July 8, 2015 |
On a mission to mix the perfect shade of pastel purple, Michele Catanese opened a can of paint too quickly. The purple liquid spilled on her, dripped onto the concrete floor, and splashed into the hair of a woman seated nearby. But no one flinched. The women laughed, wiped the paint off their jumpsuits, and returned quietly to their paintings. It was a typical Friday inside the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, where, for a few hours each week, a gray cinder-block room comes to life with colorful canvases and paintbrushes.
July 8, 2015 |
Two years after Gloucester County became the first county in New Jersey to close its jail, a legal objection by public defenders is set to be formally settled under an agreement that guarantees certain accommodations for inmates. The proposed settlement, expected to be voted on by Gloucester County freeholders Wednesday, includes provisions to address issues that remained after the jail was shuttered and public opposition waned, such as when to use shackles. Filed by Public Defender Joseph E. Krakora's office and three county inmates at the time, the 2013 lawsuit tried to block the closing, arguing it would harm attorneys' ability to counsel clients, who are now housed in jails in several other counties.
June 26, 2015 |
A FORMER Philadelphia police officer against whom witness-intimidation charges were withdrawn earlier this week in a case that involves the murder of another man will remain in county jail until the state parole board decides if he should be released. David Wade Howard, 51, will remain at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on State Road in Holmesburg, Philadelphia Prison System spokeswoman Shawn Hawes said yesterday. Laura Treaster, a spokeswoman with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole said the board had not yet been officially notified that Howard's intimidation charges were withdrawn.
June 23, 2015 |
THE ELDERLY women who sat on their front porches on a hot June afternoon while children played in the pool at the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center across the street found the case of Antoine Turay unbelievable. Turay, who runs Turay Memorial Funeral Chapel, on 22nd Street near Sergeant, in North Philadelphia, had just pleaded guilty June 11 to stealing more than $300,000 - and a house - from one of their neighbors, a 91-year-old woman. "Where's he at now?" asked Cynthia McCoy, 86. "Is he in jail?"
June 19, 2015 |
A BILL THAT would allow the city to buy riverfront land to build a replacement for the adjacent, crumbling House of Correction appears to be on lockdown. City Councilman Bobby Henon - the bill's sponsor - yesterday sent Mayor Nutter a letter saying that instead of putting the bill up for a vote this morning, he would refer it back to committee. Additional hearings will be held in the fall, a series of telephone town halls will be held in the meantime and a prison-reform working group will be convened to "work to find common ground," Henon said in his letter.
June 16, 2015 |
The closing of the women's jail in Burlington County this week is sparking concerns that the inmates' relocation to an Atlantic County facility could hamper crucial visits with their families and lawyers. Starting Monday, about 70 female inmates will be moved from the Correction and Work Release Center in Pemberton Township to the Atlantic County Justice Facility in Mays Landing, more than 40 miles away. "This is a substantial distance for people who are being charged in Burlington County," said Kevin Walker, an assistant public defender in Trenton who oversees regional offices.
June 11, 2015 |
Burlington County will close its aging women's jail Monday and transfer the female inmates to a jail in Mays Landing, Atlantic County, more than 40 miles away, officials confirmed Tuesday. The move is "a cost-saving initiative," projected to save Burlington County about $2 million in annual operating costs, according to Eric Arpert, county spokesman. He said the Corrections and Work Release Center in Pemberton Township houses an average of 70 to 75 female inmates a day. They are scheduled to be moved to Atlantic County's Justice Facility, which has beds for more than 1,000 male and female inmates.
June 9, 2015
"PLEASE HOLD your applause until the end. " It's a familiar request during graduation season - and one that's usually ignored as certain audience members clap and yell anyway. Well, some folks who did that in Mississippi probably wish they hadn't. Instead of controlling their excitement as they had been asked, relatives of one 2015 grad hollered out. Now, they face legal problems that could saddle them with $500 fines and six-month jail terms. That's right. They could go to jail just for expressing themselves during high-school commencement proceedings that took place last month at Northwest Mississippi Community College.
June 4, 2015 |
Meredith Williams-Earle held a graduate degree in education and was a beloved Latin teacher at Interboro High School in Delaware County, where she spent her own money to purchase supplies and support her students. On the morning of Aug. 6, 2013, the Lower Merion mother took a prescription sedative, swigged champagne, and filled a plastic cup with whiskey as she headed out the door. Then she strapped her 2-year-old son into his loosely fastened car seat in the back of her Toyota Prius and set out to drive him to day care.
May 29, 2015
ONE PIECE of good news this week was the $150,000 grant the MacArthur Foundation gave to the Philadelphia prison system to study ways to shrink the population in city jails. The timing couldn't be better. Council is set to deliberate a bill to purchase a tract of land near the Delaware River to build a new city jail with the stated aim of replacing the city's 90-year-old House of Correction, which houses 1,500 inmates in crowded conditions. Some are protesting the site for the prison - along an increasingly valuable and active stretch of riverfront.