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  • There is no justice in prisons' race-based punishment

    The incident in 2006 was in some ways typical: A group of inmates at High Desert State Prison near Susanville attacked two corrections officers, and prison officials responded with a race-based lockdown, keeping African American prisoners confined to...
  • Endorsements for Cook County Board

    Endorsements for Cook County Board
    Four years ago, Todd Stroger ended his hapless and costly regime as president of the Cook County Board. Toni Preckwinkle beat him in the Democratic primary and she went on to win the general election. She has kept her promise to eliminate Stroger's much-...
  • Emmaus man sentenced to 1-5 years in fatal fight involving hockey stick

    Emmaus man sentenced to 1-5 years in fatal fight involving hockey stick
    As Alexander O. Roscioli waited to be sentenced for fighting and killing a 70-year-old man last year in Emmaus, a Lehigh County prosecutor urged the judge to give him state time. "He needs to be somewhere that protects the community until Mr. Roscioli...
  • Murder suspect remains at large after mistaken release from jail

    Murder suspect remains at large after mistaken release from jail
    Jacqueline Davis thought the man charged with killing her son was securely behind bars, awaiting a retrial. She was shocked when she heard Sunday that he had been seen in her neighborhood, riding in a white Buick and flashing his release papers. Davis...
  • Mistakenly freed murder suspect captured in Baltimore

    Mistakenly freed murder suspect captured in Baltimore
    A fugitive who was mistakenly released from a state detention center in Baltimore last week while awaiting trial for murder was caught Thursday, police said. Rodriquez Purnell, 30, was arrested about 6 p.m. in the 2800 block of Belmont Ave., less than...
  • Wal-Mart offers checking account aimed at the 'unbanked'

    Wal-Mart offers checking account aimed at the 'unbanked'
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc., long in the business of selling discount goods to low-income customers, is offering a new service — checking accounts targeted at those who don't use traditional bank accounts. The service, called GoBank, is being rolled out...
  • Convicted felon accused of burglarizing church

    Convicted felon accused of burglarizing church
    A convicted felon was arrested Wednesday after deputies said he broke into a Belle Glade church and stole copper pipe, according to a news release from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said Jesse Dortch, 31, broke into the First Baptist...
  • Slipping through the cracks

    Slipping through the cracks
    Officials at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center say they still don't know why a man being held on murder charges was mistakenly allowed to walk out of the facility last week — or why it took authorities two days to discover...
  • San Bernardino inmates allege gay discrimination in jail

    San Bernardino inmates allege gay discrimination in jail
    San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies called gay, bisexual and transgender inmates "sisses" and "freak shows" and denied them access to services given to other inmates, civil rights attorneys alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Fifteen...
  • California prisons agree to end race-based lockdowns

    In settling a federal civil rights suit, California prisons agreed Wednesday to no longer base lockdowns on inmates' race or ethnicity. The suit, filed in 2008 on behalf of male prisoners, alleged that the California Department of Corrections and...
  • California will end race-based punishment in state prisons

    When a group of prisoners attacked two guards at California's High Desert State Prison in 2006, the warden declared a full lockdown that confined African Americans in one wing of the prison to their cells, and kept them there for 14 months. No outdoor...