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  • Blacks still drawn to Islam despite FBI raids

    10/30/2009 11:04:49 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies · 1,115+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 10/30/2009 | JESSE WASHINGTON
    By now, Sekou Jackson is used to the questions: Why does he need to leave a work meeting to pray? Don't black Muslims convert to Islam in jail? Why would you even want to be Muslim? "It's kind of a double whammy to be African-American and Muslim," said Jackson, who studies the Navy at the National Academy of Science in Washington. "You're going to be judged." Jackson's struggle may have gotten harder when the FBI raided a Detroit mosque Wednesday, saying its leader preached hate against the government, trafficked in stolen goods and belonged to a radical group that wants...
  • Sir Allen Stanford Attacked in Jail

    09/27/2009 4:03:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1,019+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 26 Sep 2009 | Leonard Doyle
    The jailed Texas billionaire Sir Allen Stanford has been hospitalised after a jailhouse brawl with another inmate. Stanford was badly beaten but his injuries were not said to be life-threatening. The incident occurred at the privately run Joe Corley detention centre north of Houston, Texas. A US Marshalls spokesman said: "He got into an altercation with another inmate. He's being examined by medical staff and treated for his injuries." His lawyer Kent Schaffer added: "Mr Stanford is fine. Contrary to reports, he is not in intensive care at the hospital. "I understand his injuries are not serious enough to keep...
  • Outrage As Feds Curb Shoe Bomber Prison Rules

    09/20/2009 5:19:04 PM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies · 1,170+ views ^ | 9/20/2009 | Jessica Fargen
    Airplane shoe bomber Richard C. Reid no longer faces severe limits on his prison activities or communications after the Obama administration quietly ended years of hard-nosed curbs against the British-born al-Qaeda terrorist. This summer the Justice Department halted six years of measures that kept Reid from associating or praying with fellow jailed Muslim terrorists, and limited his access to the news media and pen pals.
  • (IL) Gov. Quinn To Release 1,000 Non-Violent Prisoners

    09/19/2009 9:57:54 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 8 replies · 814+ views
    Cost-Cutting Move Criticized By Political Challenger Dan Hynes CHICAGO (STNG) ― In another byproduct of Illinois' fiscal woes, Gov. Quinn Friday signed off on the early release of 1,000 non-violent prison inmates who will be sent home this fall. Quinn's move is expected to save the state $5 million annually. "We're doing this because of the budget crisis as well as to enforce Gov. Quinn's prison-reform efforts. We believe these low-level, non-violent offenders…can be better served in the community where there are more resources and services available than at IDOC," said Januari Smith, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of...
  • Insane Killer Escapes During Mental Institution's Field Trip

    09/18/2009 1:40:19 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 64 replies · 2,419+ views
    FOXNews ^ | FOXNews
    Police are searching for killer committed to a mental institution after he escaped during a field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair. Spokane County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Reagan says 57-year-old Phillip Arnold Paul was last seen Thursday morning in the northeast part of the fairgrounds. The sheriff's office told KXLY in Spokane that they were "dismayed" that the Eastern State's Hospital didn't notify authorities for more than an hour and a half after they knew he was missing. "It appears now there was a two hour lapse from the point he disappeared from his attendant to the sheriff's office...
  • Bagram inmates can challenge detention: Pentagon

    09/14/2009 9:10:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 474+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 9/14/09 | afp
    The Pentagon is to give some 600 prisoners held in the US air base in Bagram, Afghanistan, the right to challenge their detention, Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman said Monday. "It's basically a review procedure that ensures people go in front of a panel periodically to give them the opportunity to contest their detention," he told reporters. The inmates would be aided by a uniformed "personal representative" who would "guide them through this administrative process, to help gather witness statements," Whitman added.
  • Mich. shooting suspect cuts arm while in jail

    09/12/2009 5:33:51 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 500+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 12, 2009 | ED WHITE
    OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) - A jailed Michigan trucker charged with gunning down two people, including an anti-abortion protester, cut his arm in an apparent suicide attempt, prosecutors said Saturday as they disclosed that the man's mother once worked with another intended victim. Harlan James Drake, 33, was taken to a hospital with a self-inflicted wound near his wrist, Shiawassee County Prosecutor Randy Colbry said. He didn't know exactly when Drake was transported or what he used to cut himself. "He attempted suicide. It sounds like he's going to make it but it's a serious gash, a very serious wound to...
  • Traficant: I Could Have Been Hurt While In Prison

    09/10/2009 8:33:34 PM PDT · by elizabethgrace · 32 replies · 1,791+ views
    AP ^ | September 10, 2009 | AP
    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A former Ohio congressman who was freed after seven years in federal prison said he was put in jeopardy behind bars because of his views. James Traficant spoke in an interview to be broadcast Thursday night on the Fox News show "On The Record With Greta Van Susteren."
  • Prison Officials Struggling to Prevent Cell Phone Usage by Inmates - Video 9/7/09

    09/07/2009 6:36:39 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 23 replies · 896+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 7, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video report about Maryland Prison officials who are struggling to prevent the illegal use of cell phones by prison inmates. More than 900 cell phones were confiscated from inmates last year. Inmates have reportedly used smuggled cell phones to make extortion calls, and even order hits on witnesses. NOTE: It makes you wonder just how prevalent this problem is around the country. . . . (VIDEO)
  • LA firefighters killed trying to save inmate crew

    08/31/2009 7:16:38 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 32 replies · 1,645+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | Aug 31, 2009 | N/A
    As the roaring wall of flame raged through the Angeles National Forest, firefighters Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones worked feverishly to protect their fire-crew camp, made up mostly of prison inmates. But all too suddenly, the fire invaded the campsite. Hall and Quinones shepherded 55 inmates and several corrections and fire personnel into a cinderblock dining hall to shelter them from the blaze. The fire burned through the camp, leaving it in ruins. The dining hall provided adequate shelter for now, but Hall and Quinones knew they had to get everyone to safety. So they jumped in an engine truck...
  • 3,900 stimulus checks went to prison inmates

    08/26/2009 7:34:24 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 826+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 26, 2009 | Stephen Ohlemacher
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government sent about 3,900 economic stimulus payments of $250 each this spring to people who were in no position to use the money to help stimulate the economy: prison inmates. The checks were part of the massive economic recovery package approved by Congress and President Barack Obama in February. About 52 million Social Security recipients, railroad retirees and those receiving Supplemental Security Income were eligible for the one-time checks. Prison inmates are generally ineligible for federal benefits. However, 2,200 of the inmates who received checks got to keep them because, under the law, they were...
  • Opps. Feds give Stimulus Money to Convicts

    08/25/2009 3:11:05 PM PDT · by 51773photo · 3 replies · 433+ views
    Barry's Obamanation ^ | 8-25-09 | Jesse Ellis
    There is no way, a freeloading governmental health plan, run by civil servants with little or no accountability can ever hope to compete against the profit driven private sector, who's very existence and survival is on the line daily, prompting a degree of responsibility, quality and customer satisfaction that assures fewer mistakes are made, and insuring by the very nature of capitalism, an ever expanding thirst for better, faster, and cheaper service....
  • Stimulus Checks Mistakenly Sent to 1,700 Inmates, Federal Agency Says

    08/25/2009 1:22:36 PM PDT · by mware · 59 replies · 3,526+ views
    NFox News ^ | Aug 25, 2009 | By Judson Berger
    The inspector general's office for the Social Security Administration is looking into the problem as part of its broader audit on stimulus spending. The Social Security Administration acknowledged the $425,000 glitch following a report that nearly two-dozen inmates in Massachusetts had wrongly received the $250 stimulus checks.
  • California Assembly Balks at Early Release of Inmates

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

    08/21/2009 9:36:23 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 12 replies · 2,299+ views
    KTUU 2 ^ | 20 AUG 2009 | Jason Moore
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- When Sherry Johnston left a Palmer courtroom Wednesday, there were lingering questions: What will her sentence be? Where is Levi? And what's with the pink handcuffs? Turns out there's a story behind those pink handcuffs that puts Sherry Johnston six degrees of separation from one of the most infamous sheriffs in the land. Shortly after Johnston pled guilty to possessing the painkiller OxyContin with the intent of delivering it she prepared to head back to jail. That's where Court Services Officer Pierre Burkett comes in, sporting of all things pink handcuffs. Both Johnston and her attorney, Rex...
  • Inmate cuts may open gate for Colorado crime

    08/21/2009 3:48:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies · 622+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | August 21, 2009 | Kirk Mitchell
    Gov. Bill Ritter's plan to cut the state budget through inmate releases could reduce Colorado's prison population by 1,000 in a year and immediately save $19 million. It will also almost certainly accelerate the commission of new crimes, and could force layoffs from a privately run prison. Ritter's plan calls for trimming parole supervision for some inmates already out of prison, and releasing some non-sex-offender inmates early and placing them on parole. A total of 5,700 inmates or parolees could see their status change as a result of Ritter's cut. A Metropolitan State College of Denver professor says it's unavoidable...
  • SPECTOR'S 'KILLER' COMPLAINT (Wrongly Thinks Hes in Prison With Manson, Sirhan Sirhan)

    08/20/2009 11:10:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 829+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 20, 2009
    Music legend-cum-murderer Phil Spector is whining about being locked up in a "snake pit" of a prison with such other high-profile killer nutjobs as Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan -- but California corrections officials say Spector is full of beans. "Imagine sending me to the same prison -- shows how low they can go," fumes Spector in a letter to a buddy, Bay Area music manager Steve Escobar. "They'd kill you in here for a 39-cent bag of soup!" SNIP Spector wrote Escobar that Phil's 29-year-old wife, ex-Playboy model Rachelle Short, has begun making an 800-mile round trip drive to...
  • Spector: Im scared in this snake pit prison

    08/19/2009 8:40:43 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 36 replies · 2,257+ views
    The Sun (London) ^ | August 19, 2009 | JAMES CLENCH
    Spector: Im scared in this snake pit prison By JAMES CLENCH Published: Today rigTeaserImage JAILED music legend Phil Spector has told of his terror at being held in a "snake pit" prison with crazed killers. The record producer, 69, is banged up in the same nick as cult massacre maniac Charles Manson.
  • Santa Cruz mass murderer kills self in prison

    08/18/2009 6:20:40 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies · 704+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 18, 2009 | Henry K. Lee
    An inmate convicted of the 1970 murders of a Santa Cruz County eye surgeon, his family and his secretary has committed suicide, a prison official said today. John Linley Frazier, 62, killed himself Thursday while serving a life sentence at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione (Amador County), said prison spokeswoman Michelle Hamilton.
  • Convicted killer of 4 Calif. officers found dead

    08/17/2009 9:50:54 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies · 953+ views
    DELANO, Calif.Authorities say an inmate convicted of killing four California Highway Patrol officers died over the weekend at Kern Valley State Prison in an apparent suicide. Sixty-seven-year-old Bobby Augusta Davis was pronounced dead early Sunday morning after correctional officers found him unresponsive in his maximum-security single cell. Davis was serving four consecutive life sentences for the April 6, 1970 murders of George Alleyn, Walt Frago, Roger Gore and James Pence. The "Newhall Incident" had been the deadliest for California law enforcement until the fatal shooting of four Oakland police officers in March. Davis originally received the death penalty, but his...
  • The Roots of Radical Islam in Prison

    08/15/2009 11:11:16 PM PDT · by Cindy · 324+ views
    INVESTIGATIVE - IPT News ^ | August 14, 2009 | by Patrick Dunleavy
    SNIPPET: "Since 9/11, the general focus on prison radicalism in the media and in government has been on the process of certifying imams and literature available to inmates. Fully understanding the impact of this phenomenon, however, requires a historical look back at Islam in prison. The seeds of jihad were planted in the prison soil by men like Warith Deen Umar long before we were attacked in 2001. Having spent 26 years working in New York 's Department of Correctional Services, I have witnessed this process of radicalization first-hand. Sometimes it was monitored; sometimes a recruitment cell was infiltrated. As...
  • Ex-Clinton aide charged in Ark. prison smuggling

    08/12/2009 3:43:12 PM PDT · by managusta · 55 replies · 3,502+ views ^ | Aug 12,2009 | JON GAMBRELL
    <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A former chief of staff for Bill Clinton when he was Arkansas' governor has been charged with attempting to smuggle contraband goods into the state's death row.</p> <p>Betsey Wright, of Rogers, faces 51 felony charges stemming from her arrest May 22 at the state's Varner Unit. An Arkansas State Police report claims she attempted to smuggle in a box cutter, a pocket knife, tweezers and tattoo needles.</p>
  • Charles Manson has become the richest prisoner in California

    08/10/2009 2:49:26 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 21 replies · 1,483+ views
    the week ^ | 8.10.9
    "Feel-good nostalgia tells us that 1969 was the height of the hippie, warm-fuzzy era of peace and love," said Murray Whyte in the Toronto Star, but Charles Manson's "stamp on the culture is arguably deeper and more lasting" than even Woodstock's. Forty years ago, "puppetmaster" Manson orchestrated "a generation's defining criminal atrocity"the "Helter Skelter" killings in Los Angeles, Calif., during which director Roman Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was among those murdered. To this day, "legions of gawkers" still make a "macabre pilgrimage" to the scene of the crime. "Long after his capture and incarceration," said Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment...
  • Hundreds Hurt in 11-Hour California Prison Riot (Rec. Center West California Ins. for Men in Chino)

    08/09/2009 7:37:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies · 1,867+ views
    NY Times ^ | 8/09/09 | SOLOMON MOORE
    Hundreds Hurt in 11-Hour California Prison RiotSOLOMON MOORE Published: August 9, 2009 LOS ANGELES Rioting inmates smashed and burned a large California prison on Saturday night and Sunday morning, injuring 250 prisoners and hospitalizing 55. The 11-hour riot, at the Reception Center West at the California Institution for Men in Chino, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, broke down along racial lines, with black prison gangs fighting Latino gangs in hand-to-hand combat, the authorities said. No prison employees were injured, no deaths were reported, and no inmates escaped, state officials said. But 10 of the 33 prisons in...
  • Obese prisoner hides gun in his fat

    08/07/2009 4:34:06 PM PDT · by library user · 10 replies · 1,292+ views ^ | August 7, 2009 | Staff
    An obese jail inmate managed to hide a gun from authorities after he was arrested - because he was so overweight he could conceal it inside his rolls of fat. 500lb George Vera, 25, hid the pistol underneath his rolls of skin, wheer it remained undetected during five seperate searches. The 5ft 10in Vera was arrested by Houston police and taken to the city jail on suspicion of bootlegging CDs. A spokesman for the Houston Police Department, Kese Smith, confirmed that procedures call for a suspect to be searched upon arrest, twice at the city jail and once more upon...
  • California Scrambles to Prepare for Inmate Release [Government By Judicial Decree!]

    08/06/2009 9:41:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies · 736+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | August 06, 2009
    AUGUST 7, 2009 California Scrambles to Prepare for Inmate Release BOBBY WHITE and RYAN KNUTSON California state and local officials, already reeling from budget cuts and public-safety layoffs, are struggling with a federal order to release about 40,000 inmates to reduce prison overcrowding and bracing for the impact on their communities. State officials have said they will appeal the decision, but as a contingency are cobbling together proposals to comply with the order. At the same time, cash-strapped local governments in places such as Los Angeles and Fresno are grappling with how to monitor and support thousands of released inmates...
  • Sheriff's office puts offenders to work, saves county funds

    08/03/2009 9:39:41 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 7 replies · 378+ views
    The "Award Winning" Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | Updated 10:45 a.m., August 3, 2009 | Mary Ann Cavazos
    CORPUS CHRISTI — For offenders in Nueces County, serving time doesn’t always mean sitting in a jail cell. Many are sweating off their debt to society on the side of highways picking up trash, on county beaches and lending a hand to local nonprofits. The Alternative Incarcerations and Jail Industries programs were started in the 1980s to help with jail overcrowding. Since then, the idea has remained the same: take non-violent offenders, most of whom would otherwise have been sent to jail, and put them to work. Offenders only can end up in alternative incarcerations program through a judge’s order....
  • Nevada Supreme Court considers releasing Simpson

    08/03/2009 12:29:50 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 13 replies · 943+ views ^ | KEN RITTER
    A trio of Nevada Supreme Court justices is considering whether to let O.J. Simpson and a former golfing buddy out of prison while the full court reviews their convictions for a gunpoint hotel room heist.
  • Nevada Supreme Court considers releasing Simpson

    08/03/2009 12:00:26 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 11 replies · 801+ views
    State-Run Associated Press ^ | 8/3/09 | KEN RITTER
    LAS VEGAS (AP) - A trio of Nevada Supreme Court justices is considering whether to let O.J. Simpson and a former golfing buddy out of prison while the full court reviews their convictions for a gunpoint hotel room heist.
  • CHARLES MANSON'S SECRET PRISON BUSINESS (Has Become one of Richest Inmates)

    08/03/2009 11:55:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 1,827+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 2, 2009
    CHARLES Manson secretly runs an autograph business out of his cell, peddling his signature to sicko collectors of crime memorabilia, a new book claims. In "Five to Die," out this month from Thor Publishing, veteran journalist Ivor Davis claims the homicidal cult leader has become one of the richest inmates in the California corrections system by selling signed photos and other mementos he quietly smuggles out of Corcoran State Prison. "Only he doesn't even sign the pictures. He has fellow inmates doing an assembly line of signatures for him. It shows you he's still manipulating people. It really boggles the...

    08/03/2009 10:17:49 AM PDT · by Tamar Rush · 38 replies · 1,377+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | August 2, 2009 | Dr. Paul l. Williams
    Jumping Jailhouse Jihad!!! 90% of U. S. Converts Are African Americans - - 60% Converted in Prison Cells by Paul L. Williams CNN reports that more than 25% of the Muslims in America are converts who have embraced Islam in the wake of 9/11.The report conveys the impression that Islam now attracts adherents from all religious, social, economic and racial backgrounds through interviews with recent converts - - both white women - - Allison Poole, formerly a Southern Baptist, and Barbara Cartokuke, a lapsed Roman Catholic. Ms. Poole claims that Islam has heightened her religious awareness since she...
  • Prisons: What the governor proposes(California)

    07/23/2009 7:19:47 AM PDT · by laotzu · 11 replies · 656+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/23/09 | Chronicle Staff Report
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has outlined a plan to save $1.2 billion in prison spending. In all, the governor says, the plan would reduce the California prison population of 167,700 by about 27,000 inmates. Some details: Felony no more: Petty thefts, writing bad checks and receiving stolen property will no longer be charged as felonies. Vehicle thefts: Stealing a car won't automatically be considered a felony anymore. Grand theft: Stealing an item valued at more than $400 won't automatically be considered grand theft. Alternative custody: Certain prison inmates deemed low-risk offenders would be eligible to serve their sentences outside of prison....
  • Report: Bernard Madoff's Fellow North Carolina Inmates Looking to 'Smack Him Around'

    07/20/2009 3:39:16 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies · 1,109+ views
    Bernard Madoff's fellow inmates at a North Carolina federal prison where the Ponzi schemer arrived last week are discussing beating him up to boost their jailhouse reputations, The Post has learned.
  • PRISON COACH: MADOFF WILL BE FINE IN PRISON (the name of Madoff's game)

    07/16/2009 6:02:51 AM PDT · by Liz · 27 replies · 1,213+ views
    NY POST ^ | 7/15/09 | AP
    ..... a prison coach helped Madoff get ready for his 150-year sentence.... says the disgraced financier was not afraid of starting his term at a NC federal penitentiary....that Madoff was remorseful but composed when he met him. Madoff is not in danger at Butner, a "good facility" that is well-run and will get 300 minutes a month phone time. Madoff's investment advisory business was a multibillion-dollar scheme that wiped out thousands of investors and ruined charities.
  • Too sexy for prison: Officer who claims she was hounded out of job, inmates paid her compliments

    07/16/2009 7:29:49 AM PDT · by rawhide · 48 replies · 2,598+ views
    TheDaily Mail UK ^ | 7-16-09 | By Andy Dolan
    A prison officer claims she was hounded out of her job by repeated criticism for being 'too sexy' and 'glammed up'. Amitjo Kajla, 22, is demanding compensation from Justice Secretary Jack Straw. The 5ft officer told an employment tribunal how colleagues complained that she wore too much make-up and that her clothing was more revealing than the standard-issue uniform, which had to be adapted to her tiny size-four frame. One young inmate told her: 'Miss, you look sexy', prompting colleagues to warn the officer that her glamorous appearance left her at risk of being dragged into a cell. Another inmate...
  • Madoff arrives at N.C. prison

    07/14/2009 9:33:58 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 10 replies · 637+ views
    CNNMoney ^ | 7/14/09 | Aaron Smith
    Bernard Madoff, the convicted Ponzi mastermind, was transferred to a federal prison in Butner, N.C. on Tuesday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  • ACLU defends Bible passages in prison letters

    07/09/2009 10:13:46 AM PDT · by SteveJDM · 16 replies · 823+ views ^ | 7/9/2009 | Ellen Biltz
    ACLU pushes prison to stop cutting out Bible passages included in letters from the outside.
  • Bernard Madoff hires help to survive hard time(prison consultant to pick the best jail for him?)

    07/05/2009 2:17:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies · 1,484+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 07/04/09 | James Bone
    Bernard Madoff hires help to survive hard time (Bob Daemmrich/Polaris/eyevine) The 'Supermax' jail in Colorado where Madoff could find himself James Bone in New York Bernard Madoff has hired a veteran prison consultant to help him to find the best possible jail in which to serve his 150-year sentence for Wall Streets biggest fraud. After his sentencing this week Madoff, now Prisoner No 1727-054, met Herb Hoelter, of the National Centre for Institutions and Alternatives, whose previous clients include the jailed Sothebys chairman Alfred Taubman and the financiers Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky. The draconian maximum sentence imposed by the...
  • Mich. In Talks To Possibly Take Calif. Prisoners

    06/29/2009 6:30:12 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies · 621+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 29, 2009
    Mich. in talks to possibly take Calif. prisoners By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN Associated Press Writer Monday, Jun. 29, 2009 LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm sent a letter Monday to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger formally offering to house - for a fee - some of the Golden State's prison inmates. Michigan plans to close two prisons by the end of September: the Standish Maximum Correctional Facility about 145 miles northwest of Detroit and a medium-security prison in Muskegon, located in central Michigan. Michigan could save the jobs of about half of the 1,000 prison guards it plans to lay...
  • MI in talks about California Prisoners

    06/29/2009 3:27:24 PM PDT · by Kieri · 54 replies · 1,695+ views
    ClickOnDetriot ^ | 06/29/09 | Various
    LANSING, Mich. -- Empty Michigan prisons could become home to hundreds of California inmates if a deal can be struck. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm sent a letter Monday to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger formally offering space for some of the inmates California is running out of room to house to Michigan. Download: Ganholm Letter To Schwarzenegger Michigan plans to close two prisons by the end of September. They are the Standish Maximum Correctional facility about 145 miles northwest of Detroit and a medium-security prison in Muskegon, about 45 miles northwest of Grand Rapids. Michigan could save the jobs of about...
  • Jailhouse tribute for Michael Jackson: Filipino prisoners reprise cellblock 'Thriller' dance

    06/27/2009 1:17:56 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 1,922+ views
    nydailynews ^ | June 27th 2009, | Elizabeth Hays
    Michael Jackson's spirit lives on inside a Filipino jail. Tourists flocked to the prison in Cebu, south of Manila, Saturday for an elaborate tribute performed by hundreds of inmates in orange prison garb who became an Internet sensation in 2007 for their jailhouse "Thriller" performance.
  • Guess What's a Hot Commodity in Prison?

    06/25/2009 1:13:38 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 33 replies · 1,577+ views
    Voice of America News ^ | 06/24/2009 | Ted Landphair
    The coin of the realm in the Big House - as penitentiaries are inevitably called in prison films - isn't money. Prisoners make only a tiny amount for their labor and are not allowed other valuables. Instead, they gamble and barter for supplies using . . . cigarettes. A sign of the times in all federal, and many state, prisons But not so much in real life any more. Last year, pressured by health advocates, officials banned smoking - even in exercise yards - in the nation's 115 federal prisons. And state pens - even in places like Florida, where...
  • ACLU sues over prayer limits at federal prison in Terre Haute

    06/23/2009 2:45:00 PM PDT · by Military family member · 26 replies · 1,429+ views
    Tribune-Star ^ | June 23, 2009 | AP
    INDIANAPOLIS Two Muslim inmates held in a special unit at the U.S. prison in Terre Haute say they arent allowed to pray in groups as often as their religion commands and have asked a federal judge to ease limitations on worship imposed by the Bureau of Prisons. The prison in western Indiana houses several high-security inmates, including American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh, who is serving a 20-year sentence for aiding Afghanistans now-defunct Taliban government. The June 16 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana challenges limits on Islamic worship in the prisons restrictive Communications Management...
  • Sotomayor Overturned Prison Regulations to Allow Santeria-Practicing Convicts to Wear Beads

    06/22/2009 3:21:35 AM PDT · by Man50D · 7 replies · 892+ views ^ | June 22, 2009 | Fadia Galindo
    Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obamas nominee to the Supreme Court, told the State of New York in 1994 that it must allow prison inmates who practice Santeria to wear multi-colored beads. Santeria is a sect that combines African religious traditions with elements drawn from Roman Catholicism. In the case of Campos v. Coughlin , Sotomayor told state prison officials that their fear of a growing gang movement within the prison was less important than the right of Santeria faithful to wear religious beads. Then a Southern District of New York federal judge, Sotomayor claimed in Campos v. Coughlin that the...
  • American prisons save money by serving less food to inmates

    06/06/2009 6:59:17 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies · 972+ views
    cbc. ^ | June 5, 2009
    Prisons in some American states are taking advice to tighten their belts literally by slimming down the amount of food they serve to inmates. Prisoners in Georgia are now going without lunch three days in a row the Department of Corrections recently eliminated midday meals on Fridays in addition to weekends. Ohio is also considering two-meal weekend menus by serving brunch instead of breakfast. And other states are cutting back on the amount of milk and fresh fruit prisoners get. Prison officials in Georgia say inmates are still getting enough to eat because portions are bigger on two-meal days....
  • Gitmo inmates here? Congressional Delegation Differs In Opinion [Democrats Differ? Rochester Mn]

    06/06/2009 2:01:47 AM PDT · by Son House · 12 replies · 594+ views
    The Rochester Post-Bulletin ^ | 6/4/2009 | By Heather J. Carlson
    U.S. Rep. Tim Walz said on Wednesday he would support having Guantanamo Bay detainees housed at Rochester's Federal Medical Center as long as sufficient safeguards are met. "If all the procedures are in place as they have done with everyone else, if we're very clear on what the legal avenues are that these people have, I think our professionals there can handle it," said the First District Congressman from Mankato. But his view contrasts with Minnesota's only U.S. senator, who, like Walz, is a Democrat. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she is opposed to having any Guantanamo Bay detainees housed in...
  • Prison blues: States slimming down inmate meals

    06/05/2009 11:11:11 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 16 replies · 829+ views
    APnews ^ | 6/5/9 | Shannon McCaffrey
    ATLANTA (AP) - The recession is hitting home for inmates ...
  • Springfield to charge inmates $60 a night

    06/02/2009 12:15:36 PM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 26 replies · 790+ views
    Springfield (OR) ^ | April 21, 2009 | Andrea Damewood
    The rates have been set: A bed at the Springfield Municipal Jail is $60 a night.
  • Shooter Identified as Black Muslim (Abdul Mohammad) in fatal drive by in shooting of Army Recruiter

    06/01/2009 3:09:27 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 283 replies · 13,314+ views
    Live KARK ^ | 01 JUN 09 | dcbryan1
    Shooter identified himself as a muslim, Mr. Abdul Mohammad, formerly Mr. Bledsoe. previously of Memphis and Nashville. Recently converted to Islam while in Prison.Breaking live on LRPD press conference.

    05/30/2009 10:05:44 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 19 replies · 1,383+ views
    express. ^ | May 31,2009 | By Mike Parker
    JAILED music legend Phil Spector has posted a string of astonishing internet blogs before and after being sentenced to 19 years for murder. The producer, who has been allowed to keep a laptop computer and iPod in his cell at Los Angeles County Jail, has been rattling off revealing messages via the chat site Twitter. In them, Spector, 69, who was convicted by a retrial jury last month for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, tells how: The authorities took his wig; He has befriended a cockroach Im naming him Wilson and is playing air chess with him;...