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  • 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
    wnd.com ^ | 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
    nhregister.com ^ | 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
    foxnews.com ^ | 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
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 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
    StarTribune.com ^ | 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
    cbslocal.com ^ | 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.
  • Transsexual inmate to be examined by gender specialist

    09/03/2013 10:03:04 AM PDT · by kevcol · 21 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | August 29, 2013 | Jeff Sturgeon
    Virginia prison officials must grant transsexual inmate Ophelia De’lonta her wish to be examined by a gender specialist at the Buckingham Correctional Center, the all-male prison where she lives. U.S. District Court Judge James Turk announced his decision Wednesday. Turk said the exam, which De’lonta’s attorneys pledged she will pay for, is for valid legal discovery to support her ongoing lawsuit aimed at winning sex-reassignment surgery at state expense. . . . Brown said in a court filing that Virginia prison officials’ protocol for inmates with gender dysphoria is “grossly clinically inappropriate” and at least 10 years out of date,...
  • Freeing Inmates Is Criminal

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

    08/22/2013 8:24:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 98 replies
    NBC ^ | 8-22-2013
    “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me,” Manning said in a statement read during an exclusive TODAY show interview with lawyer David Coombs. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way I have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.” While Fort Leavenworth, the prison where Manning will serve her sentence, does not offer hormone therapy, Coombs told host Savannah Guthrie he would fight to ensure his client received the medical treatment she needed. He also said he and Manning...
  • Fontana slaying suspect hangs self in jail (Alejandro Padilla murder update)

    08/10/2013 12:44:22 PM PDT · by Bullish · 11 replies
    Inland Valley daily bulletin ^ | 8-9-2013 | Melissa Pinion-Whitt
    FONTANA -- One of two men suspected in the kidnapping and killing of a Fontana man committed suicide at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday, police said. San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies contacted Fontana police after Richard Gonzales, 18, of Fontana had apparently hanged himself in his cell at 6:50 p.m. "Deputies were notified by Gonzales' cell mate that he was hanging from a bed sheet and unresponsive," said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman. He was pronounced dead at 7:15 p.m. at San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland. Foul play is not suspected. It was...
  • ~Incarcerated Beauty~

    08/02/2013 9:18:19 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 22 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 August 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    More/video at Reaganite Republican... _______________________________________________ Inspiration via esteemed FReeper Ken5050 !
  • Anybody want to go to jail? Student Left in DEA Cell for Four Days to Get $4 Million

    07/31/2013 2:11:42 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 72 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/31/13
    The Justice Department has agreed to pay $4.1 million to a California college student left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell last year, according to two people familiar with the case. Daniel Chong was detained in an April 2012 drug raid in San Diego and left in a windowless holding cell for four days without food or water. He says he drank his own urine to stay alive. The people familiar with the case spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the settlement before it is officially announced. His attorney filed a $20 million claim against the government...
  • Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper Is Beaten 'Bloody' in Prison

    07/31/2013 4:19:57 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 62 replies
    http://thestir.cafemom.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | Kiri Blakeley
    The kidnapper serving life in prison for abducting Elizabeth Smart has reportedly been beaten to a bloody pulp in prison. Boo hoo, right? The source is the National Enquirer, so take this how you will. But I don't see why they'd make up something so odd. Anyway, Brian David Mitchell, who abducted Elizabeth when she was 14 and spent the next nine months raping her, has been serving his time in a high security prison in Tuscon, Arizona. Apparently, he's not popular there. Prisoners are known to look down on child molesters and rapists, and Mitchell is both. Add to...
  • 'Terror Lawyer' Lynne Stewart wants out of jail due to cancer

    07/30/2013 6:58:14 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 30 July 2013 | Rich Schapiro
    The 73-year-old attorney was sentence to 10 years in prison for helping her client Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman - who plotted to blow up New York City landmarks - send messages to terrorists in Egypt, and for perjury. Court papers filed say that Stewart only has 18 months to live her with her incurable cancer.
  • Celebrities join prison hunger strikers in protesting isolation

    07/29/2013 11:15:39 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 27 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 29, 2013 | Paige St. John
    Gloria Steinem, Jesse Jackson, Bonnie Raitt and Jay Leno have joined prison hunger strikers in calling for an end to California's use of solitary confinement to control prison gang violence. The civil rights crusaders, singer and late-night comedian are among those who signed a letter sent Monday to Gov. Jerry Brown. The letter calls isolation units "extensions of the same inhumanity practiced at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay." The letter to Brown, to be followed by a demonstration Tuesday at the Capitol, was arranged by the National Religion Campaign Against Torture and local supporters of the prison protesters. The organization,...
  • Obama Admin Quietly Releases Taliban Inmates From Gitmo To Open Peace Talks In Afghanistan

    07/29/2013 8:05:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/29/13 | AWR Hawkins
    Without an official announcement or any publicity, the Obama administration released five members of the Taliban from Gitmo in order to open peace talks in Afghanistan. Ynetnews.com reports that "a top U.S. official said the prisoners were released under the condition that they will not engage in any violent activity." The terror activity of those released is not in question. Rather, their release is intended as a gesture to get peace talks rolling between the U.S., Afghanistan, and the Taliban. Although this release is a stark departure from the standing U.S. policy of "zero tolerance [of] negotiations with terrorists and...
  • If The Supreme Court Doesn't Intervene, California Will Be Forced To Release Nearly 10,000 Inmates

    07/11/2013 8:25:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/11/2013 | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is making one final bid to delay a federal court order requiring the state to release nearly 10,000 inmates by year's end to improve conditions in California prisons. The administration on Wednesday asked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to delay the order forcing the state to immediately take steps to further reduce its prison population. If he refuses to intervene, the state has said it will begin freeing inmates to comply with the lower court order, which is intended to improve care for sick and mentally ill inmates. Kennedy oversees appeals from...
  • Michelle Obama: Being First Lady is like living in a ‘really nice prison’

    07/02/2013 8:56:47 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 34 replies
    Washington examiner ^ | 7/2/13 | BY CHARLIE SPIERING
    Michelle Obama: Being First Lady is like living in a ‘really nice prison’ BY CHARLIE SPIERING | JULY 2, 2013 AT 8:50 AM First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday described living in the White House as like being in a “really nice prison.” Obama’s comment came during her discussion with former First Lady Laura Bush at the African First Ladies Summit in Tanzania during an interview moderated by journalist Cokie Roberts. Roberts noted that Martha Washington, the first First Lady, also described living in the role as akin to being a state prisoner. Obama said she loved her job and...
  • Texas prepares to execute 500th inmate

    06/25/2013 4:18:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 37 replies
    KSN TV ^ | 6/25/2013 | The Associated Press
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death house at the Huntsville prison.“I remember thinking: We’re really going to do this. This is really going to happen,” says Willett, who was a captain for the Texas Department of Corrections.When the van pulled away early the next morning, it carried to a nearby funeral home the body of convicted killer Charlie Brooks, who had just become the first Texas prisoner executed since a Supreme Court ruling six years earlier allowed the...
  • ‘Sesame Street’ to teach kids about when Mommy goes to prison

    06/12/2013 9:47:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/12/13 | KATE SHEEHY
    It’s brought to you by the letter P — for prison. PBS’s “Sesame Street” is moving from ABCs and counting numbers to offering its young viewers a bigger lesson in life: how to cope when Mommy or Daddy lands behind bars. Called “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration,” the program is distributing “tool kits’’ to schools, community centers and even jails in 10 states — including New York — starting today to help kids ages 3 to 8, organizers said. According to one “tip’’ for caregivers, “Before you visit your incarcerated loved one, let your child know some of the things...
  • "My Dad Is in Jail" : Sesame Street Teaches Kids About America's Incarceration Epidemic

    06/11/2013 4:30:32 PM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 51 replies
    Reason ^ | June 10, 2013 | Mike Riggs
    The makers of Sesame Street decided to design and release an educational kit titled "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration." The kit is "an educational outreach initiative for families with children (ages 3 – 8) who are coping with a parent’s incarceration." Can you imagine telling a five-year-old about prison? "Our resources," say Sesame Streeters, "provide talking points and tools to help families manage the changes resulting from this situation and to find comfort in one another."
  • O.J. Simpson Wants Out Of Prison

    05/10/2013 9:34:56 AM PDT · by blam · 31 replies
    TBI ^ | 5=10-2013 | Erin Fuchs
    O.J. Simpson Wants Out Of Prison Erin FuchsMay 10, 2013 O.J. Simpson wants out of the clank. He hopes to achieve an early exit with a new trial after his 2008 conviction for bursting into a $35-a-night Las Vegas hotel room and stealing signed photos of himself and other sports memorabilia. The former NFL star — who was cleared of killing his ex-wife and her friend in 1995 — says his lawyer Yale Galanter screwed up the armed robbery case that resulted in a 33-year prison sentence, the Associated Press reported Friday. Simpson, who's now 65, will argue to a...
  • Cleveland’s Castro brothers ignore taunts during first night in jail

    05/08/2013 2:29:47 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 56 replies
    ny daily news ^ | 5/8/2013 | RICH SCHAPIRO , CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS
    The nasty taunts of fellow inmates didn’t stop the Castro brothers from sleeping like babies. The notorious siblings suspected of holding three young women hostage for a decade in a Cleveland home were housed Wednesday in separate cells — where they brushed off jailhouse insults. “They seem relaxed,” said a guard at the Central Prison Unit at the Cleveland Police Headquarters. “Mostly they’ve just been sleeping with their heads under the pillows like they don’t want to be bothered.” A fellow inmate said Ariel Castro, 52, owner of the house where the women were held in chains and ropes, was...
  • Ex-FLDS leader set to be paroled from Texas prison

    05/02/2013 6:08:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 5/2/2013
    A former top lieutenant to polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs who was sentenced last year to a decade in prison is scheduled to be released on parole next week, Texas prison officials said Thursday. Wendell Loy Nielsen, the former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was convicted in March 2012 on three counts of bigamy and given a 10-year prison term. Nielsen and 11 other FLDS members were indicted after a 2008 police raid at the church's remote West Texas compound, known as the Yearning for Zion ranch. He was accused of marrying three...
  • New Congressional Quest: End Prison Phone Call Price Gouging

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

    03/28/2013 1:58:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 88 replies
    cna ^ | March 28, 2013 | David Uebbing
    <p>Pope Francis kisses the foot of a young person at a detention facility on Holy Thursday 2013. Credit: CTV.</p> <p>Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly do the same for them because he is called to serve.</p>
  • CA: Capitalism's Last Stand - Start-Up Mania Hits San Quentin Prison as Inmates Turn Entrepreneurs

    02/25/2013 6:27:47 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 25 February 2013 | Daily Mail (U.K.)
    Start-up mania hits San Quentin prison as inmates turn entrepreneurs One by one, the entrepreneurs, clad in crisp blue jeans and armed with PowerPoint presentations, stood before a roomful of investors and tech bloggers to explain their dreams of changing the world. For these exuberant times in Silicon Valley, the scene was familiar; the setting, less so. With the young and ambitious flocking again to northern California to launch Internet companies, there were signs one recent morning that start-up mania has taken hold even behind the faded granite walls of California's most notorious prison. 'Live stream has gone mainstream. Mobile...
  • Fugitive Alberto Morales shot, killed near Grapevine Lake

    02/16/2013 6:22:06 AM PST · by ken in texas · 45 replies
    WFAA TV Web site ^ | Feb 16 2013 | JASON WHITELY
    GRAPEVINE — After an intensive four-day manhunt, fugitive Alberto Morales was shot and killed near Grapevine Lake late Friday night, according to Grapevine police. Morales — considered armed and extremely dangerous — had been at large after stabbing a Miami-Dade County detective with a pair of eyeglasses Monday night as he was in transit to Las Vegas for a trial.The violent escape happened in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Grapevine.
  • Immigrants Are Big Business for Private Prisons

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