CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2011 |
Los Angeles County officials are exploring an unconventional solution for handling the prisoners the state is passing off to them: passing them off to someone else. By year's end, hundreds of criminals who would have done their time in state prisons are expected to go instead to county lockups as part of the governor's plan to thin the population in California's chronically overcrowded prisons. Taking some of those inmates and shipping them out again is being considered as a last resort, county officials said.
June 9, 2010 |
The Obama administration wants to retain the ability to hold terrorism suspects from other countries at its largest prison in Afghanistan, even after it hands control of the facility to the Afghan government next year, according to U.S. officials. If Afghan officials agree, it would give the administration a place to interrogate terrorism suspects captured in countries such as Somalia or Yemen. President Obama made a high-profile pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after taking office last year.
December 23, 2009 |
Facing anxious citizens afraid of becoming terrorist targets, federal officials confirmed Tuesday that some of the most notorious Guantanamo detainees could be sent to Illinois if the Obama administration buys a state prison. The proposed federal prison in Thomson would be the site for military tribunals for five alleged plotters in the 2000 bombing of the U.S. destroyer Cole, said Alan Liotta, the Defense Department's principal director for detainee policy, at a public hearing on the plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2009 |
The planned transfer of Phil Spector to a different prison has been halted, a corrections official said Friday, but different reasons were given as complications continued to surround his incarceration. Spector, 69, a legendary music producer, is serving 19 years to life for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. Spector's wife, Rachelle, said she interceded with a prison official and Spector filed an inmate appeal after it was announced that he would be moved to Pleasant Valley State Prison at Coalinga with a group of other prisoners.
May 17, 2009 |
Suspected members of a Mexican drug cartel disguised as federal police officers entered a prison in the northern state of Zacatecas and freed 59 inmates, police and army officials said. Most of the prisoners who escaped are believed to be members of the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, one of the country's most powerful criminal organizations. President Felipe Calderon has staked his presidency on crushing drug gangs that killed more than 6,000 people last year across the nation. The United States is increasingly alarmed by the violence, fearing it could spill across the border.
February 1, 2009 |
The CIA's secret prisons are being shuttered. Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits. And Guantanamo Bay will eventually go back to being a wind-swept naval base on the southeastern corner of Cuba. But even while dismantling these programs, President Obama left intact an equally controversial counter-terrorism tool.