Monthly Archives: October 2012

Belgian prison loses key to 180 cells

I hate to be a mocker of what is obviously not a good situation, but you gotta love how it says “Staff have been quietly on the lookout for the prison chaplain’s keys.”

Yes…quietly looking…EXCEPT FOR THIS NEWS ARTICLE.  Kinda gives it away.  Just sayin’.

Read the article here.

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3 Kan. inmates tried to hang selves

From the article: “Officials at a Kansas prison say three inmates in a segregation unit tried to hang themselves simultaneously.”

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The Gutter Trash

This morning I was reading an article at about a manager at ANZ, Michael Phan, 29, who stole more than $5 million from his employer over four years.

In his four-year spree, Phan stole $5,142,000 from the bank in eight transactions of between $132,000 and $1.5 million.

Phan was authorised to approve loans of up to $1.5 million and established a number of false accounts between 2006 and 2010, and during this time approved loans for his own use.

He also used colleagues’ personal details and forged signatures on bank cheques to approve the loans.

He has been sentenced to six years in jail, and will be eligible for parole after serving four years.

After reading this article, I felt more pity for Michael Phan and his future prospects.

At just 29 years of age and earning an annual salary of $130,000, his career is now behind him, his…

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B.C. coroner’s jury makes 5 proposals to avoid more inmate murders

A Canadian inquest that looked into the recent murder of an inmate by his serial killer cellie made the following recommendations after listening to two days of testimony:

  • Prisons across the country should consider housing multiple murderers in their own cells and allow dangerous offenders to jump the queue for their own sleeping quarters
  • “all information” regarding inmates be made available to a broader group of staff before a transfer is approved
  • mandatory single accommodation should be considered in the case of multiple murderers
  • measures implemented at Mountain Institute following its own internal investigation into the death be carried out on a national level, such as requiring wardens to report on progress of high-profile inmates transferred from “special handling units.”
  • Corrections should review its policy regarding flashlight intensity and explore alternate technologies to detect inmates’ body heat

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CA: Inmate who fought deputies found dead in cell at Contra Costa County Jail, authorities say

From the article: “A 58-year-old inmate who reportedly struggled with officers was found dead at Contra Costa County Jail about two hours after deputies shocked him with a stun gun and placed him in a safety cell, officials said.”

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Canada: Prison officials thought man who killed his cell mate was reforming

According to the article, staff said that the inmate “had been compliant with rules and regulations and hadn’t been charged for any violent behaviour during the nine months prior, during which he was living with other inmates, but had his own cell.  McGray had been kept mostly segregated during his incarceration since about 2000.”

His cellmate had reportedly expressed reservations about bunking with him, but either did not complete the paperwork or did not have enough time, as McGray killed him a week after they became bunkies.
Security classification…never easy.
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CA: 9 indicted in Hispanic prison gang extortion plot

From the article: “Prosecutors contend that in 2010 and 2011, the nine men and women used threats and force to extort money for the prison gang from street thugs in the form of weekly or monthly taxes.”

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South Dakota covers up source of death penalty drugs ahead of execution

According to the article, SD used execution drugs contaminated with fungus.  It WOULD have used drugs illegally imported from India, but those expired.

Not sure of the veracity of this journalism, as this seems far-fetched for a state’s actions.  But you can read about it here.

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Prison Reform Movement's Weblog- America: Land of the Free, Home of the Incarcerated

    • Astonishing pictures show American prison system at breaking point with more than 2million citizens behind bars
    • The most overcrowded state, California, has 140,000 inmates when its 33 prisons are only designed to hold 80,000
    • Overcapacity is expected to soar to 45 per cent above its maximum limit by 2018



These revealing pictures illustrate America’s prison system at breaking point – with overcrowding in the nation’s jails at its highest for eight years.

Overall, the Bureau of Prisons Network is around 39 per cent over ‘rated capacity’ – their highest level since 2004 – with that figure expected to soar to 45 per cent above its limit by 2018.

Inmates are housed in a gymnasium at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California. The Supreme Court has ordered California to release more than 30,000 inmates over the next two yearsInmates are housed in a gymnasium at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California. The Supreme Court has ordered California to release more than 30,000 inmates over the next two years


An inmate stands in his overcrowded cell at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana, California. The state's prisons are so overcrowded that they are said to provide inadequate mental and health careAn inmate stands in his…

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