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October 30, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Officials at the Burlington County Jail ignored an inmate's pleas for medication, leaving him "unattended and dying" in a wheelchair for several hours in the facility's clinic, according to a lawsuit filed by the inmate's family. When Jerome Iozzia, 50, of Browns Mills, died a day later, on Feb. 25, correctional officers and medical workers tried to cover up their actions, Iozzia's family alleges in the suit. It was filed Aug. 28 in Superior Court in Burlington County, and first reported by the Trentonian this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2014 | By Ryan Briggs, For The Inquirer
It would take Jayne Thompson, a Widener University English professor, an hour or more to navigate the layers of security that separated her from her students. When Thompson finally reached her classroom, she faced a more daunting challenge: inspiring 20 inmates from Graterford Prison with the written word. The prisoners, many in their 60s and incarcerated for decades, were participants in Graterford's Prison Literacy Project. "I stood up at the board and talked about conflict and crisis resolution," Thompson, 47, recalls.
NEWS
October 22, 2014 | By Helen Ubiñas, Daily News Columnist
I AM IN PRISON. Eastern State Penitentiary's Cell Block 12, to be exact. One of the most haunted spots in the historic prison on Fairmount Avenue. The location of one of six haunted attractions at the prison's annual scare-fest, "Terror Behind the Walls. " I am the last person who should be here, and not just because I'm quickly learning that zombies are a surprisingly agile bunch. Seriously, my zombie-mate is doing push-ups between visitors while I'm trying not to choke on my own fake blood as I sweat through my costume, classic striped prison chic.
NEWS
October 5, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe and Teresa Giudice , reality-TV stars of Real Housewives of New Jersey , are in for reality, all right. In federal court Thursday in Newark, N.J., Joe was sentenced to 41 months in prison for wire and bankruptcy fraud. Teresa got 15 months. She will serve her term first, and then Joe will serve, so there'll always be a parent to care for their children, Gia , 13; Gabriella , 9; Milania , 8; and Audriana , 5. Joe, an Italian national who never became a U.S. citizen, may also be deported, but Judge Esther Salas reserved that decision for later.
NEWS
September 14, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
GOV. CORBETT granted a temporary reprieve yesterday to Hubert Lester Michael Jr., a longtime Pennsylvania inmate who's expected to be executed for the 1993 rape and murder of a York County teen. Corbett said the reprieve was needed to give the state time to acquire the drugs that are used in a lethal injection. In July, the governor signed a death warrant for Michael - his fourth - calling for the convicted killer to be executed on Sept. 22. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a temporary stay of execution last month, so it could weigh a pending request from Michael's lawyers to have an appeal heard by the entire 3rd Circuit bench.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the Hearts on a Wire Collective, a grassroots movement to support transgender people in and out of prison, the fate of their fall 2013 newsletter seemed proof that logic was lost in Pennsylvania's correctional system. A member reported that the newsletter, a compendium of drawings, poems, essays, homegrown legal advice, and obituaries, was confiscated at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Fayette - because it contained "information regarding the manufacture of explosives, incendiaries, weapons, escape devices or other contraband.
NEWS
August 3, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man facing charges in a Philadelphia double slaying, a Maryland rape, and an Upper Darby home invasion led police Friday to a wooded park in Delaware County where, he claims, he buried the bodies of a pimp and prostitute that he chopped up two years ago. John Gonce, 30, in a Philadelphia prison awaiting trial in the July 24, 2012, slayings of Rohan Bennett, 13, and Christopher Malcolm, 17, relayed a message Friday through prison officials to...
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
TYRONE WERTS waited in the car while his four buddies walked two blocks to a North Philadelphia speakeasy to commit a robbery on the night of May 6, 1975. Werts, 23, didn't know that the robbery victim had been fatally shot until his accomplices jumped back inside the car. The District Attorney's Office offered Werts a plea bargain of eight to 20 years in prison, but he opted for a jury trial and wound up getting convicted of second-degree murder. That resulted in a mandatory life sentence without parole - the punishment in Pennsylvania state court for first- or second-degree murder.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IN THE LATE '90s, John Phillips had everything he'd dreamed of. A street-smart kid from North Philly, he had built a small empire: He owned delis, bought a condo at 17 and drove a tricked-out Lexus, complete with TVs in the headrests hooked up to a Nintendo 64. It was life in the short-term, and it was funded by crime: Phillips was a gang member, a "hustler," by his own admission. Around the same time, Harun Fox was already about 20 years into a life sentence on a first-degree-murder conviction.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Marvae Dunn had no business being in prison. He is severely mentally ill. At age 64, he can barely speak or follow simple instructions. How could he stand trial on first-degree murder charges of shooting his sister-in-law? He never did, yet Dunn's home for seven years was a Philadelphia prison infirmary, until advocates intervened. He was transferred Monday to a state nursing home in Franklin County. "We're subsidizing failure," said his prison chaplain, Phyllis Taylor. The legal system failed Dunn and the taxpayers who bore the cost of his imprisonment.
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