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Saturday, 30 April 2011 05:23

Ala. executes 24 during Riley's terms as governor

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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.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 2:39 PM CST

LINO LAKES- Minnesota — A correctional facility sergeant accused of policy misconduct in a high-security unit was fired justly, ruled a state arbitrator.

Documents filed last month by the Bureau of Mediation Services detailed surveillance tapes that showed “very conclusive” evidence of lax security by 23-year prison employee Paul Helin, according to arbitrator James Scoville.

In the tapes, Helin allowed multiple, un-handcuffed, high-security offenders to be in a recreation area in October of 2009. Elsewhere, Helin allowed two inmates who had been in a fight to enter the high-security unit while an inmate barber, his clients and tools were all unsecured.

ALBANY, New York – Female prisoners at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County are staffing a Department of Motor Vehicles call center. The facility employs 39 inmates, including 31 full-time and part-time customer service agents, six team leaders and two trainers.

The program has been going on for years at the Bayview Women’s Prison in Manhattan, but that has been converted to a re-entry facility for short-timers being released into the community and Bedford Hills has a larger inmate population with longer sentences.

Friday, 29 April 2011 23:34

Star 72 scam targeting phone customers

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December 13, 2010 4:36 PM


VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Deputies in Van Buren County are issuing a warning about a growing phone scam.

It involves call forwarding, and deputies are calling it the 'star 72' scam. They say people will call you up and ask if you can forward a collect call for them.

Published on Saturday, December 11, 2010



by Bruce A. Dixon


Offices of the wardens at Hay's, Macon State, Telfair, and Augusta state all referred our inquiries to the Department of Corrections public affairs officer, who so far has declined to return our repeated calls.


The nine specific demands made by Georgia's striking prisoners in two press releases pointedly reflect many of the systemic failures of the U.S. regime of mass incarceration, and the utter disconnection of U.S. prisons from any notions of protecting or serving the public interest. The prisoner strike in Georgia is unique, sources among inmates and their families say, because it includes not just black prisoners, but Latinos and whites too, a departure from the usual sharp racial divisions that exist behind prison walls. Inmate families and other sources claim that when thousands of prisoners remained in their cells Thursday, authorities responded with violence and intimidation. Tactical officers rampaged through Telfair State Prison destroying inmate personal effects and severely beating at least six prisoners. Inmates in Macon State Prison say authorities cut the prisoners' hot water, and at Telfair the administration shut off heat Thursday when daytime temperatures were in the 30s. Prisoners responded by screening their cells with blankets, keeping prison authorities from performing an accurate count, a crucial aspect of prison operations.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

 STERLING —  Police are warning grandparents in town to beware of recent scams involving requests of money to get their grandchildren out of jail.

Two residents recently received separate calls informing them that their grandchild had been involved in an incident in another state or country and that bail money was needed, according to police. The perpetrator of the scam requested the grandparent send money so the grandchild could get out of jail.

Thursday, 28 October 2010 14:17

Joco to dial defendants with court date reminders

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 Kansas - Johnson County’s newly expanded jail has been running near its 814-inmate capacity and sometimes more as the emptied jail in Olathe gets remodeled.

Just as staffs for doctors and dentists call to remind patients of appointments, callers will soon tell Johnson County offenders of court date

If the defendants show up, they won’t have to be hauled back to jail, which would help solve a chronic problem for the county and other jurisdictions: crowded jails and too few beds for offenders who really need to be behind bars.


 Friday,Federal prison expansions underway to meet expected flood of inmates 03. September 2010 01:02 | Source:

Prison expansion  to make room for an expected inmate influx is moving ahead in  Canada, with the federal government rolling out plans in recent da ys to spend $105 million on new cells at three prisons in Wes tern Canada and one in Nova Scotia as part of a major building spree in the next few years.

September 18, 2010

by CHARLES OWENS Bluefield Daily Telegraph

 WELCH,West Virginia — The first inmates to be housed at the new Federal Correctional Institution McDowell arrived early Friday morning at the $232 million federal facility.

They won’t have much time to settle in to their new accommodations. The minimum security inmates will be put to work next week mowing the grass and cleaning the prison grounds, according to Gene Bailey, executive assistant and a public information officer for FCI McDowell.

Tuesday, 07 September 2010 14:06

Attorney accused in prison drug-smuggling case

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September 02, 2010 3:57 PM EDT


ST. LOUIS (AP) — An FBI agent says an Illinois defense attorney facing federal charges as he tried to smuggle a heroin-filled condom into an Indiana federal prison claims to have done it repeatedly, exploiting greater privacy privileges lawyers are afforded in the lockups.

Federal authorities in Terre Haute, Ind., charged Robert Drew on Tuesday with attempting to provide a prohibited object three days earlier to an inmate at the federal prison there. He remained jailed Thursday in Vigo County, Ind., on $100,000 bond.