Monthly Archives: June 2013

Eastern State Penitentiary Part II

Philadelphia, PA – Eastern State Penitentiary (HDR)

Places 2 Explore

One of the coolest places to HDR in the US…Eastern State Penitentiary. An added bonus when you visit…they allow Tripods! You have to pay ten dollars extra..but all worth it! The prison was open from 1829 to 1971. It housed Al Capone and many other scary people. I have only visitd once, but would enjoy heading back to take the “Ghost” tour. They call it “Terror Behind the Walls“. I unfortunately do not believe in ghosts…but this could be one spooky place at nite! If you are ever in the Philly area…stop by and visit ESP! Def cool!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 13.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 9 Exposures (+4 to -4)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

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GA: Department of Juvenile Justice investigates sexual misconduct caseload

From the article: “At a meeting of the state board at the Macon Youth Development Center, officials said they have called in the GBI and the state’s Department of Corrections to help close at least 20 investigations of either sexual abuse or sexual harassment involving incarcerated youths, said Jim Shuler, the department’s communications director.”

The department has anonymous tip boxes established on housing units, as well as an anonymous tip line.  Read more here.

In Ohio, Governor Kasich formed a task force following the release of the BJS report.  The task force came up with the following recommendations for immediate action:

·         Continue the Climate Assessor initiative at each DYS facility

·         Develop effective communication methods among facility youth and staff, Central Office staff and Task Force members

·         Implement random security checks to serve as a deterrent for misconduct

·         Establish a monitoring system for supervisors who view live cameras to enhance safety and security for youth and staff

·         Develop an integrated reporting protocol to improve mandatory reporting and coordination of investigations between DYS and other state agencies

·         Enhance reporting mechanisms for both youth and staff

·         Review 2012 Activity Management System (AMS) reports to ensure that information is accurately entered

·         Develop a plan to conduct cultural assessments at all DYS facilities

·         Work with Bureau of Justice Statistics to receive a detailed summary of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) survey information pertaining to DYS facilities

·         Review, analyze and summarize historical information and reports to better understand the context of data collected by the Bureau of Justice Statistics

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UK: Lewes Prison hooch problem prompts fresh fruit clampdown

From the article: “Fruit portions were reduced and other products that could be used – including five-litre cleaning containers used to make the hooch – were either removed or moved away from inmates.”

We have done the same thing in Ohio.  We were recently under a consent decree relating to the medical care of inmates that required fresh fruit to be served with meals.  However, staff have said that some fruit is easier to make hooch from than others (oranges, for example, are easy; bananas, less so).  Some institutions cut up the fruit so it is more difficult to carry away from the chow hall; others have ramped up searches of inmates when they leave the chow hall.  Some institutions have also taken a close look at the containers used to make the hooch and tried to more closely regulate those.  Across the system, institutions have also moved from selling sugar to providing only sugar substitute.  It’s pretty much an ongoing battle, though.

Read more about the UK jail here.

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OH: Inmate died of heroin overdose

The inmate died of a heroin overdose while he was incarcerated in the Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Justice Center.

Staff response:

“Do we know how Mr. Barton got his drugs? Nope. That’s what we’re working on,” said Jim Knapp, spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. “But it is a jail and we have criminals here.”

Excellent investigative finding.

Read more here.

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OH: Toledo inmate indicted in prison attack, murder

From the article: “Dustin Lynch, 26, was indicted on two counts of aggravated murder in the March 17 death of Arturo Lopez, 43. Lynch also was indicted on one count of felonious assault for a March 10 attack on inmate Christopher Trent, 40. The attacks were part of a rising wave of violence at the prison since 2011 when the population increased and inmates were doubled up in single cells.”

Read more here.

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PA: Former inmate alleges Lackawanna County prison guard raped her

From the article: “The lawsuits each claim Mr. Black sexually assaulted the women on several occasions in 2011 after he ordered them to go to areas of the prison out of sight of surveillance cameras. Both women said they later learned several other females have said Mr. Black sexually assaulted them.”

Read more here.

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Life in a Siberian Prison

Great photos on a Siberian prison.  Pretty bleak.  Then again, it IS Siberia.

Check it out here.

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ID: Idaho prison contract up for bid

This is kind of big.

From the article: “Idaho prison leaders are looking for a new company to run the state’s largest prison after Corrections Corporation of America admitted to understaffing and overbilling for its work operating the Idaho Correctional Center.”

I can’t repost the rest of the article due to copyright laws, but you should read it.  Here.

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UK: Teesside prison criticised for neglecting prisoner who killed himself

From the article: “Hall’s cell was fitted with CCTV, but his actions were not monitored by prison staff and he lay bleeding for 20 minutes after cutting his throat. The jury concluded the failure of staff to observe and interact contributed to his death.”

Read more here.

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