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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2008 | David Reyes
Union members who are county employees paid the costs of their own pension increases in 2004, said an Internal Audit Department report Friday. The report validates the union's and Board of Supervisor's position that members, and not county taxpayers, paid a so-called 2.7% raise at age 55 benefit formula, said a union official. "We're vindicated," said Nick Berardino, general manager of the 13,300-member union. In recent years, county conservatives have hammered at what they called "labor giveaways" by the board, when in fact employees are paying for the added contributions, the report said.
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April 23, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim
TEHRAN - Iran replaced its top prison administrator Wednesday after public protests alleging excessive violence against inmates at a prison that holds inmates detained for political crimes. The semiofficial Fars News Agency reported that Gholam Hosein Esmaeli was removed from his position as director of the nation's penal system and appointed as head of an appeals court  branch in Tehran. Esmaeli told local media that the change was a promotion and was in no way related to last week's disturbances at the capital's Evin Prison.
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December 20, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
A woman with a pistol forced a chartered helicopter to land in a prison compound Thursday, scooped up a killer and two armed robbers and flew away 90 seconds later after a gunfight in which one guard was wounded. In a daring escape reminiscent of the Charles Bronson movie "Breakout," the overloaded chopper lumbered off the ground amid a rain of bullets and barely cleared the 12-foot-high fence around Perry Correctional Institution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- A federal judge Thursday called California's use of large amounts of pepper spray to subdue mentally ill prisoners a "horrific" violation of constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton's order requires California to continue revising policies that govern how mentally ill inmates in the state's prisons are disciplined, including the use of solitary confinement. He found that such isoaltion of mentally ill inmates "can and does cause serious psychological harm" and must be limited.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Paige St. John
The union that represents corrections officers at California prisons seeks to intervene in a federal lawsuit over how long the state may keep inmates locked up in solitary confinement. A group of 10 inmates, each held a decade or longer in isolation at Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border, contend that the practice of indefinite solitude is cruel and inhuman and violates their constitutional rights. A federal judge is hearing their request to turn the case into a class action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2009 | By Shane Goldmacher
A state judge on Thursday struck down Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furloughs of correctional officers, who have been working on furlough days and banking the unpaid time off. Judge Frank Roesch of Alameda County Superior Court ruled that the governor's furlough order violated state law. He ordered the state to pay the prison workers for the unpaid hours they have worked. To save money, Schwarzenegger last summer began furloughing for three days a month nearly every category of state worker.
NEWS
July 19, 1989
Charges that some guards at Folsom State Prison beat prisoners while other correctional officers cheered have led to the firing of a sergeant and the disciplining of a dozen other guards. Prison spokesman Lt. Cammi Voss said the cases have been turned over to the Sacramento County district attorney to determine whether felony assault charges are warranted.
OPINION
April 1, 2002
State agencies and employees are sharing the pain of Gov. Gray Davis' attempt to reduce a numbing $17-billion deficit. No, wait. That doesn't include prison guards. In his new budget Davis not only spares them from belt-tightening, he hikes their pay 33.76% over the next five years. This shower of riches came four years after the guards union helped raise $2.3 million for Davis' first gubernatorial campaign and not long before the guards contributed $251,000 to his reelection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1999
State Sen. Richard Rainey's "Asking for Trouble in Our Prisons" (Commentary, Feb. 8) presents many valid points concerning the appalling lack of training given California's correctional officers. He emphasizes that the officers' substandard weapons training has led to unnecessary deaths and millions of dollars in legal settlements and judgments. The senator's call for the Legislature's attention to this problem is to be commended. However, his response appears to assume that the incredible level of weaponry and resort to firearms in California's prisons are appropriate and only the training needs to improve.
NEWS
December 7, 1996 | Associated Press
A Palestinian guard who shot a prisoner to death was sentenced Friday to life in prison at hard labor by a Palestinian military court. Assam Jalaiteh was convicted of killing prisoner Rashid Fityani, 25, who had been held in jail for nearly two years without trial, said Col. Hassan Salah of the West Bank Palestinian police. Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat had ordered Jalaiteh brought before a military court. Salah said Jalaiteh was sentenced in Jericho.
WORLD
March 10, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Three veteran activists of Egypt's 2011 revolution told a court Monday that they were suffering abuse at the hands of their jailers and that they were even beaten up by the prison guards bringing them to court. The allegations by the well-known figures highlighted the worsening plight of detainees in Egypt's jam-packed prisons. Thousands of people have been imprisoned since July, when the military-backed interim government took over, and human rights groups have cited a deluge of what they describe as credible accounts of maltreatment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Huber Matos Benitez, whose disenchantment with the Cuban Revolution he had helped lead brought him the wrath of Fidel Castro and 20 years in prison, died Thursday in Miami after a heart attack. He was 95. His death was confirmed by his grandson, Huber Matos Garsault. In 1952 Matos was a teacher and rice farmer in his early 30s when Gen. Fulgencio Batista led a coup that overthrew democratically elected President Carlos Prio Socarras. Hoping to restore democracy to his country, Matos took up arms against Batista's forces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Conceding that California won't meet a federal court deadline to reduce prison overcrowding, Gov. Jerry Brown is moving ahead with plans to expand parole programs to include the frail, mentally impaired and elderly, while seeking to fund another wave of jail expansion, according to his proposed budget. Brown also wants to immediately change state policy to allow some jailed felons to further shorten their sentences. The moves are announced in his 2014-15 budget plan, due to be released Thursday but leaked to reporters Wednesday evening and verified by a source close to the budget process.
WORLD
January 3, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - A group of armed men posing as public servants talked their way into a prison in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero early Friday and unleashed a bloody attack on inmates and guards, according to the state prosecutor's office. At least nine people were killed in the assault and the ensuing shootout with prison guards. The attack occurred in the city of Iguala, about halfway between Mexico City and the Pacific Coast resorts of Acapulco. It came less than two months after Mexico's national human rights commission issued a report that detailed the wretched state of the country's penal system, noting that 65 of the nation's 101 most crowded prisons are effectively under inmate control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
For most of the past 41 years, Herman Wallace was allowed to leave his 6-by-9-foot Louisiana prison cell for only an hour a day a few times a week. He foresaw no end to the hours and days of his solitary confinement. Convicted in the fatal 1972 stabbing of a prison guard, Wallace maintained his innocence and used his time behind bars to draw attention to abusive prison conditions. His legal appeals brought his freedom last week when a federal judge in Baton Rouge ruled his indictment had been unconstitutional because the grand jury excluded women.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
The relationship between inmates and guards at Los Angeles County jails has long been fraught with trouble. So much trouble, in fact, that federal authorities are investigating claims of abuse by prison guards.  But this week dozens of inmates at an L.A. County jail signed a note praising a sheriff's deputy for saving the life of a choking prisoner. The note, signed by 63 female inmates at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, praises Deputy Kristen Aufdemberg's response to a prisoner who began choking on food during a Thursday night dinner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Dozens of inmates at Los Angeles County's Men's Central Jail have alleged serious physical abuse by deputies — broken ribs, black eyes and head wounds that needed to be stapled shut, according to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday. The extent of abuse at the downtown L.A. facility is impossible to gauge, the report said, because the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department refuses to share information on the number of use-of-force incidents investigated and its findings.
WORLD
December 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A court convicted six prison guards of torture that led to the death of a Chinese businessman in 2003, a case that forced authorities to acknowledge torture in the prison system. The guards in Rio de Janeiro's Ary Franco prison were sentenced to terms up to the maximum of 18 years. Three inmates who helped torture Chinese businessman Chan Kim Chang received 13 years each. Chan, 46, was arrested for trying to leave Brazil with $30,000 in cash he had not declared.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2013 | By Paige St. John
This post has been corrected and updated. See the notes below for details. SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown is negotiating a deal that would staff a private prison in Kern County with state guards and give California its 35th lockup. "It's a win-win," said Joe Baumann, finance director for the California Correctional Peace Officers Assn., the state's powerful union for prison guards. Under the arrangement, the state would lease a medium-security prison in California City, in the Mojave Desert, owned by Corrections Corp.
WORLD
July 23, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Iraqi security forces on Tuesday set up dragnets at airports and along highways leading out of the country in a hunt for hundreds of Al Qaeda-allied militants broken out of jail by a massive, coordinated assault on two prisons near Baghdad, Arab media reported. It was the most audacious attack on Iraqi security since a wave of sectarian violence began in April. More than 3,000 have been killed, including at least 500 this month alone. Al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the dual breakout operations at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad and at the detention center north of the capital in Taji.
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