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  • Senators told about corruption in Florida prison system

    Former and current employees in Florida's corrections system testified Tuesday about widespread corruption and unsafe conditions in the state's prisons, which house roughly 100,000 inmates. A Senate committee that has been investigating Florida's...
  • Newly released inmates take Greyhound bus to freedom

    Newly released inmates take Greyhound bus to freedom
    Barron Shannon left prison for the fourth time in less than a decade on a Greyhound bus. He had some photos and letters from home in a Manila envelope, a cigarette tucked behind his ear and a few dollars from the state of Illinois in his pocket. He was...
  • Robert Durst offered to wire Northampton County Prison for cable TV during his stay

    Robert Durst offered to wire Northampton County Prison for cable TV during his stay
    When Robert Durst spent more than two months in Northampton County Prison 14 years ago, Allentown attorney John Waldron got a front-row seat to what it's like to represent an eccentric client with unlimited means. The Lehigh University alumnus didn't...
  • 'Zebra Killer' J.C.X. Simon found dead in San Quentin prison cell

    'Zebra Killer' J.C.X. Simon found dead in San Quentin prison cell
    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...
  • Keeping death penalty would help keep prison guards safe

    Keeping death penalty would help keep prison guards safe
    Imagine, for a minute, that you work in a prison. Put yourself in the shoes of a young correctional officer. You suit up, say goodbye to your family for the day and head to work. You are charged with patrolling a packed ward of high-security inmates...
  • Sex offender who abused teenage girl gets 518-year sentence

    A repeat sex offender who was found guilty of abusing a girl for six years in the Antelope Valley was sentenced Friday to more than 500 years in prison, prosecutors said. José de Jesús Santana Aguilar, 52, was found guilty last month of various sexual...
  • Federal prisons embrace pepper spray as antidote to violence

    The vast majority of federal correctional officers are being equipped with pepper spray, a tool their colleagues in a pilot program say has been a game-changer in prisons where inmates have long tilted the balance of order with shivs and smuggled razor...
  • Two corrections officers sentenced in BGF jail conspiracy

    Two corrections officers sentenced in BGF jail conspiracy
    Two former corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center have been sentenced to prison terms for smuggling drugs and other contraband as part of the Black Guerrilla Family racketeering conspiracy at the jail, federal prosecutors announced...
  • NY expands mental health safety net for released inmates

    New York is expanding its efforts to make sure inmates who receive mental health treatment in prison aren't cut off from such care when they are released. Discharge planning that included medication, enrollment in Medicaid and initial clinic appointments...
  • Prison inspectors: Corruption rampant in Florida system

    MIAMI In a blistering condemnation of Florida's prison system, several current and former prison inspectors told state lawmakers Tuesday that their bosses repeatedly told them to ignore evidence of possible criminal wrongdoing by corrections officers,...
  • Why the higher-ups at the Baltimore City jail got a pass

    Why the higher-ups at the Baltimore City jail got a pass
    I have no sympathy for Derrick Jones and other employees at The Baltimore City Detention Center who allowed themselves to be corrupted by the Black Guerrilla Family ("Jail supervisor, National Guardsman sentenced to 20 months in BGF case," Feb. 27). But...