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NEWS
May 7, 2016 | Staff Report, From Staff and Wire Reports
The manhunt for an escaped prison inmate in Barnegat Township, N.J., was scaled back Thursday afternoon after state investigators determined that he was no longer in the area. Schools in the Pinelands community were placed on lockdown Wednesday, and residents were urged to lock their homes and cars, after Arthur Buckel, 38, was seen at a CVS store in the Ocean County town. Buckel escaped from Bayside State Prison's satellite unit at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Winslow, Camden County, between 4 and 6 a.m. Tuesday.
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, STAFF WRITER
An ex-Philadelphia prison inmate testified Tuesday that Rudolph Churchill admitted raping and killing two North Philadelphia women in 1989 and bemoaned the fact that he would have gotten away with it but for DNA. Richard Simmons, 44, described an April 2014 conversation he said he had with Churchill in a day room in the city's Curran-Fromhold Correctional Center. Simmons was awaiting trial on a charge of bringing marijuana into prison; Churchill had just been charged with raping and strangling 19-year-old Ruby Ellis and Cheryl Hanible, 33. "He said he wouldn't have got caught if he didn't give his DNA," Simmons told the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury in the fifth day of testimony in the rape-murder trial of Churchill, 54, of Paulsboro, Gloucester County.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
It was supposed to be open by now: The second-largest construction project in Pennsylvania state history is State Correctional Institutions Phoenix, rising on former farmland next to the 87-year-old SCI Graterford prison in Montgomery County. Only the $800 million Convention Center in Philadelphia cost taxpayers more. Phoenix is a million-square-foot complex, about as big as the Comcast Center, the state's tallest office tower. It is designed to house 3,872 inmates, a few hundred more than now live at Graterford, the main state prison for the Philadelphia area.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Chris Hepp, Staff Writer
Philadelphia has been awarded a $3.5 million MacArthur Foundation grant to fund an aggressive plan to reduce its prison population by 34 percent over three years while addressing racial bias across the criminal justice system. If the plan is successful, Philadelphia would offer a national model for criminal justice reform while ending its dubious distinction of having the highest incarceration rate of any big city in the nation. "It is a bold and ambitious plan that is also sound, practical, and reasonable," said Laurie Garduque, director of the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation justice reform program.
NEWS
March 26, 2016
A former prison guard admitted Thursday he smuggled prescription pills and a cell phone to an inmate in his Philadelphia prison. Dupree Myers, 27, pleaded guilty in federal court to attempted extortion which interfered with interstate commerce, and attempted distribution of controlled substances. Myers was one of six guards within the Philadelphia Prison System to be charged with smuggling drugs or cell phones to inmates for money. Myers and four others have pleaded guilty. Another guard is awaiting trial.
NEWS
March 24, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice, a Real Housewives of New Jersey star, is expected to begin a 41-month prison sentence Wednesday at the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix on bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy charges. His wife, Teresa, who also pleaded guilty to fraud charges, was released in December from the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., after serving nearly a year there. The couple are featured in the Bravo reality show, first telecast in 2009. They have four daughters.
NEWS
March 5, 2016
A female corrections officer was struck in the face by an inmate at Philadelphia's House of Correction on Wednesday, causing an injury that will likely require surgery, authorities said Thursday. The officer was hit by 26-year-old Ricky Smith during a routine wellness check of a cell block around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to prison spokeswoman Shawn Hawes. The officer, whom Hawes did not identify, suffered a "pretty severe" laceration to her face, Hawes said. The officer had been treated and released from the hospital but the injury will likely require future surgery, Hawes said.
NEWS
March 3, 2016
THE LONG ODYSSEY of Graterford inmate Marcus Perez continues, but on Tuesday an appeal was filed to seek court permission to correct the wrongful life sentence he received. Perez should "have gotten relief 25 years ago; the claim is obvious," says Michael Wiseman, his court-appointed attorney. Perez's constitutional rights were violated, Wiseman's motion claims. The 45-year-old Perez has spent 26 years in jail, doing life because of bad information he was given by a judge, who urged Perez to take a plea bargain.
NEWS
February 14, 2016
Prison fires teacher from Delran accused of assaulting inmate TRENTON - A prison teacher accused of sexually assaulting an inmate more than 20 times and becoming pregnant by him twice has been fired. Mercer County prosecutors say Chong-Hwa Chang, 42, of Delran, taught at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton and had a sexual relationship with the inmate. NJ.com reported that the Corrections Department found a journal in Chang's home in which, prosecutors said, she admitted to the relationship and source of the pregnancies.
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