February 13, 2016 |
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.
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.
December 11, 2015 |
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.
November 23, 2015 |
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.
November 14, 2015 |
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.
April 13, 2015 |
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.
February 14, 2015 |
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)
June 25, 2014 |
Last of three parts During visiting time at the State Correctional Institution at Waymart, Pa., the wives and mothers who have been allowed into the prison nimbly feed money into vending machines that line a wall. The women quickly amass meals of fat and calories to present to their men during their four hours together. Along with their freedom, the inmates have lost the privilege of handling legal tender. Prisoners eat sitting side by side with women and children on hard, fixed chairs.
April 3, 2014 |
I APOLOGIZE to the corrections officers and supervisors who felt tainted by yesterday's story about Michael "Fat Mike" Davis, who died after an incident at the Philadelphia Detention Center. "The article made us all look like animals," said one of the prison employees who had spoken with my colleague Dana DiFilippo and me about inmate Davis, on the condition of anonymity. They said that Davis had been dragged, facedown, to the Detention Center's psych unit, suffering injuries that his family believes contributed to his death.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .