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February 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
James Harvey Callahan, a convicted murderer who would have become the nation's first executed inmate since September, won a reprieve from the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than an hour before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection at a prison in Atmore. The high court's order did not detail why it granted the stay. The court is weighing a ruling on whether or not lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2014 | By Anh Do and Adolfo Flores
A Santa Ana detective testified Monday that she posed as an inmate, going undercover into the jail cell of a defendant in a high-profile beating case after the woman refused to talk with police and demanded an attorney. Det. Patricia Navarro said she never identified herself to Vanesa Tapia Zavala when she secretly recorded their conversation in a jail cell, trying to get her to share details about the fight outside a downtown Santa Ana nightclub that left a recent college graduate comatose, and then dead days later.
OPINION
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."
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NATIONAL
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."
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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