Senate to hold hearing on crisis-plagued federal prisons
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he plans to hold an oversight hearing on the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons after The Associated Press reported that the agency is keeping its embattled ex-director on the payroll as an adviser to his successor.
Prisons chief deflects blame for failures, angering senators
With just days left in his tenure, the embattled director of the federal prison system faced a bipartisan onslaught Tuesday as he refused to accept responsibility for a culture of corruption and misconduct that has plagued his agency for years.
Ghislaine Maxwell Transferred to Swanky Florida Prison
Sylvain GabouryConvicted sex trafficker and all-around bad girl Ghislaine Maxwell has been transferred to the sprawling low security Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution in Florida, according to the Federal Board of Prisons database. The facility, which features a tony brick entrance with white pillars and a lush green sports field, is where other famous criminals like Russian spy Maria Butina and “Jihad Jane” Colleen LaRose served their sentences.The former procuress of underage girls fnews.yahoo.com
4 inmates who escaped federal prison camp back in custody
All four inmates who escaped a minimum-security prison satellite camp in Virginia over the weekend are now back in custody, the U.S. Marshals Service and Federal Bureau of Prisons announced Wednesday. The inmates were discovered missing from the satellite camp of the Federal Correctional Complex Petersburg in Hopewell, Virginia, around 1:45 a.m. Saturday, the bureau said in a news release Saturday. Tavaraes Lajuane Graham, Corey Branch, Lamonte Rashawn Willis and Kareem Allen Shaw left the minimum security camp around 10 p.m. Friday and it was a couple of hours before their absence was detected, Senior Inspector Kevin Connolly of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force said.news.yahoo.com
Prison Health Care Provider Naphcare Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Allegations
NaphCare Inc., headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, has agreed to pay $694,593 to resolve allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act by knowingly submitting false claims to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in connection with health care services provided to BOP inmates. The United States alleged that NaphCare submitted inflated claims for evaluation and management services provided by several physicians at BOP’s Terre Haute, Indiana, facility between January 2014 and June 2020. Specifically, the United States alleged that, when certain physicians did not indicate the type of service performed on onsite visit sheets, NaphCare charged the government for higher-level services than were provided. The settlement also resolves allegations that, for two other physicians at BOP’s facility in Victorville, California, NaphCare similarly submitted claims that included higher-level services than those that were actually performed. The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only and there has been no determination of liability.justice.gov
US prison guards refusing vaccine despite COVID-19 outbreaks
In Rhode Island, 30% of prison staff have refused the vaccine, a higher rate than the incarcerated, according to the state’s Department of Corrections. Prison staff helped accelerate outbreaks by refusing to wear masks, downplaying people’s symptoms, and haphazardly enforcing social distancing and hygiene protocols in confined, poorly ventilated spaces ripe for viral spread. AdStill, some correctional officers are refusing the vaccine because they fear both short- and long-term side effects of the immunizations. The resistance to the vaccine is not unique to correctional officers. It was updated on March 16, 2021, to add the percentage of Rhode Island prison staff who have declined to be vaccinated.
Kwame Kilpatrick’s prison sentence commuted by Trump -- here’s what to know
Quick facts:Kilpatrick is seven years into a 28-year sentence to federal prison for racketeering and bribery. He was sentenced to federal prison in 2013 after being convicted of a long list of charges. Here’s the statement from the White House:“President Trump commuted the sentence of the former Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Malik Kilpatrick. He was sentenced to federal prison in 2013 after being convicted of racketeering, mail fraud, and wire fraud, among other charges. He filed another motion in 2017 to vacate his prison sentence, and that was denied by a district court judge.
Trump commutes sentence of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick after 7 years in prison
DETROIT – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be released from prison after serving seven years of a 28-year sentence for his role in a major corruption scandal after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence late Tuesday night. UPDATE Jan. 20: US releases former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from prisonHere’s the statement from the White House:“President Trump commuted the sentence of the former Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Malik Kilpatrick. Kwame Kilpatrick has earned every day he served in federal prison for the horrible crimes he committed against the People of Detroit. He filed another motion in 2017 to vacate his prison sentence, and that was denied by a district court judge. Before serving as mayor, Kilpatrick served in the Michigan State House of Representative.
Judge delays execution of only woman on federal death row
A federal judge said the Justice Department unlawfully rescheduled the execution of the only woman on federal death row, potentially setting up the Trump administration to schedule the execution after president-elect Joe Biden takes office. Moss prohibited the Bureau of Prisons from carrying out Lisa Montgomery's execution before the end of the year and officials rescheduled her execution date for Jan. 12. A spokesperson for the Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Generally, under Justice Department guidelines, a death-row inmate must be notified at least 20 days before the execution. The last woman to be executed by the federal government was Bonnie Brown Heady, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.cbsnews.com
Judge delays execution of only woman on US death row
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)A federal judge said the Justice Department unlawfully rescheduled the execution of the only woman on federal death row, potentially setting up the Trump administration to schedule the execution after president-elect Joe Biden takes office. U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss also vacated an order from the director of the Bureau of Prisons that had set Lisa Montgomerys execution date for Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)WASHINGTON – A federal judge said the Justice Department unlawfully rescheduled the execution of the only woman on federal death row, potentially setting up the Trump administration to schedule the execution after president-elect Joe Biden takes office. Moss prohibited the Bureau of Prisons from carrying out Lisa Montgomery’s execution before the end of the year and officials rescheduled her execution date for Jan. 12. Generally, under Justice Department guidelines, a death-row inmate must be notified at least 20 days before the execution.
Reversing course, feds say some US inmates get virus vaccine
The Federal Bureau of Prisons says it has started to give the coronavirus vaccine to some high-risk inmates but wont say how many inmates have been vaccinated or how it selects those to receive the vaccine. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)WASHINGTON – The Federal Bureau of Prisons says it has started to give the coronavirus vaccine to some high-risk inmates but won’t say how many inmates have been vaccinated or how it selects those to receive the vaccine. The revelation, in a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday, contradicts the agency’s previous policy that initial doses were for staff members. Since March, 171 federal inmates have died of the coronavirus. At least two inmates scheduled to be executed by the Bureau of Prisons next month have also tested positive for coronavirus.
Federal prisons to prioritize staffers for COVID-19 vaccine and give to inmates when more doses are available
The Federal Bureau of Prisons is expecting its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday and said it will initially administer the drug to its correctional officers and health care staffers. Operation Warp Speed selected the bureau as one of the five federal entities to receive the vaccine, saying federal corrections officers are eligible as members of law enforcement. The bureau said it is up to Operations Warp Speed to decide when inmates will receive the vaccine. More than 6,000 federal inmates are currently positive with the virus and 163 others have died. In April, the Justice Department's watchdog began a series of remote inspections of 16 federal prisons to determine whether or not they adhered to pandemic guidance from the CDC, Justice Department and Bureau of Prisons.cbsnews.com
Sister claims ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be released from prison this week
DETROIT – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is expected to be released from prison this week, after serving seven years of a 28-year sentence for his role in a major corruption scandal, according to Kilpatrick’s sister. “Due to suffering severe health challenges we expect Kwame Kilpatrick to receive a grant for COVID-19 compassionate release from the FBOP this week," Ayanna Kilpatrick tweeted on Sunday night. Kilpatrick, 50, is currently serving a 28-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Oakdale, Louisiana. Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison in 2013 after being convicted of racketeering, mail fraud, and wire fraud, among other charges. He filed another motion in 2017 to vacate his prison sentence, and that was denied by a district court judge.
Execution Scheduled for Federal Death Row Inmate Convicted of Murdering a Child
In September 1994, Hall and several accomplices ran a marijuana trafficking operation out of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Hall’s accomplices subsequently drove her to a motel in Arkansas, where they raped her several more times. In 2006, Hall received a preliminary injunction from a federal district court in Washington, D.C., based on his challenge to the then-existing federal lethal-injection protocol. That injunction was vacated by the district court on Sept. 20, 2020, making Hall the only child murderer on federal death row who is eligible for execution and not subject to a stay or injunction. Hall’s execution is scheduled for Nov. 19, 2020, at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute, Indiana.justice.gov
Indiana police to stop blocking roads during executions
CHICAGO Indiana State Police agreed Friday to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions resumed last month and are set to continue, backing down after anti-death penalty activists said in a lawsuit the roadblocks impeded their free speech rights. During the first three federal executions in July following a 17-year hiatus, troopers shut main roads to the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, where all federal executions are carried out by lethal injection. Plaintiff Abraham Bonowitz, director of Death Penalty Action, welcomed the change in procedures by the Indiana State Police. The Indiana State Police will continue to provide a safe environment for people who are expressing their views on the First Amendment, ISP spokesman Sgt. The only Native American on federal death row, Lezmond Mitchell, is scheduled to be put to death on Aug. 26.
Federal Bureau of Prisons denies former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatricks early release
DETROIT Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will not be released early because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced. The bureau reviewed Kilpatricks request for home confinement, and it was denied, officials said. Kilpatrick will remain incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution-I in Oakdale, Louisiana, according to authorities.
Kwame Kilpatrick supporters angry over decision not to grant him early prison release
DETROIT Supporters of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick are angry about the decision by the Federal Bureau of Prisons not to grant him an early prison release. Kilpatrick denied early release: Heres everything we knowA decision was all but guaranteed by Kilpatricks family and supporters, but on Tuesday night, federal officials announced his request was denied. Shes been a Kilpatrick supporter and was convinced last week that he would soon be a free man. Last night, when the Federal Bureau of Prisons made its decision, Kilpatrick supporter Angela Stanton King, attorney Norman Yatoomah, who represents the family of Tamara Green, both offered their thoughts. You can hear their statements, as well as what Local 4 legal expert Keith Corbett had to say, in the video posted above.
Third inmate at Louisiana's Oakdale prison has died from coronavirus: official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The novel coronavirus on Wednesday killed two more inmates in the U.S. federal prison system, also in the Oakdale, Louisiana, facility where the systems first death occurred on Saturday, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons said. This followed the Saturday death of Patrick Jones, 49, also at Oakdale, of the new coronavirus. A third inmate also died later on Wednesday of COVID-19, but the bureau could not provide additional information until the persons next of kin had been notified. Oakdale, a low-security prison with a little fewer than 1,000 inmates, has become what union officials there describe as ground zero for the coronavirus in the federal prison system. As of Wednesday, 11 inmates and four staffers at Oakdale had tested positive for the coronavirus, the Bureau of Prisons said on its website.feeds.reuters.com
Epstein found dead in jail, was not on suicide watch
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on Saturday after an apparent suicide in the New York jail cell where he was being held without bail on sex-trafficking charges, and a source said he was not on suicide watch at the time of his death. Last month, Epstein was found unconscious on the floor of his jail cell with marks on his neck, and officials were investigating that incident as a possible suicide or assault. Even though Epstein was found unconscious last month, he had recently been taken off suicide watch, a special set of procedures for inmates in danger of taking their own life, according to the source. It was not immediately clear why Epstein was taken off suicide watch. In addition, every 15 minutes guards are required to make another check on prisoners who are on suicide watch.feeds.reuters.com
Disgraced money manager Jeffrey Epstein dead in apparent suicide
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on Saturday after an apparent suicide in the New York jail cell where he was being held without bail on sex-trafficking charges, and a source said he was not on suicide watch at the time of his death. Last month, Epstein was found unconscious on the floor of his jail cell with marks on his neck, and officials were investigating that incident as a possible suicide or assault. It was not immediately clear why Epstein was taken off suicide watch. In addition, every 15 minutes guards are required to make another check on prisoners who are on suicide watch. That investigation, by the U.S. Attorneys Office in Manhattan, will continue despite Epsteins death, a different source familiar with the matter said.feeds.reuters.com
U.S. attorney general says "appalled" to learn of Epstein's death
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General William Barr at the "2019 Prison Reform Summit" in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a statement on Saturday he was appalled to learn of Jeffrey Epsteins death from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. Epsteins death raises serious questions that must be answered, he said, adding that he had consulted with the Department of Justices Inspector General, who is opening an investigation into the circumstances around the death. The FBI also is investigating, Barr said. Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his cell in the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which operates the lower Manhattan jail, confirmed on Saturday.feeds.reuters.com
Federal Government to Resume Capital Punishment After Nearly Two Decade Lapse
Attorney General William P. Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to adopt a proposed Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocolclearing the way for the federal government to resume capital punishment after a nearly two decade lapse, and bringing justice to victims of the most horrific crimes. Since 2010, 14 states have used pentobarbital in over 200 executions, and federal courts, including the Supreme Court, have repeatedly upheld the use of pentobarbital in executions as consistent with the Eighth Amendment. Upon the Attorney Generals direction, Acting Director Hurwitz adopted the Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol and, in accordance with 28 C.F.R. Part 26, scheduled executions for the following individuals:Daniel Lewis Lee, a member of a white supremacist group, murdered a family of three, including an eight-year-old girl. On March 16, 2004, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas found Bourgeois guilty of multiple offenses, including murder, and he was sentenced to death.justice.gov
Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' jailed at 'Supermax' prison in Colorado
(Reuters) - Joaquin Guzman, the convicted Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, has been transferred to a Supermax prison in Colorado where no one has ever escaped, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said in a statement on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Recaptured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers at the hangar belonging to the office of the Attorney General in Mexico City, Mexico January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photo/File PhotoGuzman was sentenced to life in prison, plus 30 years, on Wednesday in a federal court in Brooklyn after a jury convicted him of drug trafficking and engaging in multiple murder conspiracies as a top leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexicos largest, most violent drug trafficking organizations. Guzman was whisked away early on Friday from a secret location in New York, on his way to the Supermax prison in Florence, his attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, told the Denver Post. The Colorado Supermax prison is nicknamed Alcatraz of the Rockies after the San Francisco prison whose inmates included the gangsters Al Capone and George Machine Gun Kelly, and Robert Franklin Stroud, known as the Birdman of Alcatraz.feeds.reuters.com