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June 5, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Colorado became the latest state to pass a law that compensates the wrongfully convicted for their time behind bars. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill Wednesday in Denver, accompanied by exonerated convict Robert Dewey, who had fought for its passage. “It's quite an accomplishment getting the bill passed, not only for me and my family, but for guys coming up behind me,” Dewey told the Los Angeles Times. “It's a good day, a new chapter in my life, not dwelling on the past - moving forward.” It was thrill for Dewey and his Denver-based attorney, Danyel Joffe, who has represented him in his fight for freedom and compensation.
April 8, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Jonathan Fleming had videos of his Disney World holiday. He had a receipt from his hotel, where employees remembered him for running up a high phone bill. But the perfect alibi couldn't save Fleming from serving nearly 25 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit - a murder that took place in Brooklyn, N.Y., more than 900 miles from the Florida resort. On Tuesday, Fleming, 51, walked free after the Brooklyn district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, dismissed the case after an examination by his office's Conviction Review Unit.
August 27, 1986 | From Reuters
Thousands of ex-convicts have been hired by firms in Peking to keep them from reverting to crime, the New China News Agency said Tuesday. It said that in the last three years the firms had hired 12,500 former convicts, more than three-quarters of those released during that time from the capital's prison or labor camps.
April 7, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A veteran Los Angeles building inspector sentenced last month to prison in an FBI corruption case will continue to receive a yearly pension of more than $72,000, according to a high-level retirement official. Samuel In, 66, pleaded guilty last year, admitting as part of a plea agreement that he took more than $30,000 in bribes while working as a senior inspector. He was sentenced last month to 2 1/2 years in prison after a federal prosecutor argued against leniency, mentioning his "substantial" pension.
July 7, 1990 | Associated Press
Chihuahua state Atty. Gen. Jose Miller said authorities have located six more escaped convicts, and their arrest is expected soon, the Excelsior newspaper reported Friday. A total of 34 convicts escaped, four people were killed and eight others were injured during a jailbreak and riot Tuesday in Chihuahua, 225 miles south of El Paso, Tex. Twenty-six of the escapees were rounded up Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Gabriel Nahas, director of Chihuahua state's 14 prisons.
February 21, 2010 | By David Scott Milton
Editor's note: David Scott Milton taught writing in the prison where Kenneth Hartman, the author of "Mother California," is incarcerated. In this Sunday's book section, Carolyn Kellogg reviews "Mother California." When I first came into the system, I had no ax to grind over prison reform. I was not an activist, nor was I passionately pro-convict. My house in Tehachapi is on a mountain top overlooking the prison. From Max Yard 4B, the lights on my house were all the life the men could see at night.
January 8, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
As California begins shifting supervision of thousands of newly released state prisoners to local probation agencies, ex-convicts are arriving with incomplete medical records and more serious mental illnesses than anticipated. And mental health officials are scrambling to provide appropriate — and often costly — treatment. "At the start, every day ... there was a crisis," said Dr. Marvin Southard, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. "There was somebody we didn't know what to do with.
December 30, 1985 | From Reuters
Jail inmates in England and Wales will be given more porridge as part of a health diet ordered by the government. The 47,000 prisoners will have a healthier, higher-fiber diet, emphasizing porridge and reducing saturated fats, meat and salt, following a survey of jail food. Scotland, home of porridge, was not covered by the survey.
May 26, 1987 | Associated Press
Hundreds of inmates rioted at a prison in central Poland, setting fires and smashing doors and windows during a nine-hour uprising, government officials said today. The officials said order was restored early this morning. Government spokesman Jerzy Urban said he had no information on whether anyone was injured. The disturbance began Monday night at Potulice prison, 150 miles west of Warsaw, when inmates objected to the treatment of a prisoner whom guards considered arrogant, Urban said.
November 5, 2009 | Maria De Cristofaro and Sebastian Rotella
A judge in Milan convicted 23 Americans today of the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in 2003, culminating a landmark trial that gave a look into the secret world of CIA renditions of terror suspects. Judge Oscar Magi acquitted three Americans, including the former CIA station chief in Italy, because they had diplomatic immunity when a secret team abducted militant cleric Abu Omar in Milan and flew him to Egypt, where he underwent months of torture and abuse. The Americans were tried in absentia, and given that the U.S. government has long declined to cooperate with the prosecution, it seemed unlikely that any of those convicted would spend time in an Italian prison.
April 4, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
She was driven to a dark road in the desert in the back of patrol car. The sheriff's deputy parked in a secluded spot in Palmdale and told her to walk to the front of the car. It was there, the woman said Friday in court, that the L.A. County deputy raped her and changed her life forever. "You essentially murdered a part of me and I'll never be able to get it back," the victim tearfully said as she stared at her attacker, Jose Rigoberto Sanchez. "A police officer is supposed to serve and protect.
March 25, 2014 | Corina Knoll
She spent three decades in prison as the outside world moved on. Her children aged. Grandchildren were born. Friends passed away. Mary Virginia Jones, who was serving life without parole for murder, did not despair. She told visitors not to cry. An ordained minister, she preached to dozens every week at the interfaith chapel. She directed Bible services, led hymns and was sought out by those who asked for spiritual guidance. They called her "Mother Mary. " On Monday, she walked into a Los Angeles courtroom in a blue jumpsuit, her hands shackled behind her, her gray hair pulled into a taut bun. The 74-year-old calmly sat down and smiled at her attorneys.
March 22, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Earlier this month a German court might have succeeded in doing what no soccer team in Europe has been able to do in quite some time, namely wound Bayern Munich. Whether the conviction of team President Uli Hoeness for tax evasion is simply a minor scratch or a mortal blow remains to be seen. But Hoeness' four-day trial, which captivated the country and embarrassed the team, couldn't have come at a worse time for Bayern, which is completing what may be the most dominant two-year stretch in club soccer history.
March 20, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
MUMBAI, India - Five men were convicted Thursday for raping a photojournalist and a call-center operator in separate incidents that underlined India's problem of sexual violence and spoiled this cosmopolitan city's reputation for safety. A court in Mumbai found the men guilty of gang rape, destruction of evidence and other crimes in the attacks that occurred weeks apart last summer at an abandoned textile mill in the heart of the city, India's financial hub. Three of the men were convicted in both incidents.
March 17, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two Fullerton brothers were convicted Monday on charges of sexually assaulting two girls. The victims were 3 and 7 when they were repeatedly assaulted by the brothers between May 2010 and August 2011, the Orange County district attorney's office said. Eduardo Rodriguez, 36, and Cristobal Rodriguez, 38, sexually assaulted the victims together and separately, prosecutors said. The brothers also showed pornographic images to the girls. At the time, the brothers lived in a garage and assaulted the victims at a nearby location, according to prosecutors.
March 14, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
A woman who was pulled over by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, forced into the back seat of his patrol car and driven into the desert, only to be raped and then followed home, is relieved that he will be spending time behind bars, her attorney said. Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 29, pleaded no contest Thursday to rape under color of authority and to soliciting a bribe and is expected to be sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison. Sanchez pulled over a 24-year-old woman in Palmdale while on duty Sept.
February 2, 2004
Re "Inmates' 'Do Not Pass Go' Card," by Alan Elsner, Commentary, Jan. 29: People with arrest records or misdemeanor convictions face a life of staying in the shadows. For some reason, no matter how much effort is applied to making a change in someone's life, our society chooses to dwell on the negative and document it accordingly. It is, in effect, a life sentence. What a crushing weight to bear. Take away hope from people and you get despair. People with nothing to lose or live for become more of a problem to society.
February 2, 2001
Six escaped convicts from Alabama were captured in Tennessee on Thursday, two days after they broke out of a maximum-security prison by using a broom handle to lift an electrified fence. Authorities stumbled onto the group along a country road about 50 miles west of Nashville and 165 miles from the prison. They scattered and were caught without violence over an eight-hour span.
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was convicted Thursday of rape and bribery, stemming from two traffic stops, including one in which he pulled a woman over, then raped her in the desert, prosecutors said. Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 29, pleaded no contest to rape under color of authority and soliciting a bribe and is expected to be sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison. Sanchez pulled over a 24-year-old woman in Palmdale while on duty Sept. 22, 2010, and allegedly offered not to arrest her on an outstanding warrant in exchange for sex, prosecutors said.
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