Four Inmates Accused in Oklahoma County Jail Beating

OKLAHOMA CITY – Four men,including one convicted of first-degree murder,are accused of attacking and injuring another inmate inside the Oklahoma County jail,authorities said.

Javare Coit,20; Travis Jawon Estis,22; Danyale LaMont McCollough,30; and Adam Lee Piro,31,are facing aggravated assault charges in connection with the Feb. 12 attack that left inmate James White with a broken jaw and a fractured eye socket,a probable cause affidavit shows.

White is no longer incarcerated,jail records show. His date of birth and middle name were not available Tuesday.


Decision Making for First Line Supervisors

I would like to start by sharing a personal story I believe will drive my point home for those of you who may be reading this. I was promoted to Sergeant within my Department in 1996 and was given this advice by a Senior Sergeant at the time. The Senior Sergeant called me into his office and stated,“I am going to tell you how to get off probation and be successful as a first line supervisor.” He went on to say “Do not make any decisions. Just sit back and wait for someone else to make the decisions.


Colorado DOC Reviewing Seatbelt Policy After Deadly Prison Van Accident

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Corrections is reviewing its inmate seatbelt policy after a prison van rollover accident that killed the driver and an inmate and injured eight others.

Department spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti tells KUSA-TV ( ) “we are talking to other states and looking at what other policies are.”

Authorities say the Correctional Corp. of America van driven by 22-year-old Grace Cortez rolled over at least twice during a snowstorm on Interstate 70 on Dec. 19.


S.C. High Court throws out inmate labor suit

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal that a convicted murderer housed in Jasper County’s Ridgeland Correctional Institution had brought against the S.C. Department of Corrections.

Billy Joe Cartrette has been navigating the state judicial system for years,starting with an internal department grievance,to the Administrative Law Court in 2006 and later to the desk of Jasper County Circuit Court Judge James C. Williams,Jr.


NY Prison Inmate Charged with Soliciting Hit Man

A New York state prison inmate could be spending more time behind bars. Police say he tried to hire a hit man to kill the victim of the crime that got him locked up.

State police say 27-year-old Brendon Berndt was arrested at the Gowanda Correctional Facility Thursday on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

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Bill Requires Oklahoma to Tap Inmate Funds for Cremation Costs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The costs incurred to cremate Oklahoma inmates would be deducted from the deceased prisoner’s account under a bill that has cleared the Senate.

The Senate voted 41-0 on Thursday for the bill that would allow the Department of Corrections to access money accumulated in an inmate’s “trust fund” to offset the roughly $350 cost for cremation. The bill was requested by the department,which expects the cost of inmate cremations to increase as the average age of prisoners continues to rise.