| May 17, 2014
It's great news that Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey wants to move Los Angeles County away from its cruel policy of caging so many people with mental illness. But it's deeply disturbing that Marvin Southard, who heads the Department of Mental Health and wrote...
| May 16, 2014
| 1:59 PM
His Facebook profile is posted under the alias “Rico Finally Paid” and depicts Tyrelle Lockett posing in full pimp regalia, flashing handguns and waving wads of cash.
Federal authorities say the profile was no act.
Lockett, 21, of south...
| May 6, 2014
| 2:24 AM
Mario Careaga is "selfless," a parade of witnesses told Broward Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes on Monday. He is "responsible." He is "totally upstanding."
But he is also guilty of driving drunk and causing the death of Miami Heat dancer Nancy Lopez-Ruiz...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 9:03 PM
Long before she became the lead plaintiff in a concealed carry lawsuit against Illinois, Mary Shepard had fallen in love with guns.
It was 2007 when Shepard stumbled upon a story about women and guns in the local newspaper. What piqued her interest,...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 2:18 AM
An arrogance laces through the episodes of corruption and abuse of office by Connecticut lawmen down through the generations, lending a certain timelessness to those crimes.
Middlesex County Sheriff John Lawrence Lewis' coddling of two imprisoned...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 11:32 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown's administration states that California has already met a court-ordered limit on the state prison population, but inmate lawyers argue that is because the state is counting a half-filled medical prison closed to new admissions.
| Apr 30, 2014
| 3:05 AM
The state's first prison, Old New-Gate, built in 1773, was a former copper mine where the worst criminal offenders were sent to do hard labor. Convicts were kept in the mine's two shafts, one at 25 feet and the other more than 60 feet below ground. Escape...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 10:25 PM
SACRAMENTO — The state is releasing some low-level, nonviolent prisoners early as Gov. Jerry Brown complies with a federal court order to reduce crowding in its lockups — a turning point in the governor's efforts to resolve the issue....
| May 1, 2014
| 8:41 AM
At least two inmates were killed and as many as 150 prisoners and guards were injured when an apparent gas explosion shattered a county jail in the rain-soaked Florida Panhandle, officials said Thursday morning.
The Escambia County Central Booking and...
| May 1, 2014
| 3:16 PM
All 600 inmates have been accounted for after an explosion that wrecked a four-story jail in Pensacola, Fla., killing two inmates and injuring 184 people.
Two inmates and one staff member remained hospitalized Thursday afternoon. Their conditions were...
| May 2, 2014
| 4:31 PM
He wore a badge and served as a law enforcement officer for 20 years in South Florida.
But now Jimmy Dac Ho was wearing handcuffs and leg shackles Friday and facing Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley as a convicted murderer and kidnapper....