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.
September 10, 2013 |
CHESTER COUNTY In July, inmates were removed on 38 occasions from the Chester County Prison for medical treatment. Six received orthopedic care. Three went to an eye doctor. One saw a podiatrist. Ten were taken to the emergency room - for everything from a ruptured appendix to labor pains. And all contributed to what prison officials say is a significant increase in inmates seeking complex medical care that prison infirmaries can't provide, adding significantly to the costs of incarceration.
September 8, 2013 |
It seems that before their June marriage, convicted killer Ricky "Rolex" Welborn forgot to tell Ameenah Jones a few things. Like that he was serving life without parole, not 15 to 30 years. Or that he had exposed himself to another life term by confessing that he - not two North Philadelphia men serving life - was involved in the 1995 murder of 52-year-old businessman Thomas Keal during a botched robbery. On Friday, recordings of several tense telephone calls between the newlyweds - Welborn, 34, in Frackville Prison and Jones, 26, in West Philadelphia - became key evidence in the appeal seeking a new trial for the pair convicted of killing Keal.
August 19, 2013 |
The Chester County prison and its private health-care contractor are facing a federal lawsuit in connection with the death of an inmate in March. The suit was filed last week on behalf of the family of Rae-Mone Carter Jr., who died on March 16 of acute-onset diabetes. It argues that Carter's death was preventable and that health-care workers employed by PrimeCare Medical Inc. did not provide treatment that would have saved him. Carter's family is seeking up to $900,000 in damages, according to the suit.
July 31, 2013 |
THE JUNE 2011 jailhouse murder of Philadelphia inmate Earl Bostic was "vicious, just completely vicious," said the prosecutor who brought his attackers to justice. "It just shows that even prison won't protect people from guys like this," Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano said yesterday. "It will only protect the rest of us. " Rashawn Edwards, 25, and Jalik Peay, 22, two of the five defendants convicted in connection to the stabbing of Bostic, 42, and two other inmates inside the city's Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, were sentenced yesterday to long stays in state prison.
June 27, 2013 |
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. Kimberly McCarthy, who was put to death for the murder of her 71-year-old neighbor, was also the first woman executed in the United States in nearly three years. McCarthy, 52, was executed for the 1997 robbery, beating, and fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. Booth had agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked with a butcher knife and candelabra at her home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.
June 14, 2013 |
Untold truths and strife seem muted in the silent chamber hallways of Eastern State Penitentiary with its aged, cracking teal paint; broken-down cells, and, outside, layering moss. However, last Saturday - as the sun peaked through an ominously bleak, rain-threatened Philadelphia day - tourists were in for a real taste of what the life of an inmate was like. On a typical weekend day, 800 visitors pass through the penitentiary grounds. Most visitors opt for an audio tour, narrated by Hollywood actor and writer Steve Buscemi.
June 7, 2013
AN ERIE County Prison guard has been suspended indefinitely after allegations that he bought a car stereo and a big-screen television from an inmate who was trying raise bond money. Authorities say 29-year-old Brent Carr was suspended without pay on May 30 after an investigation. Carr reportedly said he understands what he did was wrong. Carr says he was trying to help a friend who lives in Detroit and that he purchased the items from the inmate's girlfriend. Prison officials claim that Carr both called and sent text messages to the girlfriend to arrange the purchases, and also discussed the purchases with the inmate at the prison.
June 5, 2013 |
Superior Court Judge Ronald E. Bookbinder cleared the way Monday for the Gloucester County jail to be closed and its inmates to be housed as far away as Newark, N.J. The Burlington County judge turned aside a plea from New Jersey's public defenders to temporarily halt the jail's closure. Jail officials plan to start transferring inmates Monday. The jail generally houses 200 to 270 inmates, with the majority awaiting trial or pretrial hearings. The public defenders filed suit May 9 to stop the closure, arguing that they would not be able to effectively represent their clients if the inmates were not housed near the courthouse in Woodbury.