July 21, 2015 |
WEARING A T-SHIRT emblazoned with the words "Black Lives Matter," the Rev. Mark Tyler wiped his brow at the pulpit, waiting as a few parishioners walked out of Mother Bethel AME church's air-conditioned basement chapel into the steaming summer air. After church services ended yesterday, about 100 who remained settled back into their seats to hear about Sandra Bland, a Chicago-area AME churchgoer who died in a Texas county jail cell July 12. ...
July 15, 2015 |
As New York City prepares to do away with cash bail for thousands of low-level offenders charged with nonviolent crimes, Jim Kenney is weighing a bail proposal for Philadelphia, part of a broader plan to address the city's overcrowded prisons in the event that he wins the mayor's office this fall. Kenney's campaign spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, declined to provide details on what he is considering. But she said Kenney, who in May won the Democratic nomination for mayor, is looking to reduce the city's prison population while ending what she called "the epidemic of nonviolent offenders being kept in prison because of their inability to make nominal bails.
July 9, 2015 |
DONOVAN McNABB is facing DUI charges in Arizona for the second time in 18 months. Yesterday, after word got out about his latest arrest, the former Eagles quarterback attempted to address the situation on his weekly radio show. His explanation came up as short as one of his worm-burners. "There was a story that was released, and I want everybody to be cognizant of it, because I am very aware of it, handling the matter at this particular point," he said. "But at this point, I have no further information, and as we continue on with the situation, then we'll let it handle as it will handle itself.
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.
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.
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.