Monthly Archives: February 2013

Officials: Inmate Kills Guard at Prison in NE Pa.

From the article: “An inmate using a homemade weapon assaulted and killed a guard at a federal prison in northeastern Pennsylvania, the first fatal attack on a federal corrections officer in nearly five years, officials said Tuesday.”

According to the article, at least three inmates have been killed at the facility since 2005, when it opened.  The prison is a high security facility.

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Third Man Charged in Federal Inmate-Beating Probe in Maryland

From the article: “The vic­tim, Ken­neth Davis, was in hand­cuffs when he was beaten four times in a 24-hour period span­ning March 8 and 9, 2008. The inci­dent prompted high-profile state-level inves­ti­ga­tions and pros­e­cu­tions, with many offi­cers fired and nine charged crim­i­nally, though 2009 jury tri­als ended with acquittals.”

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MN: Former Hennepin County inmate says jail was negligent

From the article: “Last March, police brought Michael Schuler to the psychiatric unit of Hennepin County Medical Center where he was kept in restraints. After he was discharged, he was booked into jail because he missed a court date while hospitalized.”

While in the jail, he began to self-mutilate, including stabbing himself in the eyes with a pencil.  Maybe the fact that he came straight from a psychiatric unit should have been a tip-off that he should not have been allowed sharp objects…

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WA: Spokane jail inmate who died had called for help

From the article: “The inmate who died Sunday in the Spokane County Jail has been identified as a man who had called 911 for help with a drug overdose because he was a diabetic and had ingested methamphetamine.”

That’s not the bad part.  This is the bad part:

Christopher J. Parker, 33, was evaluated by fire department paramedics who didn’t feel he needed to go to a hospital. Instead, they turned him over to police, and he was jailed on an outstanding arrest warrant.

In jail, authorities say Parker became uncooperative and Corrections deputies shocked him with a Taser and put him in a restraint chair where he stopped breathing.

Talk about a failure on multiple levels…

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S.C. jail guard charged in inmate beating

From the article: “A Richland County jail guard was charged Monday in what detectives said was the stomping of an inmate earlier this month…Deputies allege Smith repeatedly kicked the inmate in the head and side, then put his boot on the inmate’s head and neck while pulling his arm in the opposite direction.”

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IN: Part-time judge accused of having ‘sexual relations’ with inmate

From the article: “The charges allege she kissed her client three times at the Miami Correctional Facility and correctional officers there saw them “engaged in excessive fondling over the clothing.”

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IL: Quinn stands by decision to close 2 prisons, despite inmate crowding

From the article: “Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday stood by his decision to close two prisons and several halfway homes, even as overcrowding at remaining facilities has forced the Illinois Department of Corrections to convert gym space into housing for inmates.”

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What it’s like inside a Syrian government prison

From the article: “In a recent report, the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights documented methods of torture prevalent in regime prisons.  The report lists 957 cases of death from torture in 2012. The report lists the name and location of each death, and in many cases provides photos or video evidence and testimony from fellow inmates or family members who received the bodies. The tally includes 34 children and 17 women.”

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IL: 2 Cook County jail officers had inmate beaten up

From the article: “Two Cook County Jail officers who got two inmates to beat up a third after the second one was disruptive and tried to light a cigarette in a broken electrical box have been charged in the case today.”

The officers were charged with “mob action.”  Love it.

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Colorado prison hospice program helps inmates die with dignity

From the article: “In the first state prison hospice program in the nation, inmates of the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Cañon City are trained to care for fellow prisoners as they follow the course of diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C toward the inevitable.”

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