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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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April 4, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anjeanette Maldonado, a 17-year-old aspiring artist, was sexually assaulted and strangled in 1996, her body dumped in a Kensington crackhouse. Investigators thought they'd find the killer close to home. "The answer is right there," a police inspector said, referring to her neighborhood. She lived on Mascher Street. Her body was found three blocks away on Hope Street. Sixteen years later, the answer turned up in a Florida prison. Rafael Crespo, 46, was charged Monday with murder, rape, and related offenses for Maldonado's death.
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April 3, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A corrections officer faces charges in the theft of $72 in cash from an inmate being processed at the Delaware County prison, the District Attorney's Office said Monday. Michael Siler, 45, of Upper Darby, a guard at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornton, was charged last week with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and theft by failing to make required disposition. Siler is accused of pocketing the money from an inmate who handed in the cash while being processed in October, according to the criminal complaint.
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March 29, 2013 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the federal government can be sued for abuse claims against prison guards. The high court ruled for Kim Lee Millbrook, a prisoner at the federal prison in Lewisburg, Pa., who had accused prison guards of sexually assaulting him in May 2010. Prison officials said Millbrook's claim was unsubstantiated. Millbrook, a frequent litigant, is being held in a high-security federal prison designated as a Special Management Unit for violent and disruptive inmates, and does not have e-mail or phone privileges.
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March 29, 2013
Pennsylvania's prison halfway houses are a failure. More felons who spent time in halfway houses return to jail than among those released directly from prison to the streets. That stunning conclusion comes from Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, who gets points for having the vision to look for the system's flaws and try to fix them. Wetzel ordered an in-house study, which showed that 67 percent of inmates released from halfway houses wound up back in jail within three years, compared with 60 percent of inmates released directly from prisons.
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March 28, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
Two inmates at a federal penitentiary were charged today in orchestrating the sale of a large quantity of methamphetamine. Jose Cardenas-Covarrubias and Donaciano Contreras-Monje were prisoners at FCI McKean in Western Pennsylvania when they schemed to deliver the drugs from Oklahoma to Philadelphia, according to federal prosecutors. In December, Monje called codefendant Erika Garcia with information on how to contact two Philly drug dealers. In reality, the drug-dealers were undercover officers.
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March 21, 2013 | By Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - An al-Qaeda in Iraq front group claimed responsibility Wednesday for bloody attacks that killed 65 people across the country a day earlier, underscoring the terror group's potency a decade after the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. On an extremist website, the Islamic State of Iraq said it unleashed the car bombs and other explosions to avenge the executions and "massacres" of convicted Sunni inmates in Iraqi prisons. It made no mention of the start of the war, but the claim of responsibility came 10 years after the U.S.-led war began March 20, 2003, with an air strike on Dora Farms in southern Baghdad in a failed attempt to kill Hussein.
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