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April 29, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A correctional officer at the Chester County Prison was arrested Monday on charges from alleged collusion with inmates and civilians in a long-term drug-smuggling scheme, the county district attorney said. Officer Douglas Keck, 45, of Pottstown, was repeatedly paid to obtain heroin and prescription drugs from friends of inmates and deliver them to former inmate Ray Gibase, 36, who distributed them inside the prison, officials said Monday. An arrest warrant has been issued for Gibase, a fugitive from a halfway house.
NEWS
April 1, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A MAN who was on death row for years may now be at death's door. Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted killer of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, was taken to Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville early yesterday, according to Noelle Hanrahan, a spokeswoman for Prison Radio, an online media outlet that works with Abu-Jamal. Hanrahan told the Daily News from the hospital - not far from the State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy, where Abu-Jamal was incarcerated - that none of Abu-Jamal's family, including his brother, Keith Cook, were allowed into the intensive-care unit to see him. The hospital's staff also refused to disclose any information about his condition, citing a mandate from the state Department of Corrections, according to Hanrahan.
NEWS
April 1, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A lawyer representing Mumia Abu-Jamal said the former death-row inmate was hospitalized Monday for an undisclosed reason. Bret Grote, legal director for the Pittsburgh-based Abolitionist Law Center, said he and a small group of supporters were told by staff at Schuylkill Medical Center that Abu-Jamal was a patient there. Grote said he saw three prison correctional officers, including a supervisor, guarding the door to a critical-care room where Abu-Jamal was being treated. "We're concerned, about as concerned as it gets, about Mumia's health," Grote said.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
At a daylong briefing on immigration detention Friday, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington heard testimony on a range of issues, including "institutional sexual assault" and the criminal charges filed recently against a guard at the Berks County Residential Center. The Leesport facility, under a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, houses immigrants and their children while they await deportation proceedings. The guard, Daniel W. Sharkey, 40, of West Reading, was charged Jan. 16 over his alleged involvement with a 19-year-old Honduran woman who was housed at the facility with her 3-year-old son. He was not identified before the commission.
NEWS
January 17, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 14, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 14, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
January 9, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
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.
NEWS
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.
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