September 24, 2015 |
Over the last few months, unusual missives began arriving in the post office box of the Hearts on a Wire Collective , a grassroots collaboration between transgender people who meet weekly at the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia and transgender prison inmates around the state. "We started getting letters from folks on the inside saying, 'I just had this bizarre conversation I never expected to have,' " said Adrian Lowe, one of the organizers. "People were saying, 'They just asked me if I needed a bra!
September 10, 2015 |
A FORMER member of the radical Revolutionary Action Movement convicted of bank robbery in the early 1970s, Philadelphia's Hakim Ali spent about three decades in state and federal lockups, but nothing haunts him more than his roughly two years in "the hole" - solitary confinement. Ali, the spiritual leader of Muslim prisoners at the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pa., in the early 1980s, said an inmate work stoppage led to disputes with prison officials, who ultimately retaliated by throwing him into solitary.
July 16, 2015
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S speech before the annual NAACP convention moved me - not just because he called for reforming the penal system, but because he also got into the whys surrounding the issue. Why is it that so many African-American men get ensnared in the criminal-justice system? Why is it that African-Americans make up almost half of the 2.3 million prisoners incarcerated in the United States? Why is it that one in every 35 African-American men is serving time, compared to one in every 214 white men?
February 14, 2015 |
TRENTON - A New Jersey lawmaker wants to restrict the use of solitary confinement in the state's jails, warning the practice has "grave consequences" for the safety of inmates and officers. There's just one problem: The Department of Corrections and the unions representing officers say they don't use solitary confinement. A disagreement over semantics dominated an hours-long hearing Thursday held by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, which took testimony on the bill but did not vote on it. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D., Union)
January 8, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has reached a settlement with the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania requiring sweeping reforms in the care of inmates with serious mental illness in the state's prison system. Inmates with serious mental illness or intellectual disabilities no longer will be subject to solitary confinement, according to the terms of the settlement, reached late Monday. The agreement, which is effective immediately, resolves a March 2013 lawsuit. "The idea here is to keep people with serious mental illness out of the very harsh conditions of the Restricted Housing Unit," said Robert Meek, an attorney for Disability Rights Network.
December 7, 2014 |
There were many times during Khasiem Carr's tumultuous journey through Pennsylvania's mental health and prison systems when it seemed things couldn't get worse. Then, they generally did. For instance, after two months in solitary confinement at the Bucks County prison, Carr was refusing food and water, and was rushed to the hospital to be treated for dehydration and malnutrition. After more than a year in solitary, he entered a guilty plea in hope of getting out of the hole and into mental-health care in a state prison.
November 10, 2014 |
AN APPELLATE-COURT panel yesterday denied ex-narcotics cop Thomas Liciardello's request to be released from prison pending his trial on racketeering conspiracy and robbery charges. Liciardello, 38, is the alleged ringleader of a group of ex-narcs accused of robbing suspected drug dealers, at times violently. Defense lawyer Jeffrey Miller said the 3rd Circuit appeal centered on the lack of "clear and compelling evidence that [Liciardello] posed a threat to witnesses or the community.
July 17, 2013 |
Seeking to end solitary confinement of children in New Jersey juvenile detention centers, civil rights organizations on Monday filed a petition with the state proposing new limits on what they say is a psychologically damaging - and poorly regulated - form of discipline. Led by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, nine groups are pushing for changes to the rules governing juvenile detention centers, including eliminating the state's authority to hold children for up to five days in solitary confinement as punishment or pending a disciplinary hearing.
May 4, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - He claims to be more mature now, chastened by a stint in jail and eager to be just as much a businessman as a fighter. Indeed, Floyd Mayweather Jr. acted almost statesmanlike earlier this week when Robert Guerrero's father began screaming that he was a woman beater who would finally get beaten himself Saturday night. "The fighters are the ones who fight, not the fathers," Mayweather said calmly. If it's an act, it's a pretty good one. Armed with a new six-fight television deal with Showtime that should keep him the world's highest paid athlete, Mayweather has for the most part taken the high road while promoting his fight against Robert Guerrero as must-see TV for anyone who has an extra $69.95 for the pay-per-view.
March 26, 2013 |
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Gun evidence links a Colorado parolee fatally shot in Texas with the death of Colorado's corrections chief, investigators said Monday. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said that "unique and often microscopic markings" found on shell casings in Texas and Colorado led investigators to conclude that the gun Evan Ebel used to shoot at authorities in Texas on Thursday was the one used to kill Tom Clements at his home last Tuesday. It had been known that the casings at both scenes were of the same caliber and brand, but Monday's announcement was the first time Colorado investigators had made a direct link between Ebel and Clements' death.