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September 25, 1987 | By Robert Zausner, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Prison guards assaulted inmates as their superiors watched after a 1983 disturbance at the Camp Hill state prison, a state investigating grand jury has found. In a report released yesterday, the panel recommended that the state Department of Corrections start disciplinary proceedings against the prison officers, but it stopped short of calling for criminal charges, citing "confusion over the exact events" and the length of time that has elapsed since the incident. The department had originally refused to initiate disciplinary action against the guards, some of whom still work at the prison, which is in Cumberland County, near Harrisburg.
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May 10, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
WHAT THE HELL is going on with the city jails lately? * Capt. Deurward Spellman, director of the Philadelphia Prisons Training Academy, has been accused of having an affair with a current cadet and inappropriate relations with members of past classes. This week, he was moved from the academy to a new post at the Detention Center while an investigation gets underway. * Detention Center Warden John Delaney has been disciplined for mishandling money while he was head of Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.
NEWS
December 3, 1994 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It wasn't exactly the Great Escape. Timothy Morgan, 35, spent more than 18 hours hiding in a Graterford Prison dumpster hoping to ride a trash truck to freedom. Instead, he wound up in the prison infirmary yesterday for treatment of low body temperature. Morgan's adventure began about noon Thursday, when he climbed into one of four dumpsters on a loading platform outside the Graterford kitchen, said prison spokesman Alan LeFebvre. Morgan, of Scranton, who is serving three to 10 years for burglary, turned up missing at 7 p.m. during a routine cell check, LeFebvre said.
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November 16, 2006 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At 11:22 p.m. Nov. 20, 1985, Patrick O'Donnell stubbed out his last cigarette of the day at his bedside. "The last thing before going to sleep was to put the cigarette out," he said, "and the first thing in the morning, you lit up before getting out of bed. " That last cigarette of the day was the ash end of O'Donnell's three-pack-a-day addiction. "If I can quit," said the county commissioner, 58, "anybody can quit. " Today, as the American Cancer Society marks its 30th annual Great American Smokeout, Chester County is witnessing two moves against smoking in public places.
NEWS
March 3, 1994 | Daily News wire services
DURBAN CHIEF AGAIN CALLS FOR ZULU LAND In South Africa, Mangosuthu Buthelezi made a fresh call yesterday for a sovereign Zulu kingdom, saying he would only end his election boycott if the demand was met. The Zulu leader's statement appeared to be political brinksmanship in a bid to win concessions from the rival ANC as the deadline approached for parties to register for the nation's first all-race election in April. The African National Congress, South Africa's largest political group, is expected to win the election.
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December 4, 2008 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
D. Scott Perrine - the lawyer arrested last week after failing to appear at a hearing in his own drug case - will stay in prison while undergoing a psychiatric and drug evaluation, a city judge ruled yesterday. Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Brown denied Perrine's strenuous arguments to let him go free and find his own treatment program. Brown, however, said she might let him be discharged directly from prison into an inpatient program if Perrine or his attorney can find one. The judge set a hearing for Dec. 23 to check the status of Perrine's evaluation.
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April 17, 2010 | By Allison Steele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The FBI is investigating a fight last weekend between accused rapist Jose Carrasquillo and five prison officers that left the inmate hospitalized with head injuries. Carrasquillo, 27, who was accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in Kensington last summer, was in fair condition Friday at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus, according to hospital officials. He was upgraded from critical condition this week. Carrasquillo was in a coma for days, his aunt Isabel Carrasquillo said in a telephone interview.
NEWS
December 2, 2008 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's not unusual for a lawyer to have to meet a criminal client in a prison. It's another thing to bump into your client because you're living in the same jail. So it is for D. Scott Perrine, now housed at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in the Northeast. It's the same prison housing Perrine's client Pete Hopkins, 20, one of three men whose beating by Philadelphia police on May 5 was captured on an infamous video by a Fox29 news helicopter. Independent of the Hopkins case, Perrine, 31, got himself arrested Oct. 24, 2007, while visiting a client at Curran-Fromhold.
NEWS
June 16, 1989
All else having failed, U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro is now talking about early releases for certain convicts in Philadelphia prisons, which are so crowded that inmates sleep on the gym floors. District Attorney Ronald D. Castille has gone ballistic, calling such a remedy sentence-tampering. He says he'll fight right up to the Supreme Court if the judge goes that route, which would let inmates out as much as 60 days early. If the district attorney is in a fighting mood, we've got another, eminently winnable battle to suggest, one that he's already involved in. It is the upcoming legislative fight for something called "earned time" in Pennsylvania prisons.
NEWS
March 7, 1997 | By Chris Seper, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
County commissioners think they may have come up with a solution to the air problems in Bucks County Prison: get the prisoners to stop smoking. Commissioners Sandy Miller and Charles Martin voted Wednesday to table a decision on a $30,766 contract for cigarettes - 2,860 cartons' worth - with the idea it may alleviate some of the environmental woes at the prison. County Health Department officials declared the prison a "sick building" after an employee survey last fall showed almost 80 percent - 73 of the 92 respondents - reported health problems related to bad air. Sick building syndrome occurs when there are an abnormally high number of illnesses such as irritation of the eyes, nose and throat and respiratory infections.
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October 29, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
VIDEO THAT surfaced last week showing a corrections officer in Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility allegedly beating a handcuffed prisoner has spurred allegations of preferential treatment of employees based on race in the city's largest jail. Curran-Fromhold Warden Michele Farrell recommended a five-day suspension for the officer, James Weisback, for using excessive force, prison spokeswoman Shawn Hawes said. That recommendation is awaiting approval from Prisons Commissioner Louis Giorla, Hawes said.
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A suspect taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital grabbed for a police officer's gun after his handcuffs were removed for a medical procedure Monday night, police said. Dwayne Walker, 38, of the Tioga section of the city, was in custody in connection with the stabbing Saturday of a 15-year-old boy when he was taken to the hospital, police said. Walker had sustained "a severe laceration" to his hand, police said, but it was unclear when or how. Two officers stationed in his room around 12:30 a.m. Monday removed his handcuffs so hospital staff could conduct testing, police said Once his handcuffs were removed, Walker stood, yelled that he wasn't going back to jail, and tried to grab the gun of one of the officers, police said.
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
WHAT THE HELL is going on with the city jails lately? * Capt. Deurward Spellman, director of the Philadelphia Prisons Training Academy, has been accused of having an affair with a current cadet and inappropriate relations with members of past classes. This week, he was moved from the academy to a new post at the Detention Center while an investigation gets underway. * Detention Center Warden John Delaney has been disciplined for mishandling money while he was head of Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.
NEWS
April 17, 2010 | By Allison Steele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The FBI is investigating a fight last weekend between accused rapist Jose Carrasquillo and five prison officers that left the inmate hospitalized with head injuries. Carrasquillo, 27, who was accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in Kensington last summer, was in fair condition Friday at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus, according to hospital officials. He was upgraded from critical condition this week. Carrasquillo was in a coma for days, his aunt Isabel Carrasquillo said in a telephone interview.
NEWS
August 7, 2009 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John E. Daughen, 71, a Philadelphia prisons officer for 38 years, died of brain cancer Wednesday at his home in Glen Mills. When he retired June 26, 1999, Mr. Daughen had risen from a guard to become the second highest-ranking officer in the Philadelphia Prisons System. On his retirement, the Prison Board of Trustees approved a resolution honoring him as "a man of integrity and distinction. " Mr. Daughen's son, John J., yesterday recalled his father's ethical approach to his work.
NEWS
December 4, 2008 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
D. Scott Perrine - the lawyer arrested last week after failing to appear at a hearing in his own drug case - will stay in prison while undergoing a psychiatric and drug evaluation, a city judge ruled yesterday. Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Brown denied Perrine's strenuous arguments to let him go free and find his own treatment program. Brown, however, said she might let him be discharged directly from prison into an inpatient program if Perrine or his attorney can find one. The judge set a hearing for Dec. 23 to check the status of Perrine's evaluation.
NEWS
December 2, 2008 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's not unusual for a lawyer to have to meet a criminal client in a prison. It's another thing to bump into your client because you're living in the same jail. So it is for D. Scott Perrine, now housed at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in the Northeast. It's the same prison housing Perrine's client Pete Hopkins, 20, one of three men whose beating by Philadelphia police on May 5 was captured on an infamous video by a Fox29 news helicopter. Independent of the Hopkins case, Perrine, 31, got himself arrested Oct. 24, 2007, while visiting a client at Curran-Fromhold.
NEWS
November 16, 2006 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At 11:22 p.m. Nov. 20, 1985, Patrick O'Donnell stubbed out his last cigarette of the day at his bedside. "The last thing before going to sleep was to put the cigarette out," he said, "and the first thing in the morning, you lit up before getting out of bed. " That last cigarette of the day was the ash end of O'Donnell's three-pack-a-day addiction. "If I can quit," said the county commissioner, 58, "anybody can quit. " Today, as the American Cancer Society marks its 30th annual Great American Smokeout, Chester County is witnessing two moves against smoking in public places.
NEWS
April 3, 2003 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In yet another black eye for the Bucks County Correctional Facility, a prison lieutenant was charged yesterday with sexually assaulting a female inmate. Lt. David W. Rosser is the fifth prison employee to face charges of sexually assaulting inmates in the last two years. His arrest came a week after Joseph Schuck, a prison investigator hired to ferret out misconduct at the facility, was himself arrested on drug-dealing and bribery charges. Schuck's case took a troubling turn yesterday when a county audit found that he, unlike most new prison employees, had not undergone drug testing when hired.
NEWS
April 25, 2000 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A 44-year-old Philadelphia man who sped away from police, dragging a Radnor police sergeant whose arm was caught in the car door, was sentenced yesterday in Delaware County Court to 5 to 10 years in prison. Theodore Rayner told Judge Charles Keeler that he was using drugs and was "paranoid beyond control" when his vehicle was stopped by police on Lancaster Avenue on May 20. "I really didn't know the officer was on the car," he said. Radnor Sgt. George Smith, 33, an eight-year member of the force, testified at an April 10 sentencing hearing that when he leaned in the passenger side of the car, Rayner smiled at him and took off. Smith testified that his left arm was pinned in the door and that the car ran over his leg at one point.
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