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Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a drug addiction twelve step-recovery program modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) which describes itself as a altruistic "fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem", and it is the second-largest 12-step organization. As of 2007 there were more than 43,900 NA meetings in 127 countries.  The program is group-oriented, and is based on the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions, adapted from AA.

The only requirement for membership is "a desire to stop using," and members "meet regularly to help each other stay clean," where "clean" is defined as complete abstinence from all mood and mind altering substances (including alcohol and marijuana).  Membership in NA is free, and there are no dues or fees. The foundation of the Narcotics Anonymous program is the twelve steps and twelve traditions.

Narcotics Anonymous "has no opinion on outside issues," including those of politics, science, or medicine, and does not endorse any outside organization or institution. The fellowship does not promote itself, but rather attracts new members through public information and outreach. NA groups and areas supply outside organizations with factual information regarding the NA program, and individual members may carry the NA message to hospitals and institutions, such as treatment centers and jails. 


Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

The scope of AA's program is much broader than just changing drinking behavior. Its goal is to effect enough change in the alcoholic's thinking "to bring about recovery from alcoholism" while abstaining from alcohol, one day at a time. A spiritual awakening is achieved from following the Twelve Steps
, and sobriety is furthered by volunteering for AA and regular AA meeting attendance or contact with AA members. Members are encouraged to find an experienced fellow alcoholic called a sponsor to help them understand and follow the AA program. The sponsor should preferably have experience of all twelve of the steps, be the same gender as the sponsored person, and refrain from imposing personal views on the sponsored person. Following the helper therapy principle, sponsors in AA benefit as much, if not more, from their relationship than do those they sponsor. Helping behaviors correlate with increased abstinence and lower probabilities of binge drinking.
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The National Resource Center
on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Family &
Corrections Network  (FCN)

On any given day, there are an estimated two (2) million children in America with at least one parent in prison or jail.

NRCCFI at FCN is the oldest and largest organization in the U.S. focused on children and families of the incarcerated and programs that serve them.

Since 1983, Family and Corrections Network (FCN) has provided ways for those concerned with families of the incarcerated to share information and experiences in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We have done this through publishing, sponsoring conferences, liaisons with other agencies, and by providing consultations to organizations and agencies around the US and Canada. We have published information on children of the incarcerated, programs for parenting from prison, prison visiting, incarcerated fathers, hospitality programs and a variety of other topics. Our mission is to uphold the value of families of the incarcerated and provide support to programs that serve them. is a COLLABORATIVE website set up to perpetuate itself.   Aggrieved Citizens are the editors.  Rhode Island is a primary focus but complaints are submitted from all over the country.  While the nature of demands oversight on submissions, is designed to perpetuate itself like a "MySpace" without the site being identified with any group or individuals.  The Internet allows to be run from anywhere by anyone.  If one server goes down, another one will publish the site.  If one manager or editor dies or quits the cause, another Citizen picks it up.  Multiple copies of are maintained to avoid crashes, hacks or other contingencies. is not about who is hosting, managing or screening complaints. is about exposing injustice, educating the public and improving our legal system. will always remain focused on the cause of exposing injustice without being affected, negated or destroyed by individuals, groups, politics or anything else.

By exposing attorney misconduct, judicial misconduct and prosecutorial misconduct committed by judges, lawyers and prosecutors, it is our hope we can all work towards improving our justice system.

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Inmates complain about limited showering

By James Gilbert, Sun Staff Writer

Something stinks at the Yuma County Jail, and some of the maximum security inmates being held there say it could be them.

At least two maximum security inmates have recently written to the Yuma Sun complaining about only being allowed to take three showers a week.

"This is cruelty and unjust," an inmate stated in a postcard mailed to the newspaper.  "We are not animals, yet we get treated as so. This is completely wrong."

The other postcard stated: "This is unsanitary at best of times, much less when you take a large group of people, stick them in a 9-by-10 foot cell for 24 hours a day with no fresh air."

Both postcards also included remarks stressing that not being able to shower as frequently as inmates in the general population, has created animosity among maximum security inmates to the jail staff and its supervisors.

However, Capt. Eben Bratcher, spokesman for the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, said the inmates who are being held in maximum security are there for a reason.

"They are in a special handling area and are there based on their behavior," Bratcher said. "They have earned their risk classification."

One of the inmates wrote in his postcard that he felt the shower policy was just another attempt to take away the inmate's rights.

"I refuse to have my rights taken away because Yuma County won't use their budget wisely," the inmate wrote to the Yuma Sun.

Capt. Mark Martinez explained that the Arizona Department of Corrections also limits the number of showers maximum security inmates can take and the county jail also recently began doing so as a way to help save money.

"It is one of those things we are trying to do to cut costs," Martinez said. "That is not to say we won't ever change it."

Martinez explained that maximum security inmates are much more labor-intensive and require more supervision from at least one or two detention officers whenever they are out of their cells.

By reducing the number of showers for maximum security inmates, Martinez said the jail also cuts down on staffing costs.

Under current Yuma County Adult Detention Center policies, inmates in the general population can shower whenever they want.

The reason for this, Martinez said, is that they are better behaved and thus do not require the same intense level of staff supervision that maximum security inmates do.   

"(Inmates in general population) are in a lower risk custody area because they behave better," Martinez said. "As a result they have more liberties."

Martinez went on to explain that maximum security inmates have a basin in their cells with hot and cold running water, as well as washcloths and towels, so they have the opportunity to wash off whenever they want.

Additionally if a maximum security inmates goes to the recreation yard, or has a court appearance scheduled for the next day, they can have an extra shower.

Also, once an inmate has earned a lower risk classification, which is gained by following jail rules, they are returned to general population and can once again take a shower they want.

Prison Security Levels Explained


Due to all prison facilities having their own standard numbering systems when it came to the type of incarceration they provided, we decided to have four (4) major groups to make it easier to follow:

Low LOW: This includes Work Farms, Boot Camps, Forestry Camps, etc. Basically these are either first time low-risk offenders or inmates who have worked themselves up in the system and are possibly on their way out of prison. It does sound strange that an inmate would work themselves up in the system starting at a (possible) Level 4 MAXIMUM - but that is how good behavior is rewarded. Being considered low risk, affords the inmate to better living conditions and a few more freedoms. They have earned the trust of the institution. This is why we believe its imperative to tell your family member to steer clear of any trouble during their incarceration.

Minimum MINIMUM: This category is meant for inmates coming up in their time or those inmates that have committed a less severe crime. This level of inmate can be trusted and is usually designated as a form of trustee or in a trusted work detail.

Minimum MEDIUM: This Level 3 inmate is typical of any placement for someone headed to prison. You must earn the trust from the staff at all levels to work your way up. This level of inmate has some rights and freedoms, but not many.

Maximum MAXIMUM: This level of inmate is typically in lockdown most of their time and are usually the more violent or feared members of the population. To be housed at this level the inmate must have performed an extremely violent crime (in or outside of prison). There are basically no freedoms unless the Max inmate is housed with other max inmates - and often then they are only allowed out for one hour per day. This is not always the case with every prison, jail or detention facility. Some offer multiple programs and allow limited movement, classes, details and freedom for all inmates. It is solely upon the prison and its rules. Use the Inmate lookup tool on your right to find the prison you will be housed at or a loved one is housed presently.

We also designated any facility that was an Administrative (Headquarters) or Medical Facility:

LowADMINISTRATION  HEADQUARTERS: This is the actual facility headquarters where most office personnel in a support position work on a daily basis.

Low MEDICAL DETENTION FACILITY: These facilities are normally staffed with low risk inmates as maintenance workers or maximum risk inmates with psychological troubles. Again, each facility is extremely different. Check with the facility locator on your left.

We found that most prison facilities to include county jails and detention centers used a similar system to categorize up to what level inmate could be admitted to the facility. Some even had MAXIMUM in one area and MINIMUM or LOW in another. The use of MINIMUM inmates we found is primarily for food-service, maintenance or other position within the prison.

So, to describe the capacity of each prison we had to came up with a simple order of categorizing the type of prisoner they were holding.

For instance: if a facility had only LOW category inmates, that facility would have a score of 1, it being the only type of inmate allowed in the prison. If the same facility had LOW and MINIMUM - that facility would then be scored a 5.

Here Is The Breakdown of Classifications:


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Stanford Prison Experiment

A Simulation Study of the Psychology of Imprisonment Conducted at Stanford University

Welcome to the Stanford Prison Experiment web site, which features an extensive slide show and information about this classic psychology experiment, including parallels with the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions we posed in this dramatic simulation of prison life conducted in the summer of 1971 at Stanford University. 

How we went about testing these questions and what we found may astound you. Our planned two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life had to be ended prematurely after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, our guards became sadistic and our prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress. Please join me on a slide tour describing this experiment and uncovering what it tells us about the nature of human nature.



                    was founded as a means to help the families of those incarcerated. Many families who have had the unfortunate experience of having a loved one imprisoned, know how difficult it can be to have a family member removed from your life. This period can be emotionally straining on everyone. At, we provide a service to family members of those incarcerated, by enabling them to easily send books, puzzles, games, religious material, photographs and much more, all from the comfort of home. We understand the families of those incarcerated have already been inconvenienced enough. Most of all, at we promote items that can inspire change and help in the rehabilitation and recovery process. Just because someone has made a mistake in their past, does not mean their future is over. We hope to give all inmates the chance to acquire a greater knowledge of themselves and the world around them, hopefully aiding in their eventual reintegration with society.



Prison: Inside & Out

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Very proud of him...

This is a blog written by me and my husband J. Its pretty self-explantory, he is on the inside and I"m on the out. And this is how we survive.

I know I promised to update more, and J promised to as well...But he only writes me about twice a week now, so, his updates will be few and far between. Mine, well I"ve been lazy. I got 2 b's and an A in my classes and start back on Friday.

He celebrated his 30th birthday locked up, and I"ll be celebrating mine soon, though I would rather forget how much older I"m getting. I sent him a card everyday for a week and added extra money to the phone so we could talk more. I really love our calls, but god the money disappears fast.

Anyway he started GED classes, and is on a waiting list for several other classes. I've not been able to find out if they will have a mini graduation for them and let the families come, I know some places do this. But while this may not seem like a big deal to a lot of people, to me it is. It shows me that he really is trying.

I get to go see him next week and take Lily I can't wait, he hasn't seen her in almost 9 months. I don't know how she'll do at the visits but any time together is good for me.

We are a little over 1/4 the way through with the whole thing..5 years, 6 months, 2 weeks and 1 day.

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A MAGAZINE written mostly by prisoners but also by people who are closely associated with the prison experience. Open the CELL DOOR MAGAZINE and meet the men and women behind bars. The CELL DOOR features written material that tells what the incarceration experience is like while in prison and how the ex-con fairs once s/he is back on the street.

The content of the CELL DOOR runs the gamut from poetry to short stories, from art to op-ed commentary. There are self-help and self-pity articles. The CELL DOOR contains current topics, insight, empathy and pathos.  But most of all it is always focused on the effects of life behind bars.

Our goal is to attract an audience who reads the CELL DOOR for its quality, educational and entertainment value, learning in the process that prisoners are intelligent, personable, talented human beings.

Prisoner Comment:

"The Cell Door Magazine inspired me! Reading the writings of other people helped me move forward towards my journey and whatever hardships I have to endure. It's amazing how some people can be uplifted. I am delighted to have the opportunity to read it. Thank Laird for me, I appreciated this to the utmost."  


                                                                                                        James Washington  


   What I have Learned First Hand About Prison by Troy Thomas

    Critical Self-Analysis By Jeffery Dean

    Beyond These Walls by Doiakah Gray

Innocent But Wearing Guilty Clothes by Lorenzo Johnson

    Change Requires Work
By Sylvester A Harris

    The Question Remains by Leonard Jefferson

    Change (Chains) by David Ray Martin


She Stole My Heart by Eion Woodcraft

From Ashes by M J Rowe

Who The Hell Am I? by Joe McCree

Hot Boy by James Hawkins

Who Will Speak For Me? by Tyrone Daniels

Forgive Me by Herman Sedillo

Regrets by Harry Carmona

Sometimes by Rashid Sultan

Canis Familiaris by David Martin

Life As A Criminal by Jamahl Blank

Greed by Wallace Blocker

A Trapped Mind by Anthony Puckett

Flying Free by James Ferrante


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Prison Fellowship walks with prisoners through the different stages of their journey. We start with them inside prison, as they learn new values based on the life and teaching of Christ and how to apply them. We continue with them through the critical transition to the outside, helping them through obstacles and daunting temptations. So even if they stumble, it doesn't mean defeat. 

We also help prisoners and their families rejoin their journeys, staying connected during incarceration, adjusting well when prisoners return home.

So if released prisoners have nowhere to go, we may help them find housing. For prisoners' families in need, our volunteers may help with food and bills. Prisoners who dropped out of high school may receive help to get their GED. Even prisoners with no family support are welcomed into accepting church families



Our prison system is broken. More than 700,000 prisoners are released from prison every year. More than half of them will be back in prison within 3 years. Justice Fellowship believes it is time to restore justice to our prison system, make our communities safer, and reconcile victims and offenders. 

Dr. Thomas Lane, a veterinarian in Florida, thought that prison inmates would make excellent puppy raisers, and started the first guide-dog/prison program. Not only do inmates have unlimited time to spend with the puppies, but they benefit from the responsibility of being puppy raisers in ways that are especially important to their rehabilitation: they learn patience, what it is like to be completely responsible for a living being, how to give and receive unconditional love, and -- since puppy raisers take classes and train the dogs together -- how to work as a team.

After several months of research, I decided to leave my job on New York Mayor Giuliani's Youth Empowerment Services Commission and devote myself full-time to founding a non-profit organization dedicated to training prison inmates to raise puppies to be guide dogs for the blind. Puppies Behind Bars, Inc. formally came into existence in July 1997, and we initiated the program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in November 1997. We began with five puppies in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York State's only maximum-security prison for women, and now work in six correctional facilities raising approximately 90 puppies.
The inmates have taken tiny little creatures, who were not housebroken, did not know their names, and obeyed no commands, and have transformed them into well-behaved young pups who are a joy to be around. The raisers, too, have matured: the responsibility of raising a dog for a disabled person and the opportunity to give back to society are being taken very seriously. Puppy raisers show the pups tenderness and love, which had not been given expression before, and are deeply committed to supplying the solid foundations upon which guide dogs are made.

The puppies have affected the lives not only of their puppy raisers, but of virtually all the inmates and staff at the prison. It is literally impossible to walk a puppy around without being stopped by inmates who want to pet the dogs or who want to just say 'hi' to them, and I am constantly being approached by corrections officers and senior staff who ask me about the puppies' training. One of our particularly sensitive pups goes to several different areas of the prison: the sixteen- and seventeen-year-old inmates play with her; domestic violence classes use her to get the women to open up and talk; and she even visits inmates who are about to go before the parole board, for it has been found that her presence has a calming effect on the women.

Puppies Behind Bars

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Learn How To Survive In Jail 101: A Guide For All Beginner Inmates!
By:  Steve Gib

First of all if you are unsure where to locate an inmate, jail, prison etc. it will be helpful to know where to look.  A free on-line service such as county jail inmate search is extremely useful.  The directory has three sections: county jail, with contact information for the jail facility; inmate search, to locate an offender in custody; and state prison, housing for long term, sentenced prisoners.

If you are looking at a possible jail sentence it can be very terrifying, especially if you have never done a day of time in your life. If you are a hardened criminal it's a walk in the park. But living in the system has a very strict set of rules you follow so you won't be made someones bitch. You don't want to be victimized by the bullies in jail so I will share some more factors that will keep you safer and less bothered, then if you didnt know these following tips.

How to survive in jail - When you are doing your time you want to make as little friction with other people as possible. Remember to never give inmates you don't know prolonged eye contact it can mean you want to fight them. When you are walking around, keep your eyes focused straight ahead and don't be caught snooping on other prisoners lives. Also, don't look into other prisoners cells when you are walking down the hallway with your houses. Give other inmates their personal privacy and protect your own. If you don't know them, they don't talk to you, look at you, or have anything to do with you, do the same for them.

How to survive in jail - If you are a sexual offender I highly recommend you live in protective custody. Rapists and child molesters get the worst time in prison ever. Other inmates will attack you, punch you, poison your food, stab you or do worse things. If you have commited a sexual crime get your butt into protective custody because it is the only way you will survive.

How to survive in jail - When you enter the mess hall or eating area, I recommend you pay off your cell mate with something from your tray of food to let you sit with him. If you can't do it, find out from other people if it is ok for you to sit there. The last thing you want to do is sit in someones seat, that's been eating there every day for the past fifteen years of his life. Be respectful in the mess hall but also be extra alert and aware of the inmates around you while you are in the line up and while your back is exposed at the table.  There is a certain way of living and being inside the jail system and I hope these tips have opened your eyes to the raw reality of what you are about to experience.

How The Bail Process Works - What You Need To Know
By:  Stephen Daniels

Few things are as startling or, if you've never done it before, as confusing as the request from someone to post bail. Although you'll be tempted to ask for details, ask only what you need to know, such as his location and the amount of the bail; time is of the essence when someone has been arrested and doesn't want to spend time in jail.

Obviously, the first thing to ask is how much money to bring. Most jails have standard amounts that have been set by judges when considering common crimes and this figure is not negotiable. Get full information from the booking officer and ask if the judge has demanded cash. If the answer is "yes", you will need to produce actual money, since personal checks are almost never accepted. There are a few states in which debit or credit cards can be used, but the process involves a third entity and is somewhat complicated, so if cash is required, a quick stop at an ATM is your best bet. Once the cash is turned over to the booking officer, the arrestee will be released to your custody. By doing this, you are taking responsibility for seeing to it that he shows up for trial, after which your money (less some administrative charges) will be returned to you.

On the other hand, if bail is set at an amount beyond your means, you will need the services of a bail bondsman. The booking officer may be able to suggest bail bond companies in your area, or you can simply look in the local phone book for a convenient office. Once there, be prepared to answer a fairly lengthy list of questions and to part with some cash.

Most bail bond companies charge a non-refundable fee of at least 10%, so that if bail is set at $5,000 for example, you will need $500 in cash to obtain it. They will ask about your relationship to the defendant, what you know about his background, employment, living arrangements, and any other personal information you might have. Of course, they will also get a report from the police on the details of the arrest. Then, on the strength of what they learn about the arrested person, if the bondsmen believe that the defendant might not show up for trial, they can request extra collateral from you in the form of real or personal property. This means you may be asked to back the loan with property worth the full amount of the bail in addition to the ten percent fee, meaning you may be putting your house, your car and any other valued property at risk.

Under the circumstances, it's obviously better to take the money from your bank account than from a bail bond company, if you can afford it. Whichever way you go, be aware that the process is going to be costly. Even under a best-case scenario, court cases are expensive and after paying lawyers and court costs, the person you bailed out is probably going to be in debt and you'll be just one of his debtors. So, unless you're in a financial position to shell out a substantial amount of cash for an indefinite period of time, think twice before acceding to a request for bail.

Has Your Alcohol Consumption Become A Problem

Do you find yourself in bars after work most nights? Do you think about what you are going to tell someone if they ask what your plans are for the evening? Do you lie to your mate and tell them that you had to work late again? Do you do this because you are drinking a lot and you have gotten to the point where you feel the need to hide it from others? Do you think that your drinking is becoming a problem?

It is definitely a problem for those that have to deal with a heavy drinker, but to the person doing all of the drinking, they are usually the last to admit the fact that it has gotten out of control. Some of them will get so bad that the only way they will get the help they need is if it is forced on them and this method often does not work.

They will probably drink all night and then try to drive home. They might make it home a couple of times without getting stopped, but it will likely happen eventually. They might drive right through a red light with a cop sitting right there. After they are stopped, they will try to talk themselves out of a ticket. Some of the things they come up with are just so lame. Police officers can give you a sobriety test right there on the spot. Most heavy drinkers will not pass and if you do not, you get to go to jail. If you have been caught like this several times, you might say you have a problem, but others will surely say you do.

There are professionals out there that can help you with this problem and it is a problem. If this problem is not taken care of, you can die from it. It will cause your organs to quit working right. Some of this alcohol will attack certain parts of your body, like too much whiskey will damage you kidneys and liver. These professionals will help you in every way possible and even give you a coach that you could call at any time for any reason. They will set you up with a support group where you meet other people just like you.

They will try to help you with other problems that you think might be contributing to your drinking, like if you have problems at home, at work, or even at school. This problem can hit anyone at any age. It used to be just adults, but now we are seeing it happen to younger people, even children. Most of these children are trying to fit into maybe a gang, or even a certain bunch at school.

Some of them might fall into the wrong group at a party and then just end up in trouble. Whatever the reason you need to talk to your children about the dangers of drinking. So if they come across it they will know what to do. Tell them that they might get told that drinking is fun, but going to jail is not.

Man accused of trying to sell baby beaten in Jail

Patrick Fousek, 38 and 20-year-old Samantha Tomasini face child endangerment charges after police say they tried to sell their 6-month-old baby for $25 outside a Walmart store.

Thirty-eight-year-old Patrick Fousek and 20-year-old Samantha Tomasini, of Salinas, pleaded not guilty to child endangerment and drug charges Friday.

Fousek appeared in court with a bruised eye and stitches. Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Richards said the man was attacked Thursday at the Monterey County Jail. He also suffered two cracked ribs and is now being held away from the general population.

Fousek is accused of approaching two women Wednesday and asking if they'd like to purchase his 6-month-old.

He and Tomasini were arrested a few hours later at their home, and Child Protective Services took the baby.

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Inmate rips out eye, then claims he ate it
Eye still can't believe he ate the whole thing!!      Sergeant Sandvig 

Judge ruled him competent to stand trial after similar incident in 2004

By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press
Jan. 9, 2009

A Texas death row inmate with a history of mental problems pulled out his only good eye, authorities said Friday.

Andre Thomas told officers he ate it.

Thomas, 25, was arrested for the fatal stabbings of his estranged wife, their young son and her 13-month-old daughter in March 2004. Their hearts also had been ripped out. He was convicted and condemned for the infant's death.

While in the Grayson County Jail in Sherman, Thomas similarly had plucked out his right eye before his trial later in 2004. A judge subsequently ruled he was competent to stand trial.

A death-row officer at the Polunsky Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice found Thomas in his cell with blood on his face and had him taken to the unit infirmary.

"Thomas said he pulled out his eye and subsequently ingested it," agency spokesman Jason Clark said Friday.

Thomas was treated at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler after the Dec. 9 incident. Then he was transferred and remains at the Jester Unit, a prison psychiatric facility southwest of Houston.

"He will finally be able to receive the mental health care that we had wanted and begged for from day 1," Bobbie Peterson-Cate, Thomas' trial attorney, told the Sherman Herald Democrat. "He is insane and mentally ill. It is exactly the same reason he pulled out the last one."

Thomas does not have an execution date.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in October upheld his conviction and death sentence for the death of 13-month-old Leyha Marie Hughes. Also killed March 27, 2004, were his wife, Laura Christine Boren, 20, and their son, Andre Lee, 4.

Thomas, from Texoma, walked into the Sherman Police Department and told a dispatcher he had just murdered the three and had stabbed himself in the chest.

Thomas told police how he put his victims' hearts in his pocket and left their apartment, took them home, put them in a plastic bag and threw them in the trash. 

The Security Housing Unit (SHU) is a prison-within-a-prison, reserved for what the CDC calls “the worst of the worst.” SHU prisoners are kept in windowless, 6 by 10 foot cells, 23½ hours a day, for years at a time. People held under these conditions develop what is known as “SHU Syndrome” – the degradation of mental faculties caused by extreme isolation. Conditions in American SHUs are routinely the target of international human rights campaigns. In 1996, a team from the United Nations assigned to investigate torture described SHU conditions as “inhuman and degrading.” The California Department of Corrections operates four Security Housing Units in its system. Pelican Bay, Corcoran, California Correctional Institution, and Valley State Prison for Women hold 1,292, 1,204, 458, and 44 inmates respectively.

Highlight of an Inmate...

Annie Groves-#1148  
By Samantha Davis

October 15, 1907—James E. Passwater sat quietly playing cards at Smizer’s Saloon in Encampment Wyoming.  Passwater was the manager of the telephone system in the small mining town, and was well known in the area. As he sat holding his cards, a young woman named Annie Groves approached the saloon wielding a gun. She fired her weapon, and despite her strong desire to hit her mark, the back of Passwater’s head, the bullet strayed from its’ intended course, grazed the brim of Passwater’s hat, and lodged into the shoulder of another man within the establishment, Louis Peterson. Shortly after the incident, Passwater fled to the Justice of the Peace where he filed a complaint against Annie.

Under lock & key since 1901

The Wyoming Frontier Prison is a remnant of the grizzly past of the old west, but not every aspect of prison life was so off-putting. Over the 80-year operation, the prison produced goods to meet demands of four major industries. From 1901 through 1917 the prison had a broom factory, but inmates burned it down during a riot.

The prison was equipped with several different means of disciplining inmates throughout its operation, including a dungeon, several variations of solitary confinement and a “punishment pole” to which men were handcuffed, and whipped with rubber hoses; this method was practiced legally until 1930.

The prison also used different execution methods throughout the operation. The first two executions were carried out using the “traveling” Julien Gallows which were used to hang Tom Horn in Cheyenne in 1903. In 1916, the penitentiary completed the addition of a “death house” which consisted of eight cells to house inmates on death row, and a unique indoor version of the Julien Gallows. The building also housed the gas chamber when it was chosen to replace hanging as Wyoming’s execution method of choice in 1936. Ultimately 14 death sentences were carried out; nine men were hanged, and five were executed in the gas chamber by the use of hydrocyanic acid gas.

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          Pets in Prison

The world's most famous Birdman may have resided in Alcatraz (as played in the film by Burt Lancaster), but there is a long tradition of prisoners keeping birds and other pets in American and British jails. Indeed, there is clear evidence that caring for a wee yellow birdie can turn a tough-as-old-boots inmate into a big softie.

In the often fraught and hostile world on the inside, an emotional bond with a pet can help a prisoner keep his or her head above water. "We have men of 50 who have taught themselves to read so they can learn how to take better care of a canary," says Elizabeth Ormerod, a Vet who has studied the effects of letting prisoners keep pets. "And men who say, 'I used to be on report all the time, but haven't been in trouble once since I've had a bird to look after.' "

Anecdotes like these are backed by a growing body of research. When staff at Oakwood Forensic Center, a maximum security prison for the criminally insane in Lima, Ohio, noticed that prisoners on one ward were suddenly being far more sociable and cooperative than usual, they investigated. They discovered that the inmates had found a sick sparrow in the prison yard and, working together, had secretly nursed it back to health.

Intrigued, the staff at Oakwood conducted a study in which they allowed one ward to keep pets and compared it with another that wasn't. Over the course of a year, prisoners on the pet ward were less violent and needed only half the medication of their petless peers, and there were no suicide attempts, compared with eight on the other ward. Another study, at Lorton Correctional Facility in Virginia, found that prisoners on a special pet program had a recidivism rate less than a quarter of the national average.

While any pets are likely to improve prison life for both inmates and officers, the most effective rehabilitation schemes, Ormerod says, are dog training programs.  At Washington state's maximum security Purdy Correctional Center for Women, inmates adopt and train abandoned dogs, which are then given new homes within the local community. It's a win-win situation: prisoners get close, nurturing relationships with the dogs; taxpayers get a free social service. More importantly, over the past three years, not one woman released from this program has returned to jail.

Impressed by Purdy's success, prisons throughout the United States and in Spain, Australia and South Africa have created similar dog training schemes, with positive results. Sadly, the UK prison service has not been quick to realize the potential benefits of pets and there is no encouragement for individual prisons to offer pet programs. Unfortunately, prison authorities and politicians have been afraid of appearing to be soft on criminals. 

What emerges from the research carried out so far confirms what many animal lovers have always suspected, that pets really can make us better people.

The Cat Program at Indiana 
              State Prison            

** Cats provide love and nonjudgemental companionship **

Cat Behaviourist Diana Korten visited the Indiana State prison to interview inmates and staff about their cat program. Korten notes that it was the cats that initiated the program when they made their way onto the prison grounds and began having kittens there.

Indiana State is a maximum security facility and many of the offenders are in for murder, but the men are fiercely protective of their cats. They construct elaborate cat furniture, make cat toys, and take excellent care of their charges, cat-sitting for one another as needed. The prisoners receive unconditional love from their pets and believe that the cats have changed them in positive ways, reducing their anger and increasing their capacity for self-control.

Inmate James Stone confided to Korten, “I have a temper. One time some things happened and I was feeling pretty serious about doing something....But Raol put Jinxster in my arms, and I just held him until I didn’t need to do something anymore....During my first 15 years here, I was trouble....But Jinx changed all that. I’m a different person now.”

Administrator Vince Morton told Korten, “I’ve been here for over 25 years, and I have seen a lot of offenders transformed by the cats.” The program costs the taxpayers nothing – prisoners pay all cat-related expenses through work programs or family support.

Ohio inmate chokes on deodorant container, dies

Jail authorities in Cleveland say an inmate who had an empty deodorant container lodged in his throat collapsed and later died.

Authorities say 47-year-old Albert Fabian Jr. of Parma got panicky in his Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County jail cell Monday night and motioned to a guard that he was choking.

Guards, a nurse and doctor went to his aid and dislodged the deodorant container. He was declared dead at a hospital 49 minutes later.

Jail spokesman John O'Brien said the case doesn't appear to be a suicide. He declined to comment further, saying it remains under investigation. Authorities did not comment on why the item was in the inmate's throat. A cause of death is pending.

Fabian was awaiting trial on aggravated burglary and other charges.

Body of escaped Texas inmate found in NM landfill

Texas authorities say the body of a federal inmate who escaped from jail in El Paso was found at a landfill eight miles away in New Mexico.

El Paso County deputy Jesse Tovar said the body of 30-year-old Carlos Roberto Medina-Bailon was found Friday in a landfill in Sunland Park, N.M., that the jail's trash company uses.

Medina-Bailon was still wearing a dark blue jail jumpsuit and knee-high rubber boots when the jail trash collector discovered his body.

Medina-Bailon had escaped from the downtown El Paso jail early Friday. Officials say he may have slipped out by hiding in a large trash container.

Medina-Bailon had been jailed since June 6 on federal charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute narcotics.

Women accused of gluing man's penis to stomach avoid jail time

By Dinesh Ramde
Associated Press

CHILTON, WIS.: Four Wisconsin women have avoided jail time after reaching plea deals in a revenge plot involving glue used on a cheating lover.

A Calumet County judge sentenced each woman today to one year of probation. He also imposed and stayed jail sentences of 30 to 60 days, meaning the defendants will serve time only if they violate the terms of their probation.

The women were accused of luring the 37-year-old man to a motel last summer. One was accused of gluing his penis to his stomach, while the others were charged with being a party to false imprisonment.

Three of the women apologized to the judge today, saying they only meant to confront the man. They say things spiraled out of control.

The fourth woman was the man's wife. She declined to speak before sentencing.

2 Ohio inmates on hunger strike over medical care

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins
Associated Press 

COLUMBUS: Two inmates at Ohio's supermax prison have been on a hunger strike for days over unrelated demands for medical treatment that prison officials said Wednesday were not warranted.

Inmate Rayshan Watley has been on a hunger strike since Sunday and inmate Gary Roberts since Friday at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown, prisons spokeswoman Julie Walburn said.

But both inmates have been going without food longer than that since a prisoner must miss nine consecutive meals before the prison system officially recognizes the practice as a hunger strike.

Inmates who drink water or coffee or tea without sugar are still considered to be on a hunger strike, said Walburn, who wouldn't say if the prisoners were taking any liquids.

Watley claimed to a prisoners' rights group that he was not being provided pain medication for shoulder and knee injuries that need surgery. The nature of Roberts' medical complaint was not immediately clear.

Walburn said both men have requested types of treatment regarding medical conditions that the prison medical staff doesn't believe are warranted. She declined further comment because inmates' medical records are shielded under Ohio's public records' law.

A six-person team is monitoring the inmates and working on a resolution.

The state would intervene with forced feeding to avoid death or serious and irreversible damage to the inmates' life support systems or major organs, based on a medical determination, Walburn said.

Hunger strikes are rare at the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, which houses about 51,000 inmates.

Watley, 31, was sentenced to prison in 1997 on a felonious assault conviction out of Hamilton County. He was convicted of a harassment-by-inmate charge while in prison in 2008 and received an additional six months. He is scheduled for a parole hearing in February 2011.

Watley has broken prison behavior rules dozens of times at the Youngstown facility according to DRC records, with numerous instances of disobedience, showing disrespect and lying.

Roberts, 31, is serving 26 years for voluntary manslaughter out of Cuyahoga County. He has also violated prison rules several times, DRC records show.

The supermax prison typically houses the system's most disruptive and violent inmates based on their behavior while in the prison system.

COLUMBUS: Two inmates at Ohio's supermax prison have been on a hunger strike for days over unrelated demands for medical treatment that prison officials said Wednesday were not warranted.

Inmate Rayshan Watley has been on a hunger strike since Sunday and inmate Gary Roberts since Friday at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown, prisons spokeswoman Julie Walburn said.

But both inmates have been going without food longer than that since a prisoner must miss nine consecutive meals before the prison system officially recognizes the practice as a hunger strike.

Inmates who drink water or coffee or tea without sugar are still considered to be on a hunger strike, said Walburn, who wouldn't say if the prisoners were taking any liquids.

Watley claimed to a prisoners' rights group that he was not being provided pain medication for shoulder and knee injuries that need surgery. The nature of Roberts' medical complaint was not immediately clear.

Walburn said both men have requested types of treatment regarding medical conditions that the prison medical staff doesn't believe are warranted. She declined further comment because inmates' medical records are shielded under Ohio's public records' law.

A six-person team is monitoring the inmates and working on a resolution.

The state would intervene with forced feeding to avoid death or serious and irreversible damage to the inmates' life support systems or major organs, based on a medical determination, Walburn said.

Hunger strikes are rare at the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, which houses about 51,000 inmates.

Watley, 31, was sentenced to prison in 1997 on a felonious assault conviction out of Hamilton County. He was convicted of a harassment-by-inmate charge while in prison in 2008 and received an additional six months. He is scheduled for a parole hearing in February 2011.

Watley has broken prison behavior rules dozens of times at the Youngstown facility according to DRC records, with numerous instances of disobedience, showing disrespect and lying.

Roberts, 31, is serving 26 years for voluntary manslaughter out of Cuyahoga County. He has also violated prison rules several times, DRC records show.

The supermax prison typically houses the system's most disruptive and violent inmates based on their behavior while in the prison system.


What you always wanted to know about Drunk Driving in Arizona but were to scared to ask.......

If you are found guilty of DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in Arizona you will go to jail. Even if no one was hurt or killed, or you didn't even hit another car or damage anything at all. It is mandatory that you spend a minimum of 24 hours in jail, even for your first offense. In addition to 24 hours in jail, you will have to pay fines and fees. Many people don't consider the financial penalties, but in many cases the expenses can be more of a hardship than the 24 hours in jail. If you are convicted of DUI more than once, the penalties get exponentially harsher.

What follows are the sentencing, penalty and fee guidelines for DUI in Arizona. These do not include what you may have to pay an attorney, what it might cost you if you miss work or lose your job, what you might have to pay in increased insurance costs, or any other cost associated with being convicted of a DUI.

Charge: First time DUI

Proof: Impaired to the slightest degree

Minimum Mandatory Sentence: 10 days in jail with 9 days suspended if alcohol assessment and treatment are completed, $250 fine plus 84% surcharge plus other fees (around $480 total fine), $500 fee to DPS, $500 prison assessment fee, probation fee of $20, time payment fee of $20, attend an alcohol screening and education or treatment, probation and community service are possible but not required, pay jail costs, install an interlock ignition device for one year at a cost of approximately $1,000.

Maximum Sentence: 6 months jail, $2500 fine plus 84% surcharge and other fees; 3 years probation; $500 fee to DPS, $500 prison assessment fee, probation fee of $20, time payment fee of $20, attend an alcohol screening and education or treatment, probation and community service are possible but not required, pay jail costs, install an interlock ignition device for one year at a cost of approximately $1,000.

Charge: DUI with BAC of .08% or more

Proof: BAC of .08% or more

Minimum Mandatory Sentence: 10 days in jail with 9 days suspended if alcohol assessment and treatment are completed, $250 fine plus 84% surcharge plus other fees (around $480 total fine), $500 fee to DPS, $500 prison assessment fee, probation fee of $20, time payment fee of $20, attend an alcohol screening and education or treatment, probation and community service are possible but not required, pay jail costs, install an interlock ignition device for one year at a cost of approximately $1,000.

Maximum Sentence: 6 months jail, $2500 fine plus 84% surcharge and other fees; 3 years probation; $500 fee to DPS, $500 prison assessment fee, probation fee of $20, time payment fee of $20, attend an alcohol screening and education or treatment, probation and community service are possible but not required, pay jail costs, install an interlock ignition device for one year at a cost of approximately $1,000.

Breath test/blood test: If the reading is .08 or more the driver's license is suspended for 90 days, however for 60 of those days the license may be restricted to allow travel between home and work or home and school. If a driver refuses to take the test the driver's license is suspended for a year mandatory.

Charge: Extreme DUI

Proof: BAC of .15% or more

Minimum Mandatory Sentence: 30 consecutive days jail; $250 fine plus 84% surcharge plus $250 assessment fee, $1000 fee to DPS, $1000 prison assessment fee, probation fee of $20, time payment fee of $20, attend an alcohol screening and education or treatment, probation and community service are possible but not required, pay jail costs, install an interlock ignition device for a minimum of twelve months at a cost of approximately $1,000 per year.

Maximum Sentence: 6 months jail, $2500 fine plus 84% surcharge and other fees; 3 years probation

Charge: Extreme DUI

Proof: BAC of .20% or more

Minimum Mandatory Sentence: 45 consecutive days jail; $500 fine plus 84% surcharge plus $250 assessment fee plus, $1000 fee to DPS, $1000 prison assessment fee, probation fee of $20, time payment fee of $20, attend an alcohol screening and education or treatment, probation and community service are possible but not required, pay jail costs, install an interlock ignition device for a minimum of twelve months at a cost of approximately $1,000 per year.

Maximum Sentence: 6 months jail, $2500 fine plus 84% surcharge and other fees; 3 years probation

     Prison Talk

The PrisonTalk Online web community was conceived in a prison cell, designed in a halfway house, and funded by donations from families of ex-offenders, to bring those with an interest in the prisoner support community a forum in which their issues and concerns may be addressed by others in similar circumstances and beliefs.

Inside the PTO web community you will be able to find support from others who are dealing with, or have been down the same dark road you may currently find yourself, information resources & tools to aid your in achieving your goals, and most importantly, a place to communicate and share your stories.

There is no worse feeling than that of being alone and helpless. This applies to the families of those who are incarcerated just as much as it does to those behind the walls. PTO's goal is to bridge the communication barrier that exists in and around the criminal "justice" system today and bring everyone in the prisoner support community closer together to effect change in policy, prisoner rights, sentencing and so much more.

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Jail inmate charged with stalking

Daily Herald | Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A man already in jail for stalking charges had 10 more filed against him last week.

According to a police affidavit, Michael Hamblin wrote more than 20 letters from May 19 to July 19 to a 16-year-old girl in American Fork, then had a friend deliver the letters to the young woman. On Aug. 4, police allege, Hamblin was on a work crew and made two phone calls to the girl’s cell phone.

He has two previous convictions for stalking besides being in the Utah County Jail on stalking charges. Bail was set at $15,000 cash.


Definition of STUPID
1 a : slow of mind :  b : given to unintelligent decisions or acts : acting in an unintelligent or careless manner c : lacking intelligence or reason.

Ummmmmm....yep he qualifies for stupid!! 

San Francisco County Jail installs condom machines for inmates

(Posted by Doug Stanglin) USA Today
September 8, 2010

San Francisco County Jail has installed 16 condom machines for the 75-inmates at its San Bruno lockup, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The move is an extension of a safe-sex program that began in 1989 when health workers gave condoms to inmates as part of their counseling before their release, columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross writes in the Chronicle.

Although sex among inmates in technically illegal, the paper notes, the sheriff's department decided to install the machines anyway.

Sheriff Michael Hennessey acknowledges that the decision "may be controversial," but says the larger health-education message is important.

The program is paid for by small grants.

Jail break is short-lived In Santa Clarita

September 6, 2010 | Scott Gold
Los Angeles Times

A man taken into custody on burglary charges Monday attempted to escape from a Los Angeles County jail, but sheriff’s deputies captured him a short time later, officials said.

Ryan Martinez, 20, of Palmdale, was arrested Monday in Santa Clarita and accused of residential burglary, L.A. County sheriff’s officials said. Martinez was in a locked jail interview room at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. Investigators were waiting for one of the alleged victims, who was expected to provide a positive identification of the suspect.

When the victim was brought into the interview room, authorities discovered “chalky powder on the floor.” Martinez had removed ceiling tiles, climbed into the ceiling crawl space and replaced the tiles behind him, officials said.

Deputies surrounded the building and searched the station. Martinez was soon captured after he was spotted running through the building.

Martinez was charged with attempted escape, in addition to his original felony burglary charges. He was taken to the inmate reception center in downtown Los Angeles and was being held Monday night in lieu of $130,000 bail

Hernando jail inmate dies after suffering seizures

St. Petersburg Times staff
In Print: Wednesday, September 8, 2010

BROOKSVILLE — A 37-year-old Hernando County Jail inmate died Monday afternoon from an apparent seizure he suffered while inside his cell.

According to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report, jail deputies observed Edward A. Thomas of Dade City to be in the throes of a seizure about 4:16 p.m.

A nurse making rounds in the housing area immediately responded to Thomas' cell and found him on a lower bunk, awake and responsive to her inquiries. He told her he had not experienced seizures before.

According to the report, when Thomas began to have trouble breathing, paramedics were called. While the nurse and deputies placed him on the floor and continued talking to him to slow down his breathing, Thomas apparently experienced another seizure.

Although his condition improved somewhat by the time paramedics arrived, the inmate collapsed again during an attempt to move him from his cell. He was placed in the ambulance as CPR efforts continued, but was pronounced dead at Brooksville Regional Hospital at 5:17 p.m.

Thomas was booked into the jail Friday for failure to pay court-ordered child support. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday. According to the Sheriff's Office, which recently took over operations at the jail from Corrections Corporation of America, preliminary indications are that Thomas' death was from natural causes.

Inmate charged with damaging Jail — AGAIN | Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010

RACINE, Wisconsin - A Jail inmate with an alleged history of bad behavior has picked up new charges for allegedly breaking windows after slipping out of a restraint.

Sean A. Riker, 42, was booked into the Racine County Jail in November after allegedly attacking and threatening his wife and her children. He picked up new charges in January after he reportedly broke out of his cell and trashed a day room. He has a prior federal conviction for a string of bombings in Utah in 1995.

On Friday, Riker was charged with two counts each of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct. He faces up to 6 years imprisonment for each count, which includes time in prison and on probation or extended supervision. The possible sentences are increased because he is a repeat offender and the crimes are charged as hate crimes.

According to the criminal complaint, Riker slipped out of his belly chain as he was being moved from his cell to the shower area of the jail on July 28. The 2-foot long section of chain had a padlock on it, and was still attached to handcuffs on his wrists.

Staff at the jail said Riker screamed about his treatment in the jail and used racial slurs while telling staff to stop putting black men in cells near him. He allegedly swung the chain, cracking a day room window. After he reportedly agreed to return to his cell, staff said Riker turned and ran to the corner cell in front of a day room occupied by two black inmates. He then allegedly swung the chain and padlock at the window several times, causing it to crack.

Staff said Riker then quickly returned to his cell and said "There. Now they can't come out ‘cause their window's broken."

Each window costs about $815 to replace.

Escaped inmates caught at Jail — trying to sneak back in, that is

Sep. 08, 2010 / Associated Press

PINEVILLE, Mo. -- It's a first for McDonald County Undersheriff Bud Gow: Never has the southwest Missouri lawman had inmates break out of jail and then try to sneak back in.

Gow's best guess about the motives of the two men who briefly went on the lam late Tuesday is that they wanted to buy some drugs, have a good time and get back before anyone noticed.

The plan fell apart when they were spotted climbing on an air conditioning unit and trying to re-enter the jail through the same hole they made two hours earlier in an attic wall.

Gow told KOAM-TV authorities believe the men stole a pickup truck during the escape and set it on fire upon their return to create a diversion.

On Wednesday, both were in isolation - and facing escape charges that carry a five-year sentence in Missouri.

Starke County Jail escapee captured / September 7, 2010

A Starke County, Indiana Jail inmate scaled a 15-foot concrete wall to escape but later in the afternoon was captured during a fierce struggle with officers.

At one point Rodney Craft told officers that they were “going to have to kill him,” police said.

According to Starke County authorities, Craft, a heavy maker and user of methamphetamine, was arrested on Friday on charges that included dealing the potentially lethal narcotic.

Police said on Saturday that Craft, with help from other offenders in a secure outdoor recreation area, scaled a 15-foot wall topped with concertina wire.

On the outside of the wall Craft removed his jail uniform and fled on foot completely naked.

About an hour after the 4 p.m. escape, LaPorte County Sheriff's deputy Andrew Morse was called to assist in the search with his K-9 dog, Mirza.

Eventually, officers located Craft inside what appeared to be an abandoned residence in the 2600 block of East Division Road in Knox, police said.

Morse said he was hit with a Taser and threatened with the dog, but Craft several times told police “we were going to have to kill him.”

The dog grabbed Craft by the arm, but he kept fighting and was hit with the Taser again.

Police said Craft was taken to Starke Memorial Hospital for treatment

Woman did more than visit boyfriend in Jail, cops say

She had sexual relationships with him at the jail and brought him marijuana, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives arrested Alexandra Nicole Petitt, 20, this afternoon after interviewing her at the jail. She has been charged with two counts of bribery and official misconduct. Her bail is set at $10,000, jail records show.

Petitt, of St. Petersburg, would sign in at the jail as though she had an official public defender's visit to interview inmate and boyfriend Tywan Armstrong, 30, of St. Petersburg, the sheriff's office says.

But Armstrong was being represented by a private attorney, not the public defender's office, and there was no reason for the public defender's office to interview him, the sheriff's office said.

An anonymous caller contacted the sheriff's office on Dec. 14 and said Petitt was using her official position to visit Armstrong. The caller said they would meet in the private attorney and client rooms, which state law doesn't allow deputies to monitor.

While in the room, the tipster said, Pettit would pass him marijuana and have sex with him, the sheriff's office said.

Petitt began working for the public defender's office in August 2009. After her training period concluded, she began to visit Armstrong in November, authorities say.

Armstrong was booked into the jail in January 2009 on charges that include operating a drug house, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, manufacture and deliver, trafficking in cocaine, and fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer.

On Tuesday, Armstrong was transferred to the state Department of Corrections to begin serving a sentence on unrelated charges.

Detectives verified her visits to Armstrong through jail records. Detectives have also traced jail telephone calls between Petitt and Armstrong, where the conversations substantiate the sexual relationship and marijuana delivery, the sheriff's office said.

 She deserves a lil' jail time, criminal record and most of all.....she deserves him!  I hope it's all worth it Ms. Petitt.

                                                  SGT Sandvig 


Sebastian County Arkansas Inmate Strangled In Cell

Fri Sep 17, 2010. 
Amy Sherrill / TIMES RECORD

A Sebastian County inmate manually strangled another inmate Thursday morning after luring him into his jail cell, authorities said.

Ashley Eugene Kaufman, 25, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder for allegedly killing Gary Van Wolf, 64, of Fort Smith.

Kaufman told investigators that "God told him to do this," after admitting he killed Wolf.

During the criminal investigation, authorities learned that Kaufman called Wolf into his cell at about 9:30 a.m. and then he "strangled him with his bare hands," said Chief Deputy Tom Young of the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office.

Kaufman then dragged Wolf out of his cell and into Wolf's cell where he placed him on the bed, put a plastic bag around his head and tied a string around it, and then placed a sheet over him, Young said.

Wolf was found by a detention deputy within 20 minutes of his death, authorities said. A deputy passing out medication while making his rounds through a pod was approached by an inmate who told him to check on Wolf.

When the deputy went into Wolf's cell, he found him unresponsive and emergency medical personnel were called to the scene, Young said.

Kaufman told authorities he placed the bag around Wolf so he would suffocate in case he wasn't dead.

Wolf and Kaufman were housed in a protective custody pod away from other inmates. Inmates with sex offense-related charges are usually housed in this pod, Young said. Kaufman was transferred to this pod on Monday after he punched detention deputy Aaron Mariott in the jaw and neck, according to a jail incident report.

Kaufman has been in jail since Aug. 20 after he was arrested for severely battering another man, whom he allegedly bound with tape, kidnapped and dumped in a field, according to a police report.

Fort Smith police were notified that a man, later identified as Scott McLachlan, was found in a field in Dora on Aug. 19. Duct tape had been wrapped around McLachlan's feet and hands and placed over his mouth, according to the report. McLachlan told police that Kaufman stole his pickup and kidnapped him.

Kaufman admitted to officers he had beaten McLachlan and said he wished he had killed him, according to the report.

Other charges Kaufman faces include first-degree domestic battery, kidnapping without releasing the victim, a parole violation, petition to revoke a suspended sentence and second-degree battery for assaulting the deputy, according police and jail reports.

Wolf had been in jail since Sept. 9, charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, Young said.

Authorities accused Wolf of putting his hand in the underwear of two minor boys and feeling their genitals, according to a police report. The boys told authorities Wolf told them he lost a tooth and was searching for it in their underwear, according to the report.

An internal investigation into whether policies and procedures were followed at the jail will begin today, Young said.

Inmate admits exposing self to, spitting on staff

Michael Scionti, 39, repeatedly told Salem Superior Court Judge John Lu that he wanted to "wrap it up" by accepting the judge's offer of a four- to five-year state prison term.

Scionti, of Lowell, is currently serving a state prison term for similar offenses in Middlesex County, and the sentences will run concurrently.

"I'll plead guilty to everything and wrap it up today," Scionti told the judge as he pleaded guilty to three counts of assault and battery on a correctional officer and a count of open and gross lewdness.

"I think there should be a couple more (charges)," he added, before his lawyer, Rebecca Whitehill, cut him off.

Scionti told the judge that he's suffering from an illness brought on by years of drug abuse and "running unprotected with the hookers." He did not state what he has.

Scionti is currently serving his time at Bridgewater State Hospital. He was brought to court yesterday under heavy security, with at least three prison correctional officers joining the court's own officers.

Scionti was indicted earlier this year, after a Peabody District Court judge decided that he would not accept jurisdiction of the case on the day of Scionti's original trial date there in 2009.

At one point during the hearing, Scionti asked the judge how much longer he'd have to wait to take the case to trial in Superior Court. The judge told him it would likely be at least another year.

"OK, I'll wrap it up today," he responded, going on to say that he had spoken to Billy Crystal — which appeared to be a reference to his curly-haired attorney. "I meant her," he said, pointing to his lawyer. Despite his comment, he later went on to praise Whitehill, telling the judge, "Yeah, she's a good lawyer, she did pretty good."

"If I wanted to I'd take it to the jury, you know, bada bing, bada boom, like that," the gaunt and bearded Scionti told the judge, before going off on a tangent about O.J. Simpson.

Prosecutor Jane Prince, who had urged a longer prison term of at least six to 81/2 years, described how Scionti, on three occasions in 2008, spit on correctional officers — in one instance landing saliva in the officer's mouth.

One incident, Scionti said later, was because of a delay in delivering his medications.

"One of you had to pay for not getting my meds on time," he told the officer.

In another incident, he scrawled obscenities on a sex offender registration form he had been asked to sign, then did the same thing on several others. When he handed the paperwork back to the officer, she noticed that he had pulled his genitals out of his prison jumpsuit and was fondling himself, something Prince said left the worker traumatized.

"All true," Scionti told the judge.

Prince called the incidents "vile and disgusting and completely inappropriate."

Whitehill had hoped for a shorter term for Scionti, 21/2 to three years, citing Scionti's mental and physical issues.

When he completes his sentence, Scionti could remain in custody as a sexually dangerous person, the judge told him. If he's released, he will have to register as a sex offender.


Prisoner claims Kardashians caused 'emotional distress'

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 4:57a.m.

The Kardashian sisters have been targeted in a bizarre lawsuit from a prisoner in Pennsylvania who claims he suffered "extreme emotional distress" from watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians behind bars.

DJ Goodson alleges he was forced to watch the show, as well as Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, while serving time in Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

He claims Kourtney, Kim and Khloe made him develop "extreme emotional distress due to their outrageousness of actions", according to papers obtained by

Goodson is demanding $75,000 in damages.

                        ** UPDATE **
January 20, 2011

Prisoner loses appeal of Kardashian stress lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – A Pennsylvania prisoner has lost his appeal of a lawsuit against Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian over the "extreme emotional distress" he said watching their reality TV shows caused him.

The prisoner, Daniel Goodson, had argued in a September 10 complaint that the sisters intended their behavior on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and "Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami" to cause him injury. He had sought more than $75,000 in damages, as well as an apology.

But in a ruling Thursday, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia agreed with a lower court judge against Goodson.

The appeals court said the sisters' alleged conduct was "simply not sufficiently outrageous" to sustain Goodson's claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress. It also said Goodson could not prevail on a negligence claim.







Oldest US death row inmate dies aged 94

Viva Leroy Nash
Viva Leroy Nash was first imprisoned for armed robbery at the age of 15

BBC News / February 14, 2010

The oldest death row inmate in the US has died of natural causes aged 94.

The Arizona Department of Corrections said Viva Leroy Nash died late on Friday at the state prison in Florence.

Nash had a criminal record dating back to the 1930s, and was deaf, mostly blind, mentally ill and had dementia, his lawyer said.

He was sentenced to death in 1983, for shooting a salesman after escaping from jail. But he managed to stave off his execution with a series of appeals.

At the time of his death, state prosecutors were appealing to the Supreme Court against a federal appeals court ruling that Nash might not be mentally competent to assist in his defence.


Viva Leroy Nash shown with police in 1947
Nash spent 25 years in jail for shooting a Connecticut policeman in 1947

Nash's lawyer, Thomas Phalen, told the Associated Press his client was born in 1915 and had grown up in southern Utah. He was first imprisoned for armed robbery at the age of 15 in Kansas, he said.

He spent 25 years in prison for shooting a Connecticut police officer in 1947.

Then in 1977, Nash was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for robbery and murder in Salt Lake City, but escaped from a prison work crew in 1982.

That November, he went into a coin shop in Phoenix and shot an employee. He was arrested as he fled the scene, and was later sentenced to death for first-degree murder.

Teen Inmates Earn 'Hard Knocks High' Diplomas

Sheriff Attends Ceremony At Lower Buckeye Jail

POSTED:  September 30, 2010
Phoenix News

PHOENIX -- The School of Hard Knocks took on a literal meaning for many juvenile inmates in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail.

On Thursday, inmates at the Lower Buckeye Jail graduated from Arpaio's "Hard Knocks High," a program developed to educate juveniles charged as adults. Sheriff's officers conducted the graduation ceremony.

The program was established by Arpaio, who was at the ceremony.

Inmates attend classes to gain high school credits or receive their G.E.D.

Classes are required even for inmates who refuse to cooperate. In some cases, teachers give lessons to violent students through the cell door, according to deputies.

The subjects include reading, math, history and science. Inmates do homework in their cells at night.

"While it is by no means an ideal learning environment, some inmates who've received their GED diploma while in jail say it is the first time in their lives that they've completed something that they could be proud of," Arpaio said. "For the first time, many say that they now have hope for the future."

ACLU sues South Carolina Jail over Bible policy

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina jail was sued Wednesday over its policy barring inmates from having any reading material other than the Bible(Seems to be a little to strict to me....SGT. Sandvig)

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the policy on behalf of Prison Legal News, a monthly journal on prison law. The 16-page complaint says officials at the Berkeley County jail in Moncks Corner, about 100 miles southeast of Columbia, are violating several of the magazine's and inmates' constitutional rights including free speech, freedom of religion and right to due process.

Since 2008, the publishers of Prison Legal News have tried to send magazines, letters and self-help books about prison life to several inmates at the jail, the complaint says. Some were sent back, and in July a jail official wrote an e-mail to the publishers referencing the jail's policy.

"Our inmates are only allowed to receive soft back bibles in the mail directly from the publisher," First Sergeant K. Habersham noted in the e-mail. "They are not allowed to have magazines, newspapers, or any other type of books."

The jail confirmed Wednesday that it doesn't have a library and that the only reading material its roughly 450 inmates are allowed to have are paperback Bibles. A spokesman for Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt said the sheriff had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment. The spokesman also deferred comment to deputy county supervisor Chip Boling, and there was no answer at an office phone number listed for Boling after business hours Wednesday.

"Not only does it prevent communication and clearly violate free speech rights, it also violates the establishment clause because it discriminates on the basis of religion," said David Shapiro, an attorney for the ACLU's National Prison Project. "The information that's being blocked and censored is information about prisoners' basic legal rights."

In addition to unspecified punitive damages, the lawsuit also asks a federal judge to order the Bible-only policy halted and to let a jury hear the case.

"Each Defendant's conduct was motivated by evil motive or intent, involved reckless or callous indifference to the federally protected rights of Plaintiffs," the lawsuit says.

WV Inmate's nose bitten off in prison fight. 

Doctors were unable to save the tip of his nose; he  will require plastic surgery to repair the damage

By Ashley B. Craig
Charleston Daily Mail

CHARLESTON, W.V. — An inmate at South Central Regional Jail lost the tip of his nose when he was bitten by another inmate during an altercation.

Telly Sylvester Larry, 30, was taken to a hospital but is back in jail recovering from injuries suffered during a fight that began during a card game.

Larry was playing cards Sept. 13 with Roy Anthony Harvey, 32, of Cabin Creek in the Pod A day room when the two got into an argument.

Harvey began taunting Larry, and that caused Larry to try walking away from the situation, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. But Harvey then began punching him repeatedly, it says.

Larry told Trooper J.E. Burgess of the State Police Detachment in South Charleston, who went to the jail the morning of Sept. 24 to interview him about the incident, that he had "no choice but to fight back," the complaint said.

As the fight continued, larry had begun to gain the upper hand when Harvey did something unexpected, the trooper wrote.

Harvey then "decided to bite off the tip of (Larry's) nose," the complaint said.

Jail officials took photographs of Larry's nose and injuries and Harvey's injuries. The photos showed both men had marks on their necks.

Larry was taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital for treatment, but doctors were unable to save the tip of his nose. He will require plastic surgery to repair the damage, the trooper said.

Larry was brought to South Central in October 2009 after State Police arrested him for failing to register as a sex offender in Jackson County. Jail officials said he is being held at the jail by the U.S. Marshals service.

Harvey violated his parole earlier this year from meth lab and breaking-and-entering charges, officials said. He now faces the additional charge of malicious wounding.

Burgess did not immediately return a message left for her at the detachment. State Police still are investigating.

Honestly, I feel Larry should have kept his nose to himself.....
                                                                                   Sergeant Sandvig


Inmate loses appeal to keep stereo in prison cell

Associated Press
October 14, 2010

PORTLAND, Maine—An inmate who's serving 75 years for murder and kidnapping won't have a stereo and CD player to keep him company at the Maine State Prison.

Byron Raynes appealed all the way to the state supreme court after his stereo, cassette deck, CD player and electric razor were taken away from him.

Such items have been prohibited since 2004. But Raynes was allowed to keep them because he'd purchased them before the new rules were put into place.

On Thursday, the state supreme court upheld the seizure of those items as a punishment against Raynes after he was twice caught with pornographic material in his cell. Raynes was sentenced in 1990 for killing of 34-year-old Margaret Shaw of Gardiner and kidnapping her children.

Central Texas:  Inmate found dead in cell after ICE discovers he was wanted for murder
October 14, 2010


Inmate dies in apparent suicide

A corrections officer making his rounds found an inmate hanged with part of his blanket Tuesday night, the same day immigration agents discovered that he had been jailed under an assumed name and was wanted for murder in South Texas, according to the Travis County sheriff's office.

The officer discovered Dante Uresti, 25 about 11:30 p.m. and called for medical assistance, but Uresti was pronounced dead at 12:12 a.m., the sheriff's office said.

Uresti was jailed Oct. 3 on a drunken driving charge and multiple traffic warrants, the sheriff's office said. Uresti had a detainer from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and on Tuesday he was released into their custody, the sheriff's office said.

"ICE Agents checked their fingerprint files and found that Mr. Uresti was actually Gilberto Rubio-Turrubiates ... and he had a warrant from Hidalgo County for murder," the sheriff's office said. "The agents returned him to the Travis County Jail where he was awaiting extradition to Hidalgo County."

The medical examiner's office did not find any indication of injuries other than self-strangulation, the sheriff's office said, but a cause of death will not be released until a final autopsy report is complete.

This is the sixth jail death in custody reported this year by the Travis County sheriff's office.

Going to jail? 10 tips for reducing
 the financial damage

Credit counselors, attorneys, ex-convicts say planning ahead is key

By Connie Prater

Although the vast majority of the 2.4 million people serving time in jails and prisons across the United States do not have significant assets, some do have mortgages, outstanding credit card bills and even businesses that are jeopardized when they become incarcerated.

Here are 10 tips from credit counselors, attorneys and ex-convicts themselves about managing and safeguarding your financial affairs if you're heading to prison:

1. Find someone who you trust completely to take over your financial affairs. Inmates who can arrange for someone on the outside to take over car payments or negotiate reduced payments with creditors can emerge from jail without amassing greater debt while inside, experts say. Fines, fees and interest for everything from credit cards to child support or alimony payments can accrue over the years and make even a small debt grow to large amounts. "Tex," who asked that his name be withheld, says he's making plans to keep his bills paid while he's away in prison. It will be his second prison sentence, and he says he learned from the mistakes he made with his finances 19 years ago after his first conviction. "The first time around, I didn't respond to nothing. Not child support notices or anything. After I got out, it was piled up something fierce. It took me years and years to pay that thing down."

2. Set up a joint bank account with that person before going to jail. It will be difficult to set up a bank account once you're incarcerated because federal anti-terrorism laws passed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks require account holders to provide identification and appear in person at the lending institution when opening an account. "We get a number of calls from inmates who, because they didn't have [bank] accounts open, and they relied on others, they've been bilked. They've had people take advantage of inheritances they've received," says David O'Neil, a former Texas public defender whose Houston law firm represents prisoners seeking parole or help managing their affairs from behind bars. "We've seen some inmates who've gotten brokers or set up trusts and had trust officers from responsible banks handle their funds. These seem to work out quite well from our experience."

3. Consult an attorney about drafting documents to give someone you trust your power of attorney. This gives the trusted person the legal right to make decisions on your behalf and gain access to checking and savings accounts.

4. Contact all of your creditors and let them know that you will have difficulty making payments for a period of time.

Ask if they can put you on a reduced payment for a while or a hardship program with reduced interest. Some creditors will do it.

-- Andrew Bernstein    
Credit counselor    

"Ask if they can put you on a reduced payment for a while or a hardship program with reduced interest. Some creditors will do it," advises Andrew Bernstein, a certified personal finance counselor with in West Palm Beach, Fla. He has conducted personal finance and debt counseling seminars for inmates in state and county jails and prisons in South Florida. Adds Tex, the ex-convict awaiting another prison sentence: "Call the people you need to call. If you have child support, they need to know where you're at immediately and work something out."


5. Vehicles may be repossessed unless you get someone to take over payments, insurance and maintenance. Again, find someone you trust. There are cases of family members selling the inmate's car, truck or other possessions for cash.

6. If you're considering filing for bankruptcy, it may be difficult to fulfill the necessary requirements while in jail. The 2005 bankruptcy law requires debtors to get credit counseling before filing. Although these sessions can be conducted via telephone or the Internet, inmates are not guaranteed telephone time, Internet access is prohibited and physically attending the sessions is impossible. Laura Bartell, a law professor and scholar at the American Bankruptcy Institute, has studied prisoner attempts to file for bankruptcy while incarcerated. She says inmates who try to file for bankruptcy do so because a spouse on the outside can't keep up with the bills. "Some of these prisoners are married, so the debt collector is calling the wife. That's not a happy situation," says Bartell.

7. Prisoners often have a difficult time finding attorneys to represent them. As a result, they file "in pro se," meaning they act as their own attorneys. The odds are great that the bankruptcy will be rejected.

If they are judgment-proof and have no assets that are not exempt, there's nothing in it for creditors who sued them ... You can't get blood from a stone. 

-- Laura Bartell
Law professor, bankruptcy expert

It may make sense for a prisoner and his wife to try to file for bankruptcy, Bartells says, "If they are jointly liable for the debt and he had an income and now he doesn't have an income, and she cannot carry the debt load with her single income." But she adds, "If they are judgment-proof and have no assets that are not exempt, there's nothing in it for creditors who sued them. It's a bother having the debt collection calls, but you can't get blood from a stone."


8. Bankruptcy won't help you get rid of or discharge several types of debt, including child support payments, federal student loans and court and restitution costs associated with your crimes. Those debts will remain on your credit record.

9. If debt collectors are calling your family members asking for payment on loans, make sure the collection agency or creditor knows you are serving time. Instruct family members to give the collector the name of the facility so they can call to verify your whereabouts. This may stop collection efforts, although if your spouse is jointly responsible for the loan, the debt collector may continue to seek payment from him or her.

10. Inmates serving long prison sentences may feel that they can ignore their debts. And it could be true: By the time they are released, the state statute of limitations on many types of consumer debts (which varies by state) may have expired. The statute of limitations only limits the creditors' ability to successfully sue to collect on an old debt. Creditors still can ask for payment even if the debt is time-barred and the unpaid debt remains as a bad mark on a credit report for up to seven years. Old debts are commonly sold and resold to debt buyers and that old unpaid loan may show up again years later and require you to take steps to remove it from your credit report.

Jail inmate charged with capital murder found dead

By Nancy Flake
Sep 25, 2010
The Courier of Montgomery County                   
Earl Handy Jr., a Conroe man charged with the capital murder of his wife in January, was found dead by hanging early Friday morning, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Handy, 39, was found hanging by a bed sheet tied to the bars around 3 a.m., according to the MCSO.

Deputies immediately started CPR, and EMS arrived within minutes, according to the MCSO. Handy was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Trey Spikes ordered an autopsy, and the MCSO’s Major Crimes Unit and the Texas Rangers are investigating.

Handy, who was deaf, had not been on suicide watch but was put on administrative segregation to protect him because of his deafness, Lt. Bill Bucks said.

Inmates on administrative segregation require a 30-minute watch, Bucks said, and Handy had last been checked about 21 minutes before he was found hanging.

To his knowledge, Bucks said, Handy was not a disciplinary problem.

Arrested Jan. 16 for allegedly fatally stabbing Donna Allen Handy, 34, in her Willis home, Handy also was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly injuring Donna Handy’s boyfriend, Joseph Taylor, of Conroe.

But Handy always loved his wife and their son, and he “could not handle the separation forced upon him and being away from his son,” said Tay Bond, one of Handy’s attorneys.

Bond said Handy left a suicide note. He and the rest of Handy’s legal team had met with their client in the last week for several hours.

“None of the persons involved in the meetings were led to believe that the state of despondency had worsened since he’d been arrested,” Bond said.

Handy had been held without bond in the jail since his arrest. If his case had gone to trial and he had been convicted, he faced either life in prison or the death penalty.

“He always felt remorseful for the event and expressed that at every meeting with the legal team,” Bond said. “He had a hard time living and communicating in this audible world we take for granted. I believe part of that contributed to his inability to handle a breakup of the family.

“I think it’s a very sad conclusion to a very sad event.”


The Top Three Rules of Prison Inmate Etiquette

By Jonathan L. Richards

Your first few weeks and indeed your entire stay in prison will be made entirely more tolerable if you adhere to top three rules of inmate etiquette. Obeying these rules will help to positively shape your reputation, which will follow you throughout your sentence.

1. Don't Rat

If you and another inmate have a problem, you settle it amongst yourselves. You do not go to the CO. You do not go to the Counselor or Unit Manager. If you see something going on that shouldn't be, keep it to yourself. It's none of your business. You are an inmate, not a cop.

The only exception to this rule that I can think of is if you genuinely feel that your life is in danger. In this case, the CO will have you moved to the hole. An investigation will follow. If you are lucky you will be moved to another institution. If you are not, the other inmate will be moved or it will be decided that there does not exist a sufficient threat. In both scenarios you will be placed back in general population where you will forever be labeled a rat.

Halfway through my stay, two men got into a fight and were both sent to the hole. Six weeks later, one of the men was returned to the unit. The other man did not return. The rumor quickly spread that the man who had returned had gone to the unit counselor saying that he feared for his life. This resulted in the other man, who was very well liked in the unit, being shipped to another institution. From then on, the man who had returned to the unit was labeled a rat and was completely ostracized. Most people stopped talking to him. Nearly every day, he found notes on his cube that read "RAT", he was verbally abused and he was relegated to the far corner of the TV room. He was very lucky to avoid any physical violence.

Now, if his life was really in immediate danger, perhaps going to the counselor was the only action he could have taken-his resulting situation just an unfortunate reality of prison life. It is far more likely that he panicked and made a rash decision. And regardless, the entire situation could have been avoided altogether if he had not gotten into the fight in the first place.

2. Mind Your Own Business

You'll often hear inmates refer to the term, "Do your own time". This is the equivalent to "Mind your own business" and is absolutely paramount to avoiding trouble. In many ways, prison is like high school. A large group of people spend a lot of time together every day for years. Inevitably this leads to rumors, speculation and gossip.

Do not get involved. Aside from the fact that most of the information that floats around is patently false or greatly exaggerated, if you choose to pass gossip along you run the very real risk of being confronted by the inmate in question or of finding yourself in the middle of a heated argument. Avoid the hassle and steer clear of gossip and rumors. Further, due to the utter lack of privacy, you will constantly hear the conversations of other inmates. Do not make an active attempt to listen. Do not respond to what is being said. If you can't help but to listen, make sure it is not obvious that you are doing so.

Along these same lines, be careful about asking too many questions about the personal or legal situation of other inmates as you will be suspected of being a rat. As my celly liked to say, "The more you know, the more you can tell". The one question that is okay to ask is, "how much time you get?" You will be asked this constantly, especially when you first arrive. You'll also notice that no one will ask you about your charges. It may seem like the most reasonable question in the world considering where you are, but it is a cardinal sin. You'll find that over time as you get to know the other inmates, many will share their stories with you. This is fine. But you never ask.

Finally, when you are walking around the unit, absolutely do not look into the cubes or cells of other inmates. You will be suspected of being a thief or a pervert and likely quickly confronted.

3. Never get too Comfortable

Believe it or not (and it will likely be hard to believe your first few weeks), eventually you will get to know a number of other inmates, you will fall into a regular routine and you will get used to your new home. Prison life will begin to seem quite normal. This is good. But never let yourself get too comfortable. By this I mean, never let your guard down. Always remember where you are. Don't say too much. Don't ask too much. Don't call undue attention to yourself.

In many ways, prison mirrors mainstream society. Over time, certain rules, spoken and unspoken have developed. These rules serve to dictate acceptable inmate behavior and maintain order. Those who disregard the rules are ostracized or confronted by members of the community. The one major difference of course is that in prison there is nowhere to hide and nowhere to go and try to start again. For that reason, it is vital that you understand and adhere to the inmate rules and the prison culture from day one.


Typical Inmate Rules and Expectations

Shortly after arrival and booking, inmates will receive an inmate handbook.  This
handbook contains information about jail rules and services.  Inmates are responsible
for knowing the information in the handbook and abiding by all jail rules and policies. 

In addition to the rules outlined in the handbook, inmate are expected to:  

  • Follow all staff directives and requests immediately.
  • Respect jail property and the property of others.
  • Maintain daily personal hygiene habits.
  • Behave in a cooperative and responsible manner.
  • Report any emergencies to staff immediately.

Failure to follow facility rules will result in departmental disciplinary action which
could include time in disciplinary lockdown, loss of good time or, in serious cases,
criminal charges.

Typical Inmate Rights

Inmates have the following rights while in Jail:

  • Access to the courts by letter or through their attorney.
  • Confidential access to their attorney or legal assistance.
  • Protection from abuse and corporal punishment.
  • Freedom from discrimination based on race, sex or religion.
  • Access to information on jail rules and regulations and consequences.
  • Access to communication (mail, phone, and visits).
  • Access to basic medical care.
  • Protection from sexual assault or harassment.
  1. Don't Interfere With Inmate Interests. Never rat on an inmate, don't be nosy, don't have loose lips, and never put an inmate on the spot.
  2. Don't Fight With Other Inmates. Don't lose your head and do your own time.
  3. Don't Exploit Inmates. If you make a promise, keep it, don't steal from inmates, don't sell favors, and don't go back on bets.
  4. Maintain Yourself. Don't: weaken, whine, cop out. Be a man and be tough.
  5. Don't Trust Guards Or The Things They Stand For. Don't be a sucker, the officials are wrong and the prisoners are right.
The Inmate Code

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Rights of Inmates

* Even the most chronic or hardened inmates have basic rights that are protected 
  by the U.S. Constitution. If you are facing incarceration, you should know your
  rights. If you have a family member or friend who is in prison or jail, you should
  know what their rights are, as well.

* Pre-trial detainees (those citizens who are too poor to afford bail and who are
  therefore held pending trial) have the right to be housed in humane facilities. In
  addition, pre-trial detainees cannot be "punished" or treated as guilty while the
  await trial.

* Inmates have the right to be free, under the Eighth Amendment, from inhuman
  conditions because those conditions constitute "cruel and unusual" punishment.
  The term "cruel and unusual" was not defined at the time the Amendment was
  passed, but it was noted by the Supreme Court in 1848 that such punishments
  would include "drawing and quartering, embowelling alive, beheading, public
  dissecting, and burning alive," among other things. Today, many of these
  punishments may seem antiquated, but the basic scope of the
protection remains
  the same. Any punishment that can be considered inhumane treatment or that
  violates the basic concept of a person's dignity may be found to be cruel and
Example : In 1995, a federal court in Massachusetts found that inmates'
  constitutional rights were violated when they were held in a 150-year-old prison
  that was infested with vermin, fire hazards, and a lack of toilets.

* Inmates have the right to be free from sexual crimes, including sexual
Example : A federal court in the District of Columbia found prison
  officials liable for the systematic sexual harassment, rape, sodomy, assault, and
  other abuses of female inmates by prison staff members. In addition, the court
  found that the prison facilities were dilapidated, that there was a lack of proper
  medical care available, and that the female inmates were provided with inferior
  programs as compared to male inmates within the same system.

*Inmates have the right to complain about prison conditions and voice their
  concerns about the treatment they receive. They also have a right of access to the
  courts to air these complaints.
Example : A federal court in Iowa recently
  awarded a prisoner over $7,000 in damages after it was found that he was
  placed in solitary segregation for one year and then transferred to a different
  facility where his life was in danger just because he complained about prison
  conditions and filed a lawsuit challenging the conditions of his confinement.

*Disabled prisoners are entitled to assert their rights under the Americans with
  Disabilities Act to ensure that they are allowed access to prison programs or
  facilities that they are qualified and able to participate in.

*Inmates are entitled to medical care and attention as needed to treat both short-
  term conditions and long-term illnesses. The medical care provided must
  be "adequate."

*Inmates who need mental health care are entitled to receive that treatment in a
  manner that is appropriate under the circumstances. The treatment must also
  be "adequate." 
 Inmates retain only those First Amendment rights, such as
  freedom of speech, which are not inconsistent with their status as inmates and
  which are in keeping with the legitimate objectives of the penal corrections
  system, such as preservation of order, discipline, and security. In this regard, 
  prison officials are entitled to open mail directed to inmates to ensure that it does
  not contain any illegal items or weapons, but may not censor portions of
  correspondence which they find merely inflammatory or rude.
Note : Inmates do
  not have a right to have face-to-face interviews with news reporters or media
  representatives. The rationale for this limitation is that the media are not
  entitled to have access to inmates that members of the general public would not
  be able to have.

*Inmates have the right to be free from racial segregation in prisons, except where
  necessary for preserving discipline and prison security. 

*Inmates do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their prison cells and
  are not protected from "shakedowns," or searches of their cells to look for
  weapons, drugs, or other contraband. 

*Inmates are entitled, under the Due Process Clause of the Constitution, to be free
  from unauthorized and intentional deprivation of their personal property by prison

*The Supreme Court has held that inmates who are the subject of disciplinary
  investigations or proceedings are entitled to advance written notice of the
  claimed violation and a written statement of the facts, evidence relied upon, and
  the reason for the action taken. The inmate is also entitled to call witnesses and
  present documentary evidence if allowing him to do so would not risk order,
  discipline, and security. In that regard, inmates are rarely allowed to confront and
  cross-examine adverse witnesses in an internal disciplinary proceeding.
Note : In
  most cases, an inmate is not entitled to representation by counsel in a
  disciplinary proceeding.

*Inmates are entitled to a hearing if they are to be moved to a mental health
  facility. However, an inmate is not always entitled to a hearing if he or she is being
  moved between two similar facilities. 
  A mentally ill inmate is not entitled to a full-blown hearing before the government
  may force him or her to take anti-psychotic drugs against his or her will. It is
  sufficient if there is an administrative hearing before independent medical

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In the past year 3.7 million men and women (as well as juvenile offenders) were guests of a city, county, state or federal jail. Not all were as clean and neat as this "holding cell."

    We hope that you never, ever have to spend even a few hours behind a prison cell and that this simply reminds you of the importance of your liberty. Jail cells cost about $40,000 per year per offender. This would include the cost of guards, food and the efforts to train prisoners for their return to the society that sent them to jail.

     On a local level many police departments have what is known as a "drunk tank" or overnight cell. This would be a place to keep someone who would be bonded out in a few hours or simply needed to sober up. It is rare and expensive to keep someone in a city jail for more than a few hours.

     Most persons charged with crimes are taken to one of more than 3,000 county jails where they can await trial or posting of a bond that guarantees their appearance. Persons who serve less than one year may be kept in a county jail.

     When you hear a judge say one year, the actual time served would be more likely three months. The balance is deducted for good behavior and probation. Even a life term can be only seven years with some exceptions.

     We have also taken the opportunity to show what a jail cell looks like in some of the nations outside of the United States. Stone walls, straw for a bed, fish heads for your one meal per day, or even worse.

     Correctional officers who are trained to handle prisoners are very brave men and women. They spend eight hour shifts inside the jail with no firearms for self defense and supervise from 50 to 100 inmates at a time. Jail officers must be able to keep the jail trouble-free and watch prisoners who might try to kill themselves or be killed by other prisoners. Every item in a jail is a potential weapon.

     You are invited to take photos in the cells and the doors do open and you can walk in and out. Please use care - especially with children.

     If you are thinking of a career in law enforcement, the biggest industry growth at this time is in new jails being built to house more and more offenders.

As one inmate said: "Life is a beautiful word except when used in a sentence." 
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"Just another day at the office for the Jail Sergeant and his people"


Sending money to Jail, managing it while in prison pose challenges

By Connie Prater
Published October 15, 2010

Have a loved one in jail and need to get money to an inmate? Jails and prisons across the country have different rules about how much and how often you can send, but several services and options are available.

Experts advise first contacting the correctional facility to find out what restrictions may apply and what information you will need to provide, such as the inmate's prison-identification or booking number and the sender's name, address and identification. Some facilities allow only people on the inmate's approved visitation list to send money. Some limit the amount of money that can be sent at any one time to $200 to $300.

"Every facility will allow cash that you have on your person at the time you're detained to be deposited into an inmate trust account, also called their commissary account," says Cheri Tuccelli, vice president of operations for EZ Card and Kiosk, a service that allows family members to deposit money or use credit cards at kiosks placed in the lobby of correctional facilities to transfer funds into an inmate's account.

EZ is one of several services, including JPay, that allow inmates to receive money while in jail or prison or use credit cards to bail themselves out when they are arrested.

2.4 million incarcerated, needing cash
With 2.4 million people behind bars in local, county, state and federal prisons across the United States as of June 30, 2009, transferring money to and from the incarcerated is becoming a common occurrence for more Americans. Says Tuccelli: "It's a growing industry."

Whether using money orders, automatic monthly debit card withdrawals, money transfers or a credit card transfer, the prison money transfer services are not free.  Western Union and MoneyGram offer traditional money transfer services.

Fees for sending money vary by money transfer service and are based on how much is sent and whether it is sent online, via telephone or wired. For example, sending $200 online can cost $10 with one of the jail-based services such as EZ Card or JPay. The same amount by telephone is about $2 more. When sending larger amounts of money, the service may charge fees based on a percentage of the amount transferred, such as 8 percent to 10 percent of any amount over $1,000.

Many jails and prisons provide inmates with a welcome packet that may contain the bare minimum: prison clothing, a tooth brush, tooth paste, a bar of soap, comb or brush. If prisoners require additional toiletries and extras -- such as special shampoos, lotions, stationary for personal notes or candy bars, snacks and additional food -- they must purchase them from the prison commissary.

The question of sending money
Spouses and family members of inmates differ on whether they should send money to prison and how much. Some don't send any, saying the basic toiletries and food provided by the prison system is enough. Others say they are struggling to pay the bills and don't have money to send to prison. Those who send funds say they want to make sure their loved ones are comfortable behind bars, and they would expect the inmate to do the same for them if their circumstances were reversed.

The reality behind bars is that inmates with a lot of money in their accounts may become targets of extortion or physical threat from other inmates.

Bill Habern, a Houston criminal defense attorney who specializes in representing the incarcerated, conducts lectures on how to prepare for prison. He recommends inmates have a limited amount of money in jail.

"We recommend around $150 to $200," Habern writes in his primer on preparing for jail in Texas. "Keep that much on your inmate account at the county jail. When you go to prison, the money will go with you and will be available a week or two after you arrive."

Don't send cash in the mail
Another tip from Habern: "If paying through the U. S. Postal Service, be sure all incoming monies, both in jail and in prison, are sent by certified funds." Sending cash through the mail is the least secure way to transfer money. Check with the correctional facility to find out if they require any special forms -- such as a deposit slip listing the inmate's ID number -- to accompany the money order.

Tuccelli, from EZ Card, says some inmates are booked into jail carrying several thousand dollars in cash in their wallets or purses. "We've seen people coming in who have just cashed their paycheck and they've got thousands of dollars on them," she says. "We've seen someone with $10,000, especially in Las Vegas, where they may have come from a casino and been arrested. But what's common is what you and I would carry in our wallet today, maybe $10 or $20."

No matter how much is in the inmate trust account, inmates may be limited in what they can spend.

"Jails do limit the spending, sometimes to $40 a week or limit the number of times a week" prisoners can access the commissary, Tuccelli says.

"You might have $100,000 in your inmate trust account, but when you go to the commissary, there is a very limited amount of money that the prison will allow you to purchase per week," says Habern, the Houston criminal defense attorney.

State corrections departments may also deduct money from trust accounts to cover the cost of an inmate's boarding costs, court fines or restitution payments. In Texas, "the district clerks of the various counties will engage in a pretty aggressive collection process. They can get 20 percent of the first deposit [into a trust account]," says Habern.

Ed Ross, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, says up to 10 percent of the money inmates earn from prison jobs can be deducted from their accounts for restitution.

Inmates can also send prison earnings home to their spouse or family. Tuccelli says inmates can request that money be released from their trust accounts to their spouses. In the case of someone who has just cashed their paycheck and now has the family's rent money held in the account, "Jails do allow you to release money that you have on your books to a family member or friend," Tuccelli says. "They'll let you give $1,500 to your wife because she's got to pay the rent."

Cashing out when released
The EZ Card service also allows inmates who are being released from jail to put any money left in their inmate accounts onto non-reloadable debit cards. Having the debit cards, rather than a paper check, gives the released inmate immediate access to the money, Tuccelli says.

Many prisons still issue checks to prisoners when they are released. "Some of these people need to catch a bus right away and where are they going to cash a check?" says Tuccelli, noting that many prisons are in isolated, rural areas. In a few places, private check cashing stores have opened for business across the street from correctional facilities, giving inmates a way to cash their prison-issued checks. However, these businesses typically charge high check cashing fees.

"If they get put out onto the street, they receive a debit card from our company," Tuccelli says, adding the average amount on those exit cards is about $38.


Med Examiner: Jail Inmate's Death Ruled Homicide
October 21, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office has classified the death of a Polk County Jail inmate as a homicide.

Associate State Medical Examiner Dr. Michele Catellier said Thursday that 27-year-old Nicholas Beasley, of Des Moines, died May 30 while being restrained. She also noted a seizure disorder and inflammation of the heart muscle as factors in the death.

She said the death was a homicide.

Sheriff's Office officials said several officers and nurses tried to control his violent and erratic movements in an effort to prevent injury. Officials said that it is believed that the combination of the stress caused by Beasley’s medical conditions and the physical exertion contributed to his deteriorating status.

The designation of the death as a homicide does not mean there is a criminal element, but rather that a person has died at the hands of another, officials said. The cause of death consists of a combination of preexisting medical conditions and the stress Beasley’s body was experiencing, sheriff's officials said.

Beasley had been booked into the county jail the day before on a domestic assault charge.

Polk County Attorney John Sarcone said his office is investigating Beasley's death. He said homicide doesn't mean there's foul play. He declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding Beasley's death to the Associated Press.

The death remains under investigation.


Lindsay Lohan faces a triple threat today - a fed-up judge, possible jail time and her estranged father.

The "Mean Girls" star has a Beverly Hills court hearing on whether she violated probation for her 2007 DUI conviction.

Dad Michael Lohan will be front and center as Judge Marsha Revel mulls Lindsay's alcohol class absenteeism and a missed court date.

If guilty, she could get 90 days in jail.

"I'll be there to support Lindsay. And if the judge wants to give her jail time, I'll say that's not what she needs. Recidivism is so high when someone with a drug problem goes to jail," he told the Daily News. He insists Lindsay is addicted to prescription meds.

"As long as prescription drugs are in the mix, she'll never be 100% and have her career back," he said. "She can get off them with proper treatment, not jail."

Revel slapped an alcohol-monitoring SCRAM anklet on the sassy starlet, 24, in May and ordered weekly drug testing that allowed for prescriptions.

Lindsay reportedly isn't sweating the legal showdown.

"It's no big deal to her, even though she totally believes Judge Revel hates her guts," a source told

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Inmate charged after setting off sprinklers at Indian River County Jail

January 24, 2011
Lamaur Stancil

(Job security for us....right?)
                               Sergeant Sandvig

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — An inmate with cabin fever set off the alarm system at the Indian River County Jail by tinkering with the sprinkler system in his cell, according to his affidavit.

Ronald John Smith, 35, was booked into the jail on Jan. 12 for violating an injunction of protection, according to jail records. About 2:20 a.m. Friday, the Sheriff's Office said security video showed Smith using a pen to tamper with the sprinkler. The sabotage set off the sprinkler, soaking Smith's cell and causing about $2,000 worth of damages. Smith said he simply wanted to get out of his cell, his affidavit states.

Corrections deputies charged Smith, of the 1400 block of 20th Court Southwest, Vero Beach, with felony criminal mischief and preventing or obstructing the extinguishment of a fire. He remained at the jail Monday in lieu of $12,500 bail.

Danville Jail offers new entertainment option for inmates

Flat screen television sets and DVD players are being installed to add an educational outlet for men and women in the jail system

Whether it's playing cards or making the occasional phone call, there's only so many ways to pass the long hours in lockup.

"You're stuck. You're in one place," said Reginald Allen, who's serving time in the Danville Jail for larceny.

He keeps himself occupied with challenging games like Scrabble.

"I already realize the mind is a terrible thing to waste," said Allen.

TV is another option.  There's no cable here, just your basic networks.

A new source of entertainment is coming soon.  Sheriff Mike Mondul wants inmates to serve a productive sentence.

"We're capitalizing on what would be down time and idle time," said Mondul, who is putting hundreds of dollars worth of DVD players, flat screen TV's, even surround sound, in different parts of the jail.

All of the equipment will be used "to better educate them when they sit idle and don't have anything productive to do," said Mondul.

There won't be any racy movies or TV shows on these screens.

"This will be good, solid educational type television," said Mondul.

Inmates will watch programs that provide a lesson on important topics like "Substance abuse, parenting classes. Things that might help them when they get out of jail," said Mondul.

You might be wondering who is paying for this expensive electronic equipment. Inmates are paying for it themselves, through the purchase of snacks and other items inside the jail.

Mondul says no public money is being used, adding "that's the best part about it. It's not going to cost taxpayers a dime."

While inmates have their dominoes and other games, some like Daniel Wilson say they're looking forward to another, educational option.

"If they give us any opportunity to learn something new, make you a better person in life, might as well take it," said Wilson.

"Anything that can broaden my horizons, education wise, is good," said Allen.

Jail inmates made to stand naked for 12 hours in Georgia

Sydney, Jan 31 (IANS) A group of prisoners in Georgia, in the United States, have filed a lawsuit after being made to stand naked for 12 hours, smeared with cream, a media report said.

The lawsuit claims that 29 inmates at the Whitfield County jail in Dalton - about 145 km north of Atlanta - were involved in the incident in October last year, The Australian daily Monday quoted the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as saying.

David Bennett, 42, filed the suit with fellow inmate Jesus Gallardo, seeking $5 million in punitive damages, citing human rights violations.

Bennett told The Daily Citizen that the treatment was degrading.

'It was complete humiliation,' he said.

He said the treatment caused 'physical strain with the coldness, the shaking and shivering'.

Captain Wesley Lynch, who directs jail operations and is one of the defendants in the suit, said the treatment was carried out to get rid of lice.

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Woman sentenced to Jail, ordered to write anti-alcohol essay for stabbing man over smelly foot joke

Not only that, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge David Kurtz also ordered Smith to write a minimum six-page essay on the negative effects of alcohol.

"Let me be absolutely clear: This case is not about smelly feet," Kurtz said during sentencing last week. "It is about binge drinking and [the] criminal behavior that did flow from that."

Smith's transformation from binge drinker to criminal took place on the night of Sept. 7, 2010.

Fellow partygoers said a noticeably intoxicated Smith took off her shoes and socks and attempted to do a back flip off a table, only to crash clumsily to the ground.

To add insult to injury, Simpson started mocking Smith for having supposedly smelly feet. Smith reacted by wrestling with Simpson and punching him repeatedly. She then went to get her coat, picking up a kitchen knife along the way, and stabbed Simpson before leaving the party.

Simpson suffered a collapsed lung as a result of the attack and still had the knife's blade more than 3 inches in his back when police arrived. It was eventually removed during surgery at a Seattle-area hospital.

During sentencing, Smith apologized for her "great error in judgment," according to 

While she may be released early from prison for good behavior, Smith won’t be able to get out of writing her anti-alcohol essay, which is due before May 2012.




Prisoner faces more charges after spitting incident in Franklin County Courthouse

February 3, 2011
Jim Tuttle

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- A Franklin County Jail inmate faces charges after he allegedly spit in a deputy's face and forced officers to carry him out of the courthouse following a legal proceeding.

Jermaine Terrell Miller, 27, is charged with aggravated assault by a prisoner and making terroristic threats in connection with the alleged Jan. 3 incident.

He attended a preliminary hearing Tuesday and a judge determined there was enough evidence for the case to proceed to the county court level.

According to online court records, Miller was in Franklin County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail. On the day of the alleged spitting incident, he was at Franklin County Courthouse to attend a pretrial conference on a third-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge for allegedly making "unreasonable noise."

After the conference was continued to a later date and Franklin County President Judge Douglas Herman excused Miller, he allegedly refused to leave, according to charging documents. He was already wearing a "spit hood" because of prior spitting incidents at the jail.

Franklin County Sheriff Dane Anthony said a spit hood resembles the headgear that beekeepers wear while tending hives. The wearer is prevented from spitting, but is able to see through a fabric mesh positioned at eye level.

When Miller refused to leave the courtroom, deputies Brian Cramer and Robert Miller grasped his arms in an attempt to escort him out, according to the affidavit written byChief Deputy Randy Stroble.

"I advised inmate Miller that he must stop his resisting or he'd be carried out of the building," Stroble wrote.

He allegedly continued to struggle, and the deputies began to pick him up. While they were doing so, he allegedly pulled down the hood and spit in Cramer's face.

"Some people struggle with taking responsibilities for their own actions. When they're punished for it, they're not very happy and that's why these incidents can occur," Anthony said.

The deputies carried Miller out of the building and placed him in a van for transport back to jail. While Stroble and Miller rode in the back with him, Miller allegedly threatened repeatedly to kill them.

Anthony said Cramer was taken for a health checkup following the spitting incident. Certain precautions have to be taken when dealing with potentially disease-carrying bodily fluids, he said.

"I would sooner have a guy take a swing at me than spit in my face," Anthony said.

Disruptions at the courthouse are not uncommon, but spitting incidents are, he said.

"When you're dealing with some of these types of people, nothing surprises you though," Anthony said.

Detroit man, 18, gets life in killing of Matthew Landry

(Told the Judge...."I felt kinda bad")

February 3, 2011
Christine Ferretti

Mount Clemens— Robert Taylor, sentenced to life in prison today for kidnapping and killing a Chesterfield Township man in 2009, told the judge he "felt kinda bad" for the victim.

"I do feel kinda bad for the situation that happened," the 18-year-old Detroiter told Macomb County Circuit Judge Diane Druzinski. "I do wish he was alive. He lost his life for something that was not necessary."

Taylor was convicted in December of felony murder, kidnapping, conspiracy and firearm charges in the death of Matthew Landry of Chesterfield Township. Prosecutors say Taylor acted as a lookout while co-defendant Ihab Maslamani, 19, beat and shoved the 21-year-old musician into his own Honda Accord in the parking lot of an Eastpointe sandwich shop. The teens then held Landry captive for hours, draining his bank account and selling off his car stereo equipment, before they shot him in the head inside a burned-out house in Detroit.

Landry's mother, Doreen Landry, told Taylor today she's sorry he grew up in a formerly quaint neighborhood in Detroit that's become a "war zone."

Even though the teen will spend the rest of his life behind bars, Doreen Landry told him he does have a chance to do "one decent thing." She urged him to discourage his younger siblings — a teenage sister and brother — from meeting a similar fate.

"Reach out to them. Don't let them turn you into a hero or go down the same path," she said. "You don't want them to be sitting where you are … facing another heartbroken mother. You think about that."

Taylor's mother, Rhonda Taylor, embraced Landry's mother and sister after today's hearing and expressed her sorrow for their loss. The mother of six and her husband, Lance Owens, say Robert was a victim of circumstance.

"He was a child at the time and with the wrong person," Owens said of his stepson, as a tearful Rhonda Taylor clung to his arm.

Taylor said she agreed with Doreen Landry's advice for her son.

"What she was saying was right," she said. "They (her youngest children) took it real hard. I don't think they will ever forget it."

Maslamani was convicted in October of 18 counts, including felony murder, in connection with a three-day crime spree of bank robbery, carjackings and Landry's kidnapping and death.

The Lebanon native, who illegally entered the United States at the age of 8, is serving a life sentence at a facility in Ionia.


Belleville inmate returns from funeral with heroin, police say

The dude couldn't even stay off the sh#t while burying his Dad....amazing

February 6, 2011

Authorities at the St. Clair County jail gave an inmate, Christopher Koch, 30, of Belleville, a furlough to attend his father's funeral — only to see him return to custody with a container of heroin. Koch's father, Roy Koch Jr., 49, of Belleville, died Jan. 29 at his home while his son was in the county jail on drug charges, Lt. Jack Dinges of the Sheriff's Department said. The jail last Monday furloughed Koch to attend his father's funeral on Tuesday at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home in Belleville. Before Koch's scheduled return to jail, Belleville police on Wednesday arrested him after a traffic stop and took him to jail. When he arrived there, drugs believed to be heroin were found in his possession, Dinges said. Koch had been in jail for nine days on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. He received a new charge of possession on Friday. He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail on the new charge in addition to $50,000 bail on the original charge.

Napa County Jail inmate critically injured after setting himself on fire

The inmate, Vernon Cannon, 29, also wrapped himself in toilet paper before setting himself ablaze and used bedding and clothing to further fuel the flames, Napa County spokeswoman Elizabeth Emmett said.

Cannon was a patient at Napa State Hospital for the mentally ill until September, when he was charged with an assault on the medical campus and transferred to the county jail Sept. 14, Emmett said. He has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Because Cannon was housed in a medical cell, there was an electrical outlet inside, though it was unclear if it was covered or not, Emmett said.

The inmate did not have access to a lighter or matches or combustible liquids, she said.

“People who are intent on hurting themselves can often be very, very creative,” she said.

About 80 percent of Napa State Hospital’s 1,200 patients are referred by state criminal courts for the mentally disordered offender program and other services. It was not clear if Cannon was in that category.

Correctional staff checked in on him regularly but he was able to light himself on fire between about 7:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Emmett said.

A correctional guard who found him on fire in the third floor cell, called 911 and alerted jail staff, who evacuated about 100 inmates from the third floor to other areas of the jail because of smoke, Emmett said.

Fire damage was confined to the cell, Emmett said.

Cannon was taken to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa for initial treatment, and later flown to the burn unit at UC Davis Medical Center, officials said.

Inmate Attempts Suicide At Nueces County Jail

February 14, 2011

CORPUS CHRISTI - A Nueces County Jail inmate tried to hang himself Monday morning. A guard making his rounds found 48-year-old Ramon Hernandez in his cell with a towel around his neck. Hernandez was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay. He's been in jail since November on a motion to revoke his probation for a criminal mischief conviction.

Search over for escaped inmate

February 14, 2011
Amelia Childers

The search is over for an escaped inmate out of Claiborne County.

Claiborne County, TN (WVLT) -- The search for a Claiborne County Jail inmate is over.

Dean Kinningham, 47 of Sneedville, walked out of the jail around 9:11 Sunday night. One they discovered he was gone, the Claiborne County Sheriff's Department immediately launched a search within a 1.5 mile radius around the jail. Both on-duty and off-duty officers assisted in the search, as well as Knox County Sheriff's helicopter and K-9 units. The helicopter's new thermal imaging technology located the suspect hiding underneath a rock only a hundred feet from the jail.

Kinningham will be charged with Felony Escape on top of other charges he is already facing. He was booked into jail in late December for an armed robbery at a Tazewell pharmacy.


Inmate charged after shank found under mattress

Authorities say the weapon belonged to Scott Lee Phillips, 25, and was found after a deputy received information from a source stating that Phillips was in possession of a sharp object that appeared to be a shank.

A search of the cell revealed the hidden weapon/shank, the report states.

Phillips refused to give a statement, according to the report.


Head-butting inmate has new legal problem

Hey...I tell these inmates when they come into the Jail to (Use your head next time!).  But this is taking it way to far dude
                                                          Sergeant Sandvig

February 16, 2011

LOCKPORT—A Niagara County Jail inmate was charged with criminal mischief Monday after head-butted the glass on a holding cell, breaking it.

Aaron L. Mount Pleasant, 33, of Mount Hope Road, Lewiston, was brought to the jail, highly intoxicated, on disorderly conduct charges from the Town of Lewiston Sunday, deputies said.

Damage to the door was estimated at $400.


 where I come from..I  cannot argue with thiS
   Sergeant Sandvig   !!

Woman Jailed in frozen steak attack!

Please God tell me it wasn't a Rib Eye!!  Sergeant Sandvig

February 9, 2011

HOUMA, La., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Authorities in Louisiana said a woman who allegedly struck her boyfriend in the face with a frozen steak was charged with aggravated battery.

Terrebonne Parish sheriff's deputies said Jerry Voisin, 51, of Houma said his girlfriend, Edith Tassin, 47, aka Edith Verdin, was drunk Sunday afternoon when she attempted to find space in the freezer to chill a "Tequila Rose" alcoholic beverage, The (Houma) Courier reported Tuesday.

Voisin said Tassin became angry about the lack of space in the freezer and threw a frozen steak at him, striking him in the right side of his face.

Deputies said Voisin's face was bleeding when they arrived at about 6 p.m.

Tassin was taken to the Terrebonne Parish jail and released after posting bond.

Jail Inmates Face Weapons Charges

February 18, 2011
Tom McIntrye

The McLean County Sheriff says two jail inmates are facing new charges after a search on Monday turned up a nine-inch piece of metal filed to a point.

The two inmates, 32 year old Derek Riggs and 31 year old Keith Wright have been charged with Possession of a weapon in a Penal Institution, and Unlawful use of weapon.

Their bonds were set at one million dollars each.

The weapon had been made from a chair adjustment handle taken from the jail's law library.

Sheriff Mike Emery, in a statement, said quick action on the part of corrections officers prevented the possibility of an attack on a jail officer or another inmate.

2 charged with conning inmate in attorney scam

"Job security"......Sergeant Sandvig

February 21, 2011

A Sheboygan County jail inmate and his girlfriend were charged today for allegedly scamming another inmate out of $10,500 he thought was being used to hire an attorney.

Dwayne T. Candler, 30, and Elizabeth A. Blad, 23, face felony counts of theft by false representation. With penalty enhancers for prior drug offenses, both face a maximum prison term of nine years, if convicted.

According to a criminal complaint:

The scam began late last year when inmate Robert J. Rogers, 32, asked Candler to recommend a good attorney. Rogers, of Marinette, and Candler, of 1320-A N. 11th St., were jailed on unrelated heroin possession charges.

Candler recommended an attorney named Kyle Blad and offered to get in touch with Blad’s wife and secretary, Elizabeth Blad, to arrange representation. Candler said the attorney required a retainer of $10,000 and an additional $500 for transcript charges.

Rogers gave Candler contact information for his parents, who he said would pay the attorney fees. Jail recordings show Candler then called Blad — his girlfriend — from jail and explained how to call Rogers’ parents posing as the wife of a fictional attorney.

Blad made the call and soon after received a personal check for $10,500. The check was mailed to Blad’s supposed law offices, in actuality the house where Candler and Blad lived before his arrest.

Rogers became suspicious when he hadn’t heard from the attorney after several weeks and he noticed letters from Blad to Candler in which she said she loved him. Candler told Rogers that was a different Elizabeth Blad.

When Rogers asked Candler if there really was an attorney, Candler replied, “You calling me a liar?” and offered to fight Rogers. Rogers reported the matter to authorities in early January.

Rogers was sentenced Feb. 14 to six years in prison for attempting to transport more than $10,000 worth of heroin through Sheboygan County. Candler’s heroin charges are still pending.


Police: Inmate caught with marijuana

Court documents indicate a jail inmate was found with marijuana.

Justin Daniel Ramey, 24, is charged with possession of a controlled substance on jail premises stemming from an incident on Saturday.

Ramey remained in jail Monday. He is also charged with misdemeanor larceny and possession of marijuana. His bond is set at $7,000.


He got pinched: Inmate caught trying to sneak tobacco into County Jail

Just a pinch between the cheeks will do ya!!
                   Sergeant Sandvig 

February 14, 2011

A Baraboo man was caught trying to bring smokeless tobacco into Sauk County jail by concealing it in one of his body cavities.

According to a criminal complaint, Alex M. Balch, 24, was planning to sell the tobacco to his fellow inmates.

Jail records indicate Balch was already an inmate at the jail, serving a sentence for possession of child pornography, when he tried to sneak in the chewing tobacco last July.

According to the criminal complaint, one of the jail deputies was advised that Balch was going to bring in the smokeless tobacco. The deputy asked Balch about the contraband, and Balch admitted that he had wrapped the chewing tobacco in four sandwich bags and had intended to sell the tobacco to other inmates.

After some time, Balch was able to turn the contraband of sandwich bags and chewing tobacco over to deputies, the complaint stated.

Before being booked, Balch was provided with information regarding jail rules, including prohibition of the possession and use of tobacco. Balch signed an acknowledgement of the rules in June.

If he is found guilty of the one felony county of attempting to deliver illegal articles to an inmate, Balch could up fined up to $10,000 or be imprisoned not more than nine months or both.

Balch will make his initial appearance March 10 in Sauk County Circuit Court.


Jail inmates charged after shank found

February 18, 2011
Edith Brady-Lunny

BLOOMINGTON — Two McLean County Jail inmates accused of making a weapon from metal they removed from a chair in the jail’s law library face new felony charges.

Derek Riggs, 32 and Keith Wright, 31, both of Bloomington, were jailed in lieu of posting $100,000 each on charges of unlawful possession of contraband in a penal institution and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

Jail staffers started a search of jail cells around 3:15 p.m. Thursday after a 9-inch metal lever was reported missing from a chair. The lever found about 90 minutes later in Cell Block A had been sharpened to a point on one end, said Sheriff Mike Emery.

The sheriff praised the search efforts of his staff in locating the homemade weapon that he said could have been used against correctional officers or other inmates.

Riggs was in jail on armed robbery and burglary charges and Wright was jailed on drug charges.

Suspect on special watch at Jail
(pulling out his intestines)

Claiborne robber defendant also faces charges in Knox

TAZEWELL, Tenn. - A Claiborne County robbery defendant under special watch in the jail because he repeatedly pulled out his intestines through a medical bag will likely rack up more charges for robbery, authorities said.

Dean Kinningham, 47, of Sneedville, was captured Feb. 13 shortly after allegedly escaping the jail where he was awaiting prosecution on charges stemming from a Tazewell pharmacy armed robbery.The day after he was captured he told Claiborne County Sheriff's Department officials he had committed a slew of other armed robberies, including one at aKnox County CVS, Sheriff David Ray said. In all, Ray said, Kinningham admitted he'd robbed that CVS, committed another robbery in Knox County and participated in a bank robbery and drug store robbery in Blount County and an armed robbery in Nashville.

"I don't know what broke him down to confess other than he may have wanted to leave - that or clear his conscience," Ray said.

So far, Knox County sheriff's authorities have substantiated only the Knox County pharmacy robbery that took place Sept. 18 at the CVS at 417 East Emory Road, Knox County Sgt. Walter Schmidt said Wednesday.

Charges in that armed robbery are pending, Schmidt said.

In a recent letter to the Claiborne County Sheriff's Department, Schmidt thanked the department for their help in solving the robbery, Ray said.

Ray said the regional U.S. Attorney's Office plans to seek indictment against Kinningham on more charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Millican, who is prosecuting the Claiborne pharmacy armed robbery case, said she could not comment on Kinningham's alleged admissions.

He is to be arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley in U.S. District Court in Knoxville for the Tazewell armed robbery. He was federally indicted Feb. 15 on charges of pharmacy robbery, brandishing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm, court documents show.

According to an arrest warrant, Kinningham walked into the Value RX Pharmacy at 1613 North Broad St. on Dec. 21 and robbed it of more than $1,000 in drugs. He held the business at gunpoint using a .22-caliber rifle and threatened to kill the cashier, the pharmacist and a customer, the warrant continues. He was arrested that same day after a car crash while allegedly fleeing from officers and was then booked into the Claiborne jail.

If convicted of pharmacy robbery he faces up to 25 years in prison for that charge and between seven years and life imprisonment for brandishing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. A felon in possession of a firearm faces up to 10 years in prison. All three charges each carry a maximum $250,000 fine.

Kinningham is outfitted with an ostomy bag to collect solid wastes and has been problematic since his December arrest, Ray said.

On about 10 occasions, he used his fingers or some other object to reach into the opening of his body and yank out his intestines, prompting a visit to a hospital, Ray said. Officers kept Kinningham in a special medical area allowing better surveillance. Ray said that area was near a door that Kinningham was able to bolt through Feb. 13 for a brief period of freedom.

Sheriff's officials, with help from the Tazewell Police Department and New Tazewell Police Department, said they found him hiding under a rock about 100 feet from the jail.


Inmate’s injury to cost $83,684


February 24, 2011 - By TOM GIAMBRONI

LISBON - Columbiana County commissioners have to pay a $83,684 bill for hospital expenses incurred by a jail inmate who witnesses say deliberately injured himself.

"We knew when we drafted our budget in December we would get a bill, but we didn't know it would be that big," said Commissioner Penny Traina.

The incident occurred at the county jail on Nov. 16, when inmate Ronald E. Davie reportedly ran to the second floor of his cellblock, climbed the railing and jumped, landing head-first on the concrete floor below. Davie, 29, was flown by helicopter to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery for severe head injuries.

Davie was incarcerated for felony domestic violence, but the charges were dropped because he remained in a coma and was being transferred to a long-term health care facility. This was done so the county would avoid continuing to be responsible for Davie's medical bills.

Traina said Davie was hospitalized for 17 days, during which time medical expenses totaling $284,755 were incurred. Medicaid, the federal-state program that provides health insurance coverage for the poor, paid for all but $83,684, which is the county's responsibility.

"I was shocked when they called me with this," she said.

As long as an inmate remains in custody the county is responsible for his medical expenses, regardless of whether it be at the jail, a hospital or for outpatient treatment. Commissioners had to pay $172,000 in inmate medical expenses in 2009. Traina said the county cannot afford too many unexpected expenses of this sort since they are bracing for a reduction of more than $300,000 in Local Government Fund revenue this year due to anticipated state budget cuts.

"The board is so frugal, and we look at everything, but how do we plan for something like this? These are unexpected costs and something has to give," she said.

At the time of the incident Davie was awaiting a trial date for reportedly punching his mother in the face and head while at the Walmart parking lot in Calcutta in 2009.

The charge was a felony because he had two other prior domestic violence complaints.

A Day in the Life of an Inmate

Behind the bars at the Eastern Shore Regional Jail

EASTVILLE -- The individual cells are small and windowless at the Eastern Shore Regional Jail in Virginia.

Each cell has a bed, a toilet and a sink. The inmate has the cell to himself. There are no bars, but rather a door with a long window that allows guards to see inside.

The inmates who are there have been sentenced to 12 months or less, are awaiting trial, or are waiting to be picked up and taken to a state penitentiary. The facility, which cost more than $18 million, was built to house 248 inmates, but currently has only 90 -- 85 men and five women.

For an inmate, it is a spartan lifestyle in which everything is dictated -- how many books inmates can have, what time they can leave their cells and enter the cellblock, how they receive visitors.

"You can't have privacy in the jail," said Capt. Roger Kennedy, who is in charge of running the jail.

Perhaps the lone bright spots are the homemade bread and even cinnamon rolls made onsite by Peggy Rogers, who manages the kitchen staff.

The jail, which opened in 2007, has had highs and lows. It replaced a decaying facility approaching 100 years old; before the new jail was opened, the county paid large sums of money to incarcerate inmates in other jails.

County officials have tried unsuccessfully to boost population and increase revenues by housing federal inmates there. The state also hasn't reimbursed the county more than $3 million that was promised because it is a regional jail, but could soon.

But such concerns seem distant behind the modern facade of the large building.

Entering jail

People enter the Eastern Shore Regional Jail either directly from court in police custody after a conviction, or by presenting themselves at the door on a certain date if specified by the court.

For example, a person who is permitted to serve his time on weekends will check himself in by 6 p.m. on a Friday.

The inmate-to-be sheds whatever clothes and possessions he might have and changes into a prison jumpsuit.

His belongings are stored in bags in a special room. He or she is allowed to possess five pairs each of underpants, undershirts, socks and three pairs of insulated underwear.

According to a sign posted in the jail booking area, the only requirement is that the underwear be white and that no sleeveless undershirts, described as "wifebeaters," may be worn.

The inmate may wear his own athletic shoes if they are all white or all black and have no metal inside or out. He may keep a generic watch and a simple wedding band. Anything fancy or valuable will be stored with his other belongings.

He is issued a cup with a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and shaving supplies. Women may have no cosmetics or makeup.

A prisoner may keep up to five paperback books in the cell with him -- no hardbacks and no more than five at any one time. The books will be checked for inappropriate material and contraband, said Kennedy.

Each new inmate is immediately given a test for tuberculosis and kept separate from the general population until the test shows the person to be free of the disease. He is also given a book of rules and regulations that must be followed.

If he is serving weekends or is in jail on a civil charge such as failing to meet child support payments, he goes to a dormitory area -- where there are bunk beds in a large two-story space -- rather than to the individual cells where the medium and maximum security prisoners are held.

Television channels

The cell door opens at 6 a.m. each day and the prisoners can go out into the cellblock area. Breakfast is brought to the door on covered trays.

Lunch is at 11 a.m. and dinner is served at 4 p.m. Each prisoner eats meals approved by a dietitian and receives 2,200 calories a day, said Kennedy, who spoke proudly of the food service operation there.

Inmates who are trustees help out there and in the laundry as well as with general cleaning, he said.

Inmates must be in their cells at 11 p.m. when the cell doors are locked.

There are tables and chairs in the common area and a television. There are two showers, and inmates may shower at will.

The water is controlled by a button that must be pushed roughly every minute to keep the water flowing. No hair dryers, hot rollers or any other hair care items are allowed other than hair clippers.

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Visitation is allowed on weekdays. Each visit is 30 minutes maximum. A visit may include two adults or one adult and two children. In the visiting area, inmates are separated from visitors by a glass screen and speak to each other by a closed-circuit telephone.

The prisoners are allowed exercise Monday through Friday, when possible, Kennedy said. There is a gym available.

Inmates are allowed to spend their own money to buy a television for their individual cell. It must be bought through the jail commissary and costs $151, according to Kennedy.

The televisions are unique -- they have clear plastic cases so that contraband cannot be concealed inside.

The jail televisions are connected to satellite TV and inmates can receive 12 channels. Every six months or so, a vote is taken among inmates as to which channels they would like, Kennedy said.

Each is given a list of approved channels from which to choose and the 12 most popular are made available. Sports channels are among those most often chosen, Kennedy said.

The Northampton County Sheriff's Office runs the jail, said newly appointed Sheriff David Doughty.

"All employees, including cooks, medical staff and administrative assistants are employees under the supervision of the sheriff," he said.

Visitation is allowed on weekdays. Each visit is 30 minutes maximum. A visit may include two adults or one adult and two children. In the visiting area, inmates are separated from visitors by a glass screen and speak to each other by a closed-circuit telephone.

The prisoners are allowed exercise Monday through Friday, when possible, Kennedy said. There is a gym available.

Inmates are allowed to spend their own money to buy a television for their individual cell. It must be bought through the jail commissary and costs $151, according to Kennedy.

The televisions are unique -- they have clear plastic cases so that contraband cannot be concealed inside.

The jail televisions are connected to satellite TV and inmates can receive 12 channels. Every six months or so, a vote is taken among inmates as to which channels they would like, Kennedy said.

Each is given a list of approved channels from which to choose and the 12 most popular are made available. Sports channels are among those most often chosen, Kennedy said.

The Northampton County Sheriff's Office runs the jail, said newly appointed Sheriff David Doughty.

"All employees, including cooks, medical staff and administrative assistants are employees under the supervision of the sheriff," he said.


Inmate Smuggles Pills into Jail in Her Vagina

February 25, 2011
Brian Moylan

When arriving to jail in Florida to serve 30 days for drug possession, corrections officers asked Sara King if she had anything she's not supposed to have. She replied, "Just my pills in my vagina."

She was hiding eight pills up there which she handed over to police. They were Buprenorphine SL, a drug used to treat narcotics addiction. Why bother to smuggle them in if you're just going to admit they're there? That's like stealing something from a store then going to put it back on the shelf an hour later. And she isn't getting a break for being honest: She's now facing an "introduction of contraband" charge.

Texas inmate admits threatening Obama

Associated Press
February 25, 2011

TYLER, Texas (AP) - A Texas prison system inmate has pleaded guilty to making a written threat against President Barack Obama.

Prosecutors on Friday announced 28-year-old Robert Lee Berkley Jr. of Rusk pleaded guilty to making threats against the president.

No sentencing date was immediately set by a federal magistrate in Tyler. Berkley, who pleaded guilty Wednesday, faces up to five years in federal prison.

Investigators say Berkley last June was in the Hodge Unit when he wrote a letter claiming, when he's released, he planned to travel to Washington in order to kill the president and his family. Berkley was indicted last July.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice did not immediately return a message Friday from The Associated Press to provide details on Berkley's state imprisonment.

Woman charged with smuggling contraband into Jail

Rhonda Gail Bass, 49, was reporting to the facility for violating probation on a battery domestic charge. She consented to a body cavity search after officials suspected she may be hiding additional contraband following a strip search, according to an incident report.

Bass was charged with smuggling contraband into a detention facility.

She told officers she hid the pills, including inside the lining of her bra, because she was afraid she wouldn’t have access to them at the jail.


Snubbed cigarette lands Maine man in Jail

February 28, 2011

BANGOR, Maine—A 21-year-old Maine man faces charges for allegedly snubbing out a cigarette on his sister's face after she got angry with him for taking too much of her loose-leaf tobacco to roll his own.

Bangor police say officers were called to a Union Street address Sunday afternoon to address a report of a family fight.

A woman there told police that her brother, Anthony Bowie, had punched a lamp and then pressed the cigarette into her face. Police said she had given him permission to have some of her tobacco, but that they began arguing after he took more than what she had offered.

Bowie is charged with domestic assault and criminal mischief.

Authorities charge 9 Memphis-area inmates

February 28, 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities have charged nine inmates with smuggling drugs and other contraband into a Memphis-area jail.

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said Monday that seven of the nine current or former inmates at the Shelby County Correctional Center facility have been arrested.

Godwin says a "facilitator" from outside the jail would throw the bundled contraband over the fence and onto the roof of the facility. An inmate would then retrieve it from the roof and distribute it in the jail.

The contraband included marijuana, Vicodin pills, tobacco, cell phones, razor blades and MP3 players.

No corrections officers have been charged, though two resigned during the investigation.

Jail trusty attempts SUICIDE

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office has begun an internal investigation into an apparent suicide attempt by a jail inmate.

The name of the 40-year-old inmate was not released Monday. The man was in “extremely critical condition,” according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

The man was booked into the jail on Jan. 9 on a grand theft charge, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Todd Kelly said.

“He was a trusty on overnight floor detail, and he had access to a warehouse where he hung himself with an extension cord,” Kelly said. Another inmate, who was part of an overnight cleaning crew, found him at about 1 a.m. Monday, according to the news release. Sheriff's officials performed CPR on the injured inmate, and he was taken by ambulance to Shands at the University of Florida.

On the inmate's bed in the dormitory, Kelly said jail officials found what appeared to be a suicide note written by the man, but the contents in the note were not released.

Prisoner urinates in cell, uses toilet to quench thirst

This is from Canada...but I know we all can relate!
                 Sergeant Sandvig 

March 3, 2011
Linda Richardson

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. -- An itinerant man told a judge Thursday he urinated in a cell at the police station because he was using the toilet as a drinking fountain.

“There was no running water in the cell," Peter Foster said, after pleading guilty to mischief for relieving himself Sunday at the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service building.

“I was basically drinking out of the toilet."

Foster, 38, also was convicted of two counts of breach of an undertaking— for boozing and not notifying Montreal authorities of his change of address.

Ontario Court Justice Kristine Bignell sentenced him to 15 days consecutive on each charge.

She gave him credit for five days of pre-sentence custody, leaving Foster with 40 days to serve.

Police received a complaint shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday, about an intoxicated man causing problems in a movie theatre.

When officers spoke to Foster, he refused to leave and was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place.

When an officer checked his cell at the police station, “he had taken off his clothes" and “was completely naked," prosecutor Mary Pascuzzi said.

The officer returned later and Foster had urinated all over the cell.

He urinated again on the floor when the officer asked if he wanted to put his clothes back on.

Foster has a criminal record with his most recent conviction in 2007, the assistant Crown attorney said.

Prisoner accused of making shank

March 1, 2011
Jennifer Micale

A 22-year-old Norwich man was charged Monday with felony first-degree promoting prison contraband after he made a prison shank out of a plastic hanger, according to the Chenango County Sheriff’s office.

Christopher A. Bonno is in the Chenango County Jail on unrelated charges. The item was recovered during a search by corrections officers, deputies said. Bonno will appear in Town of Norwich Court at a later date.


When Jail is like home

Repeat offenders make up most of the inmate population

March 6, 2011
Shane Benjamin

La Plata County Jail inmate Flora Hefner gave birth last month to Eli, who spent the first week of his life withdrawing from methamphetamine, she said.

The meth-addicted mother, 23, has since returned to jail, where she has spent about 65 percent of her adult life. Her newborn son is in her mother’s care.

“It’s horrible,” Hefner said of her time behind bars. “I don’t like it, but I’m used to it. It’s almost comfortable for me.”

Jail is a revolving door for about 80 percent of the 170 inmates at the La Plata County Jail, said Sgt. Holley Ezzell, who has worked at the jail for nine years.

“I see a lot of the same faces over and over,” Ezzell said. “I think a lot of it is substance or alcohol addiction.”

Ebb and flow

The average daily inmate population at the La Plata County Jail has increased gradually in the last two years. Jail officials aren’t sure why – it is a trend that moves in cycles, they said.

Certain factors can influence the population, such as the economy and the weather. The jail typically is more full during the winter when it’s cold outside and people need a free meal and a warm place to stay, Ezzell said.

Several years ago, a man released from jail immediately threw a rock through a jail window so he would be readmitted. It was cold, and he didn’t want to deal with the elements, said Capt. Michael Slade, who oversees the jail.

Certain programs aimed at keeping offenders out of jail have helped reduce the inmate population, Ezzell said. The policies set by the courts and the District Attorney’s Office also make a difference, she said.

Two years ago, when newly elected 6th Judicial District Attorney Todd Risberg took office, the average inmate population dropped by 20 percent. The number has since climbed back up to about the level it was when he took office.

Those familiar with the criminal justice system said Risberg’s office and the courts have made it easier for low-level offenders to be released on personal-recognizance bonds, which allow prisoners to go free without paying anything.

Risberg, at the time, said his office was trying to resolve cases more quickly so offenders could begin rehabilitation rather than sit in jail. Likewise, those headed to prison were dealt with more quickly so they could begin their sentences.

Risberg last week said his office isn’t doing anything differently from when he first took office. He wasn’t sure why the jail population is on the rise.

“I know we had a busy wave this January and February,” he said.

While the inmate population has increased recently, it remains about the same as when Risberg took office.

Repeat offenders continue to make up the majority of the population. Some have been in and out of jail more times than they can remember. They haven’t done anything bad enough to be sentenced to prison for long stints, Slade said, but they keep getting in trouble with drugs, alcohol and probation violations.

‘I’m done with this place’

For many inmates, jail is a place to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

The female population has grown from a few inmates to more than 20 inmates per day within the last five years, Ezzell said.

Four women in lockdown last week said they are friends inside and outside of jail. They chat back and forth between cells and sing Christmas carols at night, even in March.

None of the women can remember how many times they have been to jail. But all say this is their last visit; they plan to turn a new leaf.

And they have a plan for making that happen.

Stacey Sam, 23, of Durango said she has been in and out of jail “at least 30 times.” But now she has a new perspective.

“This time, my whole state of mind has changed,” Sam said. “I don’t want to fight because nothing matters to me anymore except for being out.”

Christy Hews, 28, said she is pregnant and plans to get married later this year. Her days of drinking and flouting the law are done, she said. She has been in and out of jail for 10 years. The La Plata County Court was aware of eight misdemeanors from 2006 through 2009.

“I’m done with this place, for sure,” she said. “You’ve got to grow up sometime. I’m too old to do this anymore.”

Ashley Vicenti, 25, said she plans to enroll at Pueblo Community College. The hardest part about staying out of trouble, she said, will be avoiding old friends.

“They’re going to be like, ‘You’re Miss Goody Two-Shoes,’” she said.

“This ain’t where I want to be living,” she added. “I want to have something else under my belt besides doing time.”

Vicenti earned her GED diploma in jail.

“You get some good things out of jail and prison,” she said.

The jail has several programs aimed at giving inmates the skills they need to be successful on the outside, said Lt. Rhoda Simplicio. Programs include Alcoholics Anonymous, drug-addiction classes, job-seeking classes and church sermons and Bible-study classes. The jail also has councilors available.

Hefner, the meth-addicted mother, said she plans to seek treatment and leave Durango.

But it’s going to be tough, she said.

The jail provides a routine in her life. It forces her to stay away from the needle. And she appreciates having a warm bed and three meals a day.

“When you’re on meth, you don’t care about those things,” she said. “You don’t care about eating, you don’t care about sleeping, you don’t care about anything else around you but your drug.

“It’s realistic to believe that I will be back here, honestly, because of the return rate on me,” she said. “But I’m going to try my hardest. I’m actually going to put forth effort.”

She holds a picture of her newborn son and weeps.

“I chose meth over him,” she said.




Ohio priest headed to rehab after drunken Jail cell rant following DUI bust goes viral (VIDEO)

March 6, 2011
Philip Caufield

A disgraced priest in Ohio is leaving his church and headed to rehab after a drunken, obscenity-laced rant from a jail cell was captured on video and posted on the Internet.

Rev. Ignatius J. Kury, 35, pastor of Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church in Akron, was busted for drunk driving last Sunday after he drove his car off a road during a Sabbath booze binge.

Kury was taken to police headquarters in Brimfield Township, where he blew a .203 in a breathalyzer test, nearly three times the state's legal limit of .08.

While in custody, Kury was handcuffed to a wall and, at one point, exposed himself to a police officer, prompting the officer to begin filming him, The Akron Beacon Journal reported.

For the next 20 minutes, Kury launched into a profane tirade, cursing at officers, offering sexual favors in exchange for his release, threatening that Oprah Winfrey would bring her "fat –ss" to Ohio soon to tell his story, and, at one point, belting out a warbling version of the Star Spangled Banner.

Kury can also be seen crying and calling out for his "daddy."  

Video of the jail cell rant went viral last week, and Kury's lawyer said Friday the priest made the decision to leave the parish and enter rehab after watching it.

"He's an extremely intoxicated priest. I don't think being a priest saves you from the affects of alcohol," Kury's lawyer, Walter Benson, told CNN. "He's feeling horrible. He's unbelievably remorseful for his actions. He's trying to be proactive to address the issues that he has."

The bust was Kury's fourth DUI since 1996, according to the Beacon Journal.

He pleaded not guilty to drunken driving charges on Friday and remains free on bond. His license has been suspended, and police said they are not charging him with any crimes stemming from his behavior while in custody.

He faces 20 days in jail if convicted.

Benson called Kury "a good man" who has offered grief counseling, helped orphans in Europe and also won community service awards.

"It doesn't take away from all the great things that he's done in our community or in other places," Benson told CNN. "I don't think he should be judged solely on this one terrible lapse of judgment. "

It's not clear if Kury will return to the parish after the rehab stint.

Suspect drives himself to jail after high-speed chase

March 4, 2011

But Huron County Sheriff's deputies probably couldn't ask for a better end to a high-speed chase than what happened Friday.

Donald A. Osterland, 44, of 2940 Ohio 162, New London, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, felony fleeing and eluding, no operator's license and breaking and entering.

The breaking and entering charge stems from an early-morning Feb. 25 incident at the Fitchville Mart.

The series of events that led to Osterland's admission and arrest began just after 8 a.m. Friday.

In his report, Deputy Chris Williamson wrote he was northbound on Ohio 13 in the area of U.S. 224 in Greenwich Township when he noticed a silver, older-model Chevrolet pickup truck passing his vehicle on double-yellow line at a high rate of speed.

Williamson activated his overhead emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop. The pickup slowed to about 25 to 35 mph and began to pull to the side of the roadway. The vehicle did not immediately stop. It continued at a slow speed for about a quarter of a mile before pulling off the roadway and into a field. Williamson and Deputy Scott Plew exited their patrol vehicle and tried to make contact with the driver.

"The vehicle was heard revving loudly," the report states. "At that time, the operator put the vehicle in gear and began to drive away. The vehicle then drove in a large circle into the field in a reckless manner, and then back on to the roadway, traveling northbound, fleeing at a high rate of speed."

The deputies returned to their vehicle and, with emergency siren activated, chased Osterland northbound on Ohio 13, reaching speeds of about 110 mph in a posted 55-mph zone. When the pursuit reached U.S. 250, the fleeing vehicle stopped at the red light at the intersection of Ohio 13 and U.S. 250. It continued northwest on U.S. 250 at about 70 mph, deputies said.

The vehicle then accelerated to about 100 mph, continuing northwest on 250. Osterland crossed over U.S. 20 at about 60 mph in a 35-mph zone. He came to an abrupt stop at Shady Lane and U.S. 250/Benedict Avenue and made a sharp left turn into Subway's parking lot on Benedict Avenue, the report states.

The vehicle then made a sharp left without stopping at the stop sign and went to Shady Lane. From there, the vehicle went onto Shady Lane Drive without stopping at a stop sign and continued west before making a sharp left into the sheriff's office parking lot. The vehicle drove through the parking area and to the rear of the building, where it came to a stop at the jail's controlled entryway doors, deputies said.

"It's very unusual to have a high-speed pursuit where the suspect drives right to the Huron County Jail," Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick said.

Deputies said they noticed a "strong odor of an intoxicating beverage ... on or about his person and his eyes appeared bloodshot and glass."

"I asked Mr. Osterland how much alcohol he had drank (last) evening, to which he stated, 'Enough,'" Williamson wrote. A breathalyzer test revealed Osterland's blood-alcohol content level was at .172 percent and .161 percent on a second attempt -- both invalid samples.

Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin said Osterland indicated he wanted to turn himself in.

McLaughlin said that in his 30 years of law enforcement, he has never witnessed such an event.

Following Friday's high speed chase, deputies recognized Osterland from a surveillance camera as the person responsible for the robbery, Patrick said.

Osterland then admitted to it, Patrick added.

Osterland allegedly stole 100 packs of cigarettes and four 18-packs of Bud Light. At the time, the suspect wore a ski mask over his head, Patrick said.

At one point, Osterland lifted the mask, revealing his face. Authorities took a still photograph of the tape and circulated it with other agencies and police within the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

Plew and Williamson, who pursued Osterland in Friday's chase, recognized him as the person from the picture.

Osterland is being held in the Huron County Jail, unable to post a $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Inmate used Bible page to roll joint at Rock Hill jail

God Bless him!!   SGT. Sandvig

March 8, 2011
Kimberly Dick
Charlotte Observer

ROCK HILL -- A man jailed on drug charges apparently used a page from a Bible inside his cell to make a marijuana cigarette, police say.

David Allen Henson, 24, of Rock Hill admitted to jail employees Monday night to having pot inside a Rock Hill jail cell after police found a marijuana roach made out of a page torn from a Bible inside the cell.

The officer smelled marijuana from inside the cell and searched it to find the wrapped marijuana, according to a Rock Hill police report.

After the officer threatened to charge everyone in the cell with possession of marijuana, Henson stood up, the report states.

Henson was arrested Monday night after he was seen driving erratically and hitting a curb. Henson appeared to be intoxicated, and officers saw marijuana inside his vehicle.

Officers also found pill bottles with generic Xanax and Klonopin, used for depression and pain attacks, and homemade Valium inside.

After placing Henson under arrest, police found more various pills, syringes, digital scales and open cans of beer and alcoholic beverages.

Henson told officers some of the pills were for his dog, the reports say.

Henson was booked on numerous drug charges and transported to the Rock Hill jail, where he was later caught with the marijuana wrapped in Bible pages.


Prison term meant as yearly crime reminder

March 8, 2011

HASTINGS, Minn., March 8 (UPI) -- A Minnesota man was sentenced to a staggered prison term with annual periods starting on the anniversary of the car crash in which his best friend died.

A Dakota County District Court judge said the unusual sentence was meant to continually remind Matthew Russell Willis, 26, of Eagan of the consequences of his speeding crime, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Monday.

Willis will begin his sentence by serving 60 days in jail immediately, and then serve 30 days each of the next nine years starting on May 10, the anniversary of the 2008 crash and death of Eric Nardini, 20.

Willis pleaded guilty to felony criminal vehicular homicide and two counts of criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm.

Nardini was the front-seat passenger in Willis's car, which was traveling about 75 miles per hour in a 50 mph speed zone. The accident, a head-on collision, put Willis in a coma for 17 days and also seriously injured the other driver and her passenger.

Willis's lawyer, Thomas Bauer, said a staggered sentence "has a profound effect upon people, because they never put this behind them in terms of responsibility."

Willis, who was deemed to present a low risk of re-offending, also was sentenced to three prison terms that total nine years and two months, which he won't have to serve if he finishes 10 years of probation.

The probation includes paying restitution to the victims, speaking at victim impact panels, completing a safe drivers course and maintaining a clean driving record. Willis's driver's license will be suspended for 10 years.

Mom held on $5M bond in death of boy found in oven
Unbelievable.....Sergeant Sandvig 

March 3, 2011
Associated Press

Jail prisoner attempts suicide

March 13, 2011

A prisoner in the Baytown City Jail attempted to kill himself by consuming cleaning supplies Friday morning, police said.

However, authorities were able to stop the prisoner within minutes of his suicide attempt at the city jail — 3100 North Main Street — and get him into medical custody, according to reports.

Inmate arrested on extortion charge

March 11, 2011

Report says she got painkillers, controlled prisoners with threats.

A female inmate at Pueblo County jail was arrested Thursday on suspicion of extortion.

  Vicky Isabelle Vigil, 41, is accused of threatening inmates with violence in exchange for extra clothes, food, commissary and having other inmates smuggle drugs into the detention center, according to an affidavit by Deputy Caitlin Tousky.

The investigation into Vigil began when deputies received a tip that a 22-year-old female work-release inmate might be smuggling prescription medicine into the jail Thursday.

  The woman said Vigil threatened to have her assaulted, shot at while at work and to harm her children at school if she didn't smuggle in painkillers for Vigil, the affidavit said.

  Deputies found 16 Percocet pills on the woman.

  The woman told deputies that Vigil said, "I will have you beat up every day until you bring me in my pills," the affidavit said.

  Vigil reportedly held sway over occupants in a dorm wing where female inmates were threatened unless they paid her "rent," the affidavit said.

  Inmates reportedly paid Vigil to watch television or sit in the common area. One inmate told deputies that she hadn't left her bed for 72 days, other than to go to the bathroom, because she was afraid of Vigil.

  In searching Vigil's belongings, deputies found three extra sets of clothes and two mattress covers, the affidavit said.

  After the investigation, Vigil was transferred to another area of the jail.

  Vigil and Nicholas Byard, 23, were arrested in October 2010 for reportedly stealing a saddle, two cashier's checks each valued at more than $100,000 and a blank checkbook from an elderly couple in Boone.

  The affidavit did not contain statements from Vigil or say whether she agreed to talk to investigators.

  Capt. Dave Lucero said Vigil's alleged actions, also known as "bulldogging," is common at county jail.

  "We have that type of behavior. It's less common the more and more we supervise the inmates. We don't tolerate bulldogging. Whenever we find out about it we address it by locking down the offender," he said.

Prison inmates settle with state over religion at Nebraska State Pen

    Evidently MURDER is a "pre-requisite" for practicing this religion.
                                                                Sergeant Sandvig  

March 13, 2011
Lori Pilger

Two Nebraska State Penitentiary inmates -- both serving time for murder -- have fought successfully to get the prison to accommodate their Theodish belief practices.

Wolfgang Rust and Bobby Conn sued the state Department of Correctional Services Religion Study Committee and Corrections Director Robert Houston in U.S. District Court in 2008.

The case was finalized in federal court this week, with the state agreeing to pay $12,400 for Rust's and Conn's attorney fees.

In the lawsuit, they described the Theodish belief as retro-heathenry, with a focus on pre-fifth and -sixth-century Old English/Continental tradition and dedicated to practicing the religion of their ancestors in an authentic, traditional tribal form "as close to the elder ways as possible."

This isn't the first time Rust has sued the prison over religious issues. In 1992, he and other inmates filed a suit alleging the prison wasn't allowing them the items they required to practice Asatru. The federal court ruled against them.

The Religion Study Committee later denied requests to schedule separate worship times for the Theodish belief and Asatru because of time and space constraints, prompting the current suit.

In court documents, Rust and Conn alleged the prison had put a substantial burden on their exercise of religion by setting specific guidelines to develop and conduct religious practices and violated their right to congregate and practice their faith by refusing to provide an outdoor space for a worship site to create an altar and by denying them certain organic foods to be sacrificed to the gods.

They also asked the court to require the prison to recognize the Theodish belief as separate from Asatru and to allow them to have personal and communal religious property to practice their religion.

After months of negotiations, both sides reached an agreement approved by U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp in December.

The prison agreed to schedule separate worship services and educational instruction and to allow Theodish belief practitioners to buy and eat organic food during the feast days so long as the food doesn't require special handling procedures and is available from a commercial source by mail order or delivery.

They also agreed to allow them to buy three dozen items -- including two drinking horns and stands, yule log, miniature plow and wagon, a boar's tusk, a 20-inch wooden sword and runes -- as communal religious property, according to court records.

Rust, who changed his name legally from John Rust, has been in prison since 1975, serving a life sentence for first-degree murder and three counts of shooting with intent to kill, wound or maim out of Douglas County.

Conn began serving a 20- to 30-year sentence in 2002 for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in Sherman County.

County Jail Work Crew Finds Pipe Bomb In Roadside Ditch

March 17, 2011
Paul Gately

MCLENNAN COUNTY (March 17, 2011)--A McLennan County Jail inmate work crew discovered a pipe bomb Wednesday afternoon in a roadside ditch near
China Spring.

A bomb squad from the sheriff's office used a high-pressure water canon to soak the bomb and render it safe.

Sheriff Larry Lynch told News 10 the inmate crew was clearing brush and weeds along Pioneer Parkway between Rock Creek Road and Flat Rock Road. when they discovered the device.

There are no residences in the immediate area and no one was ever in danger.

Lynch said the device was a common metal pipe that was filled with black powder.

He said the office is working the case as an open investigation but they have only very slim leads.

Woman unloads foil and syringes at Jail

March 19, 2011

A woman decided against trying to bring contraband into the Pasco jail with her as she was being booked into the facility Thursday night, deputies said, and unloaded drugs and paraphernalia from on — and in — her person.

According to the Pasco Sheriff's Office, Sherese Hutchinson removed "several bags" of methamphetamine, a spoon and syringes, as well as a ball of tin foil. Hutchinson, 27, of Tampa had been a passenger in a car that was pulled over on a traffic stop in Zephyrhills about 9 p.m. and was "nervous, breathing heavily and refusing to sit still," a report states. A deputy found a container of methamphetamine in her pocketbook, authorities said.

Hutchinson previously served time in prison for credit card fraud and possession of methamphetamine, according to the Department of Corrections.

She is charged with giving false identification to law enforcement officers, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and failing to appear in court on previous charges. She was in the county jail Friday in lieu of $8,339 bail.

Inmate says he was denied medical care, toilet paper

March 20, 2011
Diane Turbyfill

A Gastonia man in prison for larceny and a slew of other charges says he was denied his civil rights when he was housed at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center in Lincolnton. The man has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and its former medical care provider.

Robert E. Woodward said that a doctor and nurses at the facility ignored his pleas for help in managing his diabetes. Woodward also said his grievances were not investigated and that jail personnel withheld toilet paper out of retaliation.

Woodward was at the jail in Lincoln County in August, September and November 2009. He was brought to the facility to serve as a witness in court.

Woodward did not receive his needed medications nor was he given testing strips on a daily basis to monitor his diabetes, according to his allegations in the suit. The 40 year old also takes medication for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high triglycerides.

He is demanding $16,000 restitution in the suit, according to documents.

In the suit, Woodward named as defendants the former Lincoln County Sheriff Tim Daugherty, Southern Health Partners and 11 other individuals who were either officers at the jail or medical personnel.

Judge Robert Conrad Jr. dismissed Daugherty and several officers from the suit but upheld the action against medical staff.

Southern Health Providers used to handle the medical needs of inmates at the jail in Lincoln County. That changed in July 2010 when Institutional Medical Services out of Hickory picked up the contract.

Woodward did not have all of the first and last names of the officers and medical staff he accused in the suit.

Attorney Scott MacLatchie of Charlotte is representing the Sheriff’s Office in the matter. He has been ordered to provide the names to the court.

MacLatchie said that since all of his clients haven’t yet been formally served, he hasn’t read through the entire file.

From looking over the suit, MacLatchie said he feels the case won’t be hard to clear on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office.

“The care he received was very well documented and will very conclusively show that he was well taken care of,” said MacLatchie.

Southern Health Providers will have its own attorney. A company representative could not be reached for comment.

Current Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter said his department aims to give proper care to everyone in the jail.

“It’s our goal to provide the best health care that we can,” he said. “We don’t want people to feel like we’ve infringed on their constitutional rights.”

On any given day approximately 100 to 130 inmates will be housed at the jail. A nurse is on duty Monday through Friday during the day, and a doctor is on call, said Carpenter.

“When the nurse is not here we have a tech here who can see the complaints of the inmates,” said Carpenter. “If there is a need for the doctor, we’ll call him. He tries to come at least once a week.”

Incarcerated at the Piedmont Correctional Institute in Salisbury, Woodward is scheduled for release in December.

His parents, Betty and James Woodward, said they hope their son will turn his life around once he’s back in society.

Woodward, 40, was a good kid with a bright future, but he strayed from the straight and narrow path when his teenage sister died in a car crash, according to his parents.

“Robert ain’t a bad person he just does dumb things,” said James Woodward.

Woodward’s most recent conviction centers on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and receiving a stolen vehicle. Previous convictions include speeding to elude arrest, possession of stolen goods, larceny of a motor vehicle, failure to appear, larceny, assault on an officer, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, damage to property, driving while license revoked and discharging a firearm. Cases date back to 1991.

The Woodwards don’t question that their son deserved to be incarcerated for his crimes, but they don’t think he should be mistreated.

“He deserved to be where he was at but he didn’t deserve to be treated that way,” said James Woodward.

Woodward filed the suit from prison. Thus far, he is representing himself.

Attorneys have approached Woodward about handling the case for him, according to his parents, but they describe him as a strong-willed man who insists on handling the suit himself.

SC man who had SeX with horse released from prison

March 22, 2011
Associated Press

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – A South Carolina man who twice pleaded guilty to having sex with a horse has been released from prison after 16 months and ordered to stay away from the stable where the animal lives.

Probation officials said Monday that Rodell Vereen, 51, was let out of prison March 1.

Vereen must complete two years of probation or he will have to finish the five-year sentence he received in November 2009 after pleading guilty to buggery and trespassing. The Sun-News of Myrtle Beach first reported Vereen's release.

Vereen was arrested after the owner of the horse staked out her stable and caught Vereen sneaking inside. She held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

The owner said she spent several nights in the barn after catching Vereen having sex with the animal on surveillance tapes. She feared he had returned because her horse was acting strange and getting infections again. She also noticed dirt and hay piled up near the horse's stall in Longs, about 20 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach.

Inmate accused of discharging fire extinguisher

April 4, 2011

BROOKSVILLE - A Jail inmate previously charged with hiding a shank in his mattress was at it again this weekend — this time by grabbing and discharging a fire extinguisher while yelling profanities.

Scott Lee Phillips, 25, is charged with interfering with fire suppression equipment on Sunday after deputies say he dispensed the fire extinguishers contents in a fit of anger, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report.

Deputies say Phillips was on the telephone when he became enraged and threw his coffee cup against the wall. The report shows he then grabbed a fire extinguisher from the wall and emptied it while shouting to deputies, "Now clean that up you (expletive)!"

In October, Phillips was charged with grand theft auto and aggravated battery stemming from accusations that he assaulted his pregnant ex-girlfriend and stole her car. In February, deputies found a sharp object hidden in his cell mattress.

Inmate mails letter with white powder to Summit County Judge

April 8, 2011


A Lorain County Jail inmate sent a Summit County judge a letter that contained white powder.

The incident happened on Wednesday, April 6th.

The Baliff for Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands opened the letter sent by DeAerre Smith.

Smith had been sentenced by Judge Rowland.

The HAZMAT team identified the white powder as talcom powder.

The judge has received letters in the past from Smith, containing hair.

Harris is a registered sex offender in the state of Ohio and is currently incarcerated at the Lorain Correctional Facility.

The information was forwarded to the postal inspection service and the Lorain Correctional Center.

Further charges may follow pending the outcome of the investigation.

Inmate, fiance face drug counts

April 13, 2011

WOODSTOCK -- A Shenandoah County Jail inmate and her fiance allegedly smuggled heroin into the lockup.

Crystal Sullivan, 27, and Bora Ozbay, 32, both of Fredericksburg, were each charged with felony possession of heroin, felony delivery of drugs to jail and felony conspiracy to deliver drugs to jail, according to the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office.

Sullivan was in the jail on other charges when she received a card with a bag of heroin taped between the folds, Maj. Scott Proctor said. He said Ozbay mailed the letter from Woodstock.

Both are being held without bail, Proctor said. Sullivan was charged April 7 and her fiance the day before, Proctor said.

Inmate deals drugs from behind bars

April 19, 2011

LANCASTER, Wis.  (AP) - A Grant County Jail Inmate is charged with running a drug business while behind bars.

Investigators say they have more than 500 recorded phone calls in which 25-year-old Christopher Hardy was directing his drug operation from jail. 33-year-old Carl Vandenberg is accused of helping Hardy sell marijuana, usually about a half-pound a week.

Both men are charged with 17 counts of being party to the delivery of a controlled substance. A conviction on all charges carries a maximum of nearly 60 years in prison.

WKOW-TV says Hardy and Vandenberg are scheduled in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

Man gets Jail for semen in co-worker's water bottle

April 22, 2011

SANTA ANA -- A Fullerton man was sentenced to 180 days in jail Friday on two counts of battery for twice secretly depositing his semen in a worker's water bottle.

Superior Court Judge Walter Schwarm also required Michael Kevin Lallana, 32, to register as a sex offender for life -- because the jury found he committed the acts for sexual gratification-- and to serve three years of formal probation.

Schwarm handed down that sentence after he listened to the victim explain that the ordeal damaged her emotionally and physically. I've spent many days crying and not sleeping, she said with her voice cracking. I feel it was a form of rape.

Deputy District Attorney Brock Zimmon argued during the jury trial last month that Lallana twice set a trap for his co-worker at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network by discharging his semen into a water bottle she kept on her desk.

Zimmon said sexual gratification was the only reasonable explanation for Lallana's behavior and that Lallana admitted in an interview with Orange Police detectives that he placed the semen-laced bottle on the co-worker's desk knowing that her lips would touch the bottle.

The woman testified she worked at Northwestern for more than four years but rarely interacted with Lallana. She told the jury that she usually kept a bottle of water on her desk and refilled it during the day as needed.

The woman first became aware of something unusual in her water when she took a sip from her water bottle on Jan. 14, 2010, while she was working in Northwestern's Newport Beach branch. She testified that she immediately noticed an odd taste and then held the bottle away from her face and saw something in the water.

She said the same thing happened four months later in the company's Orange branch, where she had been transferred. She said she took the bottle to a private lab, which determined the foreign substance was semen.

Orange police then launched an investigation and interviewed six co-workers from the Orange office.

Lallana at first denied having anything to do with the semen in the bottle, but later admitted discharging into the bottle both times, according to a tape recording of the conversation.

A subsequent DNA test confirmed that the semen was Lallana's, Zimmon said.

Defense attorney Eduardo Madrid argued that Lallana did not commit a criminal act. He said a defense psychologist diagnosed Lallana as having a narcissistic personality disorder and that Lallana had the maturity of a 16-year-old.

Madrid contended that Lallana did the acts because of his immaturity and not for sexual gratification.

Following the sentencing, attorney Gloria Allred, who represented the victim pursuant to the provisions of Marsy's Law, called her client a hero.

She has been very brave and despite her traumatic experience, she found the courage to take the water bottle to the lab for testing, contact law enforcement, testify at the trial and provide her very emotional victim-impact statement in court today, Allred said. (She) is a role model for victims, and we admire all of her efforts to stand up for justice.

Allred said that the crime should be a felony and no one should take it lightly.

This is not a prank, she said. This is a very serious criminal act.

The victim, identified in court only as Tiffany G., said it was a relief to have this behind her.

I hate seeing him. I hate him seeing me, she said. It's uncomfortable.

She has moved on to a new job and got married in October.

It was a hard period, but I am ready for it to be done, she said.

"After Arrest...Before Trial...After Conviction...Until Release...we are there"