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November 1, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 10, 2000 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian and Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
November 1, 1990 | By Howard Goodman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 21, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
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?
NEWS
June 20, 1998 | By Nancy Phillips, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 5, 1991 | By Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 10, 1990 | By Dave Bittan, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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February 21, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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 yesterday revealed that 30 Zetas henchmen escaped from the maximum-security prison in Apodaca during the brawl - with the apparent complicity of guards and possibly 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.
NEWS
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.
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November 1, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARRISBURG - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on Wednesday was sent to serve his child-molestation prison sentence at an institution in far southwestern Pennsylvania that includes most of the state's death row inmates. The Corrections Department said that Sandusky was transferred to Greene State Prison after being evaluated at a facility outside Harrisburg. Prison officials said he will be housed in protective custody. "We make individual decisions based on facts," Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said in a written statement.
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November 1, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Ten days and 10 times that number of feature-length films. It isn't feasible - even with gallons of coffee and cases of 5-Hour Energy bottles - to see everything the Philadelphia Film Festival has on its slate. What follows is a day-by-day selection of standout films, which isn't to say there aren't other standouts playing at the very same time, or earlier or later that same day, on other festival screens. FRIDAY Caesar Must Die A group of inmates in an Italian maximum-security prison - mafiosi and murderers among them - prepare to mount a stage performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar , in Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Berlin Film Festival grand-prize winner.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 21, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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 yesterday revealed that 30 Zetas henchmen escaped from the maximum-security prison in Apodaca during the brawl - with the apparent complicity of guards and possibly 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.
NEWS
February 21, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
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.
SPORTS
November 14, 2011 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2010
DEAR ABBY: I am a parole officer, and while I agree with and support your response to "Smitten in New York," I would like to offer an additional comment. People can and do change their lives while incarcerated. However, when they are in a controlled environment, their changed lives on the outside are still in their imaginations. Many inmates who make very positive plans for their future when they're released, discover that life "on the outs" doesn't unfold the way they imagined it would.
NEWS
March 5, 2009 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
"Sometimes the only way out," says Jenny Phillips, "is in. " That's the jailhouse mantra at the Donaldson Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Bessemer, Ala. The barbed-wire-wreathed bunker resembles the cheerless pen in The Shawshank Redemption except that at Donaldson, murderers serving life terms don't break out. At least not physically. Mentally though, through a Vipassana meditation program introduced by Phillips in 2002, some Donaldson inmates are breaking the cycles of anger and revenge that got them there in the first place.
NEWS
September 12, 2006 | By Kera Ritter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nader Ali, the former medical student who beat a classmate to death with a baseball bat on South Street in 2004, was sentenced yesterday to life in a maximum-security prison. A jury convicted Ali in June of first-degree murder for killing 25-year-old Lea Sullivan, but also believed he was mentally ill. Ali's attorney, Nino V. Tinari, asked yesterday that his client serve his sentence in a mental-health facility. "Justice must be exacting," Tinari told Common Pleas Court Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes.
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