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February 23, 1987 | Associated Press
An inmate who tricked a movie crew into giving him a ride out of a maximum security prison remained at large Sunday, and a statewide search for him continued. Daniel F. Duane, 32, who was serving a 15-year term at Stateville Correctional Center for attempted armed robbery and five years for escape, told members of the movie crew Saturday that he was a prison employee, a Department of Corrections spokesman said Sunday.
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.
June 5, 1989 | From Associated Press
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
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.
December 28, 1998 | From Associated Press
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.
September 6, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Prison hunger strikers who were shipped out of Pelican Bay State Prison so they were closer to medical services and administrators in Sacramento say they have been promised they'll be returned eventually to their old cells now that the demonstration has ended. And a new warden awaits them. As the last 100 protesters ended their 60-day hunger strike on Thursday, they also learned of a shift in command at the state's super maximum-security prison.  Pelican Bay Warden Greg Lewis retired in August, about a month into the strike, and stayed on for a few weeks, said corrections spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman.
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.
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