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  • Family: Mumia Abu-Jamal treated for diabetes complications

    POTTSVILLE — Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal was rushed to a hospital to be treated for complications from diabetes, according to family members and supporters who asserted Tuesday that the state prison system has been providing him with...
  • Prison emergency exercise helps sharpen skills

    Standing over a thick blue mat, a Cambria County Prison corrections officer posing as an inmate hurled insults and threats at his fellow officers. Four members of the county's Correctional Emergency Response Team, or CERT, formed a line in front of the...
  • Excerpts from recent editorials in Illinois newspapers

    March 30, 2015 The (Champaign) News-Gazette Crime and punishment Can Illinois reduce the number of people in its prison without a threat to public safety? Gov. Bruce Rauner's 28-member commission to study criminal justice and sentence issues is...
  • Man who wanted prison released from jail

    Man who wanted prison released from jail
    David Potchen, a laid-off, homeless welder who admitted to a judge that he robbed a bank in 2014 in order to get caught and returned to prison, walked out of the Lake County Jail Monday afternoon with a job and housing waiting for him. Potchen's...
  • Oklahoma bill on use of nitrogen gas in executions goes to governor

    Oklahoma bill on use of nitrogen gas in executions goes to governor
    Beset by claims of barbarism after a gruesome botched execution last year and fearful that a U.S. Supreme Court decision could ban its execution drug of choice, Oklahoma would be the first state in the nation to execute inmates with nitrogen gas under a...
  • Creation of minimum security facility considered

    Creation of minimum security facility considered
    The creation of a minimum security facility has been discussed as a possible solution to the steadily increasing inmate population at the Carroll County Detention Center. Sheriff Jim DeWees and Warden George Hardinger said the commissioners need to...
  • NYC official seeks rules to stop sexual assaults in jails

    New York City's public advocate is proposing tough new rules to crack down on sexual assaults in city jails, citing federal statistics that show two Rikers Island lockups have some of the nation's highest rates of reported attacks by both guards and...
  • Indiana bank robber who just wanted work finds it with help from others

    Indiana bank robber who just wanted work finds it with help from others
    Remember the Indiana man on parole who first lost his job, then his home, and finally his dignity? David Potchen ended up sleeping out in the woods. Desperate, he robbed a bank, using the back of his resume to write a robbery note to the teller. Once he...
  • Slain inmate's family: Guards created 'gladiator' scenario

    Nevada prison guards created a "gladiator-like scenario" to let two handcuffed inmates fight before a corrections officer trainee fired four shotgun blasts, killing one of the prisoners and wounding the other, according to a lawsuit. An attorney for...
  • Gary reserve officer suspended for 60 days

    Gary reserve officer suspended for 60 days
    The Gary Police Civil Service Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to suspend reserve officer Joe Franklin's police powers for 60 days for violating procedures while taking a prisoner to the Lake County Jail. Franklin, whose police powers allow him to...
  • Durst's health problems not an issue, attorney says

    Durst's health problems not an issue, attorney says
    The scrawny figure shuffled into court last week, shackled and limping. Wearing a yellow jailhouse jumpsuit, he twisted his neck, which had been surgically fused. His shaved head — a prison haircut — revealed a bulge where doctors last...