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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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
In a strong signal to the incoming Obama administration, California's Jerry Brown and 13 other attorneys general called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use the 1990 Clean Air Act to crack down on global warming emissions. The law already covers ozone, particulates and other unhealthful substances. But the Bush administration has said it is "ill-suited" for controlling carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. In a letter to the agency Monday, the attorneys general said the air act "has a proven track record of effectively dealing with complex air pollution problems . . . and it has done so without harming the economy."
NATIONAL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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