April 26, 2000 |
A riot at a West Texas prison left at least one inmate dead and as many as 20 others injured, authorities said. The riot began about 8:45 p.m. at the Preston Smith Unit in Lamesa and was under control within a few hours, the Dawson County Sheriff's Department told Lubbock television station KBCD. Twenty inmates have been taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock for treatment. No guards were involved in the melee, which included a fire.
April 11, 2000 |
It's not an easy task to start with, and so much, so very much can go awry. Machine failure, human error, tricky new equipment. Sheer nerves, the media. Cramped quarters for the visitors, uncertain or unpracticed staffers. And the hardest part of all, the part only perfectible with constant practice: what to say to a condemned man as potassium chloride solution invades his blood. It's a strange, taxing craft, performing executions, and Texas, many wardens say, performs it best.
March 17, 2000 |
Texas' 86 prisons were ordered locked down indefinitely for a search for weapons and other illegal items after an inmate was stabbed to death in the latest in a string of major security breaches. The lockdown, ordered by the state's prison chief in Huntsville, Texas, means visitors are banned and all 122,000 inmates are confined to their cells.
January 15, 2000 |
Juan Robles thinks there are two men within him. The first one, easily enraged, is racked by violent impulses, swayed by his companions. That's how, eight years ago, he landed in the penitentiary for armed robbery. The second Robles bleeds with empathy. He has a gift for easing others' pain; he responds intensely to the influence of peers. That's why he volunteers inside the prison hospice--for the shattering, redemptive work of helping ailing inmates as they die.
June 25, 1999 |
Looking for savings in the federal budget, New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg thought he found a good target recently when he persuaded a subcommittee to cut about $550 million from states such as California that have illegal immigrants in their jails. But now the power of presidential politics is weighing in with a Democratic-Republican one-two punch. And prospects are rising that Congress will have to find its cuts somewhere else.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1997
After several delays, former Compton City Councilwoman Patricia Moore has entered a federal facility in Fort Worth, Texas, to begin serving a 33-month prison sentence for extortion and income tax fraud. Moore, who has been under treatment for depression, was assigned to the Carswell federal institution, which has a medical center for women. Last October, she was convicted of extorting more than $62,000 from two Compton businesses.