June 20, 2011, 6:55 pmBy ROBERT MACKEY
As if conjured up by a presidential speechwriter to star in an anecdote about America’s dysfunctional health insurance system, James Verone, an unemployed 59-year-old with a bad back, a sore foot and an undiagnosed growth on his chest, limped into a bank in Gastonia, North Carolina, this month and handed the teller a note, explaining that this was an unarmed robbery, but she’d better turn over $1 and call the cops. That, he figured, would be enough to get himself arrested and sent to prison for a few years, where he could take advantage of the free medical care.
Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:00 pm | Updated: 10:26 am, Wed Jun 15, 2011.
Here is a way to cut the federal budget deficit: early release options — that have to be earned — for thousands of nonviolent federal prisoners held behind bars at great expense.
Early release is an effective and safe way to save a bundle without putting public safety at risk.
The nuts and bolts of an early-release strategy can be found in a recent Families Against Mandatory Minimums report. The FAMM strategy stresses ways to get more inmates out of prison and ways to keep them out.
The domed structures will be used to hold low-security, short-term, adult male criminal illegal inmigrants, Management and Training Corp. said in a statement.
By Sarah Hutchins
Norfolk, Virginia - On a rainy night in 2006, Jade Young and a friend stood watch at a bedroom window as two other friends terrorized and robbed a 90-year-old man.
They tied him up with phone cords and stole his money, liquor, prescription medications and guns. It was only after he broke free and hobbled across the street with his walker that police were notified.
Young, 17 at the time, served 14 months in a juvenile detention center for robbery and statutory burglary. She was treated as an adult and has an adult felony record. The three others involved went to prison.
Young's story was a wake-up call for Norffolk Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Underwood, who prosecuted the case. Underwood said Young, who e-mailed him in 2008, didn't understand how different her life could be after committing a crime.
"You may have put me behind bars," she wrote to Underwood, "but you made me realize that I need more from life than crime." Her words, Underwood said, "made all the difference in the world."
"She's the reason we come to schools now," Underwood told a class of eighth-graders at Azalea Gardens Middle School on Monday.
Less than a month after retiring from his post as Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Harley G. Lappin has been hired to a top positon at the nation's largest private, for-profit prison contractor, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). In a move that has gone virtually unnoticed by the press except on the business pages, Lappin, who had run the BOP since 2003, has been named CCA's Executive VP and Chief Corrections Officer. According to a company press release, his responsibilities will include "the oversight of facility operations, health services, inmate rehabilitation programs, [and] purchasing."
By Steve Johnson
June 03, 2011
The overcrowding is due to an overflow of inmates awaiting transfer to prisons, which don't have space for them.
The additional 400 bunks are the maximum number that can be installed in the regional jails, said Joe DeLong, deputy secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety.
"We don't have any room to put in any more bunks. At some point, we can't even put in enough bunks to accommodate all of them," DeLong told The Register-Herald.
A staggering number of illegal immigrants are housed in California's prisons and jails, and it's taxpayers who foot the huge bill. Eyewitness News investigated the numbers and asked lawmakers in Sacramento and Washington what can be done.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A staggering number of illegal immigrants are housed in California's prisons and jails, and it's taxpayers who foot the huge bill.
Eyewitness News investigated the numbers and asked lawmakers in Sacramento and Washington what can be done.
HARRISBURG -- More than 1,000 inmates sent to Michigan prisons once again are housed in Pennsylvania, state corrections officials announced today.
Pennsylvania transferred the prisoners in February 2010 to alleviate crowding due to a moratorium on new paroles. Another 1,000 prisoners were sent to Virginia.
An official inspection of Western Australia's Roebourne prison has slammed its cramped, rodent-infested cells, unsafe bunks and lack of air-conditioning in the harsh Pilbara heat.
WA's Inspector of Custodial Services Neil Morgan tabled his report on the regional prison in state parliament this week, warning of the "dehumanising effects of overcrowding and inadequate climate control" at the facility.
Callers to 1-800-VISIT-NC are typically hoping to learn what the state of North Carolina has to offer as a vacation destination. When Teresa Culpepper answers one of those 100 or so calls per day with, “Thank you for calling North Carolina Tourism. How may I help you?” most callers will not realize that she and the other women in the 1-800-VISIT-NC call center are serving 15 years to life in the maximum security women’s prison in Raleigh, North Carolina.
These women who are the voice of 1-800-VISIT-NC may know more about the state of North Carolina’s attractions than most others, but they may never get to visit them, digtriad.com’s WFMY News 2 reported today.
San Quentin State Prison holds a lot of bragging rights. Home to California's male death row, the prison sits on a desirable plot of Marin County overlooking San Francisco Bay and has hosted the likes of such crooning celebrities as Johnny Cash ("At San Quentin," 1969) and B.B. King ("Live at San Quentin," 1990).
As of Wednesday, the jail can now add "inmate heroes" to the boasting list.
The prison, which houses more than 5,000 inmates, trains selected nonviolent offenders as paramedics and firefighters. The 16-man crew lives outside prison walls on prison property in an old firehouse and responds 24/7 to prison calls and, in rare instances, alarms from the bay.
Sacramento, California - Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to transfer state inmates to faces a simple obstacle: Many jails don't have the space to hold them.
Just as the state has struggled with prison overcrowding, some counties have had their own problems keeping inmates locked up. Statewide, tens of thousands of inmates are released early from California each year because of space constraints.
Originally published December 26, 2010 at 12:38 p.m.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Long after he leaves office next month, Gov. Bob Riley says he won't be able to forget 24 specific days during his eight years in office. Those are the days when an Alabama death row inmate was executed by lethal injection at Holman Prison in Atmore - deaths that Riley could have stopped with a phone call.
The 24 executions since Riley became governor in January, 2003 are the most under the watch of any Alabama governor since Frank Dixon was governor from 1939 to 1943, according to Department of Corrections records. There were 33 executions during Dixon's four years in office. The most during the administration of any Alabama governor since the state took over executions from the counties in the 1920s was 49 during the two terms of Gov. Bibb Graves in the 1920s and 1930s.