Tag: Prisons and Prisoners

At 14, He Fired a Fatal Shot. At 18, He Was Finally Sentenced.

In New York, Timi worshiped twice a week at a church in Brownsville where his father was a pastor. Less than a week before Timi died, youth group leaders asked everyone to describe themselves with an adjective starting with their initial. Standing 5-foot-5, Timi dryly declared himself “Tall Timi.” Sometimes, he sneaked out to play […]

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Escaped Alabama Inmate and Officer Are Caught After Crash, Officials Say

A manhunt for a corrections officer who disappeared last month with an inmate accused of murder in Alabama ended Monday with the two in custody after a police pursuit resulted in a crash in Indiana, the authorities said. The officer, Vicky White, had been on the run with the inmate, Casey White, since April 29, […]

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How Biden Can Bring Hope to Prisons Like Mine

A few cells down from me is Franklin McPherson, 35, who is the president of the Lifers and Long-Termers Organization at Sullivan Correctional Facility. Mr. McPherson is N.C.A.A.-basketball tall. At 20, he wasn’t a criminal, but he did feel lost. One night in 2007, he drove drunk and killed a man in a head-on collision […]

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Biden to Use Clemency Powers for First Time

WASHINGTON — President Biden planned on Tuesday to use his clemency powers for the first time to commute the sentences of 75 drug offenders and issue three pardons, including to the first Black Secret Service agent to work on a presidential detail, who had long maintained he had been wrongfully convicted. “Helping those who served […]

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How a Race-Based Medical Formula Is Keeping Some Black Men in Prison

Last month, a federal judge in New Jersey considered the plea of an inmate who claimed his kidney problems made Covid-19 especially dangerous for him. The man, Maurice McPhatter, 49, was one of more than 20,000 federal prisoners who have sought early release during the pandemic. Thousands have been freed through that process. Mr. McPhatter, […]

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How We Stopped Believing That People Can Change

Still, we often speak and treat one another as though each of us is the sum of all our past beliefs and actions, nothing added, subtracted or transformed. Elizabeth Warren, for example, long ago repudiated her Republican origins to become a leading progressive voice in this country. But in the 2020 presidential campaign her past […]

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Justice Dept. Inquiry Finds ‘Systemic Failures’ at Mississippi Prison

The Parchman investigation, which began in February 2020, is one of several major prison inquiries undertaken or given greater priority under Ms. Clarke, a liberal civil rights lawyer. The department is currently examining reports of abuse and neglect at prisons in Georgia and five detention facilities for juveniles in Texas. Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi […]

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The Superpredator Myth Did a Lot of Damage. Courts Are Beginning to See the Light.

That’s why it’s notable that even as the Belcher decision repudiated an ill-founded, punitive approach to teenage crime, Connecticut’s parole board adopted a humane alternative. The board considered the emerging brain science research showing that teenagers and young adults often lack the ability to weigh the long-term consequences of their actions yet are capable of […]

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Chaos at Rikers Could Lead to Federal Court Control, U.S. Attorney Says

Officers stopped showing up by the hundreds. That left much of the complex in the hands of detainees, and by the summer and fall of 2021, violence and disorder were rampant. In one striking example, The Times obtained video of the “fight night” inside one of the jails in October, held as a correction officer […]

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South Carolina Prisoner Chooses to Be Executed by Firing Squad

The South Carolina Department of Corrections said last month that it had spent about $53,000 to renovate a death chamber at a prison on the outskirts of Columbia, installing bullet-resistant glass between the chamber and witness room. A spokeswoman for the prison agency said prisoners who chose the firing squad would be strapped to a […]

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27 Years in Solitary Confinement

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For a Ukrainian Journalist, War Evokes Scars From Captivity

KYIV, Ukraine — Stanislav Aseyev spent two and a half years in a notorious prison run by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, where he said he and other inmates were regularly tortured, beaten, demeaned and forced to wear bags on their heads. Yet, even he was unprepared for the grim scenes of abuse and executions […]

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Nurse Indicted in John Neville Case

The officers then strapped him to a chair, it said, and moved him to another cell, where they lowered him onto a mattress, face down on his stomach. The officers removed his ankle restraints and folded his legs behind his back. He pleaded: “Please,” “I can’t breathe,” “Help me” and “Let me go,” the report […]

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Dominic Taddeo, Escaped Mob Hit Man, Is Recaptured in Florida

Looks like Dominic Taddeo’s big breakout was more like a spring break. Mr. Taddeo, the fearsome hit man from upstate New York who walked away from a Florida halfway house last week, was recaptured “without incident” on Monday, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. The apprehension — in Hialeah, Fla., near Miami — came exactly […]

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Myanmar Junta Holding 10,000 Political Prisoners

After nationwide protests erupted, the security forces responded by shooting some protesters, arresting others and raiding the homes of suspected critics. The A.A.P.P. says at least 1,723 civilians have been killed. President Biden and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong issued a joint statement in Washington on Tuesday calling on the Myanmar junta to release […]

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Biden to Ask Congress for 9,000 Fewer Immigration Detention Beds

Because of the pandemic, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has used only a fraction of its available beds for immigration detention. There have been public health concerns about spreading the coronavirus in congregate settings, and currently only about 60 percent of the beds the agency is paying for are in use. The number of undocumented migrants […]

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Jackson’s Hearing Shows How Republicans and Democrats Are Diverging on Crime

“We’re not seeing a departure on the state level,” said Brett Tolman, a former U.S. attorney who is now the executive director of Right on Crime, a conservative reform group. On the federal level, he said, “Roughly the same crowd has just gotten louder.” Conservatives also blame some Democrats for seeking maximal goals, rather than […]

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Michigan Brothers 1995 Murder Conviction Is Overturned

After 25 years in prison, George DeJesus said the realization that he had been freed began to sink in only when he was finally able to change out of his prison uniform and put on his own clothes — including a sweatshirt with a photo of him and his brother beneath the word “innocent.” “When […]

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Julian Assange Marries Stella Moris in a British Prison

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who is fighting extradition to the United States on espionage charges, married Stella Moris, his longtime partner with whom he has two young children, on Wednesday in a prison in London. The ceremony was held at Belmarsh Prison, a high-security men’s facility in southeast London, where Mr. Assange has been […]

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Ukraine’s Refugees Are Fleeing Brutality. Let Them In.

To the Editor: Re “A Historic Exodus From Ukraine,” by Sara Chodosh, Zach Levitt and Gus Wezerek (Opinion, March 17): As we follow the war in Ukraine, we are horrified by the devastation we see and inspired by the courage of the Ukrainian people. As a nation, we are providing substantial foreign aid and military […]

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Jussie Smollett to Be Released From Jail On Appeal, Court Orders

An Illinois appellate court ruled Wednesday that the actor Jussie Smollett be released from jail on bond pending his appeal of a judge’s decision to send him to jail for five months after he was convicted of having falsely reported that he had been the victim of an attack. Shortly after Mr. Smollett was sentenced […]

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Rikers Still ‘Unstable and Unsafe’ Under New Jails Chief, Watchdog Says

Despite New York City’s claims to have made progress in remedying the crisis on Rikers Island, the jail complex remains awash in violence and disorder fed by chronic staff absenteeism, according to a report filed Wednesday in federal court. As of late January, roughly one in three jailers had failed to show up to work, […]

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50 Years Ago, James Brown Took an Unlikely Stage: Rikers Island

There was a stage at the front of the room and folding chairs set up for the audience. Caldwood watched Brown rehearse before the concert. “He acted like he was on Broadway or someplace,” Caldwood said, adding that when Brown would criticize something a band member did wrong, “They didn’t say nothing, they just did […]

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Court Declares Isaiah Andrews Wrongfully Imprisoned for 45 Years

For decades, Isaiah Andrews has maintained his innocence in the 1974 murder of his wife, unaware that the key to his exoneration was buried in the archives of the Cleveland Division of Police. The Cleveland police’s decision to withhold crucial information in the case resurfaced on Thursday, when an Ohio court determined that Mr. Andrews, […]

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Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Is Released From Prison

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Saudi blogger who was arrested a decade ago and flogged in a public square for expressing liberal views on the internet was released from prison on Friday, his wife and son wrote on Twitter. “After 10 years in prison #Raifisfree!” wrote his wife, Ensaf Haidar, who has campaigned for the release […]

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Jailing Teenagers with Adults Won’t Reduce Crime

And when young people are tried in family courts, it is no walk in the park. In the first year following the phase-in of New York’s reforms, 16-year-olds charged in Family Court were detained more frequently than youth the same age charged in adult court. But elected officials and law enforcement agencies are under pressure […]

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Unreported Rikers Island Beatings: ‘Disturbing and Unacceptable’

Louis A. Molina, the commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction, was harshly criticized on Tuesday by a jails oversight panel for his agency’s failure to document two brutal beatings that occurred on Rikers Island last year. During a meeting of the city’s Board of Correction, panel members demanded answers about the incidents, […]

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Their Time Served, Sex Offenders Are Kept in Prison in ‘Cruel Catch-22’

While there, he filed a writ of habeas corpus seeking his freedom. Courts in New York turned him down and so did the Supreme Court, without comment. But Justice Sotomayor issued a statement, saying that “New York’s residential prohibition, as applied to New York City, raises serious constitutional concerns.” Mr. Ortiz was released in 2018, […]

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How Brutal Beatings on Rikers Island Were Hidden From Public View

When a man was beaten on Rikers Island in December, guards at the New York City jail complex downplayed his injuries, delaying filing a report and then including only minimal information: Fractured eye socket. Swelling of the head. No hospitalization required. The reality looked much different. Hours after another detainee slammed the man, Jose Matias, […]

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How Brutal Beatings in N.Y.C. Jails Were Hidden From Public View

When a man was beaten on Rikers Island in December, guards at the New York City jail complex downplayed his injuries, delaying filing a report and then including only minimal information: Fractured eye socket. Swelling of the head. No hospitalization required. The reality looked much different. Hours after another detainee slammed the man, Jose Matias, […]

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