September 18, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- Texas border patrol agents were on alert Tuesday for more than 130 inmates who escaped from prison in a Mexican border town. The inmates escaped through a 21-foot tunnel from the prison in Piedras Negras, and more than half had been serving time for federal crimes, including drug trafficking, officials told ABC News . Piedras Negras is just across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas, about 140 miles southwest of San Antonio. The attorney general of Coahuila state, Homero Ramos Gloria, said that three employees of the prison, including the director, were being questioned about the potential involvement of staff in the mass breakout, according to Mexican media reports.
September 4, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- You can see why union members who spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday disdain a Republican Party that tries to trash the collective-bargaining process in states like Wisconsin and Ohio. But what's frightening is to listen to thousands of Democratic activists, assembled for their convention here, who are so adamant in protecting their union friends that they show no sign of seeing the huge deficit storm that soaring public pension costs have put on the horizon.
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July 23, 2012 |
COALINGA, Calif. - Downtown is quiet in the baking summer heat, but this rural hamlet's only courthouse is humming with activity. A judge is calling the morning calendar, and the pace is brisk. Chained prison inmates in red and white jumpsuits fidget while awaiting their hearings. California Highway Patrol officers called to testify in traffic cases linger in the back. Prison guards stifle yawns and eye their charges. The small, modest courtroom is nearly full, noisy with the patter of the judge and lawyers dispatching cases amid the constant buzz of a metal detector at the door.
June 6, 2012 |
Police and prison guards in South Carolina stormed a high-security prison block early Wednesday morning, freeing a prison guard who had been held hostage by inmates. After a standoff lasting more than six hours inside the prison's most secure unit, the guard was rescued unharmed. Guards regained control of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., the State newspaper of Columbia reported . The guard had been forced to wear an inmate's uniform, but other guards recognized him. The inmates did not resist, and no prisoner attempted to escape from the unit, the newspaper reported.
April 17, 2012 |
Maybe there's something to this “let the private sector do it” mantra. California's prisons have been battling an epidemic of smuggled cellphones. Heck, even Charles Manson had a couple. (And don't you wonder who was on the other end of those calls? I mean, he's been in prison for four decades. How many friends in the real world can he have?) Anyway, various solutions have been proposed, including bills in the Legislature that would get tough on phone smugglers and that would permit random searches of prison employees.
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November 9, 2011 |
Reporting from Sacramento -- With temperatures dropping in Sacramento, some state lawmakers are migrating to the sunny beaches of Hawaii this week for a conference at a luxury resort, subsidized and attended by special interests that lobby the Legislature. About 15 lawmakers are scheduled to attend the annual gathering in Maui, where they will stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani hotel on the tab of the Independent Voter Project, a nonprofit policy group largely funded by business and labor interests.
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October 31, 2011 |
Gov. Jerry Brown would be the first to admit that rolling out a 12-point pension reform plan is the easy part. Brown has always belittled the notion of multipoint plans, dismissing them as targets for cheap shots. Of course, he's usually most adamant about that when he doesn't have a plan and is being pressured to produce one. But Brown is essentially correct. A plan without execution is merely an academic exercise. Plans are a dime a dozen. They can be found in any college faculty lounge.
September 29, 2011 |
Arrests of federal prison guards soared nearly 90% over the last decade, possibly because of poor hiring practices during a 25% increase in prison growth, the Justice Department's inspector general reported. Misconduct investigations doubled, and more than half of the offenses were committed during the officers' first two years on the job. The inspector general recommended that the Federal Bureau of Prisons improve its background investigation of job applicants and find better ways to assess rookie officers.
June 3, 2011 |
Soon after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its recent decision that California would have to reduce its prison population to relieve overcrowding, a representative of Crime Victims United of California took to the airwaves with harrowing predictions. "It's a disaster," Nina Salarno Ashford, a board member of the group, told an interviewer. "They're going to be letting sex offenders out. They're going to be letting kidnappers out. They're going to be letting a whole host of really bad people back into California without the resources to protect the good citizens of California.
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May 22, 2011 |
Last week, I found myself cruising the website of the California prison guards union. I was curious about whether the $7 million the California Correctional Peace Officers Assn. spent on last year's elections — including $2 million on Jerry Brown's governor's race alone — might have had something to do with the contract the union just scored. And right there at ccpoa.org , I saw a video called "Winners. " What could that be? When I clicked on it, the video began with a guy sprinting while carrying a long stick.