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  • Parole denied for the 9th time for John Lennon’s killer

    08/29/2016 4:01:16 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 44 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | August 29, 2016 4:52 pm | AP
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — John Lennon’s killer will remain behind bars after being denied parole for the ninth time. The New York state Board of Parole on Monday announced that it has again denied parole to Mark David Chapman, who on Dec. 8, 1980, shot and killed the former Beatle outside his luxury Manhattan apartment. The 61-year-old Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving a sentence of 20-years to life in Wende Correctional Facility in western New York. In a description of its decision, the parole board noted that Chapman has since described the murder as “selfish and...
  • Attorneys Say Attack By Female Inmates Led To Death Of 26-Year-Old Madison Deal

    08/24/2016 9:14:06 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 24 replies ^ | August 22nd, 2016 | Staff
    Attorneys Tom O'Neal and Bryan Hoss said Monday that 26-year-old Madison Deal's death was caused by an attack by female inmates at the county workhouse and by inadequate medical care by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). District Attorney Neal Pinkston has asked for an investigation by the Sheriff's Office into the death of Ms. Deal. A spokesperson for the sheriff said a preliminary autopsy found the death was related to a medical problem and did not involve "physical trauma." The attorneys said, "On Wednesday, Aug. 10, Madison Deal, 26, of Chattanooga, turned herself into the Hamilton County Jail for...
  • Woman arrested for trafficking drugs to inmate son

    08/22/2016 12:50:21 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 9 replies ^ | 8/22/2016 | Staff
    A woman is behind bars after authorities say she attempted to traffic narcotics into the Indiana State Prison. Barbara Powell, a 60-year-old from Valparaiso, was allegedly caught trafficking during a visit with her son. A correctional officer found a package with one small bag of tobacco and three small bags filled with a white powdery substance.The powdery substance tested positive for a narcotic substance.Trafficking is a level 5 felony. If found guilty, Powell could face up to eight years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Her son, Jason Powell, is serving life without parole for murder. “I commend...
  • In U.S. Jails, a Constitutional Clash Over Air-Conditioning

    08/16/2016 11:46:38 AM PDT · by massmike · 53 replies ^ | 08/16/2016 | ALAN BLINDER
    In places like Louisiana and Texas, sweltering states where elected officials cherish tough-on-crime credentials, it is politically poisonous to be perceived as coddling prisoners. And many officials simply say that temperatures are not anywhere near as dire as prisoners and their lawyers claim. A spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, which is facing an array of lawsuits over the issue of jail temperatures, including a class-action case, said in a statement that “the well-being of staff and offenders is a top priority for the agency and we remain committed to making sure that both are safe during the...
  • Transgender prisoner sues Florida to get hormone treatments

    08/15/2016 1:31:13 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 15, 2016
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A transgender prisoner is suing the Florida Department of Corrections, claiming she is being denied hormone treatments that were promised when she pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder. The American Civil Liberties Union filed Reiyn Keohane's suit Monday to force the department to continue hormone treatments she began a month before her September 2013 arrest in Fort Myers.
  • Oregon standoff rancher Ryan Bundy 'hatched a jail escape plan' (tr)

    07/19/2016 10:40:41 AM PDT · by dware · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07.18.2016 | AP via Daily Mail
    Oregon standoff figure Ryan Bundy was working on a plan to escape from a Portland jail, a prosecutor said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoff Barrow dropped the bombshell at a hearing Monday in which Bundy and his brother Ammon sought to be released as they await trial on charges stemming from the January takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. In trying to show Ryan Bundy is a flight risk, Barrow said deputies searching Bundy's cell in April found torn sheets braided together in a 12- to 15-foot rope, as well as extra towels, pillow cases and food.
  • Arizona Terror Suspect Mahin Khan Attacked by Inmates in Jail: Officials

    07/16/2016 2:54:20 PM PDT · by orchestra · 31 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7/16/2016 | Andrew Blankstein and Eli Panken
    The Arizona man arrested this month for allegedly planning a terror-related strike was attacked in jail, authorities confirmed to NBC News. Mahin Khan, 18, of Tucson was assaulted by other inmates in a Maricopa County jail on July 2, the day after his arrest, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department said. Khan suffered "some minor non-life-threatening injuries" and has been moved to segregated housing in Lower Buckeye Jail, authorities said. Khan declined to be placed in segregation when it was offered, the sheriff's office said.
  • Inmate falls down elevator shaft at downtown Modesto (CA) county jail

    07/15/2016 11:40:29 AM PDT · by keat · 34 replies
    The Modesto Bee ^ | July 15, 2016 8:05 AM
    An inmate fighting deputies at the Stanislaus County Jail on Friday morning broke free from them and slammed into third-floor elevator doors, which came off their tracks, allowing the man to fall 10 feet onto the top of the elevator car below, the sheriff said. The incident happened about 6:50 a.m. The inmate, 36-year-old Manuel Gabriel Rico, was taken to a local hospital with several lacerations, and was examined for other injuries. Rico was arrested Thursday morning by Riverbank Police Services on two misdemeanor warrants out of Alameda County for resisting arrest, Sheriff Adam Christianson said Friday. He’d been in...
  • American flag added to some Arizona inmates' uniforms

    07/05/2016 9:29:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 5, 2016 2:42 PM EDT
    <p>An Arizona sheriff famous for making inmates wear pink underwear has rolled out a uniform change at Maricopa County jails: American flags are now stitched onto the striped jail suits.</p> <p>Sheriff Joe Arpaio assigned military veterans to hand out the new uniforms. The change went into effect on Monday, Independence Day.</p>
  • Worcester Man Allegedly Planned ‘Lone-Wolf’ Attack On President Obama

    05/23/2016 5:21:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    CBS ^ | May 23, 2016
    BRIDGEWATER (CBS) – An inmate at a Bridgewater prison is being charged with threatening to kill President Barack Obama in a “lone-wolf style” attack. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Alex Hernandez of Worcester was charged in U.S. District Court in Boston on two counts of threatening to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States.
  • 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.
  • Convicted murderer seeks sex change in prison

    04/18/2016 7:57:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-18-16 | AP story
    CHARLESTON, S.C. – A South Carolina inmate serving a life sentence for killing a Charleston woman in 2003 wants the state to help with a sex change. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that Edmonds Tennent Brown IV, who know uses the name Katheryn Brown, had asked the corrections department to help her transition from a man to a woman. The agency has rejected the request from Brown, 44. Brown pleaded guilty in the strangulation of a 53-year-old teacher Mary Lynn Witherspoon. State law prohibits the use of state funds for gender changing operations. The department does provide hormonal...
  • Winston Moseley, Who Killed Kitty Genovese, Dies in Prison at 81

    04/05/2016 7:00:28 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/4/16 | ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    Winston Moseley, who stalked, raped and killed Kitty Genovese in a prolonged knife attack in New York in 1964 while neighbors failed to act on her desperate cries for help — a nightmarish tableau that came to symbolize urban apathy in America — died on March 28, in prison. He was 81. Patrick J. Bailey, a spokesman for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, confirmed the death on Monday. A medical examiner would determine the cause of death, Mr. Bailey said. Mr. Moseley, a psychopathic serial killer and necrophiliac, died at the maximum security Clinton Correctional...
  • Winston Moseley, 81, Killer of Kitty Genovese, Dies in Prison

    04/04/2016 3:23:14 PM PDT · by Borges · 38 replies
    NYT ^ | Robert McFadden
    Winston Moseley, who stalked, raped and killed Kitty Genovese in a prolonged knife attack in New York in 1964 while neighbors failed to act on her desperate cries for help — a nightmarish tableau that came to symbolize urban apathy in America — died on March 28, in prison. He was 81.
  • Israel's transgender activist asks to go to women's prison

    03/31/2016 12:46:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2016 2:49 PM EDT
    A transgender Israeli teenager, jailed for refusing to join the military as a conscientious objector, petitioned the army on Thursday to be moved to a women’s prison. Aiden Katri, 19, is the first Israeli transgender woman to be jailed for refusing to serve in the military. […] (Noa) Levy said that Katri was jailed earlier this week and that she could have gotten out of the army but wanted to actively refuse service to protest against Israeli rule in parts of the West Bank and its policies toward the Palestinians. Levy said Katri wanted to protest “the occupation.” …
  • Jared Fogle reportedly beaten up in prison

    03/16/2016 9:42:35 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies ^ | March 16, 2016 | Fox New York
    OX 5 NY) - Convicted pedophile and former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle was reportedly assaulted by an inmate in prison where Fogle is serving a 16-year sentence. Fogle, 38, was tackled and punched in the face by a 60-year-old armed robber, TMZ reported. Steven Nigg, 60 left Fogle with a bloody nose, swollen face and scratches on his neck after the recreation yard beatdown on Jan. 29, the site reported
  • Ex-Black Panther convicted in officer's death dies in prison (David Rice)

    03/13/2016 5:19:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 13, 2016 3:44 PM EDT
    One of two former Black Panthers convicted in the 1970 bombing death of an Omaha police officer has died in prison. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services spokesman Andrew Nystrom said David Rice died around midnight Saturday at the state penitentiary in Lincoln. […] The 68-year-old Rice, who had changed his name to Mondo we Langa, was convicted along with fellow Black Panther Edward Poindexter in the death of officer Larry Minard. Authorities say they lured police to a house with a 911 call, then detonated a homemade bomb that killed Minard. …
  • Thousands of Puerto Rico inmates vote in Republican primary

    03/06/2016 7:17:35 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    NJ Hearld ^ | 03/04/16 | DANICA COTO
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Thousands of inmates lined up in prisons across Puerto Rico on Friday to cast early ballots in the U.S. territory's Republican primary, some saying they hoped the elections can help lift the island out of an economic crisis. At least 6,500 of the island's 11,500 prisoners are registered to vote, and government officials said this year's turnout was strong. Even prisoners not registered are allowed to participate in the open primaries, which are held two days ahead of the vote for the general population. The island's Republican primary is Sunday while Democrats vote...
  • 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...