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Articles by Christopher Zoukis

From Jailer to Jailed: Former NYPD Boss Urges Prison Reform

“It’s time for America to stop destroying lives, professions, and children. It’s time for a real national bipartisan movement to make our criminal justice system what it is supposed to be.”

So declared former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik in an April 29, 2015 commentary for CNBC ...

In Past Three Years, Governors in Three States Declare Moratorium on Executions

In Past Three Years, Governors in Three States Declare Moratorium on Executions

by Christopher Zoukis

Three states have imposed moratoriums on the death penalty since 2013, raising to 11 the number of states that still have a death penalty but have stopped executing prisoners for reasons ranging from doubts about ...

Prison Guard Implicated in Derailing Drug Probe Avoids Prosecution

A former guard at Lebanon Correctional Institution in Ohio will not be prosecuted in connection with allegations that he not only participated in drug and tobacco smuggling into the prison, but accessed a state computer and tipped off other guards who were being investigated, thwarting a five month long investigation ...

Indiana Judge Removed From Bench For Multiple Instances of Misconduct

The Indiana Supreme Court has ordered that Marion County Superior Judge Kimberly Brown be permanently removed from the bench, after three judges appointed to investigate complaints against her found she had committed judicial misconduct in 46 of 47 counts against her.

The order, entered on March 4, 2014, cannot be ...

Hawaii Warden Allegedly Sexually Abuses Female Prisoners In Guise of Rehabilitation

 

By Christopher Zoukis

A Hawaii prison warden who allegedly forced female prisoners to disclose their sexual history -- in some cases while being filmed or in front of male prisoners -- is being sued in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii in a class action suit being ...

Prison Guard Seeks Disability Payments for PTSD Related to Brother's Incarceration

Brad Coleman, an Illinois Department of Corrections prison guard, has filed a disability claim with the state's retirement board.  His claim: a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), caused, he says, by the stress of working at a prison while his older brother is serving a life sentence ...

Prison Re-Entry Chief Sacked Due To Outstanding Criminal Cases

Sundiata Keitazulu, appointed to head New Haven, Connecticut's prisoner reentry program, resigned from that $50,000 a year post on February 26, 2014, after being advised he was going to be fired due to two open criminal cases.

Keitazulu was appointed to the job by newly-elected mayor Toni Harp ...

80 NYPD and FDNY Retirees Indicted in 106-Defendant SSDI Fraud Indictment

One hundred and six defendants -- including at least 80 retired officers from the New York City Police Department, New York City Fire Department, and New York Department of Corrections -- were indicted January 7, 2014, charged with participating in a massive fraud scheme involving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

New ...

Numerous Deaths at Nevada Prison Raise Questions, Concerns

The ACLU and relatives of Nevada prisoners have raised concerns in the wake of numerous deaths at one state prison, including four in a span of less than one month in 2013. Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) officials said that of the deaths at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center’s regional ...

Oklahoma Prisoners Develop Software which Could Save the State Millions

Oklahoma legislators have estimated the state could save upwards of $20 million annually if a computer software program developed by two prisoners at the medium-security Joseph Harp Correctional Center is expanded statewide.

Authorities said the facility began using the program to track prisoners’ meals in the fall of 2011, according ...