April 23, 1989 |
A sparrow comes to rest in the grid of scrap iron that makes up the cell door. After a quick look, the bird flies off toward the Gila River that winds around the base of Prison Hill. In another era the inmates of notorious Yuma Territorial Prison no doubt also saw birds coming and going, and were envious of their freedom. When the prison was in use, a guard stood watch at the main tower with a four-barrel Lowell battery gun (successor to the famed Gatling), surveying the restricted terrain of the prison yards and cell blocks below.
December 20, 1986 |
A Saudi Arabian woman was publicly beheaded Friday for killing her husband's other wife. The woman, Safra Bint Haynagan Oteibi, had been convicted of stabbing Sarah Bint Oteibi during an argument, and then cutting off her head, an Interior Ministry statement said. Saudi authorities often order the beheading of male convicts after Friday's weekly prayers in keeping with Islamic tradition.
September 5, 1997 |
Behind an unprepossessing storefront in the Plaza Pasadena mall, near the food court, a first-rate theatrical company is evolving. Pasadena Shakespeare Company's great promise is on ample display in its bang-up, thoroughly entertaining production of "Our Country's Good," Timberlake Wertenbaker's somewhat attenuated drama about the first group of British convicts sent to Australia. Capt.
October 28, 1990
In response to your editorial "The New Labor Force: Jailbirds?" (Oct. 15): I agree that Proposition 139 should be defeated. However, a great deal could be done to rectify our penal system. Our prisoners do not have to work. Because of ancient legislation in favor of industry and labor, our prisoners cannot compete with private business. It is time for this to be changed. In some states the prisoners produce much of the furniture, supplies, clothing, food and maintenance of the plant for their own and public agency use. They even supply the labor to construct new prisons and facilities.
December 13, 1987
Concerning the controversy surrounding poetry, I'd like to add a bit of information I received from a county librarian. The county maintains small libraries within many local correctional facilities. A county librarian, who had conducted some research to find out which books the inmates checked out most frequently, told me that, in order of preference, convicts like to read books of poetry, books on calligraphy, and the novels of Louis L'Amour. When I asked how she might account for this, she guessed--and it was only a guess--that perhaps inmates chose books of poetry as their first preference in reading because poems are able to express certain emotions that they themselves feel, and, wishing to express these emotions to a loved one, they might even quote lines during visits or in letters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1995 |
With the interminable sentences being handed down and with positive, productive programs scaled back, convicts in California increasingly have little hope for the future. Now Gov. Pete Wilson wants to undo the program that allows overnight visits between prisoners and their spouses, children, parents and siblings. Begun more than 20 years ago by Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1986 |
Under the guard of U.S. marshals armed with sawed-off shotguns to prevent a possible mass escape attempt, a half-dozen of the most dangerous men in the U.S. prison system were brought to Los Angeles last week to testify as witnesses in a prison murder case. The courtroom security was the heaviest seen at the U.S. Courthouse in years, and the story told by the convicts assembled from prisons throughout the nation was every bit as rough as the reputations of the witnesses themselves.