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October 26, 1995 | by Kitty Caparella and Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writers
The massive raid at Graterford state prison earlier this week grabbed the attention of the outside world, but the biggest show of force was the quiet, hurried transfer of a dozen inmates who wielded the real power inside the prison walls. More than the unprecedented raid by 650 state troopers and prison guards, more than the forced retirement of two top prison officials, more than the strip-searches of the 3,490 inmates and the cell-by-cell shakedown for drugs and weapons, the biggest symbol of change was the dethroning of the reputed leader of prison wheeling-and-dealing.
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September 2, 2001 | By Stephanie Doster INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A former Philadelphia paratransit driver convicted of raping a woman with cerebral palsy was sentenced in Bucks County Court Friday to serve 20 to 40 years in state prison. David Desouza, 49, sat motionless as Judge Alan M. Rubenstein sentenced him to two consecutive 10- to 20-year terms for rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Rubenstein cited the crime's "heinousness, its sheer, unbridled depravity, and the absolute horror visited upon the victim. " Rubenstein told Desouza: "You probably believed she would never tell anyone about this, and if she did, no one would believe her. . . . But she was not the perfect victim.
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July 25, 1994 | By Julia Cass, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joseph Taylor considers himself a man who stands up for his rights and those of his fellow prisoners. Prison officials consider him an incorrigibly hostile inmate. Because of his refusal to follow orders and his alleged assaults on guards, Taylor spent seven years in solitary confinement at the state penitentiary at Huntingdon. Two years ago, he was moved to an even more restrictive home. Taylor, 39, who is serving a life sentence for murder, became one of the first residents of Pennsylvania's new Special Management Unit (SMU)
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August 29, 1991 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
SHE IS: Madeline Arrington SHE DOES: Housing rehab SHE SUCCEEDS: Through determination At first, Madeline Arrington wasn't sure she wanted it mentioned in the newspapers that before taking on her current post as an apartment building manager, she spent time in jail. But, on second thought, Arrington decided she had important messages to get out: About how quickly your life can fall apart. About picking up the pieces of your life and starting again. In 1982, Arrington, then 39 years old, a single mother of two daughters, then aged 18 and 9, made what turned out to be a fateful decision.
NEWS
September 10, 2003
RE THE LETTER by Lauren Ukkerd of Broomall, "Dial P for Prison" (Aug. 16): Who or what gives her the right to judge letter-writer Harum Fox, let alone anybody else who's incarcerated about what we should or shouldn't have in prison without knowing our situation. Unfortunately, people fail to realize that not everyone incarcerated is a bad person, some of us just made bad choices and the wrong decisions in our lives that we are paying for now - and our families are paying for them as well.
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July 7, 2010 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231
When Ryshaone Thomas was sent to prison in 2005, Linda Reis was outraged that one of the men who abducted, beat and strangled her daughter might be free someday. Reis wanted Thomas, 32, to die in prison. On Sunday morning, she got her wish. "It's funny how God works," said Reis, 54, of Mount Ephraim, N.J. "I really feel that things happen for many reasons. " Thomas, of Camden, was serving a 43-year sentence for the murder of Reis' daughter, Christine Eberle, on Nov. 12, 2001.
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October 24, 2012
Jerry Sandusky became a state prison inmate Tuesday with his transfer out of the Centre County jail, his home since he was convicted in June of child molestation. The former Pennsylvania State University assistant coach arrived early in the morning at the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill, just outside Harrisburg, a state prison system spokeswoman said. He faces evaluation that will take a week or more before he can be assigned a security-risk level and sent to one of the state facilities as his "home" prison.
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January 14, 1998 | By Todd Bishop, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Morrisville man pleaded guilty yesterday to a weeklong crime spree in which he stole at least five vehicles, drove one into the Delaware Canal, and escaped police custody through a bathroom window. Jesse N. Baker, 21, was given four sentences to state prison - with terms ranging from one to two years, to two to five years - for a string of auto thefts and other crimes in early June. Bucks County President Judge Kenneth G. Biehn said Baker would serve the sentences concurrently.
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January 4, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Msgr. William J. Lynn was released from state prison Thursday, but before he returns to private life, he must again face the judge who put him behind bars. After serving about 18 months in prison, Lynn left the prison in Waymart, in Northeastern Pennsylvania, on Thursday, a week after an appeals court overturned his child-endangerment conviction. Prosecutors are challenging the decision. On Monday, Lynn is to appear before Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who in 2012 sentenced him to three to six years in prison for his role in enabling priests to abuse children.
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May 6, 2009 | By Mari A. Schaefer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Elizabeth "Betty" Greenawalt embezzled more than $900,000 from her long-time employer and neighbor, robbing him of money that he could have taken into his retirement. Ralph Bucci went to Delaware County Court yesterday for Greenawalt's sentencing. Instead of seeking revenge, he offered forgiveness. "I do not seek a prison sentence on my behalf," Bucci told Judge James F. Nilon Jr. Joan Bucci, his wife, called it a difficult day for her. She mentioned Greenawalt's gambling addiction and said Greenawalt's actions had hurt the family emotionally and financially.
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September 22, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Mensah M. Dean, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - In a case that trained a spotlight on the state's corrections practices, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that a convicted murderer from Philadelphia who has spent nearly 37 years in solitary confinement must be transitioned into the prison's general population. Judge Christopher C. Conner said prison officials' decision to keep Arthur Johnson in "institutional exile" for decades in an "area smaller than the average horse stall" at the state prison at Frackville because they thought he was a security threat was flawed.
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August 28, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A former Chester County district judge who concealed a harassment citation against her son went to prison Thursday, ending her fight to avoid incarceration while she is under treatment for breast cancer. Rita Jo Ann Arnold, 60, of Downingtown, was sentenced in October 2013 to 16 to 32 months in state prison, more than double the term under state sentencing guidelines. She served six days at the State Correctional Institution in Muncy, Lycoming County, before being released on bail pending appeals.
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August 19, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A Chester County lawyer was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison Wednesday for letting his 92-year-old father die by depriving him of medical care. Edward J. O'Brien III, 61, of West Whiteland Township, was found guilty in June of every charge against him - third-degree murder, aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless endangerment - in the 2013 death of his father, Edward J. Jr. "I would be depreciating the seriousness of the crime in this particular case" with any lesser sentence, Judge Ann Marie Wheatcraft said at the Justice Center in West Chester.
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June 5, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
Andrew K. Davis, a Jamaican recording artist known as "Flippa Mafia" and "Flippa Moggela," was sentenced Friday to 25 years in a New Jersey state prison on drug charges, including his role in an international drug ring that shipped cocaine from California to New Jersey, the state Attorney General's Office said. Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley also ordered Davis, formerly of Swedesboro, to pay a $250,000 money-laundering penalty. Davis' sentence includes 12 years of parole ineligibility.
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April 17, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
The April evening began with a trip to the Phillies game. But the fun night out for a group of 21-year-olds from Lansdale ended with a gruesome accident that split a car in half. One passenger was left dead on the side of the road as the driver fled the scene. Emotion generated by the tragedy remained fresh three years later, as a Montgomery County judge Friday sentenced Sean Sperl, now 24, to three to six years in a state prison for the 2013 accident that killed Ryan Petrille. "This is a really, really sad day for two families who are in such pain on so many levels," said Judge Gary S. Silow.
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April 15, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 25-year-old man has been charged with murder and weapon offenses in the shooting death of a man who had intervened in his son's fight in Kensington. Eric Dennis, also known as Eric Daniels, of the 4800 block of Mulberry Street in East Frankford, has been charged with killing 41-year-old Anthony Wilkins, police said Wednesday. On Sunday night, Wilkins was called to the 2000 block of Castor Avenue in Kensington, where his son, a juvenile who lives in the neighborhood, was involved in a fight with another person, police have said.
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A Sicklerville man has been sentenced to 75 years in state prison for a 2011 double homicide in Lindenwold, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Friday. James M. Harris, 28, was convicted by a jury in December of two counts of first-degree murder and two weapons offenses in the shooting deaths of Kevin Gould, 24, of Berlin, in Camden County, and Daquan Hines, 22, of Lumberton, Burlington County. Both victims were fatally shot inside a parked gold Toyota Camry outside the Pine Ridge Apartments, 1900 Laurel Road, about 9 p.m. on Dec. 9, 2011.
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February 26, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A South Philly gang member who unleashed a barrage of 17 bullets with an AK-47 rifle at rival gang members on a street corner in 2007 was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum term of 42 1/2 to 85 years in state prison. "The firepower you used in that residential area of South Philadelphia . . . they use less in Afghanistan," Common Pleas Judge Anne Marie Coyle told defendant Sammie Campbell, Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Mitrick said after the hearing. Campbell, 27, nicknamed "Sammie the Shooter," was part of the 7th Street gang.
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February 20, 2016
Gov. Wolf Thursday announced the launch of a fresh review of the state's criminal justice system to find ways to cut prison costs and reduce crime. The data-driven study will be broad in scope, examining everything from how bail is set to finding alternatives to incarceration, state officials said. The state's corrections budget is roughly $2 billion and is one of the biggest factors in driving up budget costs. State officials have said it costs $41,000 a year on average to incarcerate an offender in a state prison.
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