Raleigh, NC -- The Republican-controlled state Senate voted Monday night to repeal a landmark 2009 state law that allows death row inmates to appeal their sentences by using statistical evidence to try and prove the taint of racial bias.
The United States Bureau of Prisons calls its UNICOR business services unit "The Best Kept Secret in Outsourcing."
Published: November 25, 201
New York City - The boxes once held mail, but now are usually painted red and marked with the word “Amnesty” stenciled on the front, and there are several of them at . They are last-chance invitations to visitors to anonymously relieve themselves of any contraband intended for an inmate. Call them tossed-and-found boxes. They are emptied every week
The boxes are opened on Tuesdays. Inside this week: six cellphones, three canisters of pepper spray, eight blades of various sorts (including a steak knife). Also, two forks, two pairs of scissors, something wrapped in plastic, a hypodermic needle and — now here was something strange — a calculator.
Legal experts are divided on whether a condemned prisoner who drops resistance to execution should be allowed a dignified end.
|Oregon prisoner Gary Haugen faced death next month for killing two people, but Gov. John Kitzhaber banned further executions during his term. (Don Ryan, Associated Press / May 18, 20|
San Quentin, Calif.—Serial wife-killer Jerry Stanley wants to die.Imprisoned on death row for the past 28 years, Stanley insists he deserves execution for the cold-blooded killing of his fourth wife in 1980 and for shooting to death his second wife five years earlier in front of their two children.
Despairing of the isolation and monotony of San Quentin's rooftop fortress for the purportedly doomed, Stanley earlier this year stepped up his campaign for a date with the executioner by offering to solve the cold case of his third wife's disappearance 31 years ago — by disclosing where he buried her body.
In cells like this, a critical report said, mentally ill inmates were naked, left in filth and improperly strapped down at Central Prison in Raleigh. GERRY BROOME - AP
New building will be good but fix any systemic problems as well.
The findings of an internal review of conditions for mentally ill inmates at North Carolina's Central Prison - conditions made public last week - are stomach-churning, no matter what excuses or reasons officials offer. Gov. Bev Perdue rightly called them unacceptable.
We echo the comments she made when told of the neglect and unsanitary situations an internal review documented: "Nobody expects really luxurious treatment for any prisoners; they're there for a reason. But we also expect there to be very decent, humane, healthy conditions for the prison population."
What were those conditions?
AKRON, Ohio - Bianca Brown thought she understood all the consequences for pleading guilty to felony theft and forgery charges.
She knew about the suspended prison sentence and the terms of her probation. She didn't realize how that plea would forever alter her job prospects.
The 23-year-old Akron woman nat only faces difficulty getting a job because many employers won't look beyond her criminal record, but she also cannot legally be hired for many positions under Ohio law because of her conviction.
She can't work as a bingo operator. Or an emergency medical technician. Or at a nursing home caring for adults. Or at any county developmental disabilities board. Or hold any classified job with the state Department of Youth Services and many other state agencies.
The list goes on and on.
Researchers have demonstrated a vulnerability in the computer systems used to control facilities at federal prisons that could allow an outsider to remotely take them over, doing everything from opening and overloading cell door mechanisms to shutting down internal communications systems. Tiffany Rad, Teague Newman, and John Strauchs, who presented their research on October 26 at the Hacker Halted information security conference in Miami, worked in Newman's basement to develop the attacks that could take control of prisons' industrial control systems and programmable logic controllers. They spent less than $2,500 and had no previous experience in dealing with those technologies.
Published: November 2, 2011
By Julia Landau
Richmond, California has the lowest per capita income in the Bay Area and one of the highest unemployment rates. The city is also home to one of the biggest populations of people newly released from prison in Contra Costa County.
Ex-cons already vie for services with other needy people in the city, and more ex-offenders are expected in Richmond as a new law rolls out.
Assembly Bill 109, or prison realignment, is the biggest change in the criminal justice system in decades. This legislation puts low-level felons and parole violators in county jail instead of state prison. Upwards of 90% of these “non-serious” offenders getting transferred to county jails will return to their neighborhoods within the year.
By JESSICA GRESKO and JOHN O'CONNOR Associated Press
Black, 36, was among the first of potentially thousands of inmates who are being released early from federal prison because of an easing of the harsh penalties for crack that were enacted in the 1980s, when the drug was a terrifying new phenomenon in America's cities.
"I did more than enough time," Black said outside his family's Springfield, Ill., home, where family and friends had gathered to celebrate over dinner. "I feel like I can win this time. I'm a better man today than I was then."
American Securities LLC on Friday signed a $1 billion agreement to buy Global Tel Link Corp. from rival New York buyout firm Veritas Capital, a person familiar with the matter said.
The target's owners and creditors will receive $950 million at closing and an additional $50 million if certain contingencies are met, the source said. No formal deal announcement will be issued, the source added.
Veritas declined to comment. Neither American Securities nor Global Tel Link returned phone calls.
Veritas, an 82% owner, stands to reap more than a 325% gain on its $115 million, nearly 3-year-old investment in the Mobile, Ala.-based provider of telecom services to federal prison inmates. GS Direct LLC, an investment arm of Goldman, Sachs & Co., will earn a similar return on its $15 million outlay.