Tag: Prisons and Prisoners

Mobster’s Jailbreak Plan: Floss, Hacksaw Blade, Crash Diet and a Priest

To break out of a federal jail, a suspected Mafia soldier named Christopher Londonio planned to use dental floss as a glass-cutter, Kool-Aid as clothing dye and “lots of bran” to slim down. It was all part of an elaborate plan — which also involved a razor, hacksaw blades and a priest — to escape from […]

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Rikers Would Close in Historic Plan to Remake N.Y. Jail System

Even as New York City has recorded a sharp plunge in crime in recent years, its jail complex on Rikers Island has been plagued by levels of abuse, neglect and mismanagement that have turned it into one of the country’s most notorious correctional facilities. The dismal conditions have set off waves of protests, lawsuits and […]

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Felicity Huffman Reports to Prison Camp in Admissions Case

The actress Felicity Huffman reported to a federal prison camp in the San Francisco Bay Area on Tuesday to begin serving a 14-day sentence in the college admissions scandal, according to a spokesman for her, Larry Kopp of the TASC Group. Ms. Huffman, who pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud […]

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How a Prison Play Goes on Tour

Surfacing Thirty Colorado inmates staged “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” for nearby prisons. For some, it was the first time in years they were outside 20-foot walls and razor fences. ImageInmates of Sterling Correctional Facility rehearsing “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” before they  performed the play at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility.CreditTrent Davis […]

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A Floating Jail Was Supposed to Be Temporary. That Was 27 Years Ago.

On a mid-September day in 2008, Marvin Mayfield, a lifelong resident of the Bronx, discovered a part of the borough he had never seen. The revelation came while he was being taken off a Department of Correction bus, placed in a single-file line with 10 other men and led over a gangplank. Mr. Mayfield, then […]

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The Secret Jailhouse Garden of Rikers Island

Set incongruously in the middle of Rikers Island’s post-apocalyptic landscape of low-slung jail blocks and razor wire is a lush garden, teeming with birds and butterflies, that seems to have been teleported down from some happier planet. “That’s my baby,” said Mike Cruz, a stocky young man who is serving time at Rikers. He was […]

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4 Inmates Escape From Ohio Jail After Overpowering Guards

Four inmates who are considered “extremely dangerous” escaped from a county jail in Ohio early Sunday morning after overpowering two guards, the authorities said. The inmates used a homemade weapon known as a shank and stole the keys to a corrections officer’s vehicle, which was used in the first part of their escape from the […]

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The Police Can’t Solve the Problem. They Are the Problem.

A quarter-century on, criminal justice advocates agree that the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, signed by Bill Clinton in September 1994, was a disaster for poor people and people of color, and a driver of mass incarceration. Elected officials, policy experts and academics have recently sought to undo this damage by reimagining public […]

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The Berlin Police Are Confident the Killer Is in Jail. They Just Don’t Know His Name.

BERLIN — At the outset, the German officers investigating the brazen daylight assassination of a former Chechen separatist commander were lucky. The killer, a man in a wig who had gunned down the victim in a Berlin park, was spotted by two teenagers, who called the police. Officers arrested the suspect near the Spree River […]

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What Victims’ Families Think of the Whitey Bulger Wrongful Death Claim

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Patricia Donahue’s husband, Michael, was killed in a spray of bullets in 1982 when he offered a ride to a neighbor whom the mobster James (Whitey) Bulger wanted dead. The murder, which Mr. Bulger was eventually convicted of, left Ms. Donahue a widow, and her three young sons fatherless. So when Ms. […]

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For the Incarcerated, Drawing is a Lifeline

Valentino Dixon served more than 26 years in prison for a murder in Buffalo, although another man had publicly confessed to the crime. Encouraged by his uncle to use his childhood artistic talent to help cope with his incarceration, Mr. Dixon began drawing, up to 10 hours a day, for the last 20 years he […]

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‘All You Can Do Is Take Care of Your End’

Imagine that at the age of 28, you’re told you are going to spend the rest of your life in prison with no chance of release. What would you do with all that time? There’s no shame in admitting you’d want to throw in the towel. It’s a rational reaction to a hopeless situation: Why […]

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Does a Kansas Inmate Have a Right to Opioid Addiction Drugs? A Judge Will Decide

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a federal prison in Kansas to force it to provide an inmate with buprenorphine, an opioid addiction medication, saying the man would “inevitably suffer and possibly die” without it. Officials at the Leavenworth federal penitentiary are not providing the inmate, Leaman Crews, with the buprenorphine he needs to […]

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Kamala Harris, Confronting Critics, Releases a Criminal Justice Plan

Senator Kamala Harris of California is releasing a sweeping proposal on Monday to overhaul the criminal justice system, vowing to end mass incarceration and revamp police practices through a progressive wish list of policies, including some ideas Ms. Harris previously rejected during her years as a district attorney and state attorney general. For months, Democratic […]

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