October 26, 1995 |
The massive raid at Graterford state prison earlier this week grabbed the attention of the outside world, but the biggest show of force was the quiet, hurried transfer of a dozen inmates who wielded the real power inside the prison walls. More than the unprecedented raid by 650 state troopers and prison guards, more than the forced retirement of two top prison officials, more than the strip-searches of the 3,490 inmates and the cell-by-cell shakedown for drugs and weapons, the biggest symbol of change was the dethroning of the reputed leader of prison wheeling-and-dealing.
August 27, 2007
IWOULD LIKE to let my fellow inmates and the people who read the Daily News know that if you have bunk beds, please make sure that ladders are attached. State penal institutions don't provide inmates with some type of step or ladder to get to the top bunk because you're not obligated to sleep up there. I was getting into the top bunk and the seat I used, which is welded to a desk, broke and caused me to have a four-day hospital stay. I hurt my back, neck, hand and shoulder, and I have a civil lawsuit against the state currently in litigation.
August 23, 2006
THE CARNAGE taking place in African-American communities throughout the country is a disgrace. Brothers, it's time for the foolishness to stop! We can't advance as a people dragging this albatross. This violence and general lawlessness will adversely affect generations to come. It will take the entire community armed with new thinking, new ideas, new approaches, new courage to solve the problem. We must accept the fact there is a direct correlation between what we are experiencing and the breakdown of the nuclear family.
May 30, 1986 |
A nationally known prison expert yesterday described the state prison at Graterford as an overcrowded and potentially volatile institution plagued by physical deterioration and a lack of maintenance. Paul W. Keve, the author of five books about corrections and a professor emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University, said in U.S. District Court yesterday that his findings were based on two tours of the prison - one in 1985 and a second this year. Keve called the prison infirmary "an especially unfortunate place" that was "seriously deficient" in size and cleanliness, and he criticized the prison's psychiatric ward, where he said inmates are shackled to their cots while awaiting transfer to psychiatric hospitals.
September 28, 1994 |
Askia Muhammad twirled a thick slice of golden tomato at the end of his fork. "I don't know what it is but it tastes good," he said. "It's my first real meal in 13 years. " Muhammad, 48, a minimum security inmate at the State Prison at Graterford, was dining on quinoa salad and purple potatoes, bowtie pasta and spice cake. Satisfied, he pushed back his paper plate and declared the meal a healthful change from the mystery meats usually featured at Graterford. "It's real difficult," said Muhammad, "because you have a system that doesn't promote health.
December 29, 1989 |
The Gray Panthers, the national organization that fights for the rights of senior citizens, have tens of thousands of members and scores of chapters in all corners of the globe. Yesterday, they established a chapter in the most unlikely corner of all. A prison. The Eastern State Correctional Institution at Graterford, to be exact. The Gray Panthers granted a charter to 40 inmates at Graterford in central Montgomery County. Maggie Kuhn, 84, the group's founder, said the chapter is the first established at a prison.
April 14, 1987 |
As a result of efforts to reduce overcrowding in Philadelphia's jails, the State Correctional Institution at Graterford is overflowing, with at least 50 inmates sleeping in the prison gymnasium. The inmate population in Philadelphia's jails is now about 4,200 - 100 over a cap that was to have gone into effect March 9. Last month, faced with court-ordered population caps and possible moratoriums on admissions, city prison officials met with state corrections officials. The state officials agreed to house some state-sentenced inmates who routinely had been held in the city jails.
November 29, 1990 |
Dickie Noles did a short stretch in Graterford Prison Saturday - about two hours. He wasn't charged with anything, except maybe the task of trying to set kids on the path to a law-abiding and literate life. The former starting pitcher for the Phillies was at the prison as part of a special Reading is Fundamental day coordinated by inmates and Episcopal Community Services of Philadelphia. During his visit, he thrilled inmates' children with autographed books, wristbands, hats, sunglasses and other goodies, and gave a gusty reading of "Casey at the Bat. " It wasn't Noles' first experience behind bars.
May 25, 1988 |
An inmate at Graterford prison was stabbed to death yesterday during what prison officials described as a quarrel involving four inmates. Immediately following the incident, which occurred about 8:30 a.m., a general lockdown was ordered for the prison's 2,531 inmates. The incident is being investigated by prison officials, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and Pennsylvania State Police from the Limerick barracks, prison spokesman Alan J. Lefebvre said. The victim, identified as Daniel Brawley, 25, of Philadelphia, was taken to Montgomery Hospital in Norristown, where repeated attempts to revive him failed, Lefebvre said.
April 18, 2011 |
A 33-year-old Bucks County inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford has been charged with murder in the death of another inmate who died seven weeks after he was beaten during an attack in an outdoors exercise cage, police said. John Anthony Kasianczuk, of the 8500 block of New Falls Road, Levittown, allegedly punched Roberto Avalle in the head, then stomped on Avalle's head, causing a brain hemorrhage that ultimately killed him, police said. The attack occurred on August, 22, 2010, officials said, but Avalle died on October 9, 2010, while being treated for his injuries in the infirmary at the State Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands, Somerset County.