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February 15, 1991 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron Jones and the Junior Black Mafia "are synonymous," said a Common Pleas Court judge who yesterday sentenced Jones, the reputed boss of the JBM, to a maximum 10 to 20 years in prison for the stabbing of a fellow inmate. Jones, 29, "is a moving principal" in the JBM who employed the "extremely violent" tactics of the organization when he attacked inmate Parrish Barnes at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center on Nov. 3, 1989, said Judge John W. Herron in imposing the sentence.
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August 13, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Testifying before a federal judge Thursday, the former head of the state's prison system and its current chief offered radically different opinions over freeing from solitary confinement a 64-year-old inmate who has spent nearly 37 years confined 23 hours a day to a 7-by-12-foot cell. Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said Arthur Johnson could not be placed among the general population because he still has it in him to try to escape, and still has the capacity to kill during the attempt.
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June 14, 1989 | By Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
A Camden County Jail inmate with AIDS has been charged with attempted murder for biting a sheriff's deputy. The inmate allegedly shouted, "Die, you pig!" before biting the deputy three times and drawing blood, said County Prosecutor Samuel Asbell. Asbell said the incident occurred Sunday at Cooper Hospital, where the inmate, Gregory Dean Smith, 26, of Cherry Hill, a convicted robber, had been taken after he complained of a back problem. He said Smith got into an argument with a doctor there, and when deputies tried to restrain him, he bit the officer.
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December 19, 1990 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 12-year veteran of the Camden County Sheriff's Department was fired yesterday for assaulting an inmate in a dispute over a meal tray. Corrections Officer Tyrone Polk, the only county jail guard ever convicted of that offense, was dismissed by Sheriff William J. Simon on the recommendation of a departmental hearing officer, officials said. "I think there is a deterrent message that has to be sent," said Howard Wilson, the department's special counsel. "You have to be real careful in putting your hands on an inmate when it's not justified.
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March 6, 1986 | By John Woestendiek, Inquirer Staff Writer
An inmate at the Pennsylvania state prison in Huntingdon has petitioned a court either to release him or to ensure that he will not be exposed to another prisoner who has tested positive for AIDS antibodies. The petition for habeus corpus was filed in January in Common Pleas Court in Huntingdon County and a brief was filed last week on behalf of inmate George Feigley, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office said yesterday. Feigley is serving a 10- to 20-year sentence for statutory rape and faces an additional term for an escape conviction, state prison officials said.
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May 10, 1988 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A seventh correctional officer has been charged with participating in the beating of an inmate at a city prison work-release center in Kensington. Sgt. Clyde Gainey, 33, of the 8000 block of Temple Road, was arrested yesterday afternoon after being identified by a witness to the incident, said Laura Linton, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office. The witness, an inmate, came forward to corroborate the story of the beating victim, William Kennedy, after six guards were charged March 15 with assaulting Kennedy at the work-release center, she said.
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June 20, 1998 | By Nancy Phillips, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The New Jersey State Prison inmate who was fatally stabbed Thursday, allegedly by another inmate, was Kenneth Mahan, 43, of Camden, state corrections officials said yesterday. Mahan, who was serving a 25-year sentence for armed robbery, was attacked in the yard of the maximum-security prison in Trenton at 2:26 p.m. He was taken to St. Francis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:47 p.m. Julia Marian-Campbell, spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections, said authorities had a suspect in custody, but she declined to identify him. The killing is under investigation by the department's internal-affairs division and by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.
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April 3, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A corrections officer faces charges in the theft of $72 in cash from an inmate being processed at the Delaware County prison, the District Attorney's Office said Monday. Michael Siler, 45, of Upper Darby, a guard at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornton, was charged last week with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and theft by failing to make required disposition. Siler is accused of pocketing the money from an inmate who handed in the cash while being processed in October, according to the criminal complaint.
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May 8, 1990 | By Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Debbie Stone contributed to this report
A Holmesburg inmate died Sunday of a brain hemorrhage because a guard had refused to get him his blood-pressure medication, an inmate leader charged yesterday. James Barnwell, 45, of Stillman Street near Cambria, died about 2 p.m. at Nazareth Hospital. A spokesman for the medical examiner's office said Barnwell died of a cerebral hemorrhage due to hypertension. Dr. Ian Hood, the pathologist who conducted the autopsy on Barnwell, said it was possible that missed blood-pressure medication could have prompted the hemorrhage.
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January 5, 1991 | By Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writer
A former convict who spoke on behalf of other inmates in seeking city prison reform was arrested yesterday for allegedly stabbing his cousin at a Christmas Eve party. Jesse Kithcart, 47, of Clinton Street near 9th in Center City, was arrested yesterday morning while at work at Family Court, police said. He was charged with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person in connection with the stabbing of his cousin, Edward Jainlett, 21, of 21st Street near Dauphin, North Philadelphia.
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August 21, 2016
A man serving a prison sentence for a 2009 Atlantic City shooting was charged with murder Thursday because his victim died, prosecutors said. Germain Boothe, 27, had been charged with aggravated assault and other charges for shooting Malik Green with a sawed-off shotgun inside a bar on Nov. 22, 2009. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 2012 to eight years in prison. Green, 30, who was paralyzed from the neck down from his injury, died in Philadelphia in 2014. After further investigation, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton said they decided to file a murder charge against Booth for causing Green's death.
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August 20, 2016
A Delaware County prison guard was arrested after he was caught on video allegedly pocketing $108 that belonged to an inmate, the District Attorney's office announced. Correctional Officer Daniel McEnhill, 33, of Ridley Park, was charged with theft. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail to await a preliminary hearing. According to officials, inmate Christopher Channel filed a complaint alleging he never received a receipt for $108 that was taken from him May 16 during the intake process at the George Hill Correctional facility.
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August 20, 2016 | By Olivia Exstrum, Staff Writer
At 44, Matthew Slaughter has seen a lot, and not much of it in an academic setting. He grew up in North Philadelphia's Richard Allen Homes and became a father when he was 14. Arrested before his 20th birthday for a 1990 murder in North Philadelphia, he was sentenced in 1992 to life in prison. Similarly, Edward Ramirez, 39, who grew up in Logan and whose father is a retired Philadelphia police officer, was just 18 when he committed a 1995 murder in Frankford for which he is serving a life term.
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August 13, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Testifying before a federal judge Thursday, the former head of the state's prison system and its current chief offered radically different opinions over freeing from solitary confinement a 64-year-old inmate who has spent nearly 37 years confined 23 hours a day to a 7-by-12-foot cell. Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said Arthur Johnson could not be placed among the general population because he still has it in him to try to escape, and still has the capacity to kill during the attempt.
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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 20, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia corrections officer pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of simple assault in a 2014 incident involving an inmate at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. Larry Levy, 31, entered the plea before Common Pleas Court Judge Anne Marie B. Coyle on what was to have been the start of jury selection for his trial for the Nov. 25, 2014, assault. Coyle ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for Sept. 27. Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wellbrock said Levy could face up to two years in prison.
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July 14, 2016
An inmate died at Graterford state prison in Montgomery County on Tuesday morning, the prison's superintendent reported. William Edinger, 38, of Philadelphia was found unresponsive in his cell at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford shortly after 9:30 a.m. He was taken to the prison infirmary, where he was pronounced dead at 10 a.m., said Wendy Shaylor, a prison spokeswoman. State police will investigate the death, as is policy. The Montgomery County Coroner's Office will determine Edinger's official cause of death, Shaylor said.
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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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July 7, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
FRACKVILLE, Pa. - On a warm morning last week, couples were hugged up on comfy sofa chairs and buying snacks and soft drinks from vending machines. Happiness was everywhere, despite the setting: the visiting room at one of Pennsylvania's maximum-security prisons, the State Correctional Institute - Frackville. Just feet from the couples, in a side room, a rail-thin man in an orange jumpsuit sat behind a thick window, his eyes obscured by a dated pair of prescription sunglasses. He was seated, hemmed between the window and a floor-to-ceiling chain-link fence behind him. A camera was trained on him, mounted high on a cinder-block wall behind the fence.
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June 12, 2016
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