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July 23, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia prison guard charged last year in an FBI sting that also ensnared five of his colleagues was ordered Thursday to spend four years and two months in prison for attempting to smuggle drugs and other contraband into a city jail. John Wesley Herder, 50, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to federal counts of attempted extortion, attempted drug distribution, and making false statements to the FBI in January. At the time, he told U.S. District Judge Mark A. Kearney that he accepted a bribe of $1,000 in 2013 to sneak OxyContin pills and a cellphone into the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.
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December 1, 1989 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twenty-seven inmates who were at Holmesburg Prison during a disturbance in October filed a lawsuit yesterday in U.S. District Court, contending that they were beaten without cause and have suffered extensive psychological and physical injuries. Named as defendants in the lawsuit were the city and 100 unidentified corrections officers and supervisors at the Northeast Philadelphia prison. The suit, filed by lawyers Richard A. Shore and Howard D. Popper, contended that the inmates were denied medical treatment for "many hours" after they were injured and that, for most of the 27 inmates, treatment amounted to "little more than first aid. " The suit states that the group was incarcerated in I-block, which was the site of the disturbance Oct. 28, which began after a quarrel between a guard and an inmate.
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October 29, 1998 | By Eddie Olsen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A onetime cell-mate lover testified yesterday there was no warning that Steven Beverly had reached the breaking point or would go after the corrections officer who ordered their separation at Bayside State Prison in Maurice River Township last year. Favors Ali, a former inmate at the Cumberland County facility who is now in protective custody at Trenton State Prison, alleged that he and Beverly lived in an atmosphere that was biased against blacks and homosexuals at Bayside State Prison.
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November 6, 1989 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg contributed to this article
At least 12 inmates will be charged with assault and riot in the Oct. 28 Holmesburg Prison uprising that injured 114 inmates and 47 corrections officers, a police source said yesterday. In addition, the source said, corrections officers have identified four other inmates who took part in a fight earlier the same day in which five officers were injured. Detectives have interviewed 15 corrections officers and plan to interview 30 more, according to the source. They expect additional inmates to be identified as participants in the rioting.
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December 23, 2009 | By James Osborne INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Corrections officers from the downtown Camden jail filed a defamation lawsuit against top county officials yesterday over accusations that officers had vandalized officials' personal property in retaliation for the decision to privatize the jail. "As elected officials, they shouldn't be making allegations without evidence," said Peter Farlow, spokesman for Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 351. "It diminishes our capacity to act as law enforcement officials. " The suit was filed in Camden County Superior Court against Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. and County Administrator Ross Angilella.
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May 28, 2013
Roy Pinto, president of the union for Pennsylvania corrections officers, was incorrectly identified in an article in Monday's Inquirer. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail dsullivan@phillynews.com .
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August 24, 1989 | By Karl Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bucks County owes corrections officers a 10 percent raise this year and 5 percent next year, according to an arbitrator's ruling. The arbitrator also let stand a county policy allowing officers to refuse overtime if they have worked mandatory overtime the previous day. Overcrowding has forced officers at the Bucks County Correctional Facility to work increasingly long hours. Eight of the top 10 overtime earners in the county work at the county jail or the rehabilitation center.
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April 13, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Burlington County has violated a New Jersey law that prohibits strip searches in minor-offense cases unless there is a reasonable suspicion that weapons, drugs, or other contraband are being concealed, a federal judge decided last month in a case filed seven years ago, before the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the issue. Now, more than 10,000 detainees who were strip-searched at Burlington's jails over the years - despite minor offenses such as failure to pay traffic fines or child support - are expected to be certified as a class and may qualify for damages that could total millions.
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April 4, 1990 | By Robert W. Fowler, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer staff writer Donna Shaw contributed to this article
Workers at Graterford Prison asked Commonwealth Court yesterday to force the state to reduce the number of inmates at the vastly overcrowded maximum security facility and to hire more corrections officers. "Such conditions have already resulted in a doubling of inmate assaults on the staff," contends the suit filed on behalf of Council 13 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The suit, filed against the governor and the state Department of Corrections, contends that there are 4,200 inmates at an institution that is rated to hold 2,734.
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March 29, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A fired Delaware County corrections officer filed a complaint Wednesday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging rampant racism and illegal conduct at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Glen Mills. Victor McWilliams alleges in his nine-page complaint that the percentage of black corrections officers at the prison had plunged from about 90 percent in 2002 to less than 30 percent in 2012. "This statistical anomaly cannot be ignored for an employer of this size," the complaint states.
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August 4, 2016
A man who had been arrested for unrelated drug offenses has been charged with smuggling heroin into the Chester County Prison by hiding it in his dreadlocks, the District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Jarrett Christopher Mason, 27, of Philadelphia, hid heroin in his hair when he was arrested in Phoenixville on July 15, according to county prosecutors. He then was transferred to the county prison. On July 19, another inmate said Mason was distributing heroin in the prison. When correctional officers told Mason to squat and cough, a bag of heroin fell from his rectum, according to the criminal complaint.
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July 23, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia prison guard charged last year in an FBI sting that also ensnared five of his colleagues was ordered Thursday to spend four years and two months in prison for attempting to smuggle drugs and other contraband into a city jail. John Wesley Herder, 50, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to federal counts of attempted extortion, attempted drug distribution, and making false statements to the FBI in January. At the time, he told U.S. District Judge Mark A. Kearney that he accepted a bribe of $1,000 in 2013 to sneak OxyContin pills and a cellphone into the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.
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July 8, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - The question for convicted murderer Arthur Johnson seemed simple: Could he explain what his days are like, from the moment he wakes to the time he drifts off to sleep, in the 7-by-12-foot prison cell where he has spent nearly 37 years in solitary confinement? His response was an unstoppable, eight-minute soliloquy about despair and mistrust and lessons learned on the street, the words spilling from his mouth in a crush of thoughts as he tried to convince a federal judge on Wednesday that nearly four decades is enough time for any one person to spend alone.
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February 13, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
The first of six Philadelphia prison guards to face sentencing since being ensnared in an FBI sting was ordered Thursday to spend four years in prison for smuggling drugs and other contraband into a city jail. George Kindle, 29, pleaded guilty to federal counts of attempted extortion and attempted drug distribution in November. At the time, he told U.S. District Judge John R. Padova that he accepted two bribes of $1,000, within weeks of each other, to sneak OxyContin pills and cellphones into the House of Correction in Holmesburg.
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January 23, 2016
An inmate died Thursday after a New Jersey Department of Corrections van struck a flatbed truck in Cumberland County, state police said. The crash occurred around 1:45 p.m. in the southbound lane of State Highway 55 in Millville. The van, from Bayside State Prison, was carrying two corrections officers and two inmates, including the one who was killed. The other inmate was taken to Inspira Medical Center in Vineland and remained hospitalized late Thursday afternoon. The officers were taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, state police said.
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December 11, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 23-year-old police officer's son on Wednesday became the third of six Philadelphia prison guards charged in an FBI sting to admit he smuggled drugs and other contraband to inmates in city jails. With tears streaming down his face, Marc Thompson, formerly employed at the House of Correction in Holmesburg, pleaded guilty to one federal count each of attempted extortion and attempted drug distribution. He told U.S. District Judge Mark A. Kearney that he accepted a $1,500 bribe to sneak a cellphone, a charger, and 100 OxyContin pills to an inmate who unbeknownst to him was working with the FBI. Thompson faces up to 40 years in prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for March.
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November 23, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
After inmates at the Camden County Jail complained that corrections officers had stomped on or torn apart personal photos during routine cell searches in November 2014, the internal affairs unit launched an investigation. One of the officers involved in the shakedown then pointed to an even larger problem: Other officers, he said, were smuggling cellphones into the jail for personal use. What investigators discovered next was shocking. A group of white officers, for months, had exchanged racial, homophobic, and anti-Semitic slurs in group text messages.
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November 14, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first of six Philadelphia prison guards ensnared in an FBI sting pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court. George Kindle, 29, admitted that he smuggled drugs and a cellphone into the House of Corrections for prisoners. In exchange, Kindle, who spent seven years as a Philadelphia corrections officer, received payments that totaled $2,000. The prisoners, however, were working with the FBI. Kindle pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted extortion and attempted distribution of controlled substances.
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April 13, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Burlington County has violated a New Jersey law that prohibits strip searches in minor-offense cases unless there is a reasonable suspicion that weapons, drugs, or other contraband are being concealed, a federal judge decided last month in a case filed seven years ago, before the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the issue. Now, more than 10,000 detainees who were strip-searched at Burlington's jails over the years - despite minor offenses such as failure to pay traffic fines or child support - are expected to be certified as a class and may qualify for damages that could total millions.
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February 14, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - A New Jersey lawmaker wants to restrict the use of solitary confinement in the state's jails, warning the practice has "grave consequences" for the safety of inmates and officers. There's just one problem: The Department of Corrections and the unions representing officers say they don't use solitary confinement. A disagreement over semantics dominated an hours-long hearing Thursday held by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, which took testimony on the bill but did not vote on it. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D., Union)
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