ESCAPED PRISONER ARRESTED STEALING A SUBWAY RIDE

Some people aren’t too bright. Take Buchon Buchanan, for example. He was convicted of bank robbery in Federal Court and he was doing his time at Lompoc, a minimum security prison near Santa Barbara and as these things go not a bad place to do time. He was apparently smart enough to walk out the front door when he had a chance. He then headed for San Francisco. Well after getting to San Francisco he was arrested for fare evasion, […] Read more »

JERRY SANDUSKY SENT TO SUPERMAX PRISON

Jerry Sandusky the former Penn State assistant football coach who was convicted of 45 counts of child molestation and sentenced to an indeterminant term of 30 to 60 years at 68 years old. After he was sentenced he was housed at a holding facility at Camp Hill near Harrisburg for evaluation until the Department of Corrections could decide on permanent housing for him. They have now decided to place him in the maximum security State Correctional Institution in Greene County. […] Read more »

10 STATES THAT SPEND MORE ON PRISONS THAN EDUCATION

(Today instead of my normal post I’m posting an article submitted to me by Elena Verlee which is published on the web page of On Line Degrees.org on 10 States That Spend More on Prisons Than Education Ms Verlee points out some interesting facts that we probably already know but her timely reminder is worth while. I will add a couple of notes in a comment following the article.) Education spending is vital to the livelihood and well-being of every […] Read more »

INNOCENT NORTH CAROLINIANS BEING KEPT IN PRISON

Many innocent North Carolinians are serving time in Federal prisons and no one seems to know how to get them out. Many Federal laws are either applicable to only those who have a prior felony conviction or require an aggravated sentence if the defendant has a prior felony conviction. A felon is defined as anyone who was convicted of a crime to which the maximum sentence is over one year. North Carolina developed a unique sentencing procedure called “structured sentencing.” […] Read more »

THE ZIMMERMANS AND THE TAPING OF JAIL CONVERSATIONS

George Zimmerman is back in custody and his wife Shellie is charged with perjury. Both occurred as a result of recorded telephone calls between them during Zimmerman’s time in custody prior to his being granted bail for the murder of Treyvon Martin. The Zimmermans knew that the calls were being recorded so they spoke in code. This is nothing unusual. I do not know how many cases I have seen which involve jail call or wiretapping where the speakers attempt […] Read more »

SUPREME COURT APPROVES STRIP SEARCHES FOR INMATES CHARGED WITH MINOR VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW

The Supreme Court ruled this week in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington that a jailor may conduct a visual search of an inmate, involving a strip search and the inmate’s forced manipulation of bodily parts, prior to the inmate entering the general population of the jail regardless of the seriousness of the offense leading to the incarceration. Albert W. Florence was arrested in 2005 on a warrant that should have been removed from the books […] Read more »

CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA OFFERS TO BUY STATE PRISONS EN EXCHANGE FOR AGREEMENT TO SEND INMATES TO THE PRISONS

Corrections Corporation of America, (CCA) a major owner of private prisons has offered to buy state, local and Federal prisons in exchange for twenty year contracts in which the governmental body guarantees to keep the prisons at a minimum of 90 percent of capacity. According to its web site CCA “designs, builds, manages and operates correctional facilities and detention centers on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Marshals Service, nearly half of […] Read more »

SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO EXTEND BIVENS TO EIGHTH AMENDMENT VIOLATIONS IN PRIVATE PRISONS

In the 1971 landmark case, Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics the Supreme Court announced that citizens had the right to sue individual government agents in Federal Court for violations of their Fourth Amendment rights. In Carlson v. Green the Supreme Court extended the rights granted under Bivens to sue Federal custodial agents for violation of the Eighth Amendment right protecting inmates from deliberate indifference to their medical needs. This week the Supreme Court […] Read more »

NINTH CIRCUIT RULES OUT REHABILITATION AS A REASON FOR IMPRISONMENT

In Tapia v. United States the Supreme Court held that under Federal statutory law judges can not consider rehabilitation in determining how to sentence a defendant or the length of the sentence. The Ninth Circuit last week in United States v, Grant held that Tapia applied not only to the original sentence but also to violations of supervised release conditions. Leon W, Grant was convicted of two counts of bank fraud. He was sentenced to two days in jail and […] Read more »

TAPED JAIL CONVERSATION WITH INMATE’S SISTER FOUND TO BE ADMISSIBLE

Joel Rodriguez was arrested on Federal narcotics charges. Shortly after he was arrested and prior to his indictment, while housed in New York City’s Metropolitan Detention Center, he called his sister and asked her to ask their brother to talk to his lawyer to negotiate a pre-indictment deal. The jail taped the conversation, as it does with all inmate calls and gave the tape to the prosecutor who introduced the tape at trial as evidence of his consciousness of guilt. […] Read more »