If you listen to Conrad Murray’s latest plea via voicemail for “help” in jail, you might even start to feel sorry for the man who killed Michael Jackson. Read More
Marie Anglin Widner and Mearl Anglin Taylor both believe their brothers, John and Clarence, successfully escaped from Alcatraz 50 years ago — and they say they have proof. Read More
Students of City Arts and Technology High School 12th-grade government teacher Ben Rosen presented films they created about the American prison system and mental health institutionalization at a film festival in late January.How did you come up with the film festival idea? It was a collaboration between some of the teachers at the school, trying to decide how to give kids an opportunity to access some of their research materials. Read More
San Mateo County officials say that the forthcoming realignment of California’s penal system represents an opportunity for the county to correct mistakes the state has made for years, including what Sheriff Greg Munks called a prison-building “binge.” Read More
Last year when California prison guards discovered that mass murderer Charles Manson had obtained a cell phone and made calls and sent messages all over the world, it was graphic evidence of a smuggling epidemic.
Prison personnel confiscate thousands of cell phones from inmates each year, and worry aloud they are being used to plot crimes. But oddly, it is not a crime to smuggle them into prisons or possess them. Read More
The size of the proposed new 768-bed jail recommended by San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks may put him at odds with a new county supervisor who has an insider’s perspective — Munks’ old boss.
Don Horsley, the former sheriff who will take office Monday as the District 3 supervisor, estimates such a facility would cost $30 million to $50 million annually to operate. The county is facing a $100 million budget deficit over the next 18 months. Read More
I believe it was Robert De Niro, playing ex-convict Max Cady in 1991’s “Cape Fear,” glaring at the wife of Cady’s lawyer-victim as she looked disgustedly at his ink-stained body, who said, “I understand, I’m not your type ... too many tattoos. Thing is, there isn’t much to do in prison except desecrate your flesh.” Read More
A man who beat a Muni bus driver to the point of unconsciousness last November was sentenced in federal court to 27 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Joseph P. Russoniello announced Thursday.
Hakkem A.Perry, 23, pled guilty in January to assaulting the driver, Ely Advincula, on Nov. 7 while on the 29-Sunset bus near the Presidio. Read More