November 1, 2012 |
Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky was transferred Wednesday to a maximum-security prison in the far southwestern corner of Pennsylvania where he will serve his 30- to 60-year sentence. At the State Correctional Institution at Greene, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach's fellow inmates will include most of the state's death-row prisoners and convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. On Sunday, Sandusky was moved to the state prison in Camp Hill, where he was medically and psychologically evaluated, the Department of Corrections said.
November 14, 2011 |
Sydney Maree, a former standout runner at Villanova and two-time U.S. Olympian, has been located in the South African prison system. The subject of an Inquirer story on Oct. 20, Maree is a U.S. citizen and former world-record holder in the 1,500 meters (3 minutes, 31.24 seconds) who is imprisoned in his home country and serving a sentence of five years for a fraud conviction. Maree's location in South Africa's prison system had been unknown. He had reported to Leeuwkop, a maximum-security prison near his hometown of Pretoria, in June, but authorities then transferred him. Recently, Maree's location was released to the family.
July 10, 2000 |
Philadelphia police officials may temporarily reopen the notorious Holmesburg Prison to hold protesters arrested during the Republican National Convention. The 99-year-old maximum security prison, which was closed in 1995, could be used to handle an overflow of detainees if space is not available at Police Headquarters, the Criminal Justice Center, or local police stations, officials said. "It's under consideration," said Lt. Susan Slawson, spokeswoman for Police Commissioner John F. Timoney.
July 21, 2012
Vincent R. Mancusi, 98, the prison warden whose iron-fisted command of Attica Correctional Facility in Upstate New York failed to prevent the bloody inmate insurrection there in 1971, died July 5 at his home in Springfield, Va. Mancusi moved to Northern Virginia after his retirement from Attica in 1972. His removal as warden had been one of the demands made by inmates who staged the revolt in the maximum-security prison on Sept. 9, 1971 - one of the most dramatic confrontations in American criminal justice.
November 1, 1990 |
Robert T. Nauss Jr.'s escape from Graterford Prison was as bold as they come. The convicted murderer and Warlock gang leader had taken a 14-cent-an-hour job in the prison hobby shop and made friends with another inmate, a professional burglar whose skills extended to fine carpentry. Together they built a handsome dining room cabinet, complete with a secret compartment. Other inmates, supervised by guards, used a dolly to roll the piece of furniture onto a yellow rental truck.
February 21, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY - It seemed a run-of-the-mill prison riot, though one that left 44 inmates beaten or knifed to death. In fact, the violence on Sunday in northern Mexico served as cover for a massive jailbreak by members of the country's deadliest criminal gang, the Zetas. Authorities on Monday revealed that 30 Zetas henchmen escaped from the maximum-security prison in Apodaca during the brawl - with the apparent complicity of guards and possibly other top officials. The deadly violence underscored the abysmal condition of Mexican prisons, which are woefully overcrowded, rife with corruption, and prone to high-profile escapes.
July 11, 2000
It's only a matter of weeks now before we'll be playing host to America. And, as any expert from Emily Post to Martha Stewart will tell you, being a brilliant host means being as thoughtful and accommodating to your well-connected, money-spending Republican guests as you are to your law-breaking, faux-Rasta-wearing, social-protesting progressive ones. May we suggest, then, an alternative to the proposal to temporarily reopen Holmesburg Prison to house the overflow from the anticipated arrests of demonstrators during this month's Republican National Convention?
June 20, 1998 |
The New Jersey State Prison inmate who was fatally stabbed Thursday, allegedly by another inmate, was Kenneth Mahan, 43, of Camden, state corrections officials said yesterday. Mahan, who was serving a 25-year sentence for armed robbery, was attacked in the yard of the maximum-security prison in Trenton at 2:26 p.m. He was taken to St. Francis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:47 p.m. Julia Marian-Campbell, spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections, said authorities had a suspect in custody, but she declined to identify him. The killing is under investigation by the department's internal-affairs division and by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.
January 5, 1991 |
A former convict who spoke on behalf of other inmates in seeking city prison reform was arrested yesterday for allegedly stabbing his cousin at a Christmas Eve party. Jesse Kithcart, 47, of Clinton Street near 9th in Center City, was arrested yesterday morning while at work at Family Court, police said. He was charged with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person in connection with the stabbing of his cousin, Edward Jainlett, 21, of 21st Street near Dauphin, North Philadelphia.
November 10, 1990 |
Robert Nauss Jr., handcuffed and with his ankles shackled in irons, sat quietly in a small Montgomery County courtroom yesterday as he was held for trial on charges of escaping from Graterford Prison seven years ago. District Justice Carroll A. Rosenberger, of Skippack, set bail at $500,000 for Nauss, 38, a convicted killer and former Warlock motorcycle gang leader. Nauss was serving a life term for the 1971 murder of an Overbrook Park woman when he and another inmate escaped Graterford, hiding in a wooden cabinet they had made in the prison hobby shop.