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By Clarence Page | March 1, 2001
WASHINGTON -- Here's a not-so-trivial trivia question for you: Under which president did the most Americans go to prison for serious crimes: Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton or the first George Bush? Here's a hint: He likes to give out lots of pardons. Yes, a study released last week by the Washington-based Justice Policy Institute (JPI) found that Bill "You Beg My Pardon" Clinton wins this dubious distinction. Some 673,000 inmates were added to state and federal prisons and jails under Mr. Clinton's two terms, the institute found, compared to 343,000 during Mr. Bush's term and 448,000 during Mr. Reagan's two terms.
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By Russell Baker | May 28, 1991
MAYBE the most exciting play on Broadway just now is about a nation obsessed with locking people up and throwing away the key. It opens with a lashing: 50 strokes across a bare back. At first we seem to be in one of the deeper pits of hell, and metaphorically speaking, that is indeed the setting for the entire play, "Our Country's Good."The country of this bitterly ironic title is not modern America, but the England that has just lost its American colonies and, with them, a conveniently remote continent to provide a cheap solution to its prison problem.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | November 18, 2004
With a public apology from the governor, the state agreed yesterday to pay Michael Austin $1.4 million for the 27 years he spent in prison for a murder he did not commit. Along with the payments, which will be spread out over 10 years, the Board of Public Works approved money for Austin to seek financial counseling. The award was the largest the state has ever made to an exonerated prisoner. "This board has been asked under the state finance and procurement act to value days, to value time spent behind bars for no reason, for inappropriate reasons, for unlawful reasons," Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. told Austin.
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Staff Writer | January 22, 1993
Angola, La.--Winter storms powder the sky a sullen gray, an opaque band of ash stripped across the horizon. And the threat of rain keeps workers from the lush green fields, leaving carrots, onions and collards unpicked one more day.Except for a lone cowhand spearing a bale of hay, only Holsteins and horses roam the emerald pastures of the Louisiana State Penitentiary here.But that's none of Darryn Clouatre's concern. He's whistling and making kissing noises, nudging a dozen of his "girls" into milking stalls at the prison's dairy.
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By Drew Leder | February 20, 2000
LAST WEEK, the United States celebrated a dubious milestone: the date when, according to an estimate by the Justice Policy Institute, the number of Americans in prison was expected to surpass 2 million. We can't begin to understand this figure except through comparison. In 1970 we had fewer than 200,000 prisoners. Now it's 10 times that. Our current rate of incarceration is six to 10 times that of most industrialized countries. We have more prisoners in one state, California, then do the nations of France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Singapore and the Netherlands combined.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 23, 2003
A 26-year-old inmate at the Maryland House of Correction was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center late Tuesday after a stabbing in a fight that injured his chest and neck, prison officials said. The fight at 8:45 p.m. in a prison dormitory caused a partial lockdown of the maximum-security prison, said Capt. Priscilla Doggett, a spokeswoman for the Division of Correction. The man, whose name was not released pending notification of family, is serving a 14-year sentence, Doggett said.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,Sun Staff Writer | December 16, 1994
A psychologist at the Maryland House of Correction Annex was sexually assaulted yesterday in her office, allegedly by a convicted rapist on a cleaning detail.The woman, 44, was working in her office of the maximum-security Jessup prison about 3 p.m. when the inmate entered her office, said Leonard A. Sipes Jr., a spokesman for the state prison system."He sat on a chair next to her desk. A conversation ensued. She got up to leave and that's when the attack occurred," Mr. Sipes said last night.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer | October 5, 1994
Neighbors of the Patuxent Institution in Jessup say they are relieved by changes made at the maximum-security prison after an inmate's escape two months ago.But many residents -- as well as Del. Virginia M. Thomas, who toured the institution Monday -- say they hope more can be done to increase security at the prison.Among the changes made by prison officials are installing a $52,000 razor wire fence and clarifying the use of sirens to alert residents to future escapes, according to Leonard A. Sipes Jr., spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | August 30, 1991
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- For the first time in nine days, the 148detainees, hostages and inmates at the Talladega federal prison ate a full meal yesterday morning, and doctors examined all nine remaining hostages and several detainees.Warden Roger Scott said that each person inside the prison's maximum security Alpha dorm had hamburger, rice, beans, bread and coffee.He said the Cuban detainees had not asked for food until yesterday. After the meal, prison doctors treated at least one detainee suffering from diabetes and the nine hostages.
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