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  • Jails refuse to hold criminal aliens for federal authorities

    10/17/2014 4:47:19 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/17/14 | William La Jeunesse
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  • 148 prisoners flee jail on Mexico-US border: report

    12/17/2010 10:59:59 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 17, 2010
    More than 140 prisoners escaped from a prison near the U.S. border on Friday, media said, the latest breach of Mexico's notoriously insecure jails that are helping to feed a violent drug war... on the outskirts of Nuevo Laredo across from Laredo, Texas. In September, 85 prisoners escaped from jail in the nearby border city of Reynosa. Authorities discovered in July that prison officials had allowed convicts out of jail in northwestern Durango state to carry out revenge attacks before returning to cells for the night.
  • Congress slashes subsidy for jailing illegal immigrants

    12/10/2009 8:05:39 AM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 716+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/10/9 | Rob Hotakainen
    WASHINGTON – California and other financially strapped states will lose tens of millions of federal dollars that they spend to jail illegal immigrants charged with crimes, under Congress' latest spending bill. The $1.1 trillion plan, finalized by House and Senate negotiators Tuesday night, combines six of the large yearly appropriations bills passed by Congress to keep the government running. State officials and members of the California congressional delegation had lobbied hard once again to increase aid to the states for the program, hoping to cash in on California's increased clout in Washington this year. But their efforts fell flat, with...
  • China Jails Environmentalist Wanted in U.S. (ELF ecoterrorist)

    11/28/2009 11:19:59 AM PST · by Stultis · 70 replies · 3,509+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 27, 2009 | Dan Levin
    DALI, China — Justin Franchi Solondz, an environmental activist from New Jersey who spent years evading charges of ecoterrorism in the United States by hiding out in China, was sentenced to three years in prison by a local court on Friday on charges of manufacturing drugs in this backpacker haven. After serving his time, Mr. Solondz, 30, who is on the F.B.I.’s wanted list, will be deported to the United States, where he faces charges stemming from what the authorities say was his role in an arson rampage that destroyed buildings in three western states as a member of a...
  • Montana AG launches probe of jail deal (Hardin and the American Police Force )

    10/01/2009 8:41:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies · 1,691+ views
    Missoulian ^ | Thursday, October 1, 2009 6:45 pm | MATTHEW BROWN
    In this Friday, Sept. 24, 2009 picture, Albert Peterson with the Two Rivers Authority stands outside an empty jail that Hardin, Mont. built for $27 million. The authority wants a California security company, American Police Force, to take over the facility. Michael Hilton pitched himself to the city as a military veteran turned private sector entrepreneur - a California defense contractor with extensive government contracts who promised to turn the rural city's empty jail into a cash cow. But now a much different picture of Hilton is emerging from public documents and interviews with his associates and legal adversaries. (AP...
  • Colombian prisoners strain D.C. Jail; City seeks federal funds for security

    07/03/2009 10:45:31 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 388+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2009-07-02 | Gary Emerling
    Two of the District's top law enforcement officials are warning that dozens of federal prisoners with ties to Colombian rebel groups and international drug rings are a threat to security at the D.C. Jail and pose a risk of escape into the surrounding neighborhood. The concerns have led city officials to ask the federal government for more money to provide security for the increasing numbers of prisoners, who are being held at the District's corrections campus in Southeast. Devon Brown, director of the D.C. Department of Corrections (DOC), outlined concerns about such prisoners in a U.S. District Court filing last...
  • U.S. plans to check immigration status of people in local jails

    05/19/2009 11:41:05 AM PDT · by wolfcreek · 34 replies · 1,049+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5.18.2009 | Spencer S. Hsu
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is expanding a program initiated by President George W. Bush aimed at checking the immigration status of virtually every person booked into local jails. In four years, the measure could result in a tenfold increase in deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants who have been convicted of crimes, according to current and former U.S. officials.
  • Closure of youth jails proposed in cash-strapped Sacramento County

    04/17/2009 3:47:00 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies · 321+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/17/09 | Andy Furillo
    Sacramento County probation officials have proposed shutting down their two main youth jails for convicted juvenile offenders, a budget move that carries potentially drastic implications for public safety. The Probation Department's proposal to close the Sacramento County Boys Ranch and the Warren E. Thornton Youth Center is part of a $37.4 million cost-saving measure that also includes a proposal to eliminate 247 jobs. The proposals still have to be sent through the county executive's office and be approved by the Board of Supervisors. Laid out in response to the county's projected $187 million budget deficit for the next fiscal year,...
  • Homeland secretary wants criminal aliens out of US

    01/29/2009 3:21:28 PM PST · by SmithL · 39 replies · 1,467+ views
    AP via SacBee ^ | 1/29/8 | EILEEN SULLIVAN - Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON -- If you're a criminal and you're not entitled to be in the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants you out of the country. Napolitano wants what she calls "criminal aliens" off American streets. She is looking at existing immigration enforcement programs to see if taxpayers are getting the most bang for their buck. "That sounds very simple, but it's historically not been done," Napolitano said, speaking to reporters and senior Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials Thursday. About 113,000 criminals who were in the U.S. illegally were deported last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The agency...
  • Lakeview man gets 10 years for almost 7,500 pot plants

    12/16/2008 10:36:28 PM PST · by MovementConservative · 40 replies · 3,554+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | Tuesday December 16, 2008, 4:43 PM | by Lynne Terry
    A jury sentenced a Lakeview man to 10 years in prison for growing nearly 7,500 marijuana plants. Andrew Stever, 40, was sentenced on Monday after a three-day trial in the Federal District Court in Medford.Ten years is the mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of growing 1,000 or more pot plants. In July 2007, officers from several local, state and federal agencies found 7,459 plants growing on Stever's Lakeview property, which bordered Forest Service land. Two men fled the scene, leaving behind personal property and three firearms, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Portland. Physical evidence and testimony linked...
  • Ga. judge jails Muslim woman over head scarf

    12/17/2008 10:34:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,137+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/08 | Dionne Walker - ap
    ATLANTA – A Muslim woman arrested for refusing to take off her head scarf at a courthouse security checkpoint said Wednesday that she felt her human and civil rights were violated. A judge ordered Lisa Valentine, 40, to serve 10 days in jail for contempt of court, said police in Douglasville, a city of about 20,000 people on Atlanta's west suburban outskirts.
  • Islamofascism and the Quorum Court

    09/28/2008 11:55:42 AM PDT · by Righting · 166+ views
    arktimes ^ | 09,08
    Islamofascism and the Quorum Court Phil Wyrick has done it. He's found a way to work 9/11 into the race for Pulaski County judge. WYRICK NEWS RELEASE Little Rock- Last night the Pulaski County Quorum Court passed 14-0 to appropriate $150,000 to repair the roof covering two pods in the jail. The money for the roof repair came from a safety fund that was set up to make the jail usable again. Phil Wyrick, who is a candidate for the Pulaski County Judge in the General Election commenting on the appropriation said, "I would like to thank the Members of...
  • A Surprising Story on Crime ( George Will )

    06/22/2008 6:31:08 AM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 183+ views ^ | June 22, 2008 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- Listening to political talk requires a third ear that hears what is not said. Today's near silence about crime probably is evidence of social improvement. For many reasons, including better policing and more incarceration, Americans feel, and are, safer. The New York Times has not recently repeated such amusing headlines as "Crime Keeps on Falling, But Prisons Keep on Filling" (1997), "Prison Population Growing Although Crime Rate Drops" (1998), "Number in Prison Grows Despite Crime Reduction" (2000) and "More Inmates, Despite Slight Drop in Crime" (2003). If crime revives as an issue, it will be through liberal complaints...
  • Male kid lockups ordered to gender-bend clothes regulations (NY)

    06/20/2008 8:08:30 PM PDT · by Coleus · 40 replies · 639+ views
    ny daily news ^ | 06.17.08 | KENNETH LOVETT
    The state has quietly ordered male-only juvenile detention centers to keep bras and panties in stock for transgendered delinquents - angering many jail staffers.   Each facility must stock a dozen bra and panties of each size in case it is requested, employees said and agency officials confirmed.  Girls' centers also must stock men's underwear.Two longtime employees of the agency ripped the policy, saying they fear it promotes an alternative lifestyle in order to accommodate a miniscule population.   "People are appalled," one employee said. "The vast majority of kids in here don't fit the category and want nothing to do with...
  • Record-high ratio of Americans in prison

    02/28/2008 9:14:44 AM PST · by Slapshot68 · 51 replies · 680+ views
    " For the first time in history, more than one in every 100 American adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report tracking the surge in inmate population and urging states to rein in corrections costs with alternative sentencing programs."
  • China jails Muslim separatist

    04/19/2007 6:42:41 AM PDT · by bedolido · 8 replies · 554+ views
    Aljazeera ^ | 4-19-2007 | staff writer
    China has sentenced a Muslim activist to life in prison for taking part in "terrorist activities and plotting to split the country". The Chinese court ruled on Thursday that Huseyin Celil was a member of the East Turkestan Liberation Organisation and said that he was guilty of helping Chinese Muslims to travel to Pakistan for military training.China's security services regularly crack down on activists in Xinjiang province [GALLO/GETTY]
  • Feds deploying more officers to jails to catch illegal immigrants

    01/28/2007 3:57:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 704+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/28/07 | Gillian Flaccus - ap
    Juan Martinez was looking forward to returning to his construction job after finishing a monthlong sentence for violating probation on drug charges. But when he was finally released from the Orange County jail, he was met by immigration agents - not his mother. The 23-year-old illegal immigrant was set to be deported with $68 in his pocket and few prospects. "I just probably won't come back," he said about being sent to Tijuana, Mexico. "If I do, I'll keep coming back to prison and I don't want that." Martinez is among tens of thousands of illegal immigrants being identified at...
  • Private prisons, public questions

    01/17/2007 5:06:11 PM PST · by A. Pole · 3 replies · 441+ views
    The New Mexican ^ | January 13, 2007 | Steve Terrell
    New Mexico's use of jails run by companies is the highest in the country -- and rising -- but do they live up to their promises?New Mexico leads the nation on another list: We're No. 1 in using private prisons to house inmates. The latest U.S. Justice Department statistics, published in a study called Prisons in 2005, showed 43 percent of New Mexico prisoners were in private lockups. That's well ahead of the 6 percent national rate for privately held state prison inmates. And the percentage in New Mexico is bound to rise even higher in the near future. Cells...
  • In jail and in danger (LA Jails More Dangerous Than Gitmo)

    12/17/2006 8:43:22 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 22 replies · 1,133+ views
    LA Times ^ | 17 December 2006 | Stuart Pfeifer and Robin Fields, Times Staff Writers
    Violence has left 14 dead and hundreds hurt since 2000 in L.A. County lockups. Critics fault the sheriff's efforts On a Tuesday in October 2003, Ki Hong entered Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles to serve a five-day sentence for soliciting a prostitute. He didn't survive two hours. Three members of a Korean gang instantly spotted Hong, 34, who authorities allege was a member of a rival gang. The trio had broad freedom to roam the jail because sheriff's deputies had given them jobs as inmate workers — jobs for which they, awaiting trial on murder charges, should have...
  • Calif. Prisons Drop Worker Safety Checks

    11/12/2006 11:13:39 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies · 442+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | Sunday, November 12, 2006 | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California prisons quietly halted what was supposed to be a sweeping review of employee safety spurred by a guard's stabbing death last year, officials said in response to a records request from The Associated Press. Just seven of the expected 41 evaluations were completed before the first-in-the-nation program was abruptly ended after Corrections Secretary Roderick Hickman resigned in frustration in February, officials said after months of inquiries. The disclosure came in the past week as the prison system's new administration counters criticism from state lawmakers and federal judges who have complained that inmates often live in...
  • CYFD Warned of Jail Closing (NM-Richardson appointee)

    10/07/2006 4:15:59 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 285+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | October 6, 2006 | Leann Holt
    When a maximum-security jail for dangerous juveniles closed just over two years ago, some legislators, law enforcement personnel and juvenile corrections employees sounded alarms. Putting violent, predatory teens into general jail populations was dangerous for everyone, they argued, especially teens who were incarcerated for lesser offenses. Now, after two alleged sexual assaults within days at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in Albuquerque, the alarms are growing louder. Ed Abreu, superintendent of the New Mexico Boys' School, is speaking out for the first time about the violence... Abreu, who has been in juvenile corrections for 25 years, said he decided...
  • Where Are The Secret Jails, The EU Demands

    09/07/2006 7:05:15 PM PDT · by blam · 115 replies · 1,766+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-9-2006 | Alec Russell
    Where are secret jails, the EU demands By Alec Russell in Washington (Filed: 08/09/2006) European politicians yesterday called on Washington to reveal the sites of the CIA's secret prisons after President George W Bush's admission that terrorist prisoners had been held in clandestine foreign jails. As Mr Bush hit the road to sell Wednesday's revelation of the "black sites" to the American public as a victory for his anti-terrorist policies, European politicians stepped up the pressure for further details. "The location of these prison camps must be made public," said Wolfgang Kreissl-Dörfler, a member of the European Parliament's committee investigating...
  • July 1st Nationwide Rally and Boycott to Stop Illegal Immigration

    06/05/2006 2:35:25 AM PDT · by michellena · 10 replies · 889+ views
    U.S.A. Citizen Day ^ | 6/1/2006 | Citizen Day
    Nationwide Rally to Stop Illegal Immigration on Saturday, July 1st, at noon, at every City HallOn May 1st - Million of Illegal Aliens Marched in our StreetsTwelve million illegal aliens demonstrated their political power, and declared May 1st to be A Day Without Undocumented Workers ( illegal aliens ). They boycotted the USA, all US businesses and institutions. Millions of them marched in our streets, carried Mexican flags, shouted "Si se puede!", and demanded new laws from our Congress. On July 1st - U.S. Citizens Nationwide Rally and BoycottRally to stop the invasion by millions of illegal aliens. 1-Day boycott...
  • Slain Detective Helped My Son When the System Wouldn’t

    05/16/2006 5:43:31 PM PDT · by maine-iac7 · 4 replies · 483+ views, Bangor Daily News ^ | Saturday, May 13, 2006 | Pete Earley Special to The Washington Post
    WASHINGTON — Fairfax County, Va., Police Detective Vicky Armel, who was murdered Monday during a shooting rampage by a troubled teen-ager, had helped people with severe mental illnesses. I know because she helped my son. Four years ago, I rushed my college-age son to a Fairfax Hospital emergency room only to be turned away. Although Mike was delusional and had been hospitalized twice before for treatment of bipolar disorder, a doctor said he was not sick enough — yet. (snip) I was told to bring my son back after he hurt himself or me. Forty-eight hours later... (snip) I have...
  • DNA-test delay after rape helps suspect [Guilty man goes free]

    04/02/2006 7:48:47 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 41 replies · 814+ views
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 2, 2006 | Stephen Hudak
    Jury foreman Mark Gessner burst from the courtroom seething about the weak case prosecutors waged against a trucker accused of raping a 13-year-old runaway in his rig... Jurors had reluctantly acquitted Kenneth Malcom Robinson after a daylong trial Jan. 19, blaming crucial omissions in a prosecution that could have put the thrice-convicted felon in prison for 60 years. Court-ordered DNA tests were never completed, the trucker's alleged confession to police was not recorded and detectives had failed to locate a man Robinson implicated on the witness stand. "We didn't want to do what we did, but we didn't really have...
  • Guantanamo 'better than Belgian jails'

    03/06/2006 2:43:58 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 16 replies · 600+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 7 March 2006
    INMATES at Guantanamo Bay prison are treated better than in Belgian jails, an expert for Europe's biggest security organisation said today after a visit to the controversial US detention centre in Cuba. But Alain Grignard, deputy head of Brussels' federal police anti-terrorism unit, said holding people for many years without telling them what would happen to them is in itself "mental torture". "At the level of the detention facilities, it is a model prison, where people are better treated than in Belgian prisons," said Mr Grignard. He served as expert on a visit to Guantanamo Bay last week by a...
  • Jail Riots Illustrate Racial Divide in California

    02/21/2006 9:30:01 AM PST · by GarySpFc · 39 replies · 1,649+ views ^ | 2/21/2006 | John Pomfret
    LOS ANGELES -- A series of deadly racial attacks in the jails of this sprawling metropolis has cast a spotlight on long-simmering but little-discussed tensions between a shrinking black presence and an ascendant Latino one in California. In almost every arena of public life -- schools, politics, hospitals, housing and the workplace -- African Americans and Hispanics are engaged in an edgy competition, according to interviews with teachers, students, politicians, researchers, government officials, civil rights lawyers, street cops and businesspeople. :::snip::: Channa Cook, a teacher at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, said that even in her school, routinely...
  • New program in Texas jails illegal immigrants

    01/13/2006 9:05:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1,346+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/13/06 | Tim Gaynor
    EAGLE PASS, Texas (Reuters) - A pilot program that jails all illegal immigrants crossing into this Texas border town from Mexico has led to a dramatic fall in numbers attempting the journey, the U.S. Office of Border Patrol said on Friday. A program known as Operation Streamline II, instituted on December 12, is aimed mostly at non-Mexican illegal immigrants who were arrested and released because Border Patrol agents did not have sufficient space to jail them. The blanket crackdown is also being applied to undocumented Mexicans who were previously subject to criminal background checks and released back over the Rio...
  • CA: Budget to outline inmate transfer - Thousands of women to move to drug treatment centers.

    01/09/2006 11:20:48 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 6 replies · 402+ views
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | January 8, 2006 | Paige Austin
    State leaders this week are considering a proposal to get control of California's bulging prison population. Officials with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Gov. Schwarzenegger's budget, to be released Tuesday, will outline plans to shift hundreds and possibly thousands of female inmates out of prison cells and into community-based drug treatment centers. Though releasing few details, officials said the plans will significantly impact the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, which would become a prison for men instead of housing men and women as it does now. Of the Norco prison's 775 female inmates, 500 would be transferred to...
  • With Jails Bulging, Some Sheriffs Let Inmates Go Early

    12/05/2005 5:32:05 AM PST · by Brilliant · 21 replies · 574+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | December 5, 2005 | GARY FIELDS
    BEND, Ore. -- Ben Peles was lying on a bunk in a two-man cell at the Deschutes County Jail here when the intercom squawked his name. Sheriff's deputies told him to roll up his stuff and prepare to leave. Mr. Peles, a 26-year-old air-conditioner installer, was taken aback. He had landed in jail only 10 hours earlier to start serving a two-week sentence for possession of methamphetamine and theft... Mr. Peles's unexpected freedom walk is becoming a regular ritual at jails and prisons in Oregon and at least half a dozen other states... The brunt of such decisions often falls...
  • CA: No thieves, drug dealers, burglars in San Bernardino County jails

    10/26/2005 8:34:19 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 9 replies · 426+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Oct. 26, 2005 | Associated Press
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - In an effort to ease jailhouse overcrowding, Sheriff Gary Penrod has stopped booking thieves, drug dealers, burglars and other nonviolent suspects into San Bernardino County jails. Penrod's temporary solution means drug dealers arrested with as much as 24 pounds of illegal narcotics could be set free as long as they promise to appear in court. "As you well know, I am committed to keeping our communities as safe as possible, and it is deeply troubling to have to make these changes," Penrod wrote in an Oct. 19 memorandum announcing the change. As part of the new...
  • U.S. Tech Firms Help Governments Censor Internet (Iran & China included)

    07/18/2005 5:13:46 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 16 replies · 839+ views
    Fox News ^ | By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — Free speech advocates are frustrated with a host of American companies they say have been collaborating with oppressive regimes in countries like China, Iran and Saudi Arabia, to help them filter and monitor the Internet activity of their citizens. Big technology names like Microsoft, Yahoo! and Cisco have been criticized roundly in recent years for providing foreign governments with the tools they need to crack down on Internet use, but critics say they have not been able to do much more than complain. "These companies' lack of ethics is extremely worrisome," said Lucie Morillon, the Washington representative of...
  • Nigeria jails woman in bank scam case ($242 million)

    07/16/2005 4:02:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1,067+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/16/05 | Dulue Mbachu - AP
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - A court convicted a Nigerian woman of helping defraud a Brazilian bank of $242 million in the West African country's biggest international fraud case. Amaka Anajemba was convicted Friday, sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison and ordered to give up $25.5 million in cash and assets - including houses in Nigeria, the United States, Britain and Switzerland - to help repay the bank. According to court papers, Anajemba helped her late husband in a fraud ring that tricked a top employee of the Brazilian bank into siphoning millions to overseas accounts on the promise of...
  • Chicago's Dirty Secret

    06/17/2005 4:57:00 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 40 replies · 1,531+ views
    Over the last two decades, Chicago, Illinois has earned the reputation of having one of the highest rates of police coerced false confessions in the United States. Many documented cases involved the use of unusually brutal tactics, including electric shock, beatings and using a plastic bag to restrict oxygen. The problem got so out of hand that the Chicago Police Department was forced to conduct an internal investigation to weed out corrupt officers who were known to conduct cruel interrogations.
  • Final OK near for jail funds (Bill would repay for criminal immigrants stay)

    06/16/2005 9:15:49 AM PDT · by Smogger · 5 replies · 251+ views
    The Daily Bulletin ^ | 06/16/2005 | Brenda Gazzar
    Rep. David Dreier's effort to expand the federal program that reimburses state and local governments for jailing undocumented criminal immigrants passed a major hurdle this week. An amendment, sponsored by the Glendora Republican, to increase the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program by $50 million a year to $405 million was added to a large spending bill Tuesday. The bill is expected to be approved today by the House of Representatives. "The California taxpayers, people in the counties, should not have to shoulder the costs of incarceration of criminals in this country illegally," Dreier said, adding that the federal government has...
  • L.A. jails to use tags to track inmates

    05/15/2005 8:20:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 432+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/15/05 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Los Angeles said Sunday they will begin tracking inmates in the nation's largest jail system using new radio-linked wristbands to pinpoint their location within a few feet. Los Angeles County plans to spend $1.5 million to tag about 1,900 inmates in one unit of the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, beginning early next year. If it works well, the program may be expanded to the 6,000 inmates at the county's central jail and then to other facilities, said Marc Klugman, chief of the sheriff's department's Correctional...
  • CA: As Private Jails Reopen, Critics See Long Arm of the Lobbyists

    01/21/2005 8:40:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 258+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/21/05 | Dan Morain
    SACRAMENTO — The Schwarzenegger administration has quietly moved to reopen two private prisons a year after mothballing them — and after a company that stands to profit retained consultants close to the governor and his inner circle. Administration officials attribute the reversal to an unexpected rise in the number of prisoners. Prisons Department critics point to the private prison company's lobbying. The administration has decided to reopen two facilities, one of which is a 224-bed prison in the Central Valley town of McFarland. A Florida company ran the McFarland facility for 15 years until Dec. 31, 2003, when the state...
  • Why the Jails Didn’t Explode (Complimentary 1999 article on our new Homeland Security Secretary)

    12/03/2004 11:42:37 AM PST · by Stoat · 10 replies · 895+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring, 1999 | Frank Straub, Paul E. O'Connell
    Crime & Punishment:Why the Jails Didn’t Explode Frank Straub, Paul E. O'Connell    Five years ago, Gotham’s jails looked like they were ready to explode with violence. At Rikers Island—the democratic world’s largest penal complex, with ten facilities sprawling across 490 acres of concrete and razor ribbon—“a full-scale riot [was] . . . only one dis, one argument, one short-tempered outburst away,” as New York magazine then put it. And then, as Mayor Giuliani got tough on crime, even more prisoners crowded into the already-packed jails; the 110,410 inmates who went through the system in 1994 increased 20 percent,...
  • China jails candidate in Hong Kong elections

    08/17/2004 9:06:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 434+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Tuesday, August 17, 2004 | Keith Bradsher NYT
    HONG KONG An already heated legislative election campaign here has taken an unexpected turn with an announcement by the Democratic Party that one of its candidates has been arrested in mainland China and sentenced without trial to six months in detention. The candidate, Alex Ho, was arrested on Thursday at a hotel room in the nearby city of Dongguan and held without access to a lawyer or family members until he signed a confession that he had hired a prostitute, Fred Li, a senior Democratic Party member of the Legislative Council, said on Tuesday evening. . Li said that Ho...
  • Egypt Jails Britons For Spreading Islamist Propaganda

    03/25/2004 7:09:32 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 137+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-26-2004 | David Blair
    Egypt jails Britons for spreading Islamist propaganda By David Blair in Cairo (Filed: 26/03/2004) Cries of "Allah akbar" (God is great) rang through an Egyptian courtroom yesterday as three Britons were sentenced to five years in jail for spreading the propaganda of a banned Islamist group. Ian Nisbet, 29, Maajid Nawaz, 26, and Reza Pankhurst, 28, were among 25 defendants herded into a cage of wire mesh in the dock of Cairo's high court. When the judge convicted all the men on every charge they rose as one and punched the air in jubilation, hugging one another and bellowing their...
  • Making Jails Safe for Violent Criminals

    06/10/2003 7:25:21 AM PDT · by bedolido · 159+ views ^ | 06/10/03 | Paul Walfield
    No doubt California is not the state that would come to mind first when anyone has thought about tough-on-crime state governments, at least not since Ronald Reagan was governor, way back when. There was a time when “officer safety” was paramount and it was understood that virtually any, even remotely, reasonable action that would ensure the safety of a peace officer would be implemented as part of a policy when dealing with suspects. Not anymore. Nowadays, it appears that the folks up in Sacramento have a balancing act going. Officer safety concerns are now outweighed by how much money the...
  • Privatization of jail concerns prison official

    08/16/2002 8:20:18 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 2 replies · 285+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Friday, August 16, 2002 | Johnny Brannon
    <p>State public safety director Ted Sakai said he has strong reservations about allowing a private company to operate a new jail planned for Halawa Valley, but that the facility is sorely needed to replace the O'ahu Community Correctional Center in Kalihi.</p>
  • Two-Thirds of Former State Prisoners Rearrested for Serious New Crimes

    06/03/2002 8:13:44 PM PDT · by vannrox · 4 replies · 363+ views
    U.S. Newswire ^ | 2 Jun 16:30 2002 | Editorial Staff
    DOJ: Two-Thirds of Former State Prisoners Rearrested U.S. Newswire 2 Jun 16:30 Two-Thirds of Former State Prisoners Rearrested for Serious NewCrimesTo: National Desk Contact: U.S. Dept. of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 202-307-0784; After hours contact: Stu Smith, 301-983-9354, WASHINGTON, June 2 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Sixty-seven percent of former inmates released from state prisons in 1994 committed at least one serious new crime within the following three years, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. This was a rearrest rate 5 percent higher than that among prisoners released during 1983. State prisoners with the...
  • County inmate hangs himself: Officials will change design of beds used in 3 apparent suicides.

    03/28/2002 1:08:44 PM PST · by let freedom sing · 8 replies · 372+ views | Thursday, March 28, 2002 | Ralph Montaño -- Bee Staff Writer
    Sacramento County jail inmate was found hanged in his cell Wednesday, the third apparent suicide this year in which an inmate used a small hole in a bunk bed to help end his life. Sheriff's officials said they are now changing the design of the top bunk in hundreds of cells to prevent further deaths. "We are plugging them now," Sacramento County Sgt. James Lewis said. "We are expediting the process, but it is not an overnight fix." It was not clear how many bunks need to be plugged and how long that process will take. The holes, which measure...
  • Sacramento jail inmate hangs himself, sheriff says

    03/27/2002 11:21:51 AM PST · by let freedom sing · 13 replies · 557+ views ^ | Wednesday, March 27, 2002 | Bee Metro Staff
    <p>A Sacramento County jail inmate hanged himself, the Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.</p> <p>The death was listed as a suicide, the fifth inmate suicide and the ninth inmate death in the jail in last 11 months.</p> <p>The inmate, who was being held on drug-related charges, was found hanging from the upper bunk of his cell at about 12:28 a.m. Wednesday, the sheriff said in a news release.</p>