January 17, 2015 |
The bell buzzes, and a correctional officer unlocks the towering blue door into the Camden County Jail. A metal detector greets visitors. Cellphones stay at the front desk, coats on a nearby hanger. Two doors operated from a control room grudgingly slide open, leading to an elevator. It has only a few buttons - open door, close door, stop - no floor options. It, too, is operated from afar. The elevator opens on the seventh floor. To the right, past a green cage door, is the gym. On Thursday morning, at least, the room offered inmates a brief change of scene from the jail drab.
January 14, 2015 |
A CITY PRISON inmate awaiting trial for three unrelated murders attacked a correctional officer and a nurse at Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he'd been taken for a medical procedure, in a botched escape attempt yesterday. The inmate, Justin Mackie, 20, was tackled by hospital security officers and remains under guard at Einstein for unspecified reasons. The correctional officer remains hospitalized with head injuries, prisons spokeswoman Shawn Hawes said. The nurse was treated and released, Einstein spokesman Damien Woods said.
January 14, 2015 |
Shackled and handcuffed in a hospital room at Einstein Medical Center on Sunday afternoon, Justin Mackie saw his chance, and took it. When one of the two correctional officers guarding the 20-year-old suspect in three killings left the room on a bathroom break about 4:20 p.m., Mackie asked the remaining officer if he could use the bathroom as well, according to a police account. The officer removed Mackie's handcuffs - and that's when, according to police, Mackie dragged him into the bathroom, beat him bloody, and fled from the room.
January 10, 2015 |
A Philadelphia man serving life in prison for the 1970 murder of a bar owner was granted parole Thursday after a legal battle over what he alleged was prosecutorial misconduct. Clarence R. Davis, 64, had been sentenced to life without parole for the shooting death of Arthur Gilliard during a shotgun robbery of the Polka Dot Bar near 15th and Clearfield Streets. On Thursday, Davis pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of third-degree murder, as well as robbery and two firearms offenses, in a deal with the District Attorney's Office approved by Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Harris Ransom.
January 9, 2015 |
A BUCKS COUNTY prison guard with a Sawschlong Obsession, or a proclivity for ogling inmates' private parts, was arrested for, among other jailhouse shocks, forcing inmates to play "patty-cake [pat-a-cake]" and hug one another, prosecutors said. Joseph Mullen, 28, of Feasterville, was charged by an investigating grand jury with official oppression and harassment yesterday after his sexually suggestive actions toward prisoners at the Bucks County Correctional Facility gave inmates the gruesome prison blues, according to authorities.
October 30, 2014 |
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.
October 23, 2014 |
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.
October 22, 2014 |
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.
October 5, 2014 |
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.
September 14, 2014 |
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.