Archive for May, 2009

Corruption Allegations Against Prison Guards Shadow Aryan Gang Trial

Posted in Articles on May 30, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

Authorities have said all along that one of the most disturbing aspects of the Aryan Warriors case is the way the violent prison gang corrupted Nevada corrections officers.

Former members and associates of the gang who are cooperating with federal prosecutors name some of those corrections officers and spell out their alleged corruption in FBI reports and grand jury transcripts.

They accuse officers of helping the white supremacist gang smuggle drugs into prison yards. They say guards left cell doors cracked open to allow gang members to assault other inmates, passed messages of all sorts among Aryan Warriors and allowed gang members to use cell phones to contact partners in crime on the streets.

One gang member even testified that corruption within the prison system played a role in the killing of at least one inmate, a planned slaying that the witness had warned authorities about in writing. Continue reading

Take our children to work day is a shocking experience for these kids

Posted in Articles on May 2, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day sometimes works better in theory than in practice.

Especially if your parents work at the Franklin Correctional Institution in Carrabelle.

Sgt. Walter Schmidt wanted to give the kids an idea of what their parents do, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

So he took out a handheld stun device and zapped them with 50,000 volts of electricity — that
feels like being zapped with volts that are 450 times as strong as the current in a household electrical outlet. Continue reading

Dallas County could be forced to move 900 prisoners

Posted in Articles on May 2, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

State regulators may force Dallas County to move up to 900 prisoners out of its largest and most-populated jail tower because of lingering fire-safety concerns.

If so, the county would probably have to reopen the Decker jail that was recently depopulated so the county could centralize its jail operations on the Lew Sterrett Justice Center campus.

The moving of so many prisoners would not only be costly at a time when the county is staring at a $60 million budget shortfall, it also would create logistical headaches. Continue reading

Court allows state to continue early release of prisoners

Posted in Articles on May 2, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the state can resume releasing prisoners under a controversial early-release program.

On Wednesday, Circuit Judge David Tapp, who sits for Pulaski, Lincoln and Rockcastle counties, issued an order directing the state to stop releasing inmates under the program in all 120 counties. That order also applied to parolees who were removed from supervision under the program.

But yesterday, Chief Judge Sara Combs of the Court of Appeals granted Corrections Commissioner Ladonna Thompson’s request to stay Tapp’s order and recommended transferring the case to the Kentucky Supreme Court because of its “great and immediate public interest.” Continue reading

Give prison staff their jobs back, union urges

Posted in Articles on May 1, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

The prison officers’ union wants the New South Wales government to allow its members who resigned during the bitter battle over the privatisation of Cessnock jail to return to their jobs.

In a surprise backflip, the government yesterday announced it will now keep the corrective centre under public ownership.

During the dispute 60 prison officers resigned and Corrective Services halved the prison’s population by transferring more than 200 inmates to other institutions.

Tony Howen from the Public Service Association says allowing officers to return to the ranks would ensure the jail gets back to normal quickly. Continue reading