Staff at NY Jail for Teens Allegedly Covered Up Inmate Fights,Rewarded for Reducing Violence

RIKER’S ISLAND,Ny. – Top staff at a jail for troubled teens allegedly covered up inmate fights — and won an award for reducing violence at the facility,the Daily News has learned.

City officials launched a probe into the stats-fudging and have already discovered that incidents in which jail officers used force against inmates were swept under the rug,too.

Correction Department Commissioner Dora Schriro had testified in November that there was a 62% drop in fights among adolescent inmates at the Rikers Island facility.


Ruling: Inmate Can’t Sue PA Prison Officials

Harrisburg,PA – A three-judge Commonwealth Court panel has refused to allow a state prison inmate to pursue a lawsuit in Schuylkill County Court involving the alleged taking of his trial transcripts.

In a six-page opinion made available last week in Pottsville,the panel ruled that Willie Stokes has no claim against seven employees and officers of the state Department of Corrections because they are immune from being sued.

“Stokes argues that the trial court erred in holding that the defendants were entitled to immunity,” Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt wrote in the opinion. “We disagree.”


Dozens Of OH Jail Deputies Face Disciplinary Action

COLUMBUS,Ohio – When the Columbus Fire Department responded to a call of an inmate suffering a heart attack at the Franklin County Jail last September,they found the inmate,Edward Peterson,had been living in a jail cell that was trashed and filthy. Now,as many as 50 jail employees may face disciplinary hearings as a result of the that inmates living conditions.


OH Sheriff’s Deputy Fired Over Inmate Dancing Demands

SUMMIT COUNTY,Ohio — A local sheriff’s deputy is out of a job after investigators say he forced inmates to dance to the music of R&B singer Usher as punishment.

Summit County deputy Dominic Martucci was fired Wednesday after an internal investigation revealed that he made inmates dance to get back privileges.

“I didn’t dance,I just seen it was a gross abuse of people’s authority,and I just didn’t like it,” said former inmate Williams Reeves.


Two Muslim Men Sue Over PA Inmate Strip Searches

JOHNSTOWN,Pa. (AP) — Two Muslim men have sued the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections saying their beliefs were violated when they were strip searched at a western Pennsylvania prison in the presence of female staff and other inmates.

The Philadelphia-area men,58-year-old Pearlie Dubose Jr. and 57-year-old Elwood Small say in their federal lawsuit filed in Johnstown that Islamic law “prohibits a man from exposing his genitals to anyone but his spouse.” A corrections spokeswoman declined comment.