Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The guards, many of them longtime veterans, say their superiors tend to shrug off the constant harassment they suffer, including comments such as “I’m going to ass-rape you with no lube” and “Your Dad raped you when you were young, that’s why you are such a bitch.” Westword has the story.
Browsing: Prison Life
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Over a three-day period, a lawsuit says Tabor slowly deteriorated under a treatment regiment that largely consisted of Gatorade. The suit maintains that he begged for an IV that would have saved his life, but the nurses ignored him, and he never saw a doctor. Westword has the story.
In 2013, Miami New Times called Jimmy Sabatino Florida’s “most notorious con man.” For a con man, the word “notorious” basically means “has been caught a bunch of times,” so we’ll refrain from calling the 39-year-old “talented” — but damn if he isn’t persistent.
Case in point: Federal authorities said Thursday that Sabatino has once again been caught posing as a Sony record executive from prison in order to steal valuable property from people. That’s the same ruse that allowed Sabatino to build and blow several ill-gotten fortunes in the past.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Anderson had been hospitalized the night after she was taken into custody on a shoplifting charge, then returned to her cell block, where she experienced the medical crisis that would eventually kill her. One report of a jailer’s response to her cries for help: “Officer no habla español.” Westword has the story.
Christopher Hendricks’ family learned the details of his suicide through a Harris County Sheriff’s Office press release.
On June 17, 37-year-old Hendricks hung himself in a shower inside the Harris County jail’s medical detox tank, where his sister says he was likely placed because he suffered from alcoholism. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Hendricks had no pulse when they found him, but medical personnel were able to restore his vitals. He was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph’s Medical Center — where, almost immediately, doctors knew he would likely never wake up.
His family wouldn’t find out what had happened to Hendricks until two days after he was taken to the hospital.
“That’s probably the part that hurts the most,” said his sister, Tamara Moe.
There are currently 389 inmates in Florida prisons awaiting the death penalty, the second-highest number of any state in the union.
If the Florida Supreme Court agrees with a cadre of lawyers working on their behalf, every single one of them may see their death sentence whipped out replaced with life in prison without parole.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: This supermax’s Special Housing Unit is a place where inmates set fires and spray blood in their cells, attempt to kill or mutilate themselves and hurl feces at their captors — whom the inmates also accuse of beating them or ignoring medical emergencies. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A 26-year-old woman’s final act was hardly an isolated incident. In a little more than a year, thirteen people died while jailed in a single state, with causes of death including suicide, homicide and medical crises that might have been preventable. Westword has the story.