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Sunday, September 7th, 2008
9:14 pm
11th Circuit Decision on Strip Searches!
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is trying to add some sense to case law on doing strip searches in jails. 

Last week, every US circuit court of appeals required that jail officer had to have reasonable suspicion to search inmates who weren't in general population.   So an inmate in holding who concealed something in a body cavity wasn't subject to be strip searched until he got back into general population and had an opportunity to recover his contraband.  Obviously, this doesn't make any sense.  It's foolish to let inmates in general population without being strip searched.

Well, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals seems to agree.  On September 4th, they ruled in C. Alan Powell v. Sheriff Jacqueline Barrett 05-16734 (11CA, 2008), the en banc court overruled a prior panel decision and they stated:

In conclusion, assuming that arrestees being booked into a jail or detention facility retain some Fourth Amendment rights, see Bell, 441 U.S. at 558, 99 S. Ct. at 1884,7 those rights are not violated by a policy or practice of strip searching each one of them as part of the booking process, provided that the searches are no more intrusive on privacy interests than those upheld in the Bell case. We also assume, of course, that the searches are not conducted in an abusive manner. Because the part of our Wilson decision finding a constitutional violation under the facts of that case, Wilson, 251 F.3d at 1343, is inconsistent with our reasoning here, we overrule it. We also disavow any dicta to the same effect as the Wilson decision. See, e.g., Skurstenis, 236 F.2d at 682

As this decision points out, every other circuit in disagrees with this, so I forsee this going up to the Supreme Court.  
Saturday, January 12th, 2008
12:27 pm
An inmate's idea of self defense
An inmate's idea of self defense


Inmate thrown off balcony
Jail inmate: 'I was defending myself'

Thursday, June 21, 2007
By Gabrielle Banks, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A maximum-security inmate at the Allegheny County Jail testified yesterday that he beat a fellow inmate unconscious and dumped his body headfirst from the second-floor balcony onto the concrete floor of the cell block.

Excerpts from surveillance camera footage submitted as evidence by prosecutors recording the attack in pod 8D at the Allegheny County Jail on Aug. 14, 2006.

The victim survived and was well enough to testify that he didn't remember anything about the fight on Aug. 14, 2006.

A surveillance video presented by Assistant District Attorney Ed Scheid confirmed the defendant's account of his own assault.

The key question before Common Pleas Judge Randal B. Todd is whether Anthony Tusweet Smith intended to kill Raymon Roach. The judge said he would render his verdict this morning.

Mr. Smith, 28, faces counts of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and assault by a prisoner.

Lawrence Kustra, trial division supervisor for the public defender's office, asked jail guard Frank Kelly if he was sure each of the 54 inmates was in his assigned cell or just that there were 54 inmates in cells. The guard said he was not sure.

But when the defendant took the stand, he said, "I punched him out cold" and "I tossed him."

"I was defending myself," Mr. Smith said.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
12:49 am
Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
1:26 pm
An article on Rikers Island.

<a target='"new" href="http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0728,rayman,77185,6.html">What the Jail Guard Saw: Rikers officers encourage gang violence: surprising testimony and the stats to back it up.</a></b>
Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
11:45 am
Saturday, February 17th, 2007
5:44 pm
Monday, January 22nd, 2007
12:22 am
Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
11:28 am
Cherry Pie.
2 Jail Officers Urged Inmate To Strip For Pie
8:13 pm EST November 12, 2006

ADRIAN, Mich. -- Two Lenawee County Jail officers have been fired after authorities said they urged an inmate to strip and run naked around his cellblock in exchange for a piece of cherry pie.

"We took decisive action," Sheriff Larry Richardson told The Daily Telegram.

Richardson said the firing of the officers — two of the jail's best employees — was recommended by the county's labor attorney. Richardson said he learned of the incident in a letter from another inmate.
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The sheriff's department said Sunday that the names of the officers weren't being released.

Union officials have challenged the firings, saying the punishment was too severe. Union local president Deputy Michael Osborne said it's not normal procedure to fire such employees after a single incident.

Richardson said the officers considered it a prank. An investigation found that the male inmate who was urged to strip saw the two officers eating in August in the jail's glass-enclosed control tower and asked for some food.

The conversation turned to joking about what the inmate would do for cherry pie, the investigation found, and the inmate said he was willing to streak. Richardson said the inmate was allowed out of his cell and streaked.

No criminal charges will be brought, the Lenawee County prosecutor's office has ruled. Following that decision the department went ahead with internal disciplinary action, Richardson said.

"We had to be satisfied there was no criminal act," Richardson said.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
12:17 am
Get over there!
If you are an officer.com member, its time to jump ship to the better and more secured/verified/less trolled http://www.lawenforcementforums.com.

There is now a section for verified LEOs as well as todays announcement:
We have re-opened our special, Verified C/O area to our members that are Corrections Officers. PLEASE get in there, and use it!

So do what The Man says:
Thursday, September 28th, 2006
7:37 pm
12:09 pm
‘Katie’s Revenge’ tattooed on killer’s forehead.
September 28, 2006
Associated Press

CARLISLE, Ind. — An inmate serving life in prison for molesting and killing 10-year-old Katie Collman is now the subject of an investigation into how he ended up with the tattoo “Katie’s Revenge” emblazoned across his forehead.

The Indiana Department of Correction placed Anthony Ray Stockelman, 39, in protective custody away from the general inmate population last weekend after authorities discovered the tattoo, said Rich Larsen, a spokesman for the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.
An internal investigation is under way to determine how the tattoo, which covers Stockelman’s entire forehead, got there, Larsen said Wednesday. He refused to comment on what Stockelman has said about it or what else investigators have learned.

A message seeking additional comment left Thursday for an Indiana Department of Correction spokesman was not immediately returned.

Stockelman was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to abducting, molesting and killing Katlyn “Katie” Collman. The Crothersville girl was missing for five days before her body was found Jan. 30, 2005, in a creek about 15 miles from her southern Indiana home.

Although prison officials did not comment on how Stockelman got the tattoo, Collman’s father, John Neace, believes it was the work of inmates.

“If I had to guess I’d say it’s a statement from the inmates,” he said Wednesday.

Neace said he heard about the tattoo from friends and has no idea whether his late daughter’s distant cousin, who is also serving time at Wabash, played any role.

Terry Gray, a Collman family friend, also believes Stockelman was tattooed by inmates, who are known to dislike those serving time on child molesting charges.

“I figure that probably Mr. Stockelman was given the choice of a tattoo or facing the same thing that Katie did,” Gray said.

Tattoos are against state prison regulations. Stockelman’s tattoo has Katie’s name in large capital letters on top, with the word “revenge” below in smaller letters.

Larsen said he did not know how a picture of the tattoo that has appeared in some media reports was taken and distributed outside the prison, including being posted on the Internet.

He said the prison in Carlisle about 30 miles south of Terre Haute did not send out the image. Larsen said the results of the prison’s investigation would be turned over to the Indiana State Police for review.

Copyright 2006 IndyStar.com. All rights reserved
Thursday, September 21st, 2006
9:07 pm
Saturday, September 9th, 2006
3:38 pm
Wednesday, August 30th, 2006
10:53 pm
community promo
Many of us encounter people in our day to day who tell us stories that are so far out there it's hard not to laugh.  Maybe it's the truth, maybe it's a lie.. The fact is, it's too good not to share.

Tonight I decided to go ahead and start a community dedicated to "Stupid Criminal Stories"

A couple of years ago I was standing at the booking desk at that jail talking to a fellow  who was dying to tell me his side of the story.  His  story  began with "You see, what happened was" 

I joke with people that I am going to keep track of all of my best criminal tales.. Until that happens, I'll start an LJ community instead..

I hope you'll join and share your own tales...

Thursday, August 17th, 2006
2:25 pm
2:22 pm
Saturday, August 5th, 2006
12:05 pm
Sunday, July 30th, 2006
12:50 pm
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
10:45 pm
Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
7:11 pm
I have a book in question....

When a person is booked into your facility, what all do they receive?  T-shirts, underwear, socks, how many blankets, pillow, etc. ?  

We are going to be changing our procedures and items given to the inmate as well as what can be brought in to them by family members, so I need some ideas on what other jails allow.  

I appreciate any and all comments &/or suggestions!  :) 
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