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December 5, 2011 | Larry Gordon
The death of a male inmate at the state prison in Lancaster on Sunday is being investigated as a homicide, and his cellmate is the main suspect, authorities said. The dead man had been serving a sentence for a second-degree robbery committed in Los Angeles County. Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said the suspect passed a note to guards at breakfast time saying his cellmate appeared to be dead. Guards found the dead man "in his bunk, under the blanket," and emergency efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, Thornton said.
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April 17, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
California and other states are largely failing to adequately educate most of the 70,000 youth locked up at any given time in juvenile detention facilities, according to a national report released Thursday. Most youth fail to earn any course credits or complete their high school diploma or equivalency degree while in custody, the report by the Southern Education Foundation found. Yet these young inmates are highly troubled - usually struggling with drug abuse, anger and lagging academic achievement - and urgently need effective education to help them get back on track, the report said.
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June 27, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Six state correctional officers were recovering from injuries after they were attacked by an inmate Thursday at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo. At least one of the officers was seriously injured by the inmate, who used his fists and a plastic cup to batter the officers, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. State authorities identified the inmate as Christopher McCoy, 34, who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a first-degree murder conviction.
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April 10, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge Thursday called California's use of large amounts of pepper spray to subdue mentally ill prisoners a "horrific" violation of constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton's order requires California to continue revising policies that govern how mentally ill inmates in the state's prisons are disciplined, including the use of solitary confinement. He found that such isoaltion of mentally ill inmates "can and does cause serious psychological harm" and must be limited.
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July 27, 2013 | By Paige St. John
A state prison inmate who had participated in the statewide hunger strike has died, apparently by hanging himself in his isolation cell, state corrections officials said Saturday. The death of the 32-year-old man occurred Monday in the segregation unit at California State Prison near Corcoran, but was not confirmed by state corrections officials until after The Times learned of it from inmate advocacy groups. Conditions in those isolation units are the core focus of a hunger strike that began July 8 and is now in its 20th day with 601 inmates continuing to refuse meals.
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July 16, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
An inmate who walked away from a minimum-support facility at Pelican Bay State Prison was apprehended within hours of being discovered missing, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced Tuesday. Tore Digirolamo, 44, went missing Monday afternoon from his bunk at the prison's minimum-support facility, spurring a search by Pelican Bay officers, the California Highway Patrol, the Crescent City police, the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Authorities were searching Thursday for an L.A. County jail inmate who escaped from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles. Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was being sought after escaping from jail on Wednesday. He walked out of the release area in the jail about 10 p.m. after staff apparently failed to follow security practices, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Capt. Mike Parker said, according to KTLA-TV . Brown, who was sentenced Wednesday to four years, eight months in jail for stealing computers from a medical center, was able to impersonate another inmate and escape, Parker said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Federal authorities on Friday indicted two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies who allegedly beat a chained jail inmate, then falsely accused him of attacking them. Deputies Joey Aguiar and Mariano Ramirez were indicted on charges in connection with the beating of an inmate in February 2009. According to the indictment, Aguiar and Ramirez punched and kicked the victim before using pepper spray on him. The deputies also struck him with a flashlight, prosecutors charged. DOCUMENT: Read the indictment The deputies then wrote false reports claiming that the inmate had "viciously kicked his legs at deputies.
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January 7, 2014 | Matt Pearce
It's been freezing almost everywhere this week, but it got so cold in Kentucky that an escaped inmate asked to be taken back to prison. The strange tale began Monday morning, when Maurice King, the 61-year-old manager of the Sunset Motel in Lexington, heard a knock on the door at the motel. Standing outside, in a wind chill of about 18 degrees below zero, was Robert Vick, 42, wearing a pair of ripped-up jeans and a khaki prison jumpsuit. Authorities said he'd escaped the Blackburn Correctional Complex about three miles away just the night before.
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May 2, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
This post has been updated. Prosecutors are considering whether to file criminal charges against a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accused of assaulting an inmate who was helping federal authorities investigate a suspected international drug trafficker, according to records and interviews. The inmate informant accused Deputy Michael Camacho of antagonizing him, at least in part, internal records show, because he was working with detectives. The records show that in July the inmate informant told his sheriff's handlers that Camacho punched him in his torso and ribs.
OPINION
April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It's hard to get executions right. This week, the Supreme Court denied appeals by Louisiana and Missouri death row inmates who argued that they were entitled to know the source of the drugs with which they are to be executed, and that denial of that information compromises their right to due process. It's unclear why the court refused to hear the cases, but the underlying argument remains potent. Another challenge is underway in Oklahoma, where two inmates are seeking stays of execution because state officials have revised protocols on the fly as the lethal drugs they usually use have become more difficult to obtain.
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April 3, 2014 | By Richie Duchon
A fugitive inmate who walked out of downtown Los Angeles' Twin Towers Correctional Facility three weeks ago was captured Wednesday night near a youth and family center in Santa Monica, authorities said. Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was arrested "without incident" by Santa Monica police after a witness reported seeing a man who fit the escapee's description outside the Pico Youth and Family Center near Pico and Lincoln boulevards, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Quiana Birckbeck said.
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April 3, 2014 | By Richie Duchon
An inmate who escaped last month from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles was captured Wednesday night in Santa Monica, authorities said. Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was taken into custody "without incident" after being identified by an informant outside the Pico Youth and Family Center near Pico and Lincoln boulevards, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Quiana Birckbeck said. Authorities said the Sheriff's Department contacted Santa Monica police, who apprehended Brown, and that Sheriff's Department detectives later transported him back to the Twin Towers facility from which he had escaped March 12 by posing as another inmate.
OPINION
March 30, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
As Los Angeles County sheriff, Lee Baca was roundly and rightly criticized for his failure to prevent or correct the abuse of jail inmates over the course of his 15 years in office, most notably during the final few years of turmoil that culminated in the indictment of 20 deputies and Baca's resignation. It is not uncommon, when a controversial figure leaves power, for critics to denigrate every aspect of his tenure and leadership philosophy, and it would be easy to write off anything that happened at the jails on Baca's watch as being a disaster that must be reversed at the earliest possible moment.
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March 25, 2014 | By Kate Mather, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is offering a $20,000 reward in connection with the search for an inmate who walked out of a county jail nearly two weeks ago. The board unanimously approved the reward Tuesday for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Christopher Lee Brown, a 37-year-old fugitive who escaped downtown L.A.'s Twin Towers Correctional Facility the night of  March 12. Brown was sentenced earlier that...
OPINION
March 19, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
A month from now, if all goes according to plan in Oklahoma, two convicted murderers will be executed by lethal injection, and without knowing exactly how the killing cocktail was put together or by whom. Without that knowledge, they could well be denied their basic constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment. The death penalty, as we've written before, is an indefensible mess of immorality, gamed judicial processes, misapplication based on race and class, and public expense.
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April 12, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been charged with felony assault for allegedly striking a 19-year-old inmate in the back seat of a patrol car, a prosecutor said Friday. The L.A. County district attorney's office charged Matthew John Funicello, 31, with assault under the color of authority in connection with a July 22, 2011, incident in which the deputy allegedly struck an inmate several times. "We allege the deputy struck the inmate several times in the face and torso with his fist," said Jean Guccione, a district attorney's spokeswoman.
NATIONAL
August 7, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
The death two weeks ago of a 450-pound inmate who had said he was too fat to be executed has done little to temper an escalating debate in Ohio over capital punishment. Ronald Post was 53 when he died in a prison hospital in Columbus on July 26. He had captured national attention a year ago with his plea for leniency from death row. He claimed executioners would not be able to find any veins in his arms or legs necessary for the lethal injection. His lawyers worried he might even break the death chamber gurney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Federal authorities tried to get the son of a high-ranking Los Angeles County sheriff's official to secretly record conversations with his father and then-Sheriff Lee Baca, according to the son's attorneys. This is the first indication that FBI agents tried to enlist deputies to record conversations with Baca as part of their ongoing investigation of inmate abuse and corruption inside the Sheriff's Department. Deputy James Sexton is one of seven current and former sheriff's officials who have been charged with obstructing the federal probe of the jails.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A security lapse at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles that helped allow an inmate to escape earlier this week has been rectified, sheriff's officials say. The inmate, 37-year-old Christopher Lee Brown, remained at large Friday after he walked out of the inmate release area about 10 p.m. Wednesday. He had been sentenced earlier in the day to four years, eight months in jail after being convicted of burglary and identity theft. Authorities said they believe Brown impersonated another inmate as part of his effort to escape.
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