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.
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.