July 18, 1988
Three former army officers convicted in the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat overpowered their guards, seized rifles and shot their way out of a maximum security prison near Cairo, police said. Interior Minister Zaki Badr placed airports and harbors on alert as part of an intense manhunt for the escapees, members of a Muslim fundamentalist organization known as Jihad, or Holy War.
August 27, 2002 |
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.
June 5, 1989 |
Toxic smoke from a fire in the women's wing of a prison killed 10 people and injured about 40, officials said Sunday. The blaze at the maximum-security prison began just before midnight Saturday in a pile of mattresses that investigators said contained a petroleum resin that produces a toxic, acrid smoke when burned. Police spokesman Piero Sassi said guards and prison firefighters responded quickly but could not save eight female inmates and two women guards who died of smoke inhalation in the first minutes of the blaze.
March 27, 1990 |
Authorities in San Bernardino County are searching for Jeanette Lynn Hughes, who escaped Sunday night from the California Institution for Women at Frontera near Chino, where she was serving a 25-year murder sentence for her role in her husband's 1984 death in their Huntington Beach home. Hughes, 36, disappeared in the late afternoon after visiting with her father, James Tugwell, in the visitors' lounge. She was discovered missing about 9:20 p.m.
April 12, 2012 |
"Lockout" is about a troubled prison in space, starring Guy Pearce as an ex-secret agent all muscled up and throwing as many one-liners as punches. The mission is improbable, the film's logic loosey-goosey, and there are many explosive shortcuts - as in, if it doesn't make sense, just blow it up big time and maybe the audience won't notice. Ah, but they will. The film is based on an idea from espionage/action specialist Luc Besson, whose interest in the genre seems to know no bounds - writing, directing, producing, sometimes merely thinking.
December 28, 1998 |
Six inmates, including three convicted killers, escaped from a maximum security prison Sunday after handcuffing their guards to a chair and stashing them in a laundry room, officials said. Two of them were recaptured 18 hours later. Two of the prisoners, at least one armed with a homemade knife, had been allowed out of their cells to distribute meals for Ramadan at Riverbend prison, along the Cumberland River.
July 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A computer specialist is suing the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security after a controversial fingerprint-sharing program incorrectly identified him as an illegal immigrant and authorities ordered him detained in a maximum-security prison. The lawsuit is the first legal challenge by a U.S. citizen to the Secure Communities program, which the Obama administration has expanded nationwide over the objections of immigration advocacy groups and Democratic governors in Illinois, New York and Massachusetts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2001
Rose Braz (letter, Oct. 19) is wrong when she asserts that California does not need the new state prison to be built at Delano. Most California prisons are operating at 180% to 195% capacity. That means thousands of inmates are doubled up in cells built for one person. It also means that gymnasiums and classrooms have been filled with bunk beds for inmates. Such overcrowding is not good for inmates or the employees who supervise them. Our prisons have a critical shortage of maximum-security cells.
November 10, 1985
The California correctional system is in desperate need of additional prison facilities in order to ease the overcrowding and prevent the early release of convicted criminals who are paroled to make room for someone else. Given this need, I suggest that our community as a whole will benefit by locating a prison facility in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. In addition to punishing, and, hopefully, reforming criminals, I feel that prisons can serve another very important function.