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  • The Prison Called Cuba

    04/20/2015 9:25:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/20/15 | Al Caruba
    Cuba: Utterly failed economic and social system that can only stay in power by jailing or executing anyone who resists We are told we need to feel sympathy for the Cuban people who have suffered from a U.S. embargo and lack of diplomatic recognition. That ignores a long history of oppression in Cuba no matter who was in charge. Prior to Fidel Castro, Cubans were in the grip of Flugencio Batista who overthrew the existing government in September 1933 and then dominated Cuban politics for the next 25 years until Castro’s revolutionary movement took control of the capitol in January...
  • WORLD EXCLUSIVE! BLAGO: BEHIND BARS & GOING BONKERS!

    04/12/2015 8:12:13 AM PDT · by PROCON · 48 replies
    nationalenquirer.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | NATIONAL ENQUIRER staff
    Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has suffered a breakdown behind bars – and his famous mop top is now a dazzling snow white! These extraordinary world exclusive photos – snapped by a jailhouse snitch and obtained by The National ENQUIRER – dramatically show how America’s most celebrated political inmate has gone loopy during his three years locked away at a Colorado correctional facility. “He doesn’t really socialize and is very paranoid of everyone,” The ENQUIRER’s spy said. Somber Blagojevich – federal inmate No. 40892-424 – whiles away his days bizarrely babbling about President Barack Obama and vowing that...
  • Rand Paul is serious about ending mass incarceration ("Expanding welfare for ex-prisoners")

    04/08/2015 2:39:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Vox ^ | April 7, 2015 | Dara Lind
    Rand Paul has quickly sanded down some of the unorthodox positions that separated him from most of his Republican colleagues as he heads into campaign season. He's recently proposed increasing defense spending rather than decreasing it, for example, and reversing his earlier support for "judicial activism." At the same time, there's at least one space where he's strengthened an unorthodox policy position: reducing mass incarceration. Paul isn't the only Republican senator who's interested in reducing mass incarceration — Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz have also been vocal on the issue. Paul is different in two ways. First, he's willing...
  • Florida teen beaten after molesting man's 11-year-old son sentenced to 25 years

    04/05/2015 2:50:26 PM PDT · by PROCON · 53 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | April 3, 2015 | David Boroff
    A Florida teen who was pummeled by an enraged father after he was caught sexually abusing the man's 11-year-old son was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Raymond Frolander, 18, pleaded no contest to lewd and lascivious molestation of a child in Volusia County court on Thursday. With the plea deal, Frolander avoided a life sentence but will be electronically monitored and go on the sex offender list after he gets out of prison, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. “He’s going to learn in the next 25 years why I let him live,” the father told the newspaper following...
  • Rat Crime ... Kansas Thug Gets 11 Years for Stealing Wedding Ring Off of Dying Woman at Taco Bell

    04/04/2015 1:46:21 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 92 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | March 31, 2015 | AMY RENEE LEIKER
    Man who stole wedding ring off dying woman’s finger at Taco Bell sentenced to 11 years A Wichita man will spend more than 11 years in prison for stealing a wedding ring and other items from a woman who was dying from a brain aneurysm in a Taco Bell drive-through in December 2013. Sedgwick County District Judge Christopher Magana ordered Daquantrius Johnson to serve the 136-month term consecutive to other sentences he received for crimes committed while on felony probation in a 2013 burglary case. The sentences in those cases totaled 111 months, which means Johnson, 21, will be incarcerated...
  • Steep Costs of Inmate Phone Calls Are Under Scrutiny

    03/30/2015 7:24:01 AM PDT · by edwinland · 104 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MARCH 30, 2015 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
    Since the Pennsylvania police arrested Anthony Kofalt last March for walking out of a Walmart with 21 boxes of Crest White Strips he had not paid for, his wife, Heather, has spent $3,000 — about $60 a week — on phone calls to the prisons and jails where he has been held. The cost of a 15-minute call is $12.95, although Mr. Kofalt is in a prison only a few hours’ drive from his wife’s home in Franklin, Pa. The cost for a similar non-prison call would be about 60 cents. And every time Ms. Kofalt deposits $25 into the...
  • Britain's first gay prison wedding takes place as killers make history by tying knot behind bars

    03/28/2015 3:28:48 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | 28 March 2015 | Lucy Thornton
    Mikhail Ivan Gallatinov, 40 and his fellow male inmate Marc Goodwin, 31, tied the knot in the children's play alcove at their prison's visitor centre
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves federal prison for halfway house

    03/26/2015 8:37:10 AM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | March 26, 2015 | CARYN ROUSSEAU
    CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from an Alabama federal prison early Thursday, two years after pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items, his father said. The Rev. Jesse Jackson described his son's release from the minimum security federal prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, as a "joyous reunion" and said the younger Jackson was doing "very well."
  • Whistle-blower: State Dept. Employees Who Don’t Sign Separation Agreement Face ‘Dire Consequences’

    03/22/2015 9:17:44 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 03/22/2015 | Chris Enloe
    According to the Daily Caller, not signing the “formal separation agreement” (OF-109) upon departing employment at the State Department can have “dire consequences.”These comments come from well known State Department security agent and whistle-blower, Richard Higbie: “Ramifications for lower-level State Department employees include the withholding of retirement benefits and possible investigations conducted by the agency into why employees declined to sign the form, whistle-blower Richard Higbie says.” Per the State Department’s own rules, employees leaving the agency must sign the OF-109 document, certifying that turned over any and all documents in their possession related to any State Department business.If what...
  • Search For Missing Black Man Leads to Body Hanging in Mississippi Woods

    03/20/2015 6:35:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/19/15 | M Alex Johnson
    Federal authorities are investigating the grisly discovery of the body of a man found hanging by a bed sheet Thursday morning... Local officers were searching for Otis James Byrd, a 54-year-old black man, who vanished on March 2. ....it remained unclear whether the death was a homicide or a suicide, but he confirmed that the man "had a bed sheet tied around his neck." ....Byrd spent just over 25 years in prison for the Feb. 1980 murder of Lucille Trim in Claiborne County, according to Mississippi Department of Corrections records cited by the Clarion-Ledger newspaper. The records show he robbed...
  • The Scientist Who Wanted To Bring A Death Row Inmate Back From The Dead

    03/18/2015 9:53:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 18, 2015 | Lauren Davis
    The Scientist Who Wanted To Bring A Death Row Inmate Back From The Dead Dr. Robert E. Cornish is probably best known for his 1930s revivification experiments with dogs, in which he claimed to bring dogs back from clinical death. He wanted to try a similar procedure on humans — and when a death row inmate volunteered, Cornish petitioned the state of California to let him play re-animator. Cornish's dog experiments would make most dog lovers cringe. Cornish would suffocate the dogs until they were clinically dead, and then he would place the bodies on a teeter board, rocking the...
  • 'Zebra Killer' J.C.X. Simon found dead in San Quentin prison cell

    03/14/2015 8:21:20 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 14 2015 | Lee Romney
    SAN FRANCISCO — J.C.X. Simon—one of the so-called "Zebra Killers" convicted of multiple murders of white San Franciscans in the 1970s—has died, prison officials said Friday. Simon, 69, was pronounced dead at San Quentin prison at 11:59 p.m. Thursday after being found unresponsive in his cell, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said. The cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy.
  • LIberal heads EXPLODE over Ben Carson saying being gay is a CHOICE

    03/04/2015 10:19:54 AM PST · by Mozilla · 55 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | Right Scoop
    This morning on CNN Ben Carson was asked if homosexuality is a choice and he didn’t shy away from answering it, saying he absolutely believes it is a choice. When asked why, he suggested that one example of this being a choice is that some people who go into prison straight and come out gay. If it’s not a choice then how could that happen? Watch: Video Link As I said, heads are exploding over his comments. If you just search Google News you’ll find dozens of articles already written on it. And most of them are negative, as you...
  • Glenn Beck Calls Ben Carson a 'Lunatic,' Says Presidential Career Is 'Over'

    03/10/2015 7:32:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/10/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Conservative media personality Glenn Beck declared renowned neurosurgeon and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson's presidential career over and branded him a "lunatic" last week for calling homosexuality "absolutely" a choice because of prison sex. Carson told CNN last Wednesday that he believed homosexuality is "absolutely" a choice citing as an example that "a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they're gay…So, did something happen while they were in there?" Reacting to Carson's comments, on his radio show Friday, Beck called them "ridiculous". "Goodbye to his presidential career,"...
  • Ben Carson: You know what, I’m done talking about gay rights from now on

    03/04/2015 5:07:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2015 | AllahPundit
    After 500 comments about his prison-sex theory of orientation, I figured you’d be interested in an update. Having taken a ferocious beating in the media for the better part of a day, Carson finally says no mas: “I also believe that our Constitution protects everybody, regardless of their beliefs, and that includes people who are gay,” Mr. Carson continued. “I have no problem with them doing whatever they want to do. I’m just not willing to change the definition of marriage for anybody, because once you do that, you have to change it for everyone else who comes along....
  • Ben Carson apologizes for comments on gay people

    03/04/2015 5:06:22 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 85 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 03/04/2015 | Eric Bradner
    Washington (CNN)Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson apologized for commenting Wednesday that prisoners' changes after they leave jail proves being gay is a choice, but said that the science is still murky on the issue. In a statement, Carson said he "realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues." "I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended," he added. 
  • After Uproar, Ben Carson Backtracks, Apologizes for Homosexuality Comments [+video]

    03/05/2015 5:58:18 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    JoeMiller.us ^ | 03/05/2015 | Joe Miller
    By Fox News. Potential 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson apologized Wednesday for saying homosexuality was a lifestyle choice.“I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation,” Carson said on his Facebook page late Wednesday afternoon. “I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.” Carson, a neurosurgeon, was attempting to clarify comments he made earlier in the day to Chris Cuomo on CNN’s “New Day” show. “A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and...
  • Ben Carson says being gay is a choice, citing prison example

    03/04/2015 5:18:07 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/04/2015 | Nick Gass
    Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and potential Republican presidential candidate, said Wednesday that “a lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.” The remarks were made on CNN’s “New Day” in response to a question from host Chris Cuomo, who asked if Carson thought being gay was a “choice.” “Absolutely,” Carson replied. Asked why, he went on to explain his prison theory. “So did something happen while they were in there?” he said. “Ask yourself that question.”
  • Democratic Congressman: We Need Food Stamps Because So Many Fathers Are In Jail

    02/28/2015 10:04:40 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 59 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/25/15 | Patrick Howley
    Democratic Georgia Rep. David Scott said that food stamps are necessary because of America’s “policy” of imprisoning families. “First of all, the situation regarding employment and jobs, poverty, all of that. All of that has been structured into our economic, social policy over the last quarter-century,” Scott said at Wednesday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing to review the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), talking about the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs before turning to the incarceration issue. “Our policy of sending so many of our young eligible fathers to prison. Millions,” Scott said. “Our prison population went from 300,000 in...
  • School policy under fire after 1st-grader tardy [Oregon]

    02/26/2015 8:10:48 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 53 replies
    KOIN6.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Amy Frazier
    A first-grader made to sit alone during lunch because of tardiness is forcing the Grants Pass school district to revisit its policy.
  • I’m Not a Criminal. Why Should I Care About Criminal Justice Reform?

    02/24/2015 8:44:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | Julie Borowski
    Criminal justice reform has been a hot topic lately. It’s something that both Republicans and Democrats can find common ground on. However, I get the sense that many Americans aren’t convinced that it would benefit them personally. Most of us are probably law-obeying citizens whom would never dream of being involved in illicit activities. We don’t have regular run-ins with the police. We don’t sell or use illegal drugs. We’re just normal people trying to do what’s right and take care of our families. So, why should non-criminals care about criminal justice reform? First, eliminating or reducing mandatory minimum sentences would benefit...
  • Embattled Vacaville pastor Mark Lewis sentenced to prison [arson, stalking case]

    02/19/2015 4:29:53 AM PST · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    InsideBayArea.com (Oakland Tribune) ^ | Feb. 18, 2015 | Ryan Chalk
    When a Vacaville woman tried to end her relationship with a former Baptist minister in late 2013, he told her that she'd created a monster. On Wednesday, Sarah Nottingham explained to a Solano County Superior Court judge that for a week, then-Pastor Mark Lewis showed her what a monster he could be. Nottingham's words came during the sentencing hearing for Lewis, who in January pleaded no contest to charges of arson and stalking. Judge Dwight C. Ely sentenced Lewis to eight years in prison Wednesday in connection with the case that proceeded to a jury trial earlier this year, only...
  • Let’s see her emails (Lois Lerner)

    02/17/2015 3:36:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/15/15 | Post Editorial Board
    **SNIP** Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, says authorities have now managed to recover roughly 16,000 Lerner emails. This has led Johnson to send Koskinen a letter in which the senator writes, “I respectfully request your assistance in better understanding the IRS’s document-retention and -production process.” We prefer the way the senator put it on Fox News: “I smell a rat. I smell a number of rats, and that’s what we are going to get to the bottom of.” We’re as curious as anyone about why the IRS told us the Lerner...
  • Why Are So Many Americans in Prison? (Hint. Not the WOD)

    02/09/2015 9:29:01 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 86 replies
    Slate ^ | 02/06/2015 | By Leon Neyfakh
    Criminal justice reform is a contentious political issue, but there’s one point on which pretty much everyone agrees: America’s prison population is way too high. It’s possible that a decline has already begun, with the number of state and federal inmates dropping for three years straight starting in 2010, from an all-time high of 1.62 million in 2009 to about 1.57 million in 2012. But change has been slow: Even if the downward trend continues, which is far from guaranteed, it could take almost 90 years for the country’s prison population to get down to where it was in 1980...
  • Mass escape from Brazilian prison after women seduce guards

    02/08/2015 5:47:22 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 19 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | February 7, 2015
    Twenty-eight inmates escaped from a Brazilian jail after three women in fantasy police costumes "seduced" prison wardens. Police found three wardens naked and handcuffed inside the Nova Mutum public jail, near Cuiaba, central Brazil, the morning after the mass break-out. The women reportedly drugged the prison guards by giving them spiked whisky after convincing them to take part in an orgy, according to investigators. Inmates then left the prison through the main doors, even taking with them guns and munitions they had taken from prison caches. Police later found a bag of lingerie and dominatrix police uniforms believed to have...
  • End Prison Perks for ‘Fake’ Muslims (Letter to the Editor)

    02/02/2015 8:33:47 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, February 2, 2015 | Rick Reiss
    End prison perks for ‘fake’ Muslims President Obama and his administration seem quick to assert that the multitude of terrorist acts perpetrated in recent history are done by individuals who do not represent the religion of Islam. This is their justification for not identifying these enemies of freedom as Islamic radicals or Islamic terrorists. The Obama administration would have America believe that killers such as Sept. 11, 2011, mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and U.S. Army “workplace violence” purveyor Nidal Hasan are somehow false Muslims because their terrorist crimes are not in accordance with the tenets of Islam. If all this...
  • At least 10 killed when Texas prison bus hit by train: reports

    01/14/2015 9:15:17 AM PST · by bgill · 42 replies
    yahoo ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Reuters
    A Texas prison bus carrying 15 people veered off a road and was hit by train on Wednesday, prison officials said, with local media saying at least 10 people were killed in the accident. The bus with 12 inmates and three corrections officers was traveling from Abilene to El Paso when it skidded off a highway and ended up on railroad tracks, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said based on preliminary reports. The accident took place near the western Texas city of Odessa.
  • Federal Pell Grant eligibility for people in county jails or juvenile hall

    01/06/2015 11:41:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    When I was in prison, I used to work out with heavy weights constantly. But when I started to understand that my best chances of survival were actually centered on education, I focused more on that instead, and it has made all the difference in the kind of life I now have. When I was released, having a student aid package was what kept me from having to go back into the underground economy in order to survive. On Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced a Correctional Education Guidance Package designed...
  • As more inmates are released from prison, more parolees return

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

    12/23/2014 4:58:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/23/14 | Stav Ziv
    The ACLU calls the U.S. the largest jailer in the world, holding roughly 25 percent of the world’s prison population despite the fact that national population represents only 5 percent of the world’s. After a three-year decline in the incarcerated population that began in 2010—a hopeful counter to decades of growth—the number of people in prison in the United States increased again last year, according to a report released on Friday by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The U.S. has the highest prison population rate in the world, according to the U.K.-based International Centre for Prison Studies’ most recent...
  • There are fewer Americans in prison, jail, probation, or parole than any time since 2003

    12/20/2014 10:09:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/20/14 | German Lopez
    The US corrections population dropped to its lowest point since 2003, US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday. The number of Americans in prison, jail, parole, or probation dropped to less than 6.9 million in 2013, down 41,500 compared to 2012 and hitting the lowest point since 2003, according to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Until 2008, the corrections population had been steadily growing for decades as all levels of government enforced tough-on-crime policies — particularly against drug offenses — that tied up more people in the criminal justice system. But states and the federal government, facing...
  • Obama Grants Clemency For Drug Offenders, Including Four Who Were Set To Die Behind Bars

    12/18/2014 4:08:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ryan J. Reilly
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal drug defendants on Wednesday, including four who were set to die in federal prison, as part of a new initiative to reduce harsh sentences for nonviolent crimes. Sidney Earl Johnson, Jr., Rickey Marcell McCall, Larry Nailor and Israel Abel Torres had received life sentences and were going to die behind bars. But now Obama has commuted their sentences and those of four others who were convicted of drug crimes, and all eight inmates will be released in 2015. Obama has taken heat for not making full use of his clemency and...
  • No taxpayer-funded sex-change for prison inmate convicted of murder, court rules

    12/17/2014 9:44:46 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    AP ^ | December 16, 2014
    A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder. Michelle Kosilek, born Robert Kosilek, is serving a life sentence for killing spouse Cheryl Kosilek in 1990. Kosilek has waged a protracted legal battle for the surgery she says is necessary to relieve the mental anguish caused by gender-identity disorder. [Snip] Kosilek, now 65, told The Associated Press in 2011 that the surgery is a medical necessity. "Everybody has the right to have their health care needs met, whether they are in prison or out...
  • ISIS Senior Leader Reveals: Terror Group Was Born in American Prison in Iraq

    12/12/2014 7:35:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/12/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    One of the senior officials of terror group ISIS has shared in an interview that it was the American Camp Bucca prison in southern Iraq that facilitated the birth of the terror group, as it gave jihadists the unique opportunity to congregate and build their plans and ideology. The revelations came in an extensive interview The Guardian conducted with a man who chose to identify himself by the name of Abu Ahmed. The man admitted that he has grown disillusioned with many of the extreme actions ISIS has taken over the past year. Bucca, established in the wake of the...
  • Surgeon disciplined for removing inmate's good kidney, leaving tumorous one [oops]

    12/06/2014 11:32:46 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    OC Register ^ | 12-3-14 | Jenna Chandler
    Two years ago in February, a 59-year-old federal inmate went under the knife at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton to have his diseased left kidney removed. He emerged from the procedure with his tumor-laden kidney still intact. The surgeon, Dr. Charles Coonan Streit, a urologist who has had his license for 41 years, mistakenly had taken out his healthy right kidney. Last week, the California Medical Board disciplined Streit for the error, placing him on probation for three years. According to the medical board, on the day of the operation Streit relied on memory to decide which kidney to...
  • BREAKING: Cops: # Michael Brown Stepfather Inciting # Ferguson Race Riot is Blood Gangbanger

    11/26/2014 3:32:35 AM PST · by Enterprise · 72 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | Nov 26, 2014 | Charles C. Johnson
    Gotnews.com has finally confirmed that Louis Head, the stepfather of Michael Brown, is a member of the Bloods gang. Through text messages a top-ranked Ferguson cop confirmed that Head and the Brown family are members of the notorious street gang. Head called for Ferguson to riot.
  • Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man

    11/20/2014 6:27:05 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 54 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/08/2013 4:12 pm EST | Mark Godsey
    Today in Texas, former prosecutor and judge Ken Anderson pled guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence in a case that sent an innocent man, Michael Morton, to prison for the murder of his wife. When trying the case as a prosecutor, Anderson possessed evidence that may have cleared Morton, including statements from the crime's only eyewitness that Morton wasn't the culprit. Anderson sat on this evidence, and then watched Morton get convicted. While Morton remained in prison for the next 25 years, Anderson's career flourished, and he eventually became a judge. In today's deal, Anderson pled to criminal contempt,...
  • We should stop putting women in jail. For anything.

    11/13/2014 10:15:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's PostEverything Blog ^ | November 6, 2014 | Patricia O'Brien
    It sounds like a radical idea: Stop incarcerating women, and close down women’s prisons. But in Britain, there is a growing movement, sponsored by a peer in the House of Lords, to do just that. The argument is actually quite straightforward: There are far fewer women in prison than men to start with — women make up just 7 percent of the prison population. This means that these women are disproportionately affected by a system designed for men. But could women’s prisons actually be eliminated in the United States, where the rate of women’s incarceration has risen by 646 percent...
  • California state senator sentenced to 90 days in prison serves about an hour

    11/03/2014 5:23:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/03/14 | Reid Wilson
    **SNIP** After his conviction, Wright faced up to eight years in prison, but in September, a judge sentenced him to just 90 days and barred him from ever holding public office again. On Friday, Wright reported to the Los Angeles County jail to begin serving his term. But California’s prison system is overflowing with so many inmates that they have no room for a nonviolent offender with no prior convictions. Wright was processed, booked and released after just over an hour. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department told the Sacramento Bee that Wright received no special treatment....
  • Freed Marine Sgt Tahmooressi Back On American Soil, Headed To Florida

    10/31/2014 8:01:02 PM PDT · by absentee · 63 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 10/31/2014 | Caleb Howe
    On Friday afternoon, family spokesman Jonathan Franks told the AP that captive Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi will be released from a Mexican prison immediately, per a judge's order. Sgt. Tahmooressi served two tours in Afghanistan and was back home in the United States when he inadvertently crossed the border into Mexico while his legally purchased and legally owned guns were in his truck. He was imprisoned in Mexico and has been there for almost 8 months. After the judge made the ruling, which did not address the question of guit or innocence of the charges against him, the family issued...
  • Muslims are 7.5% of France's Population, 60% of Prisoners

    10/27/2014 7:32:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/27/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    I’m sure they’re only moderates who were arrested for crimes of peace. (via Religion of Peace) Muslims in French prisons reach up to 60% claims France’s UMP party deputy Guillaume Larrive.The conclusion drawn by Larrive in a report as part of an action plan “against Islamist radicalisation in prison” This action plan is now likely to involve several hundred prisoners, Le Figaro reported.The report estimates that 60% of the prison population in France, that is to say 40,000 prisoners, can be considered Muslim, “culturally or originally”.French deputy Larrive, who has worked on the budget of the Prison Service for 2015,...
  • Prison criticised after taking 50 minutes to call medics after child killer is murdered in cell

    10/19/2014 8:33:59 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 61 replies
    http://www.mirror.co.uk ^ | october 19, 2014 | nick mccarthy
    A prison has been blasted for taking 50 minutes to call in medics after two brutal inmates strangled a child killer in his cell. The pair of lags, who were already serving life sentences for murder, kidnapped and throttled Subhan Anwar on Valentines Day last year. But it took authorities almost an hour to call paramedics and a further 30 minutes for them to reach Long Lartin Prison's rural location in South Littleton, Worcs.
  • Rand Paul Visits Ferguson Ahead of Fresh Protests

    10/10/2014 3:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | October 10, 2014 | Alex Rogers and Michael Scherer in Ferguson
    Paul is the first potential 2016 contender to visit the city.Sen. Rand Paul met with civil rights leaders Friday in Ferguson, Missouri, the city torn apart by racial unrest following the August shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. During his visit, the Republican Senator, who is seen as a likely presidential candidate, stated his concerns about long prison sentences for nonviolent crimes, the loss of voting rights for felons and military programs to give unused equipment to local police departments. “I wanted to find out what we could do to make the situation better,” Paul...
  • Lawmakers Say Mexico Close to Releasing Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi from Prison

    10/02/2014 6:37:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/02/2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Wednesday that they believe Mexico will soon release Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the U.S. Marine who has been held prisoner in Mexico after he crossed into that country carrying weapons in violation of Mexican law. Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said he met with Tahmooressi in prison back in June, and has continued to press Mexican authorities for his release. Royce said he made a breakthrough in a talk last week with Mexican authorities about Tahmooressi, who has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “Last week I had a good and productive conversation...
  • Vintage Mugshot PHOTO … Circa 1924: Pep, “The Cat-Murdering Dog”

    09/21/2014 2:37:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    Eastern State Penitentiary ^ | circa 1924 | Eastern State Penitentiary
    1924: Pep, “The Cat-Murdering Dog” Pep "The Cat-Murdering Dog" was a black Labrador Retriever admitted to Eastern State Penitentiary on August 12, 1924. Prison folklore tells us that Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot used his executive powers to sentence Pep to Life Without Parole for killing his wife’s cherished cat. Prison records support this story: Pep’s inmate number (C-2559) is skipped in prison intake logs and inmate records. The Governor told a different story. He said Pep had been sent to Eastern to act as a mascot for the prisoners. He and the Warden, Herbert “Hard-Boiled” Smith, were friends. Pep was...
  • Honor Air launches campaign to help free Marine imprisoned in Mexico

    08/01/2014 8:54:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Henderson Lightning ^ | 08/01/2014 | Bill Moss
    HonorAir founder Jeff Miller is launching a fundraising effort aimed at helping to free the U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico after crossing the border in a vehicle that contained legally registered weapons. Miller said Thursday that he wanted to help raise money for Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, but wanted to get the family's blessing. He got that on Wednesday when he heard from Tahmooressi's mother, Jill Tahmooressi, who lives in Florida and has been fighting for her son's release for four months. "We're very appreciative," she said. Jill Tahmooressi said she welcomed the fundraising, which has a large following among...
  • Sentencing Reforms Could Save Tax Dollars

    07/29/2014 11:20:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/25/2014 | Josiah Kollmeyer
    All criminal justice systems face competing tensions of protecting public safety while not overburdening taxpayers, and Michigan’s is no exception. Calls to reduce financial costs often face scrutiny on the grounds of potentially compromised security. In a Lansing hearing on July 1, which I was able to attend, the Council of State Governments brought to Michigan several suggestions related to criminal sentencing, claiming that these policy changes could ease the financial burden on taxpayers while simultaneously maintaining or even improving public safety. The Council advocates for the greater use of “supervision terms” as part of criminal sentences, with close monitoring...
  • Punishment Is Good for You

    07/25/2014 1:31:41 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 15 July 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Leftists - namely the socio-communist end of the totalitarian bloc, the other being the Nazi-fascist - keep telling us how terrible, inhumane and even ineffective prisons are. The truth, as usual, is the opposite of what they say. Not only prisons maintain offenders in the impossibility to offend while the sentence lasts and, if there is a high probability of punishment (which, alas, is not the case in Britain now), the criminals' knowledge of arrest and imprisonment acts as a deterrent, making jails the most effective way to reduce crime, so they are good for the innocent. They are...
  • Prosecutors Are Reading Emails From Inmates to Lawyers

    07/23/2014 6:04:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 22 July 2014 | STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
    The extortion case against Thomas DiFiore, a reputed boss in the Bonanno crime family, encompassed thousands of pages of evidence, including surveillance photographs, cellphone and property records, and hundreds of hours of audio recordings. But even as Mr. DiFiore sat in a jail cell, sending nearly daily emails to his lawyers on his case and his deteriorating health, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn sought to add another layer of evidence: those very emails. The prosecutors informed Mr. DiFiore last month that they would be reading the emails sent to his lawyers from jail, potentially using his own words against him. Jailhouse...
  • Albuquerque NM Police: Inmate Hid in Laundry Basket to Escape

    07/08/2014 7:31:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 8, 2014 | Yahoo! News
    Police: Inmate hid in laundry basket to escape ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Authorities say a New Mexico inmate has been captured after he escaped from jail by hiding in a laundry basket. Officials say 28-year-old Kevin Matthew Perkins packed himself in the basket on Monday to get away from the Metropolitan Detention Center. Authorities say the laundry basket was headed to another facility. When an officer opened a truck door, officials say Perkins jumped out of the basket and ran. Albuquerque police later received a breaking and entering call at an assisted living complex. That's where they found broken glass from...