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June 5, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 31, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A clunky computerized data system that maintained information on inmates in New Jersey's county jails was largely responsible for $23.6 million in unemployment benefits, Medicaid coverage, food stamps, and cash assistance received by those behind bars, state Comptroller A. Matthew Boxer said Wednesday. In most of the cases, the benefits were improperly paid. The inmates - 20,000 in all - were not qualified for them since they were receiving room, board, and medical care while in prison, Boxer said.
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May 18, 2013 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal report issued Friday says two city jails, Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center and Riverside Correctional Facility, had among the nation's highest rate of inmates who said they were the target of sexual victimization. At the Industrial Correctional Center, 6.3 percent of inmates who responded to the Bureau of Justice Statistics survey reported they were the victims of staff sexual misconduct, more than triple the national rate in jails of 1.8 percent. Staff sexual misconduct was defined to include all incidents of unwilling and willing sexual contact between staff and inmates, both of which are illegal.
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May 17, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
AS AN INMATE laborer at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, Chal D. Kennedy Sr. worked in the kitchen, heating and serving meals for nearly 400 inmates and then cleaning up after them. That meant scrubbing down two giant ovens once or twice a week with a noxious degreaser that kept him coughing and left a sudsy sludge up his arms. "You look like you just came out from under an automobile," Kennedy, 46, of North Philadelphia, said of the two-hour, two-man cleanups. For the nearly three years he worked that $1.61-a-day job, prison staff ignored inmates' repeated requests for protective gear or training, he said.
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May 11, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
The series so far: The inmates have graduated from the three-month New Leash course. They have completed life-skills training and taught their dogs how to behave well enough to become obedient pets in new adoptive homes. Most of the men are getting ready to start paid internships at area animal shelters. Last of six parts. Three days after he turned 22, Jamal Thompson left prison a relatively free man. A former drug dealer whose years in juvenile detention had been a reprieve from his jagged life at home, Thompson had taken to New Leash on Life with hungry enthusiasm.
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May 9, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
The series so far: The 12 inmates and their six rescue dogs living on Mod 3 have formed close bonds. The men are practicing job interviews, preparing for employment after prison. And most are working hard to ready their dogs for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test, which is fast approaching. Others are falling behind. Fourth of six parts. Under a gray spongy sky on a Sunday afternoon, the hopeful came to the Philadelphia Pet Hotel and Villas, a boarding facility near the airport.
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April 26, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gloucester County is expanding its plan to outsource its entire inmate population beyond South Jersey. Some inmates could be shipped to the Essex County jail in Newark - about 90 miles northeast of the jail in Woodbury. The county Board of Freeholders voted unanimously Wednesday to enter into contracts with Cumberland, Salem, Burlington, and Essex Counties, to which Gloucester would ship its 270 adult male inmates starting June 1 at $100 an inmate. The controversial move drew scrutiny from Gloucester County corrections officers and beleaguered public defenders.
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April 17, 2013 | By Michael Graczyk, Associated Press
CONROE, Texas - An 84-year-old woman jailed on a theft charge allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill the Houston-area prosecutor handling her case and to maim his boss, one of the apparent targets said Monday. Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said Dorothy Canfield allegedly sought to have him attacked and his assistant district attorney, Rob Freyer, slain. Neither man was injured in the alleged plot, which investigators said surfaced in early April. Canfield allegedly wanted the attacks to appear similar to the recent unsolved killings of two other Texas prosecutors, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, according to Ligon.
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April 12, 2013
A PRISON guard at the Federal Detention Center in Center City started having sex with an inmate, then he tried to help her escape, authorities said. Lamont Lucas, 47, was charged Thursday with sexual abuse of a ward, providing contraband in a prison, and instigating or assisting an attempted escape, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Lucas worked as a tool-room supervisor at the facility during the affair from February to May 2012, the office said. Investigators also allege he gave the inmate sterling-silver studded earrings.
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April 10, 2013 | By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
TRENTON - New Jersey's county jails are clogged with suspects awaiting trial who can't afford to post their often-nominal bail, according to a new report. The Drug Policy Alliance's report, obtained by the Associated Press in advance of its release Monday, shows that 4 out of every 10 county jail inmates are granted bail but can't afford to post it. The report, which analyzes the state's jail population, finds that up to 1,500 people could secure their release pending trial with $2,500 or less.
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