Archive for February, 2009

Wyatt director defends fee for jail expansion

Posted in Articles on February 28, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

CENTRAL FALLS — The current executive director of the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility was paid nearly $1 million to oversee the $48-million expansion of the jail while he was also collecting an annual fee for other consulting work at the detention center for federal immigrant detainees and prisoners awaiting trial or sentencing.

Anthony Ventetuolo Jr. confirmed this week that he and his firm, Avcorr Management LLC, of Warwick, was paid $961,671 for the second job over a three-year period that ended in October 2007. The payment represented 2 percent of the project’s cost, a fee structure that Ventetuolo said is customary for large capital construction projects. Continue reading

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Prisoners prying into DOC officers’ lives

Posted in Articles on February 24, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

MONROE, Wash. – Prisoners are prying into the lives of corrections officers and using taxpayer money to do it.

It’s terrifying for families and a huge burden on the Department of Corrections. Now there’s a push in the Legislature to make it stop.

Janet, the wife of a corrections officer, is scared. She doesn’t want KING 5 News to use her last name. Last weekend, a notice from the DOC arrived in the mail. Continue reading

Treating offenders with mental health issues ‘would save £700m’

Posted in Articles on February 24, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

A Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health report claims the government can save £700m a year by investing properly in prisoner diversion services

The government could shave £700m annually from costs if it overhauled the process for diverting offenders with problems from jail to the mental health system, according to new research. Continue reading

ATHENS, GREECE: Hijacked hovering helicopter whisks away two prisoners

Posted in Articles on February 24, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

For the second time in their lives, two robbers escaped from a high-security prison Sunday by scaling a rope ladder to a hovering helicopter amid a gun battle with guards.

The men remained missing late Sunday night. They had been scheduled to appear before a magistrate today about their first escape – from the same prison – three years ago.

The shaken government quickly dismissed three Justice Ministry officials, and the prime minister scheduled an emergency meeting of part of his Cabinet today to discuss the country’s prisons.

Vassilis Paleokostas, 42, and Alket Rizaj, 34, were picked up by a hijacked helicopter that flew over the courtyard of Athens’ Korydallos prison Sunday afternoon. They climbed a rope ladder thrown to them by a woman in the copter, the Justice Ministry said.

Guards on the ground opened fire and the woman fired back with an automatic rifle, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

source: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/nationworld/story/635431.html

Two nabbed for delivering drugs to a prison

Posted in Articles on February 18, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

OTTAWA (AFP) – Two women have been arrested for delivering marijuana and hash-oil worth an estimated 40,000 Canadian dollars (32,000 US) to a prison in western Canada, authorities said Wednesday

Joel A. MacKown (C) and dog Badge of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police perform a serach in June 2006. Two women have been arrested for delivering marijuana and hash-oil worth an estimated 40,000 Canadian dollars (32,000 US) to a prison in western Canada, authorities said Wednesday.  Photo:Bruce Bennett/AFP

. Joel AMacKown (C) and dog Badge of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police perform a serach in June 2006. Two women have been arrested for delivering marijuana and hash-oil worth an estimated 40,000 Canadian dollars (32,000 US) to a prison in western Canada, authorities said Wednesday
.The pair’s vehicle was searched by sniffer dogs when they arrived last week at the federal penitentiary about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Calgary, Alberta. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) said in a statement it was “acting on intelligence information.”)

 

CSC spokeswoman Rita Wehrle told AFP drug traffickers sell to prisoners because they can obtain up to 10 times more for their wares than if they sold on the street.

 

The Bowden prison houses 664 minimum and medium security inmates

source: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/090218/canada/canada_police_prison_trafficking

Explosive goes off in California prison

Posted in Articles on February 18, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

Inmate raped by cellmates can sue prison guards

Posted in Articles on February 12, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

(02-11) 19:10 PST San Francisco — The state Supreme Court allowed a transgender former prison inmate on Wednesday to proceed with a lawsuit accusing prison guards of failing to protect her from being raped and beaten by her cellmates.
In her suit, Alexis Giraldo said she was being held at Folsom State Prison for shoplifting and a parole violation in January 2006 when a cellmate began assaulting and raping her on a daily basis. She said prison staff ignored her complaints until March 2006, when she was transferred to segregated housing after a second cellmate attacked her with a box-cutter. She was paroled in July 2007.

Prison officials denied failing to protect Giraldo, who was housed at the all-male prison because she had not undergone surgery. A San Francisco jury rejected her emotional-distress claim against six prison employees in August 2007 after the trial judge dismissed her claim of negligence, ruling that guards have no legal duty to protect inmates from harm.

The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco overturned the judge’s ruling last November, saying a jailer who takes a prisoner into custody must take reasonable steps to protect that prisoner from foreseeable injuries. California’s high court denied review of the state’s appeal Wednesday, allowing Giraldo to pursue her claim that negligence by prison employees was a cause of the assaults.

source http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/02/12/BA7C15SKL5.DTL