The Government Accountability Office has been asked to assess how staffing levels contribute to safety conditions at federal prisons. U.S. Rep. Thomas A. Marino, R-Lycoming County, and Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson made the request Friday in a letter to Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro. The GAO in a 2012 review noted concerns with unfilled positions and increased inmate-to-staff ratios, but did not assess the effect of augmentation, the letter states. Augmentation is the use of administrative employees, such as cooks and nurses, as temporary corrections officers. Marino and Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, ask the GAO to examine the following elements of the Bureau of Prisons' staffing procedures and practices: The current inmate-to-staff ratio and the prevalence of augmentation across the differing security levels. BOP's efforts to address safety concerns with current staffing, including augmentation. The extent to which … [Read more...] about GAO asked to assess how staffing levels contribute to federal prison safety conditions
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Mother Jones illustration; letters courtesy of FAMM; Getty Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Ever since his daughter first learned to use a pen, Joseph Onzik has looked forward to her letters. He reads them from a cell in a state prison in Pennsylvania, where he’s been locked up for about five years, since she was three. “I ask her to write me as much as possible,” he says. It “has advanced from scribble to cursive writing like magic as the time passes by.” Sometimes she calls to let him know what color pen she’ll use for the next one: “at eight years old, it is quite hard for her to keep a secret about the little things in life.” But this ritual changed in September, when Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections announced that because some letters had been soaked with liquid drugs, inmates in state lockups would no longer receive mail directly from friends and family members. Now their mail … [Read more...] about Pennsylvania Replaced Prison Mail With Photocopies. Inmates and Their Families Are Heartbroken.
Saturday December 1, 2018 12:12 PM A man who planned a series of armed bank robberies in western Pennsylvania and also served as a getaway driver has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison Written by The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man who planned a series of armed bank robberies in western Pennsylvania and also served as a getaway driver has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison. Daymon Ottey and another man admitted robbing two banks and trying to rob another in 2017. Authorities say the 29-year-old Penn Hills man planned the heists and used his girlfriend's car to flee the robberies, while his armed accomplice entered the banks and terrorized people while stealing cash. Ottey received a 57-month prison sentence Friday. That came after he unsuccessfully asked the judge to spare him a prison term so he could rehabilitate himself and reaffirm the judge's "faith in humanity." Ottey's co-defendant, 28-year-old Bryan Campbell of … [Read more...] about Man who plotted bank robberies gets federal prison sentence
Christie Thompson, and Taylor Elizabeth Eldridge, (c) 2018, The Marshall Project Published 10:14 am PST, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 John Rudd, who was diagnosed as early as 1992 with post-traumatic stress and schizophrenia by doctors at a psychiatric hospital, was denied proper mental-health care while incarcerated at a federal prison. Since his release, he meets biweekly with a counselor and takes several medications to help manage symptoms. less John Rudd, who was diagnosed as early as 1992 with post-traumatic stress and schizophrenia by doctors at a psychiatric hospital, was denied proper mental-health care while incarcerated at a federal prison. ... more Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Andre Chung Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Andre Chung Image 1 of / 1 Caption … [Read more...] about Federal prisons were told to improve inmates’ access to mental-health care. They’ve failed miserably.
A $3.5 million international bribery scheme involving oil pipelines in Siberia has landed a Pennsylvania-based businessman in federal prison.And a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has just ruled that Dimitrij Harder should stay there.His 5-year prison sentence is justified, despite Harder’s claim that his graft had an economically beneficial result for residents of that part of the former Soviet Union, Judge Eugene E. Siler concluded in the circuit court’s opinion.This was wide-ranging case.For starters, Harder, 46, is a German citizen, a Russian émigré and a permanent U.S. resident. Investigators said he paid the bribes to an official of the multinational European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2008 and 2009.The bribes were to speed approval of financing for clients of Harder’s who wanted a piece of the pipeline projects, officials said. At the time, Harder was an international financial consultant and president of the … [Read more...] about Pa. businessman stuck with federal prison term in $3.5M international bribery case