7:16:16 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 19 April 2015 | JESSICA GRESKO
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community. He takes long walks along tree-lined paths, plays guitar and paints, grabs fast food at Wendy's. He drives around town in a silver Toyota Avalon, a car that wouldn't attract a second glance. Often, as if to avoid detection, he puts on a hat or visor before going out.
  • Chelsea Manning Shares Her Transition to Living as a Woman — Behind Bars

    04/09/2015 1:02:43 PM PDT · by detective · 35 replies
    Cosmopolitan ^ | Apr 8, 2015 | Abigail Pesta
    Growing up in rural Crescent, Oklahoma, Chelsea Manning found an oasis in a favorite room of her family home. "I loved being in my sister's room. I really admired her and wore her clothes to play in, played with her dolls, played with her makeup," she says. "She had a mirror with settings to see what you would look like in different lighting. I thought that was amazing." Back then, Manning was known as a boy named Bradley. Today, Manning is a transgender woman, living in a prison for men.
  • Alabama death row inmate is free after 30 years. How the case against him unraveled.

    04/03/2015 9:20:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/3/15 | Abby Phillip
    Anthony Ray Hinton was one of Alabama’s longest-serving death row inmates, having spent more than half his life incarcerated. Now, after 30 years of saying he is innocent in the murder of two men, the 58-year-old Hinton walked out of an Alabama jail on Friday, finally a free man.
  • Judge orders California to pay for inmate's sex change

    04/03/2015 11:32:10 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 64 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 2, 2015 | Don Thompson
    A federal judge on Thursday ordered California's corrections department to provide a transgender inmate with sex reassignment surgery, the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco ruled that denying the surgery to 51-year-old Michelle-Lael Norsworthy violates her constitutional rights. Her birth name is Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy.
  • Bergdahl faces little-known, rarely used misbehavior charge

    04/02/2015 4:12:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 4/02/15 | Nancy Montgomery
    If Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl were convicted of “misbehavior before the enemy” a century ago, he might also have been subject to a humiliating send-off. His sword might be broken or his insignia ripped from his uniform in front of his unit. Along with desertion, Bergdahl was accused last month of violating the little-understood Article 99 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice — misbehavior before the enemy — for abandoning his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and thereby endangering his unit. Although desertion cases are not uncommon, few military lawyers have ever prosecuted, or defended, a misbehavior before the enemy...
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal ailing, supporters say

    03/30/2015 4:53:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 84 replies ^ | March 30, 2015 | Robert Moran
    A nonprofit advocacy group that supports former death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal reported that he had been hospitalized Monday afternoon. Prison Radio, which distributes recordings made by Abu-Jamal in prison, said the 60-year-old had been transported from the State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy in Schuylkill County at 1 p.m. to the intensive care unit at Schuylkill Medical Center.
  • Man Exonerated in Miami-Dade Double Murder After 3 Years in Jail

    03/28/2015 12:38:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Friday, Mar 27, 2015
    A man who spent nearly three years behind bars while charged in a Miami-Dade double murder is a free man. "I still got emotions, I broke down in tears," said David Foster, about the moment last week that he found out he'd be released. "I was incarcerated for quite some time. It'll take me time to understand I'm free, 'cause I was in there a while, but I'm doing ok." Foster, 35, was arrested in July 2012 in the May 2012 shooting outside the Shack night club on Dixie Highway. Two men were indicted for murder: Periquo Taylor, who fled...
  • Three of Utah's eight death row inmates have CHOSEN to die by firing squad

    03/24/2015 11:34:39 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 March 2015 | Kieran Corcoran For
    It is a macabre choice to make - and almost unique to some inmates on Utah's death row: would you be injected with toxic chemicals, or shot in the heart? But, amid cries of outrage against the southwestern state bringing death by firing quad back into law, almost half of those due to die that way have picked the punishment themselves. Ron Lafferty, who slit the throats of his sister-in-law and her baby daughter in 1984, is one of three who has opted to die by the bullet. Two others in Utah's eight-strong death row have made the same choice,...
  • Jailed hacker Guccifer boasts, “I used to read [Clinton’s] memos… and then do the gardening”

    03/21/2015 10:31:26 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 47 replies
    pando dot com ^ | 3-20-15 | MATEI ROSCA
    Back in the Arad penitentiary, I ask Lehel about his heyday. Was it worth it? “I had memos Hillary Clinton got as a State Secretary, with CIA briefings. These were being read by her, two other people from the US Government, and Guccifer. I used to read her memos for six-seven hours and then I’d get up and do the gardening in the yard,” he says.
  • Murderer says he killed Saginaw prison cellmate 'because he was a child molester'

    02/27/2015 4:40:06 PM PST · by lowbridge · 59 replies ^ | february 23, 2015 | andy hoag
     When given the chance, a convicted murderer had straightforward explanation for killing his cellmate in October at the Saginaw Correctional Facility. "The reason I killed him was because he was a child molester," Steven D. Sandison said Monday, Feb. 23, in Saginaw County Circuit Court. Speaking during his plea hearing before Chief Circuit Judge Fred L. Borchard, the 51-year-old Sandison was polite, addressing the judge as "sir," in explaining why he killed Theodore Dyer on Oct. 29 at the prison in Freeland. At Borchard's request, Sandison first answered questions from his attorney, James Gust, to establish a "factual basis" for why he...
  • As more inmates are released from prison, more parolees return

    12/28/2014 6:36:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    LA Times via MSN ^ | 12/28/14 | Paige St. John
    **SNIP** That troubling question is increasingly being repeated at parole hearings across California as the number of inmates with life sentences who are granted release skyrockets under Gov. Jerry Brown. Currently nearly 2,000 murderers, hit men and robbers who spent decades locked up and now range from middle-aged to elderly are trying to find their way. Most succeed, but each month a few more fail, returning to the drugs and crime that put them in prison and raising public safety concerns. California is one of four states in which the governor has final authority over parole decisions. A Times analysis...
  • DOJ Banning Smoking in Federal Prisons

    12/06/2014 5:35:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 5, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Justice Department (DOJ) is banning smoking and all tobacco products in federal prisons, according to a final regulation to be published Monday.All federal prison inmates will be prohibited from smoking, unless they receive a religious exemption. Staff will also still be able to smoke in designated areas. The government said they are moving forward with the regulation, which goes into effect in 30 days, out of concerns of the health of their inmates.The rule will affect the estimated 80 percent of prison inmates that smoke.“The revised regulations generally prohibit smoking in and on the grounds of Bureau institutions and...
  • 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...
  • Why I’ve spent ten of the last 20 years in prison for defending the unborn

    10/01/2014 6:28:07 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 204 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/30/14 | Linda Gibbons
    Linda Gibbons awaits arrest outside a Toronto abortion facility. Editor’s note: Linda Gibbons has been in prison since an August 7 arrest in Toronto while she witnessed to life outside an abortion facility protected by an injunction. Her case goes to trial November 12. She wrote the following letter this month to explain her ongoing mission. This article is a reflection on my ten years of bearing witness for life in front of Toronto's several abortuaries. My intention is not an apology for the reason, cause or purpose I engage in civil disobedience against injunctions in place at these death...
  • 5 inmates escape from California jail

    09/20/2014 8:29:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    FOX ^ | staff
    Five inmates are on the loose after escaping from a California jail. The inmates broke out of the Madera County Jail, the Madera County Police Department reported Saturday on its Facebook page. “They are all gang members and considered armed and dangerous,” the report said.
  • OJ Simpson Converts to Islam (Mike Tyson to Help)

    09/02/2014 11:28:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 98 replies
    tvnz ^ | Thursday August 28, 2014
    The former American footballer and movie star has been imprisoned in Nevada since 2008 on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery in relation to an armed robbery that took place at the Palace Station hotel-and-casino in Las Vegas in which sports memorabilia was taken. After seeing his appeal for a re-trial quashed last and being informed in July 2013 he will serve at least another four years, Simpson has embraced the religion in a bid to change his life. A source told National Enquirer magazine: "O.J. really thought that he was going to be successful in a bid for a...
  • O.J. Simpson converting to Islam in prison

    08/29/2014 6:42:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 84 replies ^ | 8/28/2014 | unknown
    O.J. Simpson is set to convert to Islam. The former American footballer and movie star has been imprisoned in Nevada since 2008 on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery in relation to an armed robbery that took place at the Palace Station hotel-and-casino in Las Vegas in which sports memorabilia was taken. After seeing his appeal for a re-trial quashed last and being informed in July 2013 he will serve at least another four years, Simpson has embraced the religion in a bid to change his life.
  • Sheriffs Refusing to Put Hold on Immigrant Inmates for Feds

    07/07/2014 9:11:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/6/14 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Dozens of sheriffs around the country are refusing to detain noncitizens convicted of crimes for extra time to allow the federal government to start deportation proceedings after a court ruling that one immigrant's civil rights had been violated when she was held without probable cause. "When a judge says something is in violation of the Fourth Amendment, I am not going to just keep doing it," Sheriff William Gore of San Diego told The New York Times. "If they want to take someone into federal custody, the can decide to do that, but I am not going to keep holding...
  • City Jails Ignored Safeguards to Save Suicidal Inmates

    06/27/2014 1:46:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/27/14
    In one case, a mentally ill New York City inmate hanged himself from a shower pipe on his third try in three days. During that stretch, orders to put him on 24-hour watch were apparently ignored, along with a screening form that said he was “thinking about killing himself.” Another inmate hanged himself with a bedsheet from an air vent in a solitary-confinement cell after repeatedly telling guards he was suicidal.
  • 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...
  • California may distribute condoms to prison inmates; bill is advancing in state legislature

    05/14/2014 8:05:21 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5-14-14 | Tom Howell Jr.
    California lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow the state to distribute condoms to prison inmates, an attempt to cut down on sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, although sex acts between inmates would remain unlawful. Reuters reports the bill is advancing in the Senate — it already passed the state Assembly — and would direct state officials to set up a five-year plan to hand out condoms throughout the state’s prison system. “We are not only advocating for the improved health of prisoners,” the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta, said. “But we are also protecting communities across the...
  • Inmates compete in Angola prison rodeo that this year turns 50

    04/26/2014 10:58:01 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04-26-2014 | Associated Press
    ANGOLA, La. – They're often thrown like rag dolls or risk being gored by bucking bulls and broncos. But in those few seconds in the spotlight of the rodeo, they are part of the world again. Some of Louisiana's most violent criminals are the stars of the Angola Prison Rodeo, the nation's longest-running prison rodeo that this year celebrates 50 years. The event has grown from a small "fun" event for prisoners into big business, with proceeds going into the Louisiana State Penitentiary Inmate Welfare Fund for inmate education and recreational supplies.
  • Connecticut imprisonment of transgender teen ‘unconstitutional,’ lawyer says

    04/22/2014 11:20:35 AM PDT · by massmike · 37 replies ^ | 04/22/2014 | Randall Beach
    Is it a violation of a 16-year-old’s rights to place her in a prison with adult inmates even though she has not been charged with any crime? Her treatment is appropriate and legal because she has “an extensive history of violence” against staffers and other residents of psychiatric facilities, according to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. The youth is a female transgender child who was born male but identifies as a female. In court documents she is identified as Jane Doe in order to protect her identity. “The youth has an extensive history of violence, including targeting female...
  • Inmates getting coverage under ObamaCare, as states shift cost to feds

    04/04/2014 6:56:25 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 4, 2014 | By Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration often touts that people with pre-existing conditions and countless others can now get covered under ObamaCare. But there's another group that's starting to benefit from the law -- prison inmates. Cash-strapped state and local prisons increasingly are using the Affordable Care Act to pay for their inmates' medical costs, taking advantage of a little-known provision that lets them shift some of those expenses to the federal government. Ohio, Illinois and Iowa are among the states trying to offload the rising costs of health care – which include mental health programs – by enrolling inmates into...
  • Texas finds new execution drug supply

    03/19/2014 3:20:30 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 60 replies
    MSN News/Reuters ^ | March 19, 2014 | By MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HOUSTON (AP) — Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month.
  • Steven Hayes, Death Row Inmate, Found Unresponsive in Connecticut Cell

    03/12/2014 12:11:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 3/11/2014 | Sasha Goldstein
    Convicted of killing three during a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire, Steve Hayes, 50, was revived by staff and taken to the hospital Monday after he was found unresponsive. The convicted killer has spoken in the past of wanting to die because of his immense guilt over the crime.Convicted Cheshire killer Steven Hayes was found unresponsive in his death row cell on Monday, Connecticut authorities said. Awaiting his date with a state execution, Hayes, 50, was found in his cell at the Northern Correctional Institute around 9:35 a.m. by officers on their “routine tour,” who revived the killer. A spokesman...
  • Texas Death Row Inmate Pens Letter Comparing Prison to Slavery

    03/06/2014 12:25:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Newsone ^ | Mar 5, 2014 | D.L. Chandler
    Ray Jasper, a Death Row inmate in Texas scheduled for execution in two weeks, has written a lengthy letter from prison where he blasts the justice system and the specter of racial disparity. Jasper, who was a young rap artist at the time, was accused of the brutal robbing and killing of a recording studio owner in 1998. Convicted in 2000 and later sentenced to death, Jasper has used a platform provided to him in where he lashes out at the prison system, likening it to slavery. Gawker Media began a Letters From Death Row series in 2012, in which...
  • Transgender woman held in Toronto-area men's prison

    02/11/2014 6:20:10 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 27 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Feb. 11, 2014 | Shawn Jeffords
    TORONTO - Authorities are holding a British comedian and transgender woman who lived in Toronto for a time in a men’s prison in Milton. Avery Edison, who has legally been a woman since 2009, was detained Monday at Pearson International Airport when she tried to enter the country to see her girlfriend, Romy Sugden, of Toronto. After holding her for nearly 12 hours, Canada Border Services officers transferred Edison to Maplehurst Correctional Facility for men, Sugden said. “Speaking with the officials at the prison was a very upsetting and fruitless experience,” she said. “They refused to refer to Avery as...
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio: 38 Arizona inmates who defaced flag to eat only bread, water

    01/24/2014 6:29:17 AM PST · by Innovative · 65 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 24, 2014 | Faith Karimi
    A diet of bread and water is the punishment for dozens of Arizona inmates who allegedly defaced American flags placed in their jail cells. The 38 male inmates are part of the Maricopa County jail system, which is under the control of controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio. For their alleged unpatriotic acts, the sheriff said Thursday, they'll survive on bread and water for seven days. "These inmates have destroyed the American flag that was placed in their cells," Arpaio said. "Tearing them, writing on them, stepping on them, throwing them in the toilet, trash or wherever they feel. It's a disgrace...
  • Court affirms Mass. murderer's right to get sex change in prison

    01/18/2014 12:28:32 PM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies ^ | 1/17/14 | AP
    BOSTON – A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change operation for a transgender inmate serving a life sentence for a murder conviction, saying receiving medically necessary treatment is a constitutional right that must be protected "even if that treatment strikes some as odd or unorthodox." U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled in 2012 that the state Department of Correction must provide sex reassignment surgery for Michelle Kosilek, who was born as Robert Kosilek and is serving a life sentence for the killing of his wife in 1990.
  • Pink underwear, prisons and a Christmas posse

    12/16/2013 7:32:51 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/16/2013 | Gina Loudun
    Last night in the midst of the Christmas rush, I took a night off of the flurry of Christmas preparation to spend the evening with a small group of people, one of whom was Sheriff Joe Arpaio. I have met him many times, but you really get to know someone when you spend hours with that person in a small, intimate setting over food and drink. Since my background is in psychology, I am intrigued a lot more by the makeup of someone’s mind than I am his or her politics. This goes for liberals and conservatives alike. Joe speaks...
  • Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to House Jailed Vets Together

    12/12/2013 1:53:55 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/11/2013 | Matthew Foster
    In Phoenix, more than 200 veteran inmates have been told they will be moving to a segregated wing of the Maricopa County Jail. During a press conference today, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio formally announced his plan to house approximately 250 veteran inmates together, in a housing unit that dons “patriotic décor” and features special behavioral programming aimed at dealing with symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD continues to plague military veterans returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan – and for incarcerated veterans, coping with the disorder without the help of friends or family can be even...
  • 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...
  • Ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner charged with felony false imprisonment, battery

    10/15/2013 9:57:28 AM PDT · by topher · 13 replies ^ | 10/15/2013 | AP
    SAN DIEGO – Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, driven from office by sexual harassment allegations, was charged Tuesday with felony false imprisonment and two counts of misdemeanor battery involving three women.
  • Prisoners at Jail Overrun With Rabbits Banned From Bunny Boiling After EATING Them

    09/15/2013 12:51:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Mirror ^ | 9/15 | Matthew Drake
    Hungry lags were ordered to stop snaring the pests and cooking them in their microwaves - because it upsets the prison's staffInmates at a jail overrun by rabbits have been hit by a bunny boiling ban after the governor found they were EATING them. Hungry lags were ordered to stop snaring the pests and cooking them in their microwaves - because it upsets the prison's staff. The jailbirds' culinary caper emerged after the Sunday Mirror revealed last week how the grounds of Ford open prison were being dug up by around 5,000 of the creatures. Pest controllers were called in...
  • Minnesota to allow sex offenders in treatment program to marry

    09/09/2013 3:24:04 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies ^ | 9/9/13 | Brad Schrade
    The announcement comes Monday in response to requests from three pairs of men in treatment at the state facility in Moose Lake who are seeking marriage licenses following the change in state law Aug. 1 that allows same sex couples to marry. “We don’t intend to interfere with their right to marry one another,” said Deputy Commissioner Anne Barry, whose duties include overseeing the sex offender program. The law change that has allowed same sex marriages in Minnesota has forced DHS to review its policies surrounding the sex offender program, which houses more than 600 offenders considered too risky and...
  • Calif. Clears Same-Sex Weddings For Prison Inmates

    09/09/2013 7:27:00 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 22 replies ^ | 9/3/13 | ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — California prison officials have confirmed that inmates can get married to someone of the same sex under certain conditions. Michael Stainer, director of the adult institutions division for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, issued a memo on Friday stating that the U.S. Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriages legal again in the state in June also applies to prisoners.
  • Official says convicted Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro has killed himself in prison. More ...

    09/03/2013 9:38:06 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 55 replies
    Ohio corrections officials say Ariel Castro who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade has committed suicide at a state prison facility. Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says 53-year-old Castro was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. Prison medical staff performed CPR before Castro was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.