CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2006 |
After 38 years, Michael Robert Smith figured no one was still looking for him. He escaped from the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, Calif., on June 7, 1968, after serving three years of a five-years-to-life sentence for robbery. He headed first to Nevada, then New Jersey and into a marriage that didn't work out, and finally five years ago to a tiny travel trailer in a heavily wooded area of Creek County, Okla.
July 7, 1990 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2012 |
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 |
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 |
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.