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Monday, 16 August 2010 23:55

Green prison: Where security meets ecology

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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

A green prison sound s unlikely - especially in the US. But a groundbreaking facility in America wants to improve the environment as  well as crime rates.

By Rob Sharp


Environmentally friendly prisons. Liberals think they're a no-brainer, right-wingers might view them as just another hand in the public purse. Do the world's incarcerated now have a responsibility to save the planet?

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 23:15

Prison Inmate shot

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A convicted robber who allegedly tried to escape from a prison in the Texas Panhandle is recovering after being shot in the arm by a guard.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says 26-year-old Gordon Simpson could face escape-related charges. Clark says Simpson was at the Smith Unit in Lamesa on Monday and was being escorted out, with some other inmates, to work on agricultural fields.

JESSUP, Md. (AP) — Maryland prison officials say several inmates have been stabbed after several fights broke out at the same time at the facility.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worth is pushing for a law that calls for jail time for parents who skip parent-teacher conferences.


By Farah Stockman Globe Staff / October 10, 2010

I was a cub reporter working the night desk in 2001 when a man called and told me, “I’ve got a story for you.’’

 He said his name was Barry Scheck, a lawyer for the Innocence Project. The story went like this: Single mother of two works at a bar, but gets her GED, her bachelor’s degree, and then her law degree — all so that she can represent her brother Kenny, who had been convicted of robbing and murdering a woman in Ayer. The sister devotes her life to finding evidence to exonerate her brother. She finds old DNA samples from the crime scene — blood, believed to be the killer’s — in the basement of a courthouse. She fights to have the samples tested. Guess what? Tomorrow, Kenny’s a free man.

DENVER — Some military veterans are angry that a World War II soldier who died in prison after pleading guilty to killing his wife is scheduled to be buried Tuesday in Denver's Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Raymond R. Sawyer, a former Marine from Colorado, died Aug. 11 in a Tucson, Ariz., state prison while serving 13 years for second-degree murder.

Friday, 20 August 2010 02:23

Fake Lawyer Sentenced To Federal Prison

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Kieffer Represented Several People In Federal Court

POSTED: 3:25 pm MDT August 17, 2010
UPDATED: 4:25 pm MDT August 17, 2010

A man who pretended to be a lawyer will now spend 57 more months in a federal prison for a total of nine years.  Howard Kieffer, 54, was convicted in April of impersonating a lawyer. He represented at least 16 people in federal court proceedings in Colorado and other states, but he never even went to law school.  Kieffer will serve his sentence after he finishes his 51-month sentence in a similar case in North Dakota. After he serves his 9-year sentence, he will be put on supervised release for five years.

Kieffer represented Gwen Bergman, of Pitkin County, in May 2008 in U.S. District Court in Denver. She was accused of offering a hit man $30,000 to kill her husband in 2004.Kieffer is from Santa Ana, Calif. He said he had obtained a law degree from Antioch School of Law and said he was a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

NEW YORK — Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino said he would transform some New York prisons into dormitories for welfare recipients, where they could work in state-sponsored jobs, get employment training and take lessons in "personal hygiene."

Paladino, a wealthy Buffalo real estate developer popular with many tea party activists, isn't saying the state should jail poor people: The program would be voluntary.

In the first few days after BP's Deepwater Horizon wellhead exploded, spewing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, cleanup workers could be seen on Louisiana beaches wearing scarlet pants and white t-shirts with the words "Inmate Labor" printed in large red block letters. Coastal residents, many of whom had just seen their livelihoods disappear, expressed outrage at community meetings; why should BP be using cheap or free prison labor when so many people were desperate for work? The outfits disappeared overnight.

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