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July 22, 2013 | By Susan FitzGerald, For The Inquirer
Jaimee Drakewood hurried in from the rain, eager to get to her final appointment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ever since her birth 23 years ago, a team of researchers has been tracking every aspect of her development - gauging her progress as an infant, measuring her IQ as a preschooler, even peering into her adolescent brain using an MRI machine. Now, after nearly a quarter century, the federally funded study was ending, and the question the researchers had been asking was answered.
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January 28, 2004 | By Elisa Ung INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden County inmate with a history of incarceration violence was charged yesterday with killing his cell mate. Joel Seidel, 65, of Cherry Hill, was found in his cell in the jail's mental health wing shortly before 8 a.m. Seidel died from multiple blunt trauma injuries to his head and body after allegedly being choked, beaten and stomped by Marvin Lister, 35, one of his two cell mates, according to Camden County Prosecutor Vincent P....
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August 29, 1991 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
SHE IS: Madeline Arrington SHE DOES: Housing rehab SHE SUCCEEDS: Through determination At first, Madeline Arrington wasn't sure she wanted it mentioned in the newspapers that before taking on her current post as an apartment building manager, she spent time in jail. But, on second thought, Arrington decided she had important messages to get out: About how quickly your life can fall apart. About picking up the pieces of your life and starting again. In 1982, Arrington, then 39 years old, a single mother of two daughters, then aged 18 and 9, made what turned out to be a fateful decision.
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January 9, 1992 | By Cece Lentini, Special to The Inquirer
Ask historian David Kimball about jails, and he'll be blunt. In 34 years with the National Park Service, most of that time in Philadelphia, he never had much to do with them. And the history of penology - the theory and practice of prison management and criminal rehabilitation - never was and isn't now of much interest to him. Except, of course, if he can get specific about one jail in particular. And Burlington County officials are more than happy to let him do so. That one jail is the Burlington County Prison Museum in Mount Holly, where Kimball, who retired from the Park Service in 1987, has spent the last two years breathing new life into the volunteer organization that keeps the 171- year-old building running.
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September 25, 1988 | By Terence Samuel, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the wake of a recent jailhouse suicide in Darby Borough, Police Chief Robert F. Smythe has proposed that a video monitoring system be installed in the cell block at the jail. Smythe last week asked the Borough Council for $1,200 to purchase three cameras, three monitors and lenses. The cameras would be installed above the three cells in the jail. The cameras will give turnkeys on duty the ability to see most of the holding space in the jail at all times. Smythe said that because of the way the jail was constructed, the cameras would provide monitoring for only about 95 percent of the cell space.
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September 8, 2006
RE MICHAEL Harmon's Aug. 25 letter: Paul Nolan's original letter suggested putting the criminals in jail. Michael disagreed, saying jail isn't the answer because if you lock up the fathers, the children won't be able to learn how to be a man. Should criminals be allowed to beat the system and stay home to teach their sons to do the same? If so, where will the crime and violence end? How about this: Stop breaking the law! That would be a step in the right direction. I'm so tired of hearing people cry "racial profiling" and how "it's the black man being arrested.
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March 12, 1988 | By Christopher Hand, Special to The Inquirer
The Gloucester County Jail in Woodbury has about 230 doors, according to Undersheriff Edwin Erickson. About 60 of them don't work. That is not a serious problem, said Erickson, and it is being worked on now. The problem, according to Erickson, is a crowded field of candidates for sheriff, some of whom have seized on the doors as an issue in the campaign. Erickson, one of four candidates for the June 7 Democratic primary, said, "We have so many people that want to become sheriff and are trying to get attention by finding fault with the conditions here.
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November 24, 1999 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The 65-year-old Germantown woman broke up laughing at her manslaughter sentencing yesterday. Dorothy Barbara Muse reacted with joy when she was told she'd have to remain behind bars for only another six or eight months before being released. "Oh, all right," smiled Muse to Common Pleas Judge William J. Mazzola. Mazzola sentenced Muse, formerly of Wakefield Street near Ashmead, to 11/2 to 5 years in jail plus five years' probation for killing her neighbor during a dispute inside their apartment building on Aug. 16, 1998.
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December 11, 1988 | By Joshua Klein, Special to The Inquirer
Going to jail has been a new experience for most of the protesters. But for Maryann Yorina, a 50-year-old homemaker from West Wyoming, Pa., it was her third trip to prison this year. She had spent six days in an Atlanta prison and four more in a Florida jail after participating in anti-abortion protests this year, she said. On Nov. 30, she added Chester County Prison to the list. Yorina was one of 591 protesters arrested July 5 after they demonstrated, in violation of a 1984 court order, at the Women's Suburban Clinic in Paoli.
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June 19, 1988 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Common Pleas judge improperly "constructed a debtor's prison" last month by ordering a Bucks County developer to jail for contempt of court, the developer's attorney argued at an appeal hearing Thursday before Commonwealth Court. The contempt citation and the sentence should be overturned because developer Sunder V. Isaac was cited for failing to do something he was incapable of doing - fixing hundreds of building-code violations in a Northeast subdivision built by his company, Ramex International Inc., attorney Carl Primavera said.
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August 16, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
At age 16, Donyea Phillips hit rock bottom in segregated housing at Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, with a bed sheet for a noose. "As my fingers and toes started going numb, I remembered Sarah," he said. That's Sarah Morris, who runs arts workshops for children in the city's adult jails: She was the only person he could recall encouraging him. "She told me I was good at writing poems. At the last minute, I remembered that. When I got a sheet around my neck, she saved my life.
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August 13, 2016 | By Lauren Feiner, Staff Writer
On Monday, construction workers digging at the site of the former Suit Corner store on the southwest corner of Third and Market Streets uncovered something other than a blazer and trousers. Specifically, construction worker Ery Chacon said Tuesday, they found two brick arches about 10 feet below street level - and experts say they could be from before the nation was founded. As it happens, people who were collared ended up at that location long before it became the Suit Corner, which was destroyed by fire in 2014.
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August 13, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
The former athletic director of the Coatesville Area School District was sentenced Thursday to at least two months in prison for stealing $15,000 from the financially struggling school system. James Donato, who resigned three years ago after school officials discovered racist and sexist text messages about students and staff sent between him and the former superintendent, pleaded guilty to felony theft and conflict of interest charges on June 20. He had been facing 139 misdemeanor and felony charges.
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August 6, 2016
ISSUE | HOMELESSNESS We should do better The time may have come when a "Get into jail free" card is more valuable than a "Get out of jail free" card. A woman in Wyoming could have used one ("FBI: Woman stole her way back to jail," Saturday). The woman, who was recently released from prison, robbed a Cheyenne bank, threw thousands of dollars in the air, and waited to be arrested. She wanted to go back to prison, investigators said, because she had been beaten on the streets and could not get into a homeless shelter.
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July 28, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
After an emotionally wrenching hearing Tuesday, the Uber driver convicted of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old passenger who hired him to drive her from Center City to Montgomery County was sentenced to 71/2 to 15 years in prison. Abdellah Elkaddi, 47, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Morocco, was ordered by Montgomery County Court Judge Thomas P. Rogers to serve five years' probation in addition to his jail term. At his April trial, a jury had deliberated 61/2 hours before finding him guilty of a variety of assault charges, but acquitting him of rape.
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July 28, 2016 | By Grace Toohey, Staff Writer
Twenty years later, Chester County Detective Matt Gordon still remembers how a 16-year-old "scared the hell out of him. " In 1996, Samuel Edward Smith confessed to Gordon that he had repeatedly hit a 64-year-old man with a pipe wrench and cut his throat with a butcher knife. That man, David Kenny, died two weeks later after being on life support. "He was calm; he was casual. It was like an everyday conversation you would have, except this had to do with murder," Gordon said Tuesday morning, testifying in the first day of Smith's new sentencing hearing at the Chester County Justice Center.
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July 22, 2016 | By Mensah M. Dean, Staff Writer
Waheedah Wilson, who interrupted and then threw a sucker punch to an eye of Telemundo 62 reporter Iris Delgado while she was broadcasting in front of City Hall last month, pleaded guilty to simple assault Wednesday. Wilson, 37, who has been jailed since the unprovoked June 8 attack because she could not afford bond for her $25,000 bail, entered the courtroom of Municipal Court Judge Jacqueline Frazier-Lyde wearing the same green T-shirt she wore during the incident, which made international news after it was captured on video.
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July 17, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A third lawsuit has been filed against a South Jersey jail warden following the deaths of four inmates in recent years at the Cumberland County Jail in Bridgeton. The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Camden on behalf of the family of David Hennis, an inmate found hanging in the infirmary on July 30, 2014, lawyer Conrad Benedetto said in a news release Friday. According to Vineland police, Hennis, 31, of Vineland, was arrested and charged July 22 with aggravated assault and weapons offenses, and was sent to the jail on $30,000 bail.
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July 17, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A judge lowered bail Friday for Savilla Stoltzfus, the jailed mother of a teenager found living in a Bucks County home with a man accused of raping and fathering children with her, but her attorney said she will stay in prison. Bucks County Court Judge Jeffrey L. Finley reduced bail from $1 million to $250,000. Stoltzfus would have to post 10 percent to get out of jail. "It's still too high," said Craig Penglase, her attorney, saying Stoltzfus did not have "any financial resources.
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June 25, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
NFL star Irving Fryar was released from a New Jersey state prison this month after serving eight months of a five-year sentence he received last year for his role in a $1.2 million mortgage scheme. The former Eagle, who was a pastor at a Mount Holly church when a jury convicted him of conspiracy and theft by deception charges last August, was freed on June 6 and enrolled in the state's Intensive Supervision Program. The program is offered to eligible nonviolent offenders who are amenable to rehabilitation and have no criminal record.
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