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  • Democrat Elijah Cummings Faces Up to Five Years in Federal Prison

    04/10/2014 4:19:05 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 89 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 10:07 PM | Posted by Jim Hoft
    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) could face up to five years in federal prison for obstructing a Congressional proceeding. On Wednesday, Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and five Subcommittee Chairmen on the committee sent a letter to Ranking Member Cummings demanding an explanation for his staff’s queries from the IRS, why the Minority hid these efforts from the Majority, and why the Ranking Member denied such actions by his staff at a February Subcommittee hearing: “Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional...
  • Prison Overcrowding Threatens Public Safety and State Budgets

    04/08/2014 2:44:09 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-8-14 | Audrey Williams
    How many people are actually locked up in the United States? Well, as it turns out, it’s hard to say. Inconsistent and fragmentary data has made piecing together the “whole pie” of U.S. federal, state, local and other types of confinement data difficult. Lucky for us, the Prison Policy Initiative has released a comprehensive graphic that aggregates the available information and helps to explain the complicated and expansive U.S. correctional system. From the collected data, the Initiative found that the incarceration system in this country “hold[s] more than 2.4 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 2,259 juvenile...
  • Du Pont heir convicted of raping daughter spared prison

    04/04/2014 12:07:49 PM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/2/14 | Kevin Conlon and Stephanie Gallman
    Though Robert H. Richards IV was convicted of rape, the wealthy heir to the du Pont family fortune was spared prison by a Delaware court in 2009 because he would "not fare well" behind bars, according to court documents CNN obtained Tuesday. Richards is a great-grandson of the chemical magnate Irenee du Pont. He received an eight-year prison sentence in 2009 for raping his toddler daughter, but the sentencing order signed by a Delaware judge said "defendant will not fare well" in prison and the eight years were suspended.
  • Man executed with controversial drug despite lawyer's appeal

    04/03/2014 9:33:01 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 75 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 3 April 2014 | By Associated Press
    A serial killer was put to death Thursday in Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his lawyers' demand that the state release information about where it gets its lethal injection drug. Tommy Lynn Sells, 49, was the first inmate to be injected with a dose of newly replenished pentobarbital that Texas prison officials obtained to replace an expired supply of the powerful sedative. Sells declined to give a statement. As the drug began flowing into his arms inside the death chamber in Huntsville, Sells took a few breaths, his eyes closed and he began to snore. After less than...
  • Muslim Overrepresented 300% in UK Prisons

    04/02/2014 8:08:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/02/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The good news is that they’re only overrepresented 200% in London prisons. An investigation into British prisons has revealed that over a quarter of prisoners in the London are Muslims, more than double their population proportion in the UK capital.Data collected by lawyer and shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan revealed that even though Muslims made up just 12% of the population of London, they made up for 27% of the city’s prison population.Furthermore, it was noted that while Muslims in the UK constitute 4.8% of the population according to a 2011 census, 14% of inmates in the country are Muslims....
  • 7 Officers Arrested at the Gib Lewis Unit After Alleged Sexual Assault

    03/26/2014 4:33:41 PM PDT · by gop4lyf · 12 replies
    Woodville, Texas - As of this afternoon 7 Texas Department of Criminal Justice Employees have been arrested and booked into the Tyler County Jail in Woodville in what is being described by an anonymous source to The Backgate as an alleged sexual assault against an inmate housed at the Gib Lewis Expansion Cellblock. The Gib Lewis Unit is a 2,200 bed prison facility east of Woodville and is home to some of over 850 of Texas' worse inmates who are housed in the high security expansion cellblock. The high tech expansion cellblock was built in 2000 next to the Gib...
  • 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...
  • Maine prison officials urge shoot-to-kill option for Windham facility

    02/28/2014 6:59:17 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 13 replies
    Porltand Press Herald (Maine) ^ | 02.22.14 | Leslie Bridgers
    Officials tell lawmakers that a growing number of dangerous prisoners are being housed in the facilty and they pose a higher escape risk. An increasingly dangerous inmate population at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham warrants allowing officers to shoot at prisoners who are trying to escape, says the director of security for the Maine Department of Corrections. click image to enlarge This Oct. 17, 2013, photo shows the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, where Corrections Department officials say a growing number of dangerous prisoners are being housed. Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer Select images available for purchase in the...
  • Do you know someone who thinks it's cool to wear their pants low? Show them this ASAP...

    02/28/2014 10:13:59 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 56 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-28-14 | The Looking Spoon
    There's a two step process to sharing this graphic:1. Show this to the offender.2. Wait for the chance to say "you're welcome."
  • California 'lifers' leaving prison at record pace

    02/25/2014 9:24:02 AM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 25, 2014
    For decades, California's criminal justice policies ensured that murderers and others sentenced to life, with the possibility of parole, could expect to die in prison. And most of the time, they did. Since Gov. Jerry Brown assumed office in January 2011, a record number of inmates with life sentences are winning parole. Brown has allowed the release of nearly 1,400 lifers, while going along with the parole board about 82 percent of the time.
  • Prison ‘Lifers’ Being Released At Record Pace

    02/25/2014 1:31:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    AP) ^ | February 25, 2014 10:57 AM
    Nearly 1,400 lifers in California’s prisons have been released over the past three years in a sharp turnaround in a state where murderers and others sentenced to life with the possibility of parole almost never got out. Gov. Jerry Brown has let a record number of inmates with life sentences out since he took office in January 2011... This dramatic shift in releases under Brown comes as the state grapples with court orders to ease a decades-long prison crowding crisis that has seen triple bunking, prison gyms turned into dormitories and inmates shipped out of state. Crime victims and their...
  • 10 leaders of Ironworkers Local 401 charged in racketeering indictment(THUGS)

    02/19/2014 4:48:54 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 18 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/13/2014 | Jeremy Roebuck
    They called themselves "the Helpful Union Guys" - "THUGS" for short - and woe awaited any contractor who dared cross them by hiring non-organized workers. For, federal authorities alleged Tuesday, this "goon squad" of members of Ironworkers Local 401 set fires, started riots, and took crowbars to the competition in an effort to protect union jobs. FBI agents arrested 10 of the union's leaders Tuesday morning, including longtime head Joseph Dougherty, in a racketeering conspiracy case that appeared to affirm long-standing business complaints over the tactics employed by Philadelphia unions.
  • Former Congressman: Obama Plans to Release Minorities from Prison

    02/12/2014 5:07:33 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/12/2014 | Robert Wilde
    A former Congressman has accused President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of a racial ulterior motive in a massive early prison release planned for up to 10,000 drug dealers. Ernest Istook, a former U.S. Congressman and writer for the Washington Times, pointed out on his radio program that “Obama claims minorities usually get longer terms than whites, so he wants to shorten their time served. He says letting them out of prison early will save taxpayers money.” Most of the prisoners were convicted for crack cocaine violations, almost always for dealing or possession with intent to sell. Istook...
  • The State of the Black America Pt I: The Black Man.

    01/29/2014 7:17:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | January 28, 2014 | Darrick Herndon
    One out of every three African-American men will be incarcerated at some point in their lives. In order to place this into proper context, one in every 111 white women will ever see prison walls. In accordance with the Cress Theory extolled by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, the fear of genetic annihilation at the hands of African men continues to drive the world’s most cruel and disparate prison system. African-American men comprise 40% of America’s prison population yet make up roughly 6-7% of the total population. Black men are not inherently criminal and Black America has to begin any discussion...
  • Florida Man Who Tricked Girlfriend Into Taking Abortion Pill Gets Nearly 14 years in Prison

    01/29/2014 5:55:14 AM PST · by lbryce · 45 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | January 29, 2014 | Sasha Goldstein
    Original Title:Florida Man Who Tricked Girlfriend Into Taking Abortion Pill Sentenced to Nearly 14 years in Prison A twisted Florida man was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison for tricking his ex-girlfriend into taking an abortion pill last year and killing their 6-week old fetus. John Andrew Welden, 29, apologized Monday for his actions as a federal judge in Tampa handed down the 13 year, 8 month sentence. But his victim, former girlfriend Remee Jo Lee, demanded the judge show the calculating fiend “the same amount of mercy that he showed me during my pregnancy,” the Tampa Tribune reported....
  • Could Justin Bieber be deported if charged, convicted of pelting eggs?

    01/18/2014 2:40:49 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 50 replies
    Global News ^ | JANUARY 17, 2014 | John R. Kennedy
    TORONTO — Media outlets are reporting Canadian pop star Justin Bieber could be deported from the U.S. if convicted of felony vandalism in connection with an alleged egg attack on a neighbour’s house — but are they getting the facts scrambled? “Bieber could be sent packing to Canada if convicted of felony after vicious egg attack on neighbour’s house,” declared the UK’s Daily Mail. “Justin Bieber’s Egg-Throwing Police Probe Dilemma: Possible Felony Conviction Could See Pop Star Deported Back to Canada!,” screamed RadarOnline. “Justin Bieber bust could mean jail time, deportation if convicted,” Fox News reported. Not so fast. First,...
  • Why Is a Teachers Union Fighting on Behalf of Convicted Child Molester? (Michigan)

    01/15/2014 11:51:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/13/14
    There’s outrage in Michigan after the union, Michigan Education Association, began fighting to win a $10,000 severance payment for a convicted child rapist. Neal Erickson, 39, was convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He was sentenced up to 30 years in prison. Erickson was the 12-year-old boy’s teacher, and molested him for three years.
  • Amanda Knox: I will become a 'fugitive' if re-convicted for murder

    01/10/2014 9:50:27 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    Today News ^ | January 10, 2014 | Scott Stump
    "Amanda Knox has reportedly told an Italian newspaper that if she is again convicted of murder, she will become a fugitive rather than return to an Italian prison."
  • Drug dealer begs for jail to escape nagging wife

    01/03/2014 4:10:33 PM PST · by Stoat · 33 replies
    The 32-year-old Tunisian, who was under house arrest for drug dealing, went to the police on Tuesday afternoon and asked to serve the rest of his sentence in jail. “Living with his wife was particularly difficult and unbearable,” police in the city of Livorno said in a statement. Police said he was “tired of continuously fighting with his wife” and “asked explicitly to be put back in prison". Not wanting to disappoint him, staff at the local court issued an imprisonment order on the same day. As requested, he was then taken by police to the district prison where he...
  • Calling sentence disparities unfair, Obama pardons 8 crack offenders

    12/19/2013 2:06:20 PM PST · by Zakeet · 72 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2013 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama on Thursday commuted the prison sentences for eight people convicted of crack cocaine offenses and pardoned 13 others, surpassing in the fifth year of his presidency all the acts of clemency from his entire first term. “I am commuting the prison terms of eight men and women who were sentenced under an unfair system,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “Commuting the sentences of these eight Americans is an important step toward restoring fundamental ideals of justice and fairness.” [Snip] “We are excited for the families of those who were granted commutations today, and we are glad that...
  • Texas county adopts sweeping policy to protect LGBT inmates

    11/14/2013 2:43:52 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/14/2013 | Associated Press
    The sheriff of Houston's Harris County has adopted a sweeping policy designed to protect and guarantee equal treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inmates, including allowing transgender individuals to be housed based on the gender they identify with instead of their biological sex. The new policy, which Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia's office believes to be one of the most comprehensive in the country, states "discrimination or harassment of any kind based on sexual orientation or gender identity is strictly prohibited," and outlines how such inmates will be searched, booked and housed, according to a copy of the policy...
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson On Junior (no prison visit from pops yet)

    11/09/2013 2:40:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Northern Public Radio ^ | 11/07/13 | Amanda Vinicky
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he has not visited since his son reported to federal prison late last month. **SNIP** "Well his health has been recovering and that has been, as father, the most important thing to me. He has been diligent in doing his work. And I have nothing further to say about that," Rev. Jackson said at the Capitol Thursday (11/7).
  • CARTOON: "Homeland Security ... I Feel Safer"

    11/09/2013 8:26:20 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 1 replies
    Russ (via DogByte6RER) | November 2013 | Unsourced E-Mail (Russ)
  • Virginia Gov: Today’s top opinion: Sleazy money [McAuliffe]

    10/31/2013 4:42:43 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 14 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | October 31, 2013 | Editorial
    Terry McAuliffe’s campaign worked swiftly to limit the fallout from his latest embarrassment. Joseph Caramadre now rots in prison for stealing identities from terminally ill patients to further an investment annuity scheme — a scheme in which McAuliffe invested several years ago. When the story broke recently, McAuliffe hastily donated his hefty gains from the deal — along with another big chunk of change Caramadre had given to McAuliffe’s 2009 gubernatorial campaign — to charity. < snip > McAuliffe’s campaign says he was merely a “passive investor.” It is easy to be a passive investor in, say, Coca-Cola by purchasing...
  • Abbas welcomes 21 murderers released from prison

    10/31/2013 1:06:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | 10/31/13 |
    In August 2013, Israel agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, which was the PA's precondition for renewing peace talks. The following is the PA celebrating the release of 21 of them, all of whom were convicted murderers. [Abbas is shown embracing murderer Issa Abd Rabbo and all 21 murderers] PA TV announcer: "Here they are embracing President Mahmoud Abbas after long years behind the bars of the occupation, in which they were transferred between different prisons and cells simply because they are Palestinians who fought the occupation... They are the ones who were, and are still standing firm against the...
  • Ex-U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. reports to federal prison

    10/28/2013 10:55:49 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 28, 2013 | Brendan O'Brien
    Former Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., once one of the most promising black politicians in the United States, reported to federal prison on Monday to begin serving a 2-1/2 year sentence for misusing campaign funds, according to a family spokeswoman. Jackson, a former Democratic representative and the son of civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., entered a federal correctional facility in Butner, North Carolina, family spokeswoman Bunnie Jackson-Ransom said in a statement. "I am happy to report that he is in good spirits, all things considered," said North Carolina Representative G.K. Butterfield, who accompanied Jackson to the prison,...
  • INTERVIEW: Life after prison for Monica Conyers

    10/19/2013 4:21:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    WXYZ ^ | 9/30/13 | Ronnie Dahl
    (WXYZ) - She's been keeping quiet since being released from prison, but now, Monica Conyers is breaking her silence. Monica Conyers showed support for her husband John during a tribute for the longtime congressman. **SNIP** The former Detroit City Council president is still on probation after serving 27 months for bribery. She is still limited in what she can say to the media, but says, she's happy to be home and is spending time focusing on her family, herself and cooking.
  • Sister Antonia Brenner dies at 86; nun moved into Tijuana prison to tend to inmates

    10/18/2013 12:24:05 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 17, 2013 | Richard Marosi
    Sister Antonia Brenner, a Beverly Hills-raised mother of seven who became a Roman Catholic nun and moved into a notorious Tijuana prison where she spent more than three decades mending broken lives, easing tensions and dispensing everything from toothbrushes to bail money, has died. She was 86. Brenner, who had been in declining health, died Thursday of natural causes at the home of her religious order in Tijuana. She was born Mary Clarke in Los Angeles on Dec. 1, 1926, to Irish immigrant parents. Her father grew wealthy running an office supply business, and the family counted Hollywood stars such...
  • Certain Prisoners to Get Health Coverage Under ObamaCare

    10/16/2013 6:49:28 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 08, 2013 | William La Jeunesse
    Certain prisoners to get health coverage under ObamaCare Prisons could relocate medical costs to the federal government LOS ANGELES — Soon certain prisoners who need medical treatment could get it through Obamacare. Watch the video (go to link) for more information.
  • What the Obama-care law text REALLY says on IRS enforcement of the personal Mandate fine/tax

    10/16/2013 7:50:01 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 61 replies
    GPO via govtrack. us congress bills site ^ | 10/16/2013 | sickoflibs and text of law
    Every time I post that the IRS is clearly forbidden from punishing you for not paying the fine/tax, I get the same fictional responses. Maybe their goal is to make it sound so scary so that Obamacare gets magically repealed(poof) , but given that wont happen anytime soon this misinformation can have the unintended consequence of fooling/scaring people into complying and helping make Obamacare work. I found the section in the bill text and will posted it below as a vanity for future reference skip tp SPECIAL RULES. CHAPTER 48—MAINTENANCE OF MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE ‘Sec. 5000A. Requirement to maintain minimum...
  • Ex-Detroit mayor sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption (Kwame the K)

    10/10/2013 10:58:13 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 76 replies ^ | 10/10/2013
    <p>Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption, the apparent last step after a series of scandals destroyed his political career and helped steer a crisis-laden city even deeper into trouble.</p> <p>Kilpatrick, who served as mayor from 2002 until fall 2008, fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars, traveled the country in private planes and even strong-armed his campaign fundraiser for stacks of cash hidden in her bra, according to evidence at trial.</p>
  • Profiting From Criminal Justice

    09/25/2013 1:35:24 PM PDT · by OKCharles · 2 replies
    OK Politechs ^ | 9/24/13 | Charles M. Phipps
    Being a far right-wing person I have always been very pro law & order and believe that those who violate our laws should pay the consequences. More often than not I have found myself thinking that our criminal justice system is not harsh enough. But, it is the system we have and I would not trade it for any other in the world. One of the cornerstones of our system is supposed to be the impartiality of the justice that is dispensed. Without impartiality, can the punishments meted out still be considered just? Sometimes, no.The impartiality of the justice system...
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Convention Draws Thousands to D.C.

    09/21/2013 8:27:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The AFRO ^ | Byron Scott, special to the AFRO
    If numbers make an event a success, then day two of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual convention was just that. The halls and conference rooms of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest Washington, D.C. were filled with attendees who sat in on policy sessions, made plans to attend a bevy of social functions, and networked with other convention-goers. The CBCF’s Annual Legislative Conference is a gathering of African-American industry leaders, policy makers, elected officials and citizens. More than 70 policy sessions were planned for the four-day event, which began Sept. 18. As the convention unfolded, events took...
  • Treasurer of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign committee (Vickie Pasley) resigns

    09/09/2013 5:40:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/09/13 | Cynthia Dizikes
    **SNIP** In a resignation letter received by the FEC Thursday, Pasley wrote that she has no direct contact with the campaign account and no knowledge of the money in the account. "It is impossible for me to prepare any campaign committee report," Pasley wrote. "I have no contact with any individual who prepared reports in the past, nor do I have a copy of any reports previously prepared. There is no current official in office, nor campaign staff in existence to facilitate the preparation of any campaign report." The next day, in a response letter sent to Jackson's campaign committee,...
  • Former bin Laden Doctor Reportedly heads al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula

    09/05/2013 2:33:38 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies
    THE LONG WAR JOURNAL ^ | July 17, 2013 | David Barnett
    SNIPPET: "Egyptian security forces have reportedly arrested a number of jihadists operating in the Sinai Peninsula who are linked to Ramzi Mowafi, a former physician for Osama bin Laden. Sources have told Egyptian media outlets that Mowafi's group has been responsible for numerous attacks in the Sinai over the past two years. Among those recently arrested are a Yemeni and a Palestinian who were found in the possession of maps and laptops. In August 2011, Egyptian security officials told CNN that Mowafi, who is also thought to be an explosives expert, was spotted in the Sinai. At the time, Mowafi,...
  • Ft. Hood Killer Forcibly Shaved in Prison (about darn time!!)

    09/04/2013 10:21:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 46 replies ^ | 9/4/13 | Larry OConnor
    Officials said Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan was shaved after his move to death row and Texas legislators proposed a new compensation bill for shooting victims. Hasan, who was convicted in the 2009 shooting deaths of 13 people and injury of 31 others at the Texas military base, grew a beard for what he said were religious regions prior to the start of his court-martial. The move drew the ire of the judge, who found Hasan in contempt of court, causing a one-year delay of his trial. After Hasan, 42, was flown to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Friday to be put...
  • Convicted Ex-Congressman (Jackson) Living The High Life Two Months Before Reporting To Prison

    08/31/2013 4:56:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    My State Line ^ | 8/30/13
    **SNIP** The ex-Chicago congressman is seen lounging by the pool at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel-- a popular outdoor gathering spot for the Hollywood Glitterati. According to an onlooker, Mr. Jackson was overheard singing to himself and talking with other guests on the veranda. When he was back in his room here, ABC7's Chuck Goudie had a conversation with Mr. Jackson about why he was in Beverly Hills, California. Jackson said: "I am covering my bases considering my near future."
  • For transgender prisoners, hormones seen as matter of life and death

    08/23/2013 4:39:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 23, 2013 | Bill Briggs
    Self-castration, suicide and waves of desperation are byproducts of the denial of sex hormones to inmates yearning to switch genders, advocates say. But outside the walls, debate has been stirred on whether the prison system is the right place to help chemically escort a man to womanhood, or vice versa, and critics question if any taxpayer money should pay for the hormones used to help inmates undergo sex changes. Thursday's revelation that convicted secret leaker Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman and begin hormone therapy ignited talk about what happens when prison doctors refuse hormones to inmates with...
  • Illinois image tainted by Jackson crimes

    08/16/2013 4:24:30 PM PDT · by South40 · 48 replies
    MyFoxChicago ^ | Aug 15, 2013 | Joanie Lum, Kori Chambers,Tiffany Boncan
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Many people say the federal crimes committed by former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson are the latest examples of corruption in our state. Jackson Jr. will serve 30 months behind bars and remain on probation for three additional years. After her husband serves his time, Sandi Jackson will go to jail for 12 months without a chance for less time for good behavior. She was ordered to pay $22,000 in restitution and serve 200 hours of community service. The former congressman plead guilty to spending $750,000 in...
  • Both Jacksons get prison terms; he'll serve first (for the children)

    08/14/2013 5:41:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/14/13 | Katherine Skiba, Marina Villeneuve
    WASHINGTON – Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced today to 30 months behind bars and his wife, Sandi, got a year in prison for separate felonies involving the misspending of about $750,000 in campaign funds. The Jacksons will be allowed to serve their sentences one at a time, with Jackson Jr. going first, based on the wishes of the family as expressed by Dan Webb, an attorney for Sandi Jackson. Jackson Jr. will report to prison on or after Nov. 1, the judge said. In addition to the 2.5 years in prison, Jackson Jr. was sentenced to three years...
  • No prison time for man who paralyzed victim with punches

    08/13/2013 5:54:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/1313 | Alicia Fabbre
    A New Lenox man found guilty of throwing punches that left his victim paralyzed, blind and unable to speak was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months of probation and ordered to turn over the $20,000 his family put up for his bond to the victim's mother. Joseph Messina, 25, faced up to 10 years in prison, but Will County Judge Sarah Jones said prosecutors failed to provide enough evidence to overcome the presumption of probation. Family members of Eric Bartels, the man left paralyzed by the punches, gasped when Jones said she was sentencing Messina to probation. "I'm very disappointed with...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. gives prison preferences (NOT fake but accurate!)

    08/12/2013 3:41:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/12/13 | Katherine Skiba
    WASHINGTON—If former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is ordered to spend time behind bars, he would like to go to either the federal prison camp in Montgomery, Ala., or the low-security portion of the federal correctional institution in Butner, N.C., one of his lawyers said today. **SNIP** In the request, defense lawyer William Drake said the facility in Alabama is the closest federal prison camp to Washington, D.C., and would “allow Mr. Jackson to maintain contact with his wife and children during incarceration.” The prison in North Carolina is within 500 miles of the nation’s capital and would serve the same...
  • Bradley Manning sentenced to 90 years in prison

    08/06/2013 9:42:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/6/13 | Josh Peterson
    U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning’s maximum prison sentence of 136 years was reduced to a maximum sentence of 90 years behind bars. Judge Denise Lind, an Army colonel, announced Manning’s reduced sentence during a closed session at Ft. Meade, Md., on Tuesday. Lind agreed in part to a motion proposed by the defense to merge various charges against Manning. “She merged two Espionage specifications for transmission of the Iraq and Afghan SigActs, the theft and transmission of the Guantanamo Bay Detainee Assessment Briefs (DABs), Kerry, Hagel and Russians Will Meet
  • High court won't delay release of Calif inmates

    08/02/2013 3:57:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 2, 2013 | By PAUL ELIAS
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday paved the way for the early release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by year's end despite warnings by Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials that a public safety crisis looms if they're forced to open the prison gates.
  • Supreme Court orders California to free thousands from crowded prisons

    08/02/2013 3:28:36 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    nbc news ^ | 8-2-13 | M. Alex Johnson
    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to let California delay the release of thousands of inmates from state prisons to relieve crowding. In June, a lower court ordered California to release about 10,000 inmates — nearly 8 percent of all state prisoners — by the end of the year to improve to improve medical and mental health treatment. Gov. Jerry Brown last month asked the Supreme Court to delay the order, arguing that it would jeopardize public safety. Justice Antonin Scalia, joined by Justice Samuel Alito, strongly dissented with the high court's 6-3 one-sentence order Friday, predicting a wave of...
  • ~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 !
  • Inside Scoop SF: A vintage menu from Alcatraz, 1946

    07/28/2013 7:59:00 PM PDT · by thecodont · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | 07/24/2013 at 11:50 am | Posted by Paolo Lucchesi
    As part of the traveling Alcatraz exhibit that is now on its premises, “Alcatraz: The Last Day” photo exhibition by Life Magazine photographer Leigh Wiener, the Embarcadero Center Hyatt is doing a a special Alcatraz themed dinner menu from August 8 through September 2. The actual three-course prix fixe menu ($28) includes dishes like clam chowder, meatloaf and “lettuce salad.” Plan accordingly everyone. That promotion is all well and good, but we thought we’d take the opportunity to run a very cool menu from Alcatraz. Pictured below is a copy of the weekly Alcatraz menu from September 2 to September...
  • Writer compares black incarceration to Jewish Holocaust

    07/27/2013 7:15:07 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 59 replies
    Your Black World ^ | Dr. Boyce Watkins
    "We’re being locked away in a mass incarceration epidemic that is as bad as the Jewish holocaust." Dr. Boyce Watkins, in a commentary criticizing rap star Jay-Z for his disrespect of Harry Belafonte, made the above remark when lambasting Jay-Z for not doing more for the black community. I am sickened that someone can compare the attempted extermination of an entire group of people to the consequences of criminal actions leading to imprisonment. Not a soul commented on that passage via the website (which I stumbled across through a Facebook "friend.")
  • Black Lawmakers to Host First Hearing on the Status of Black Males

    07/22/2013 6:33:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | July 22, 2013 | Joyce Jones
    The hearing will address education, unemployment incarceration and other challenges.Young, African-American men are disproportionately more likely to be incarcerated. Their unemployment rate for June was 13 percent. A study by the Schott Foundation for Public Education found that just 52 percent graduated from high school in 2009-10. Black lawmakers on Capitol Hill in March established the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys to raise awareness about issues like these that disproportionately affect this demographic. On July 24, the group will hold its first hearing, titled "The Status of Black Males: Ensuring Our Boys Mature Into Strong Men." The timing...
  • OJ Simpson 'has only THREE MONTHS to live because of an extreme case of diabetes'

    07/19/2013 1:54:19 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 81 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 17, 2013
    <p>OJ Simpson has only three months to live as a result of his extreme case of diabetes and unhealthy lifestyle behind bars.</p> <p>The combination of 'sky high' blood pressure, a vastly expanding waistline and a lack of physical activity as he serves a 33-year prison sentence have doctors concerned about his health.</p>