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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 27, 2000
DELANO, Calif. - This aging farm town has yet to meet the New Economy and is barely on speaking terms with the old one. It had staked its hopes for recovery on the nearby North Kern State Prison, but 10 years later, the prison has not lived up to its promise of lowering the town's 26 percent unemployment rate or boosting business. Still, Delano lobbied hard and finally persuaded state officials to build another maximum-security prison here, right across the road from North Kern State. In a ceremony on July 4, Gov. Gray Davis celebrated the proposed $335 million prison as a win-win situation: an increase in prison cells for a system the California Department of Corrections describes as 195 percent over capacity and a tax-and-revenue boon for Delano, known for its lettuce fields and as the birthplace of the United Farm Workers.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,jennifer.mcmenamin@baltsun.com | October 16, 2008
The phone call from the Baltimore County Detention Center, like those from most local jails, begins with a notice that the recipient must accept the charges if the call from an inmate is to go through. But these days, there's another warning: "This call is from the correctional institution and is subject to monitoring and recording." Taping inmates' telephone calls is the latest in a series of precautions that local wardens have taken to prevent contraband from making its way into jails and to deal with the increasingly pressing problems of gang violence, witness intimidation and prisoners orchestrating crime from behind bars.
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October 28, 2007
Brian Sheldon Anthony, 27, a Chicago native, and Jenelle Ronae Robinson, 28, were married on September 15, 2007. The wedding was held in scenic Annapolis, Maryland at the United States Naval Academy. The couple met in Maryland in 2001 when Brian was a Midshipman earning his BS in General Science from USNA. They were engaged in May 2006 when Jenelle completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College in Maryland. Brian is a Lieutenant in the United States Navy and a Surface Warfare Officer.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | March 27, 2008
Less than 24 hours after the July 2006 fatal stabbing of a corrections officer at the now-closed Maryland House of Correction, dozens of officers from other prisons were asked to help strip search and transport about 50 of the Jessup facility's most dangerous inmates. One of the inmates was unruly, defense attorneys for five corrections officers said yesterday. Brandon Matthews kicked at an officer's groin, then went limp and refused to leave his cell. After being carried to a prison chapel to be searched, he fought with officers.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff | January 8, 1991
A convicted murderer and armed robber who escaped from custody while being transferred from a city corrections facility last month was arrested early today in a rowhouse in the 1900 block of N. Payson St.Police said Wade Pernell Redfern, 43, whose last known address was the 1400 block of E. Biddle St., apparently had been attacked shortly before his arrest at 12:45 a.m. He had received extensive injuries to his face and hands.Redfern was taken to Bon Secours Hospital, where his injuries were stabilized.
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By Chicago Tribune | August 4, 1993
CHICAGO -- Jeff Baird's phone had been acting funny for days, ringing just once and then stopping.But one day last month, Mr. Baird was able to pick up the handset in the middle of a ring. And he heard a recorded message saying the call was collect from an inmate named Bill in xTC the Illinois Department of Corrections and that the call was being recorded and monitored. The recorded voice told him he could say "yes" and accept the charges or hang up."I have a brother-in-law named Bill, but he's not in prison," said Mr. Baird.
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By TUCKER CARLSON | June 18, 1995
On New Year's Eve 1975, after an evening of taking LSD and watching cop shows on television, 15-year-old Raul Meza showed up at a convenience store near his house in Austin, Texas, armed with a deer rifle. Meza emptied the cash register, then marched the clerk, a 20-year-old college student, into the walk-in freezer. Meza shot him in the back and left him for dead.The clerk recovered to testify against the man who wounded him. Meza received a 20-year sentence and served five years before getting out on parole.
NEWS
March 26, 2008
NEIL ASPINALL, 66 Longtime friend of the Beatles Neil Aspinall, a longtime friend of the Beatles who managed their business enterprises and helped keep the group a moneymaking phenomenon decades after they split up, died Sunday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he had been receiving treatment for lung cancer, according to Geoff Baker, who formerly represented Mr. Aspinall. Mr. Aspinall was a childhood friend of Beatles Paul McCartney and George Harrison in Liverpool, England.
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By Sloane Brown | December 24, 2000
There wasn't a Grinch in sight at the 100 Black Men of Maryland's 10th annual Christmas Brunch. As soon as you walked in the door at Martin's West, you were greeted with sparkling Christmas trees, four-foot toy soldiers, a mountain of poinsettias and a huge gingerbread castle. The goodies and good cheer continued inside the banquet hall, where guests shared in a sumptuous buffet and later worked off the meal with a few turns on the dance floor. Even the football fans could relax and have a good time because the Ravens game was being broadcast on two big screens.
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By RICHARD REEVES | March 4, 1994
Palo Alto, California. -- The ''Three Strikes and You're Out'' movement -- mandatory life imprisonment after three felony convictions -- is sweeping this state and more than a few others.The other day in Sacramento, the state capital, five different ''three strikes'' bills were voted out of committee in the state assembly. (Four of them would carry life sentences only for three violent crimes; the fifth would apply to any and all felonies -- bouncing a check, for example.) It's a wacky idea (whose time may have come)
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March 26, 2008
NEIL ASPINALL, 66 Longtime friend of the Beatles Neil Aspinall, a longtime friend of the Beatles who managed their business enterprises and helped keep the group a moneymaking phenomenon decades after they split up, died Sunday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he had been receiving treatment for lung cancer, according to Geoff Baker, who formerly represented Mr. Aspinall. Mr. Aspinall was a childhood friend of Beatles Paul McCartney and George Harrison in Liverpool, England.
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October 28, 2007
Brian Sheldon Anthony, 27, a Chicago native, and Jenelle Ronae Robinson, 28, were married on September 15, 2007. The wedding was held in scenic Annapolis, Maryland at the United States Naval Academy. The couple met in Maryland in 2001 when Brian was a Midshipman earning his BS in General Science from USNA. They were engaged in May 2006 when Jenelle completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College in Maryland. Brian is a Lieutenant in the United States Navy and a Surface Warfare Officer.
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by a sun reporter | March 7, 2007
The Howard County Police Department will soon have another weapon in its arsenal, and Chief William J. McMahon hopes it will quell disturbances more swiftly and with less force. The County Council approved the department's use of Tasers, which fire electric probes into the skin to incapacitate a person. The right to employ the hand-held stun guns in the county was also extended to law enforcement officers from other jurisdictions. But the Sheriff's Department and Howard County Department of Corrections will be prohibited from using the devices, at least until an analysis is completed of the first six months of the program.
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By JOSH MITCHELL and JOSH MITCHELL,SUN REPORTER | June 24, 2006
As a crew began razing a half-century-old jail in Towson yesterday, county government officials said they are eyeing the property for a community swimming pool, recreation center or park. They said a 19th-century stone building on the land, once the warden's cottage, will be spared and perhaps turned into a war veterans memorial or museum. One option that's not on the table: selling the 2 acres at Bosley Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard. "We don't want it ... sold to a private developer," said County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Towson-Perry Hall Democrat.
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By JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 2, 2006
MIAMI -- Florida's Department of Corrections, the nation's third-largest with 128 prisons and other facilities housing more than 85,000 inmates, is in the throes of a multifaceted scandal that shows no sign of stopping. A new interim chief appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush has been firing wardens and probing possible cases of corruption and cronyism among prison personnel, while state and federal agents have been investigating a prison-based steroid ring, theft of state property and misuse of inmate labor.
FEATURES
By Abigail Tucker and Abigail Tucker,SUN STAFF | May 17, 2005
So you're strolling the Inner Harbor, enjoying some mint chocolate-chip ice cream and minding your own business, when a toxic syringe whizzes past your ear. Mainliners! The bald, blue-veined villains rise out of puddles of blood, their bodies bristling with used drug needles. Welcome to Charm City post-apocalypse, a metropolis ravaged by monsters real and imagined, and the setting for "The Suffering: Ties That Bind," a new video game being unveiled this week in Los Angeles at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, a major industry conference.
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By JOSH MITCHELL and JOSH MITCHELL,SUN REPORTER | June 24, 2006
As a crew began razing a half-century-old jail in Towson yesterday, county government officials said they are eyeing the property for a community swimming pool, recreation center or park. They said a 19th-century stone building on the land, once the warden's cottage, will be spared and perhaps turned into a war veterans memorial or museum. One option that's not on the table: selling the 2 acres at Bosley Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard. "We don't want it ... sold to a private developer," said County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Towson-Perry Hall Democrat.
NEWS
By Consella A. Lee and John Rivera and Consella A. Lee and John Rivera,Sun Staff Writers | September 1, 1994
A story in yesterday's Anne Arundel edition of The Sun incorrectly stated the location of the Arundel Improvement Association Hall. It is in Brooklyn Park.The Sun regrets the error.Annapolis' three candidates for County Council said that they would oppose any state plan to build a highway through town and that consideration should be given to a proposed conference center.But they differed on whether the county should create a Department of Corrections and whether council members should represent their own districts.
NEWS
By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | February 8, 2005
Maryland correctional officials said yesterday they are considering equipping prison buses with video surveillance cameras after an inmate's death last week. "We're looking to have some kind of camera system on the buses," said Priscilla Doggett, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Division of Corrections. "It's something we're seriously exploring." She said Commissioner Frank C. Sizer Jr. directed his staff to contact other states to find out how many use cameras on prison buses, the types of systems that are available and the costs.
NEWS
By Gus G. Sentementes and Sumathi Reddy and Gus G. Sentementes and Sumathi Reddy,SUN STAFF | February 6, 2005
Prison officials say the internal investigators looking into the death of an inmate on a prison bus last week are conducting an independent inquiry, but critics say that using an outside agency would eliminate any hint of bias. Sen. Brian E. Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, introduced a bill last week that would require the Maryland State Police to investigate deaths that occur within or outside state-operated juvenile and adult correctional facilities unless the deaths are found to result from natural causes.
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