June 16, 2014 |
THE FATE of a federal death-row inmate, who strangled his cellmate in a central Pennsylvanian penitentiary 18 years ago and who has made national headlines, is now in the hands of a federal judge in Philadelphia. David Paul Hammer, an Oklahoma native who is housed on death row in the U.S. penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., has been appearing via video link in a Philadelphia courtroom for a resentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge Joel Slomsky during the last two weeks. His death sentence was vacated by a different judge in 2005.
June 6, 2014 |
New Jersey releases a higher percentage of prisoners without supervision and support than most other states, posing a greater danger to the public, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. More than 41 percent of the state's inmates served a sentence that failed to include supervision upon release, said the report produced by the research organization, which focuses on improving public policy. "It's a commonsense approach to public safety," said Adam Gelb, director of Pew's public safety performance project.
May 24, 2014 |
A West Philadelphia man who admitted stealing four houses and two lots out from under people by forging and recording new deeds was sentenced Thursday to 21/2 to 5 years in prison by a judge who called him a "professional con man. " "This was not aberrant behavior for him," Common Pleas Court Judge Carolyn H. Nichols told Dwayne Stewart's defense attorneys. "This is the norm for him. . . . He's had 20 years of this type of behavior. " Nichols said she did not believe Stewart's apologies to his victims, his protestations of personal reform in prison in the 12 months since his arrest, or that his faith in Jesus Christ turned his life around.
April 19, 2014 |
Officials at the Burlington County Jail should have known about an inmate's heart condition and a hospital's recommendation that he receive follow-up treatment - which his fiancee alleges he was never taken to - before he died Feb. 25, according to medical records provided by her. Jerome Iozzia, 50, of Browns Mills, was one of two inmates who died during a two-month period during the winter amid allegations of neglect, which jail officials have denied....
April 17, 2014 |
At Community College of Philadelphia, Glenn Martin, a neatly dressed middle-aged man, spoke eloquently Tuesday about how he turned his life around after serving six years in prison for drug crimes in New York. Martin, who earned a college degree while behind bars, said he was inspired to change his life by a correctional officer, fellow inmates, and others. "I'm not the exception. I am someone exposed to exceptional opportunities," Martin told about 200 people attending a daylong program on incarceration sponsored by the Mural Arts Program.
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.
March 18, 2014 |
MOUNT HOLLY The elderly man with the salt-and-pepper beard lay on the concrete floor of his jail cell naked and covered in his own feces. In another cell, a father with cardiac problems feared for his health, repeatedly telling his fiancée no one had taken him to hospital appointments to check his pacemaker. Both men, incarcerated at the same time, eventually died in the Burlington County Jail. "Natural causes," the medical examiner ruled in the Dec. 30 death of Robert Taylor, 75, and the Feb. 25 death of Jerome Iozzia, 50. "Unfortunate," the county Prosecutor's Office called Taylor's death in response to a query from Amnesty International.
March 1, 2014 |
CAMDEN An inmate who died at the Camden County Jail last year had suffered toxic effects from a combination of prescription drugs, authorities said. Evelina Heredia, 23, of the Stockton section of Camden, was found dead in October. This week, authorities said toxicology tests confirmed the cause of death. The woman suffered adverse effects from taking a combination of Tramadol, Doxepin and Cyclobenzaprine, said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
January 12, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA There's a sign that warns Philadelphia prison inmates that their calls to the outside world are recorded and may be monitored. It's right above the phone. And when the call connects, a recorded voice repeats the warning. Skeptic though he apparently is, Hutchinson Ivey now knows that they mean it. Ivey's attempt to get his $5 million bail reduced evaporated Thursday when a prosecutor played for the judge a Nov. 20 telephone call to Ivey's mother and nephew. In it, he upbraided them for "not taking care of" a witness in a Nov. 5 alleged armed robbery in Southwest Philadelphia.
September 11, 2013 |
Nobody knows his crime, or the exact location of the prison cell where he languished. Or even his name. But one thing the man left behind was science: a report of 18 insect species that he caught while imprisoned at Eastern State Penitentiary more than 120 years ago. Now Greg Cowper, an entomologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, is reviving the work of the long-forgotten prisoner. Every week or two, Cowper strides the stone halls and courtyards of the prison turned tourist attraction, toting a long-handled net and a backpack filled with jars, tweezers, and other collecting supplies.