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September 22, 2011 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
A transgender California inmate has lost a legal bid for a sex-change operation at taxpayer expense. Lyralisa Stevens, who was born male but lives as a female, is serving 50 years to life for killing a San Bernardino County woman with a shotgun in a dispute over clothes. On Wednesday, the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco denied the 42-year-old prisoner's surgery request, ending — at least for now — her two-year legal battle to force the state to pay for removal of her male genitalia.
September 9, 2001
Career criminals or sadistic deputies--toward which of these groups should we harbor more resentment? My anger and disgust lean toward the professionals whose salaries are paid with my tax dollars. I served a four-day sentence at the L.A. County Men's Central Jail. Upon my release, I witnessed the most disgusting act of humanity I have ever encountered. An inmate with whom I was released was crippled. The sergeant in charge of our release told the inmate, "If you can't walk out of here, you can't leave."
June 15, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Murder charges were filed Monday against a Michigan inmate in the 1988 slaying of Malinda Gibbons, authorities said. Detectives and forensic scientists linked Jason Michael Balcom, 34, to the murder through DNA collected at the scene more than a decade ago. Gibbons, 22, was killed at her apartment in Costa Mesa on July 18, 1988. That same year, Balcom was arrested in Michigan on suspicion of sexual assault and kidnapping, police said. He will be returned to Orange County for trial.
December 13, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
An inmate who escaped from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility on Thursday turned himself in to authorities Sunday morning, Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said. Roger Lavelle Nyles, 35, of Altadena surrendered to Pasadena police three days after his escape, said Deputy Rich Pena. On Thursday evening, Nyles was working at a loading dock at the jail. When a gate opened to let a bus pass through, Nyles ran through as well and caught a cab to South Los Angeles, sheriff's officials said.
August 27, 2002 | From Reuters
A former female U.S. Bureau of Prisons supervisor pleaded guilty Monday to having sex multiple times with a male prisoner at a maximum-security prison in Colorado that houses some of America's most notorious criminals. Kellie Kissinger, 34, who directed other prison guards, admitted in U.S. District Court in Denver to having sex with inmate Gerald Bailey at least 13 times from January to May 2000 at the U.S. penitentiary in Florence and pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a ward.
January 31, 2010
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May 7, 1985
A 33-year-old inmate, who would have completed his six-month sentence for statutory rape Wednesday, died of a heart attack today in the jail ward at County-USC Medical Center where he was being treated for AIDS, authorities said. Wert Granville Yarbrough of El Segundo had been in critical condition with AIDS--acquired immune deficiency syndrome--since April 13, deputies said.
August 15, 1995
Homicide detectives Monday were investigating the death of an inmate in a cell at the Men's Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles. Lauren Edwards, 18, who had been held at the jail since Oct. 27, 1994, on a murder charge, was found dead about 8 p.m. Sunday, after medical personnel were called to his cell area. Deputy Mark Bailey said Edwards, who suffered upper-body trauma, had been sharing a module with other inmates.
July 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A man arrested in the hit-and-run death of a police officer was found strangled in his cell, and investigators focused Tuesday on guards at the suburban Maryland jail. As state police took over the investigation, an attorney for inmate Ronnie L. White's family said the man's attackers "took it upon themselves to be both the judge, the jury and the executioner." White's death shocked and angered officials in Prince George's County, including County Executive Jack B. Johnson, who likened it to "vigilante justice."
February 7, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A civilian jail monitor said she witnessed two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies treat an inmate like "a punching bag," unjustifiably beating him as he lay unconscious for at least two minutes, according to a court declaration filed Monday by the ACLU. The representative for the civil liberties organization was at Twin Towers jail for an unrelated meeting with another inmate when, according to her declaration, she heard thuds from outside the room she was in. Through a window, she said, she saw two deputies punching, kicking and Tasering an inmate.
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