February 15, 1991 |
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.
August 13, 2016 |
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.
June 14, 1989 |
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.
December 19, 1990 |
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.
March 6, 1986 |
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.
May 10, 1988 |
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.
June 20, 1998 |
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.
April 3, 2013 |
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.
May 8, 1990 |
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.
January 5, 1991 |
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.