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    WESTAMPTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — A New Jersey Department of Corrections vehicle crashes, sending 10 people to the hospital. It happened at 9:40 a.m. Monday, near Hedding Jacksonville Road and Oxmead Road in Westampton Township. The Department of Corrections confirms that three of their officers and three inmates were injured. They were all taken to Capitol Health for treatment. There is no word on their conditions. Westampton Township police are investigating.
    The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) is investigating the death of an inmate at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia, as an apparent suicide. On June 26, at approximately 4:45 p.m., Correctional Officers found inmate Ricky Dubose (GDC#1000492869) unresponsive in his cell.  Emergency Medical Services were called and life saving measures were performed.  Dubose was pronounced deceased by the coroner at the facility at 5:56 p.m.  GDC, in conjunction with the GBI is conducting an investigation into the death, as standard procedure.  Dubose was sentenced in Putnam County for the Murder of two Correctional Officers and Hijacking a Motor Vehicle.
    The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) is investigating the death of an inmate at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia, as an apparent suicide. On June 26, at approximately 4:45 p.m., Correctional Officers found inmate Ricky Dubose (GDC#1000492869) unresponsive in his cell.  Emergency Medical Services were called and life saving measures were performed.  Dubose was pronounced deceased by the coroner at the facility at 5:56 p.m.  GDC, in conjunction with the GBI is conducting an investigation into the death, as standard procedure.  Dubose was sentenced in Putnam County for the Murder of two Correctional Officers and Hijacking a Motor Vehicle.
    An NYC Corrections captain has died after going under the knife in the Dominican Republican at the hands of a plastic surgeon who had been prosecuted in New York illegally carrying out procedures in the United States. Tandra Bowser-Williams, 49, who worked on Rikers Island suffered a 'small stroke' one day after her fat transfer procedure at Dr. Hector Cabral's Centro Internacional de Cirugia Plastica Avanzada clinic in Santo Domingo on May 13.  Dr. Cabral pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized practicing of medicine in October 2011 in New York and then returned to the Dominican Republic, where he still practices. Butt lifts and fat transfers are some of the clinic's specialties.  Dept. of Correction Captain Tandra Bowser-Williams, 49, who worked on Rikers Island died after undergoing a plastic surgery procedure in Dominican Republic Bowser-Williams underwent a fat transfer, operated on by Dr. Hector Cabral, pictured Tragically she died before her devastated husband Curtis Williams could fly out to the clinic in the island nation to be by her side.  Days earlier, his companion of 26 years had promised him that...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Jurors on Monday convicted an Illinois Department of Corrections officer for violating the civil rights of an inmate brutally beaten at a western Illinois prison in 2018, but could not reach a verdict against a superior.Alex Banta, 30, of Quincy, was convicted after a four-week trial in U.S. District Court of conspiracy to deprive civil rights, deprivation of civil rights, obstruction of an investigation, falsification of documents and misleading conduct.Banta faces up to life in prison because jurors also indicated Monday that in finding him guilty of the civil rights and conspiracy charges, those crimes led to the death of 65-year-old inmate Larry Earvin.Members of the eight-man, four-woman jury, while unanimous on Banta's culpability, were split 9-3 on the involvement of co-defendant Lt. Todd Sheffler.The May 17, 2018 beating of inmate Earvin at Western Illinois Correctional Center in Quincy, 250 miles southwest of Chicago, resulted in 15 broken ribs and abdominal injuries so severe a portion of his bowel was surgically removed. He died June 26.Earvin allegedly refused to return to his cell in the housing unit...
    by Mai Tran This article was originally published at Prism As a vegetarian on a restricted diet, Joel Davis is often the first to notice when commissary items become scarce. “I literally have to remove the vegetables from my lunch tray and save them until I can see if there is anything on the dinner tray to combine them with,” Davis said. “I’m used to fasting a lot, so I often just go without eating.” In July, Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Director Rob Jeffreys issued a memo to all 28 IDOC prisons warning incarcerated people that there would be a commissary shortage in the near future. Davis, who has been incarcerated at Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg, Illinois, since 1992, said he knew the warning wouldn’t prepare him for what he’d soon be enduring. Commissary stores are the core of the prison retail market and have been criticized for shifting “the costs of incarceration to incarcerated people and their families,” forcing them to buy items such as shampoo, toilet paper, groceries, and stamps and envelopes at a...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- As omicron cases continue to drop in New York City, the Department Of Corrections has given the green light to resume in-person family visits beginning Wednesday.All visitors ages 5 years and older must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination.This includes a CDC-issued vaccine card or New York State Excelsior pass.RELATED | NJ, CT to end school mask mandates, NY staying in place for nowEMBED More News Videos Candace McCowan reports from the Upper West Side on outdoor dining and masks in schools. Additionally, all visitors must provide a negative rapid COVID-19 test prior to their visit.Free Test will be available at Central Visits on Rikers Island and at the visits center at the Vernon C. Bain Center."I am very pleased that we have crossed another threshold in our fight against this virus and can now resume visits," DOC Commissioner Louis Molina said. "In-person visits are important because they keep people in custody connected to their families and communities and contribute to their emotional wellbeing, all of which make our jails safer and more...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois prison officials said Tuesday that indeed they do have former Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke in their custody. Van Dyke was convicted four years ago of the murder of Laquan McDonald in 2014. READ MORE: Woman Killed, Security Guard Wounded At Liquor Store In Bronzeville Near Chicago Public Safety HeadquartersThe Department of Corrections said in a statement Tuesday: “Jason Van Dyke is in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections. For safety and security purposes, the Department cannot disclose any information regarding his current location or pending release from IDOC custody.” This means it is not clear whether Van Dyke is actually in Illinois – only that he is in IDOC custody. Van Dyke is scheduled to be released from prison this week. As of Monday, it was unclear not only where he was being held, but whether he was in custody at all. READ MORE: Man Charged With Hate Crimes For Vandalizing Two Synagogues, Two Jewish Schools In West Rogers ParkFormer Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon, who led the prosecution against Van...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke is just days away from an expected release from prison, but there is concern over why his location is still a secret. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar spoke with the lawyer who led the prosecution against Van Dyke in the murder of Laquan McDonald. The special prosecutor in this case, former Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon, said he doesn’t even know if Van Dyke is in custody. READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Winter Storm Warning Taking Effect For Parts Of Area Tuesday Night; 6+ Inches Of Snow Possible By ThursdayMcMahon said the Illinois Department of Corrections has clouded Van Dyke’s release in secrecy — giving the family and the public reason to be skeptical. “Their refusal to even acknowledge whether he is in their custody, I think, breeds distrust,” McMahon said. McMahon secured the conviction against Van Dyke as the special prosecutor. He is now in private practice. McMahon said the Illinois Department of Corrections won’t say if Van Dyke is in the state, or still behind bars. “It...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The surge in COVID-19 cases behind bars across Illinois is now triggering state action: Illinois Department of Corrections officials are temporarily putting a halt to prisoner transfers from county jails into the state prison system.As Illinois state officials implement this freeze, a new piece of data comes into focus: the state prison inmate population across Illinois is better protected against COVID than the staff that guards them.Data from the Illinois Department of Corrections reveals that 75% of the incarcerated population statewide has been vaccinated while 66% of state prison staff has been vaccinated against COVID-19.At the maximum security Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet the vaccination gap is even wider. 85% of individuals in custody at Stateville have been vaccinated but only 67% of the prison staff has received COVID vaccines.Currently in Illinois state prisons, IDOC data reveals that 1684 offenders and 1042 staff are COVID positive.At the Cook County jail, two months ago, 38 prisoners and 30 staff were COVID positive. One month later the total had tripled. Tuesday night, the number of prisoners and staff COVID...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams is expected to announce his Department of Corrections Commissioner at a news conference Thursday morning.Louis Molina, a former NYPD detective and current chief of police in Las Vegas, is expected to be tapped for the post.Molina was previously the chief internal monitor and acting assistant commissioner on the Nunez Compliance Unit, a case named for the lead plaintiff in the original class-action suit against the city Correction Department that spurred the appointment of a federal monitor.This is the third big appointment Adams is announcing in the past several days.Wednesday, he announced Keechant Sewell as his pick for New York City police commissioner.Last week, Adams named David Banks the New York City Schools Chancellor.RELATED | NYC Mayor-elect Adams names David Banks as next schools chancellorEMBED More News Videos Dave Evans ahs the latest on NYC Mayor-elect Eric Adams announcing the first major appointee to his administration this morning. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More New York City news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking...
    A man who was effectively sentenced to life in a Missouri prison for a robbery he committed as a teenager in St. Louis has been granted parole, years after the judge who sentenced him had a change of heart. A state parole board granted parole to 42-year-old Bobby Bostic on Monday, and he will be released from prison late next year, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Corrections. Bostic was 16 in December 1995 when he and another teen robbed at gunpoint a group of people who were delivering Christmas presents to a needy family. Prosecutors said Bostic fired a shot that grazed one victim, and that he and the other teen then carjacked and robbed a woman before releasing her. Then-Circuit Judge Evelyn Baker believed at the time that rehabilitation for the teen was unlikely and sentenced Bostic on 18 counts for a total of 241 years to be served one-after-the-other, meaning he wouldn’t be eligible for parole until he was 112. Her intent, the judge said at the time of...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police have identified a man who was fatally shot Thursday morning in Northeast Baltimore as a Department of Public Works employee. Jake Rogers, 34, was found suffering from a gunshot wound about 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the yard of a home on Holder Avenue, according to the Baltimore Police Department. He later died of his injuries. READ MORE: Navy Looks to Avoid 5th Loss To Army In 6 GamesPolice confirmed Rogers was an employee of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. The city agency could not immediately be reached for comment Friday. READ MORE: Hogan and Scott Open Sportsbook At Horseshoe CasinoHomicide detectives are investigating Rogers’ shooting as a murder. No details about a possible motive or suspect in the case have been released. MORE NEWS: Video Shows Corrections Officer Drop Transgender Woman On Her Face In Baltimore Corrections FacilityAnyone with information about Rogers’ killing is asked to call police at 410-396-2100. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The New York City Department of Correction will move to 12-hour shifts as the vaccination requirement for its workers goes into effect.The longer shifts are intended to assure adequate staffing.73% of workers are vaccinated.The union representing correction officers says these longer shifts will negatively impact officers and inmates."Our essential officers have already suffered immensely by being forced to work 24 hours plus without meals and rest since the pandemic. Increasing their tours from eight to twelve hours and allowing the DOC to order them to work back-to-back 12-hour tours, 24 consecutive hours, without meals and rest is nothing short of torture," said COBA President Benny Boscio in a statement.ALSO READ | 2 men impersonating NYPD officers rob home in the Bronx: New videoEMBED More News Videos New video has been released of two men who posed as NYPD officers to tie-up and rob homeowners in the Bronx. ----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More New York City news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on...
              more   The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) had a vacancy rate of 27.4 percent, or 1,680 correctional officer vacancies by September 30, 2021, according to a November 15 report from the Public Safety Compensation Work Group. That’s an increase from the average number of vacancies between fiscal years 2018 and 2020, which ranged between 650 and 682 each year. “There was a dramatic increase since the beginning of the pandemic,” House Appropriations Committee Analyst Michael Jay told the Joint Committee of the House Health, Welfare and Institutions and Public Safety and Senate Judiciary on Tuesday. “Since then it has gone up about 60 each month and it is now at almost 1,700 vacancies. Some individual facilities have seen higher vacancies, with one correctional facility having turnover of 54 percent in the last calendar year,” Jay said. “VADOC’s agency turnover rate as of July 2021 is 25.8 percent compared to the 15.7 percent rate for all state agencies. Since FY 2019, VADOC’s turnover rate has increased by 4.0 percent annually compared to a 0.3 percent annual increase for all state...
    PHOTO VIA FLCORRECTIONS/FACEBOOKAlleging censorship, a non-profit group has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Florida Department of Corrections of unconstitutionally impounding publications that were going to inmates. The Lake Worth-based Human Rights Defense Center filed the lawsuit last week in South Florida. It names as defendants Florida Corrections Secretary Mark Inch and Everglades Correctional Institution Warden Jose Colon. The Human Rights Defense Center publishes Prison Legal News and Criminal Legal News, which are sent monthly to subscribers including inmates, according to the lawsuit. It also publishes the “Disciplinary Self-Help Litigation Manual,” a book dealing with prison disciplinary hearings. The lawsuit said the Department of Corrections has “consistently impounded” the publications in many prisons and alleges that it has violated constitutional First Amendment and due-process rights. “All three publications exist primarily to apprise prisoners of their rights,” the lawsuit said. “All three publications comprise political speech and social commentary, which are entitled to the highest protection afforded by the First Amendment.” The lawsuit is the latest move in years of legal wrangling about alleged censorship of...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections announced additional steps to keep people who are incarcerated protected against COVID-19. READ MORE: Will There Be A National Vaccine Mandate? Effective Monday, people who are incarcerated will be assigned to housing units based on their vaccination status. The department also announced in-person visits will be suspended until further notice for the unvaccinated. READ MORE: Dehumidifiers Recalled Nationwide After Causing $17M In Property Damage Access to education, programming, and other services will not be impacted by the potential change, the department said. “As we learn more about the highly contagious nature of the virus and its variants, it is critically important for the DOC to take proactive measures to keep our population safe,” said DOC Secretary John Wetzel in a release. “Those who are vaccinated are protected by the vaccine, and we are working to protect those who choose not to be vaccinated by limiting contact with potential carriers of the virus.” MORE NEWS: Teen Pulled From Presque Isle Bay Dies Approximately 78 percent of...
    A TRUCK plowed into the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections building on Tuesday afternoon. The truck struck the building at around 12.20 pm, a spokesperson for the police department told The Sun. 1An image of the truck is seen aboveCredit: Louisville Metro Corrections Witnesses told WLKY that the truck first drove diagonally through an intersection, narrowly missing a light post for hitting the building. No injuries have yet been reported an investigation remains ongoing. Police have closed off the surrounding streets. The truck reportedly had the words "Patria Y Vida" spray-painted on the side. Most read in US NewsDEFENSIVE PLAYBauer's defense team revealed after 'assault victim's' texts & pics seensGUNNED DOWNKTS Dre 'shot 64 times' in the head and body as 'gang affiliation' revealedSHOT DEADIndian Red Boy's autopsy expected after rapper shot dead while on Instagram Live'TAKE A STAND' Renewed push to impeach Biden for 'abusing his power' while vice presidentHAIL OF BULLETSTwo cops hospitalized & suspect dead after gun rampage near Baltimore mallBLOOD CURDLING SCREAMSDrunk captain crashed our boat then sharks ate my friends one by...
    (CNN)New Jersey's only women's prison will close, Gov. Phil Murphy announced this week, following the release of a scathing independent report that detailed allegations of abuse against inmates. Corrections officers at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women (EMCF) were accused of committing graphic acts of brutality against inmates on the night of January 11 in the report, commissioned by Murphy that month. Murphy said in light of the report's findings, the "only path forward is to responsibly close the facility." "While this will not happen overnight, I intend to work with legislative leadership during the current budget cycle to allocate funding to begin this multi-year process," he said in a prepared statement, urging the state's Department of Corrections (DOC) to implement reforms on body cameras and training, among other policies. Inmates will be transferred to a new facility or existing ones, Murphy said.Three New Jersey correctional officers charged after assault at a womens prisonLaw firm Lowenstein Sandler LLP conducted the investigation, led by former state comptroller and federal prosecutor Matthew Boxer. Read MoreThe report outlines a series of abuses that...
    PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) – A man who escaped from the Colorado Department of Corrections was caught last week. A detective from the Pueblo Police Department was part of a fugitive task force which was trying to find 26-year-old David Garcia. David Garcia (credit: Pueblo Police) Police say Garcia has previously been involved in a drive-by shooting in December of 2020. They found him in a home on Azalea Street. He was arrested without incident. Garcia is now in the Pueblo County Detention Center.
    Guards at a California prison reportedly didn’t notice that an inmate had reportedly tortured and decapitated his cellmate in 2019, having reported that both men were alive after making their overnight rounds. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation conducted a substandard investigation and delayed disciplining the guards, a new report from the state inspector general’s office says, according to The Los Angeles Times. In addition, one of the guards lied and key witnesses weren't interviewed during the department’s investigation, the report claims. Inmate Jaime Osuna, 31, allegedly made a makeshift knife that he used to behead Luis Romero, 44, in their cell in the early hours of March 9, 2019.   He also allegedly removed one of Romero’s eyes, a finger and part of one of Romero's lungs and cut the edges of his mouth to make it look like he was smiling, the report says. Osuna was even wearing a necklace made out of Romero’s body parts when guards finally found him later that morning, the Times reported. Both inmates were convicted killers.  Osuna, a self-described Satanist, has a...
    By DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press SACRAMENTO — About two-thirds of California’s top county prosecutors challenged new prison rules that expand good conduct credits and could bring earlier releases for tens of thousands of inmates, saying they were adopted without proper public notice or comment. Corrections officials used an emergency regulatory process for the rules affecting 76,000 inmates, most serving time for violent offenses. The changes took effect May 1, though it will be months or years until the credits build up enough to make a difference in their prison terms. The emergency rulemaking means no public hearings or comment until next year, after the department submits permanent regulations for review. Forty-one of the state’s 58 district attorneys formally petitioned Corrections Secretary Kathleen Allison to repeal the regulations, saying the department faces no operational emergency. Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni was among those who challenged the new rules. “Allowing the early release of the most dangerous criminals, shortening their sentences by one-third to one-half, impacts crime victims and creates a serious public safety risk,” she said. “This petition...
    (CNN)A transgender woman is suing the District of Columbia after its Department of Corrections placed her in a men's jail unit despite her telling officials she identifies as a woman, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday. Sunday Hinton was placed into DOC custody on April 26 on accusations of "unarmed burglary with the intent to steal twenty dollars," the lawsuit says. When Hinton's public defender asked for her to be moved to a women's unit, the DOC gave Hinton the option of going to a men's unit or "protective custody," within a men's unit, which the American Civil Liberties Union of DC says is essentially solitary confinement. A DOC policy document states that "For the safety, security and order of the facility, the DOC classifies and houses male and female offenders in separate housing units. DOC shall classify an inmate who has male genitals as a male and one who has female genitals as a female, unless otherwise recommended by the Transgender Housing Committee and approved in accordance with this policy." The lawsuit filed Tuesday is on behalf of...
    More On: department of corrections Accused killer mistakenly released from Rikers Island finally caught NYC corrections officer sues to get gun back after bizarre crash incident NYC corrections commissioner rushed to hospital Suspected killer on the loose after he’s mistakenly released from Rikers NYC Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann is set to resign by the end of the month, according to the union representing the city’s correction officers. Brann, who has served as commissioner for three-and-a-half years, is expected to work her last day in the role on May 31, according to the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association. Union president Benny Boscio issued a blistering statement early Tuesday, blasting the violence in city jails during Brann’s tenure and what he described as “gross mismanagement.” “Under her watch, Cynthia Brann presided over one of the darkest chapters in the history of our agency, marred by record levels of jail violence, including thousands of assaults on Correction Officers, the botched management of COVID-19 in the jails, resulting in the death of nine officers, and most recently, the gross mismanagement that has...
    Loading the player... Michael Adams, the man accused of murdering teenager Elijah Al-Amin inside a Circle K convenience store in Peoria, Arizona in July 2019 was found dead inside his jail cell, according to Newsweek. Adams had been awaiting trial at the 4th Avenue Jail in Phoenix after being charged with the murder of Al-Amin before he was discovered unresponsive on April 17. The precise cause of Adams’ death is not yet known, and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has launched an investigation. Michael Adams (Photo from The New York Times via the Arizona Department of Corrections) According to reports, Adams said he feared for his safety because of the music Al-Amin was listening to, and he stabbed the teen in the neck before taking off on foot, just two days after being released from prison in Yuma, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections. Read More: DOJ considers charging Chauvin for alleged 2017 assault of Black teen “Adams stated rap music makes him feel unsafe, because in the past he has been attacked by people...
    More than 70 inmates at a correctional facility in Iowa were given too much COVID-19 vaccine, according to a local report.  At least 77 inmates at the Iowa State Prison in Fort Madison were given excessive amounts of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, a spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Corrections told local news station KCCI-TV.  Two medical staff members from the Iowa Department of Corrections reportedly incorrectly administered the vaccine, over-vaccinating the 77 inmates. Both have since been placed on administrative leave, per KCCI, and the department has temporarily halted vaccinations at the prison while an investigation is underway.  After realizing the incorrect doses, the Iowa Department of Corrections contacted both Pfizer and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further guidance. Officials were advised to monitor the inmates for at least 48 hours. They will also receive wellness checks over the next several days, though no major side effects have been reported or are expected, per the news station.  HALF OF US ADULTS RECEIVED AT LEAST 1 COVID-19 SHOT If anything, the inmates who receive the incorrect dose should...
    Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the murder of George Floyd, spent his first night in custody Tuesday as he awaits sentencing... then he'll spend the majority of his time in his prison cell.  Chauvin, 45, is being held in the Minnesota Department of Corrections Oak Park Heights facility in Stillwater, the state's only maximum-security facility. He remains on "administrative segregation" status for his safety and is assigned to the prison's administrative control unit, a Department of Corrections spokesperson told Fox News.  Derek Chauvin booking photo. (Source: Minnesota Department of Corrections) (Minnesota Department of Corrections) "Administrative segregation is used when someone’s presence in the general population is a safety concern," the spokesperson said. "It’s unknown how long he will be there." As of Wednesday, there were 41 inmates in the ACU and all cells and monitored by cameras with corrections officers making rounds at least every 30 minutes. The facility has a total of 349 inmates, as of Wednesday. Most are serving sentences for homicide, assault and sexual criminal misconduct, in addition to other offenses, according to a Daily Inmate Report.  A cell in the Administrative Control Unit...
    The Minnesota Department of Corrections released a booking photo of Derek Chauvin on Wednesday following the verdict in which the former Minneapolis Police Department officer was found guilty on all charges he was facing. Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday by a jury on charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for his role in the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Minnesota Department of Corrections releases Derek Chauvin's new booking photo pic.twitter.com/nqHUBtiGNI— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 21, 2021 News Minneapolis Derek Chauvin George Floyd
    The Minnesota Department of Corrections released a booking image of Derek Chauvin on Wednesday following the Tuesday verdict in which the former Minneapolis Police Department officer was found guilty on all charges he was facing. Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday by a jury on charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter for his role in the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Minnesota Department of Corrections releases Derek Chauvin's new booking photo pic.twitter.com/nqHUBtiGNI— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 21, 2021 News Minneapolis Derek Chauvin George Floyd
    Colorado health officials over the weekend confirmed the state’s first cases of a concerning coronavirus variant that was first detected in South Africa late last year.  Officials said three cases of the B.1.351 variant were detected at the Colorado Department of Corrections Buena Vista Correctional Complex. Two cases were among staff members and the other case was in an incarcerated individual.  The samples were detected after they were selected at random for genomic surveillance at the Colorado State Public Health Laboratory, which will "sequence all positive specimens from this facility to look for variants," health officials said in a news release. State health officials said they have notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the cases, adding that all exposed persons at the correctional facility "will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine."  HOW CAN I AVOID CORONAVIRUS VARIANTS? Inmates at the Colorado Department of Corrections Buena Vista Correctional Complex are tested weekly, said officials, who noted that testing inmates and staff for COVID-19 "has been one of the most important tools for the Department of Corrections...
    SACRAMENTO (BCN) – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced Monday that it has reduced the cost of phone calls for inmates after signing a new, six-year telephone service contract. The contract with GTL will reduce phone call costs to 2.5 cents per minute, representing a reduction of 5.1 cents per minute for calls within the same area code and 18.5 cents per minute for calls outside of California. International calls will cost 7 cents per minute, a reduction of 68 cents. READ MORE: COVID Reopenings: Santa Clara County Moves To Red Tier; Indoor Operations To Resume With the price reductions, a 15-minute call to any location in the United States will cost inmates 37.5 cents, according to the CDCR. “The communication between our incarcerated population and their loved ones is paramount to their rehabilitation,” CDCR Secretary Kathleen Allison said. “This reduction in the cost of telephone calls is the result of the hard work of our administration and staff, and the commitment to make this communication affordable and accessible.” READ MORE: COVID Impact: San Franciscos Only Krispy Kreme...
    THE oldest and longest serving juvenile prisoner in America has been released after 68 years behind bars. Joseph Ligon, 83, was just 15 when he was sentenced to life in prison for two counts of first degree murder in 1953. 3Joseph Ligon was just 15 when he was arrestedCredit: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections 3He has finally been set free aged 83Credit: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Ligon was part of a gang of drunk teenagers who went on a robbery and assault spree in Philadelphia that left two people dead and six others stabbed. He pleaded guilty and admits participating in the crime with but denies killing anyone. “I’m looking at all the tall buildings. This is all new to me. This never existed,” he told the Philadelphia inquirer after being freed. In 2016 his sentence was reduced to 35 years when the US Supreme Court ruled that that automatic life terms for kids are cruel and unusual, But he turned down the chance at parole, claiming he should be released outright without any future supervision. Ligon and Bradley Bridge, a...
    CHICAGO -- Illinois prisons and jails will soon be required to notify families when their incarcerated loved ones die.As part of the sweeping criminal justice overhaul now awaiting Gov. J.B. Pritzker's signature, state correctional facilities must investigate deaths in custody and report them to immediate family members, as well as the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, a state agency that conducts research and analysis.The Reporting Deaths in Custody Act affords a sliver of transparency to families who struggle to get information from the Illinois Department of Corrections, a problem exacerbated by Covid-19. But mothers like Cynthia McDonald wonder why families cannot be informed of loved ones' illnesses while they are still alive.In December, Injustice Watch reported allegations from McDonald and another Illinois mother that the corrections department never contacted them when their incarcerated sons were hospitalized with Covid-19.McDonald's son, Joseph Wilson, died from the virus in April 2020. He was incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois. Throughout Wilson's illness, McDonald alleges she received no communication from the corrections department, instead learning of her son's hospitalization from an...
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Vaccinations started in Washington state prisons this week while prisoners point to poor conditions, the Department of Corrections announced on New Year’s Eve the second COVID-related death of a corrections officer. Officer David A. Christensen, one of 63 Stafford Creek Corrections Center staff members who have tested positive for the virus, died Tuesday, the Spokesman-Review reported. The agency had received limited doses of COVID-19 vaccines by Monday that are being distributed according to the state’s Phase 1a plan. Elderly prisoners and corrections officers who work with them are some of the first on the priority list for the department, said Rachel Ericson, deputy communications director for the agency. An Office of the Corrections Ombuds report published Tuesday found that, by mid-December, corrections officers were tired. During a walk-through at Airway Heights Corrections Center, where more than 70% of the prison population and 170 staff have tested positive for COVID-19, the ombuds office found staff members were working very long hours, often many days in a row. After the Department of Corrections disputed a prisoner’s claims about...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A six-figure assessment of legal costs against the Department of Corrections over an open records request deemed to have been handled in bad faith was upheld Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The justices said the $118,000 cost was justified because of how prison system officials and employees responded to a newspaper's request for information regarding a fly ash dump and possible water contamination. A reporter with the Uniontown Herald-Standard asked for the records in September 2014 to check into concerns that fly ash or water contamination may have been sickening people inside the prison or in a nearby community. Fly ash is a byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity. A Commonwealth Court judge two years ago determined that in its initial response to the request, Corrections did not properly search for records in its possession before denying access, and therefore acted in bad faith, justifying reimbursing the paper's legal costs. Justice Sallie Mundy wrote that the court's majority found it wasn't sufficient for the agency's open records officer to simply rely on "representations of...
    Mississippi prisons purchased Himalayan salt lamps and other stress relief items for themselves when the buildings themselves were unsanitary and in disrepair, audit shows. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images As the federal government investigates Mississippi prisons over reports of violence, the state auditor found officials have misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars on staff perks. The Mississippi Department of Corrections bought Himalayan salt lamps and massage chairs for personnel while inmates live in dangerously unsanitary conditions, according to the audit report. The findings have been sent to investigators at the auditor's office and federal authorities. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An audit of the Mississippi prison system showed that the Department of Corrections had misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars on travel, luxury items, and buyouts. The inappropriate purchases included $17,545.25 on 20 massage chairs, $18,004.04 for items like decorative lamps, rugs, art, signs, Himalayan salt lamps, boom boxes, and CDs for staff "stress reduction rooms", the report said. During one wellness day for staff and their families in October 2018, the department even spent...
    CHICAGO -- Robert Eyler got infected by Covid-19 in August. His mother, Terry Zahn, told Injustice Watch that she first found out when a nurse called as a favor to Eyler after prison officials hospitalized him. He had been serving a nine-year sentence at the Jacksonville Correctional Center in Morgan County for the manufacturing of methamphetamine."They could have at least had the decency to call me to tell me that he had gone to the hospital," she said of prison officials. "It's just not right."McDonald and Zahn eventually lost their sons to the virus.Covid-19 has created incredible barriers for people navigating the final moments of a loved one's life. McDonald and Zahn had the added burden of navigating Illinois' embattled prison health care system during a pandemic. Their accounts highlight a long-standing problem of Illinois prison officials failing to inform families when their loved ones are hospitalized or fall ill. Advocates said the pandemic has made matters worse, as prison officials deal with an increased number of inmate deaths compared to last year.The Illinois Department of Corrections has confirmed almost...
    A federal judge ruled that a Wisconsin prison inmate who was convicted of sexually abusing their 10-year-old daughter has a right to receive a tax-payer funded sex reassignment surgery. "The rights of transgender persons and sex reassignment surgery remain politically controversial, even outside the prison context," wrote U.S. District Judge James Peterson. "And some members of the public are outraged at any effort to improve the health and well being of inmates," Peterson continued. "But the true public interest lies in alleviating needless suffering by those who are dependent on the government for their care." Mark Campbell, who now goes by Nicole Campbell, started serving a 34-year prison sentence in 2007 for the sexual abuse of their 10-year-old daughter. Campbell, now 49, began seeking the surgery in 2013, but up until Peterson’s ruling had been denied the procedure by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Instead, the Department of Corrections acknowledged Campbell’s gender dysphoria but opted to make accommodations such as allowing Campbell to receive hormone treatment, counseling, and wear some women’s clothing in what is typically a men’s prison. Peterson...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday it has launched a statewide civil investigation into the way Louisiana releases its prisoners. In a statement, the Justice Department said it will examine the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections' policies and practices for “ensuring the timely release of state prisoners in the custody of the Louisiana Department of Corrections who are incarcerated in state and local correctional facilities, including practices related to prisoners who are eligible for immediate release.” “The department has not reached any conclusions regarding the allegations in this matter," DOJ said in its statement. The DOJ Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section is conducting this investigation jointly with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana. “The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections looks forward to fully cooperating with the U.S. Department of Justice,” DOC spokesman Ken Pastorick said in an emailed statement late Thursday. “The DOC takes this very seriously, and will assist in whatever way necessary in this investigation.” Details about what prompted the...
    (CNN)A transgender woman who was incarcerated in Georgia has filed a lawsuit alleging that officials not only did not protect her from sexual assault and harm but inflicted it on her themselves.Ashley Diamond filed the lawsuit Monday against several employees of the Georgia Department of Corrections and its facilities, accusing the defendants of denying her treatments deemed medically necessary and housing her in a men's prison despite being aware that it posed an increased risk to her safety. Because of her housing situation, the lawsuit alleges, Diamond has repeatedly been the victim of violent yet foreseeable sexual assaults. Ashley Diamond has filed a lawsuit against several employees of the Georgia Department of Corrections and its facilities."Being a woman in a men's prison is a nightmare," Diamond said in a news release Monday. "I've been stripped of my identity. I never feel safe. Never. I experience sexual harassment on a daily basis, and the fear of sexual assault is always a looming thought. I'm bringing this lawsuit to bring about change on behalf of a community that deserves the inherent dignity...
    The misuse of overtime hours in the Illinois Department of Corrections continues to be a problem, costing taxpayers millions. At a hearing Tuesday, the Legislative Audit Commission revealed millions has been spent on overtime for two years ending in 2018, including $10 million at Stateville Correctional Center alone. There also were numerous instances of an employee using a full day leave the same day the employee worked overtime. IDOC Director Rob Jeffreys said there hasn’t been an automated timekeeping system in place since 1998. “Tracking time with X’s and O’s on a catalog card and expect there is going to be some reconciliation at the end of the shift to catch everybody who is abusing the system,” Jeffreys said. Jeffreys said time clocks are scheduled to be installed at all the facilities, but not until 2022. State Sen. Chapin Rose said he is tired of hearing the same story year after year. “I’ve been here too long to keep hearing director after director come in to various committees and say ‘the last director did...
    An investigation into the Massachusetts Department of Corrections found the lack of adequate supervision and treatment for prisoners suffering from mental health issues led to multiple deaths and serious harm, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. The investigation concluded that the Massachusetts Department of Corrections (MDOC) is in violation of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution by failing to provide supervision and health care to prisoners in a mental health crisis, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Some prisoners experiencing a mental health crisis had seriously harmed themselves or died due to the MDOC’s inadequacy, the DOJ found. Of eight inmates who died by suicide between 2018 and 2019, four were on mental health watches when they died, according to the DOJ. During a 13-month period from July 2018 to August 2019, 106 prisoners harmed themselves while on mental health watches in 688 incidents of self harm, including cutting, attempted hanging, self mutilation and banging their heads against the wall, according to a report of the DOJ’s findings. “Our investigation revealed that MDOC fails to provide adequate mental health...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A Florida corrections officer is facing a murder charge in connection with the death of an inmate at a state prison in Central Florida. A grand jury indicted Michael Riley on a second-degree murder charge following the death in June of the unnamed inmate at Lake Correctional Institution in Clermont, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a statement. “The investigation shows the victim died as a result of actions taken by Riley in his capacity as a correctional officer,” the statement said. Riley was being held at the Polk County Jail. There was no online docket for Riley yet, so it wasn’t known if he had an attorney. MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM COVID Sexually Transmitted? UM Study Says ‘It Also Has Potential To Cause Male Infertility’ Subtropical Storm Theta Is Record-Breaking 29th Named Atlantic Storm Police Search For Murder Suspect In Fatal Shooting Outside Pompano Beach Convenience Store “The Florida Department of Corrections has zero tolerance for the malicious application of force,” Florida Secretary of Corrections Mark Inch said in a statement. “If an officer acts...
    Polk County Sheriff\s Office Former corrections officer Michael Raymond Riley is charged with second-degree murder for the killing of an inmate. A Lake Correctional Institution Corrections Officer in Florida is accused of murdering an inmate who died in June from injuries sustained as the “result of actions” taken by the officer, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Michael Raymond Riley, 27, was formally charged on November 9 with second-degree murder after a nearly five-month investigation into the death of inmate Christopher Howell, 51,  who died following a use of force incident at the prison near Clermont, Florida, on June 19, according to Spectrum News 13. Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, Mike Inch, said in a statement about the arrest: I appreciate the work of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FDC Office of Inspector General for investigating this case and ensuring appropriate action was taken. The Florida Department of Corrections has zero tolerance for the malicious application of force. We must work to ensure the safety of both the community and...
    After an inmate from Georgia State Prison in South Georgia stole an ambulance and fled on the interstate, the Georgia Department of Corrections proudly announced the ‘recapture’ of the absconder but offered little information as to how the incident occurred in the first place. An inmate at Georgia State Prison in Reidsville, Ga reportedly stole an ambulance after 1:00 a.m. Friday morning. The inmate fled Tattnall County and got on I-16 West, headed toward Dublin. Law enforcement executed a PIT maneuver in Laurens County just after 3:00 a.m. in an attempt to stop the ambulance. The ambulance rolled into the median and the driver was taken into custody without further incident. WGXA later obtained and published the dash cam footage from the deputy’s vehicle, showing the chase. The Georgia Department of Corrections made no announcement to the public and did not post any information on the incident – during or after – on official social media accounts. The agency only published a release after the escapee was in custody once...
    CONEWAGO, Pa. (AP) — A state Department of Corrections bus that was carrying 38 inmates was involved in a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Friday, but it wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was seriously injured. The crash in the turnpike’s eastbound lanes in Conewago Township was reported shortly after 9 a.m. A stretch of the roadway was closed for a few hours as the accident was investigated thye crash that occurred between the exits to Harrisburg and Lebanon-Lancaster. A Corrections Department spokeswoman said all 38 inmates aboard the bus had been accounted for, but further details were not disclosed. Pennsylvania state police did not immediately respond to a request seeking information about the crash. It wasn’t immediately known where the bus was headed to or if any other vehicles were involved in the crash. (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Corrections is weighing ending its connections to community colleges across the state and proposing to move its education program in-house because of a budget shortfall. The DOC currently contracts with six community colleges in Oregon to provide high school diploma equivalency testing, or GED services, to inmates across its 14 facilities. Department of Corrections communications manager Jennifer Black told Oregon Public Broadcasting that DOC is proposing the contracts be phased out and the agency hire back those positions as part of the DOC permanent budget going forward. She said nearly 1,000 inmates were enrolled in the Adult Basic Skill Development program as of Sept. 30. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, contractors were unable to enter the institutions and ABS (Adult Basic Skills) programming could not be adapted and continued during operation modifications,” she said. “Converting contractor funding to DOC staff positions will allow the department to continue ABS programming during other disasters or operational restrictions.” DOC director Colette Peters sent a letter about the situation this week to Cam Preus, executive director of...
    ELLICOTT CITY, MD. (WJZ) — The Howard County Department of Corrections will be applying an updated policy to only hold ICE detainees at the Howard County Detention Center who have been convicted of a crime of violence as defined in Md. Criminal Law Code Annotated section 14-101. Under the previous policy, the Department of Corrections can house ICE detainees who have been charged with or convicted of jailable offenses. During the COVID-19 pandemic detainees in the Detention Center under the contract with ICE generally have been convicted or charged with serious crimes. “I believe these revised criteria address some concerns raised by members of the community, while still addressing public safety issues caused by violent offenders,” said Jack Kavanagh, Department of Correction Director. “I thank County Executive Ball for his on-going involvement as well as those who helped move this forward.” Under the new policy, the Howard County Department of Corrections will still accept ICE detainees who have been convicted of a crime of violence as defined in Md. Criminal Law Code Annotated section 14-101. The list of violent crimes...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The Michigan Department of Transportation plans to close one of its prisons in January. The department will shut down the Detroit Reentry Center located on Detroit’s east side according to the Detroit Free Press. The facility has the capacity to house 879 people but its current population is 70 prisoners. It has averaged about 500 annually over the past three years, the Free Press reports. MDOC cites a falling prisoner population and a recidivism rate – which measures the percentage of people who return to prison within three years of release – that has dipped to an all-time low, according to the Free Press. The Detroit Reentry Center employs 220 people. 129 are corrections officers. MDOC says it will work with staff and their union representatives to determine their options for transferring to other prisons, the Free Press reports. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.   Related
    ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — A man incarcerated in an Oregon prison died Monday after testing positive for COVID-19, officials said. The Oregon Department of Corrections said Tuesday that the man between 80 and 85 years old died at a hospital. He had been incarcerated at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, officials said. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death, officials said. The man is the seventh inmate to die after testing positive for the disease, according to officials. Since the pandemic began, the Department of Corrections has stopped releasing the names of those in custody who die in connection with the coronavirus. Previously, officials released the person’s name, county of conviction, sentence length, and date of death. Officials said they changed the notification process in order to balance the desire for transparency with their legal obligation to protect personal health information. Corrections facilities staff continue to clean and disinfect numerous times a day, officials said. People imprisoned are asked to report any symptoms they...
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