January 12, 2001 |
A woman convicted of murdering a lesbian lover was executed, becoming the first black woman executed in the United States since 1954. Wanda Jean Allen, 41, received a lethal dose of drugs at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Gov. Frank Keating denied a late request for a 30-day stay, and a federal appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court also refused to block the execution. Allen's supporters had argued she should be spared because she was borderline mentally retarded.
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February 23, 1991 |
The Orange County women's jail in Santa Ana passed its most recent state inspection with flying colors, the Sheriff's Department announced Friday. But the news failed to elicit excitement from an attorney representing inmates suing the department over jail conditions. In a statement to the news media, the county Sheriff's Department said it is proud of the inspection report from the state Board of Corrections, which found the jail meets all state standards.
May 27, 1988 |
A young pregnant woman said she was beaten by three San Diego County deputies in Las Colinas Jail on Tuesday morning, shortly before Sheriff John Duffy publicly denied that inmates were being "systematically brutalized" by his jail guards. The woman, 21-year-old Evelyn George, shivered and cried during an interview with The Times on Wednesday night in the women's jail. She appeared shaken and frightened, with a small lump over her left eye and a bald spot on her head.
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November 30, 1996 |
Female inmates at the James A. Musick Branch Jail are sewing their way out of trouble. Nonviolent offenders doing time for drug, prostitution, drunk-driving and other offenses spend weekdays at the facility near Irvine working toward industrial sewing certificates that will qualify them for apparel-making jobs on their release. "I have a high success rate in the sense that sewing is very therapeutic," said Karen Encinas, 41, the jail employee who teaches the program.
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June 20, 1996 |
Nearly 80% of 1,272 women detained in jail awaiting trial had a history of mental illness, and 70% had exhibited classic signs of mental illness within the previous six months, according to a new report in the June Archives of General Psychiatry. "Many people have serious mental disorders but they are increasingly being arrested and not treated," said psychologist Linda Teplin of Northwestern University, author of the study. A second study, done by sociologist B.
May 7, 1996 |
A group that represents imprisoned women who killed batterers says Gov. Pete Wilson has been slow to act on clemency requests and lags behind governors in other states. "California is pretty unique in that Wilson has waited so long," said Sue Osthoff, director of the Philadelphia-based National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women. "There's a very high percentage that he has failed to act on. Governors in other states have chosen to take a stand by saying either yes or no.
June 18, 1990 |
About a thousand convicts barricaded themselves in a riot-torn Ukrainian prison and took up positions on the roof after police tried to evacuate the rioters. Two inmates have reportedly been killed in the four-day-old riot. The Dnepropetrovsk prison, one of the largest in Europe, holds both convicted criminals and suspects, including women and teen-agers. The riot reportedly started after some women prisoners screamed that they were being beaten.
April 8, 1990 |
The breakout itself was so flawless that prison officials still can't figure out how Huntington Beach murderer Jeanette Lynn Hughes and a helpful prison guard were able to leave unnoticed a maximum-security facility in Southern California nearly two weeks ago.
March 31, 2000 |
Britain's most notorious female prisoner lost her bid for freedom, as five law lords unanimously ruled that a life sentence was justified for her participation in murdering children. Myra Hindley, 57, has been in prison 35 years, convicted of helping her lover, Ian Brady, murder a 10-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy. She also was convicted as an accessory in a third killing and confessed to two other murders but was not prosecuted.