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Ten Law Enforcement Groups Among Worst Charities in America

Ten Law Enforcement Groups Among Worst Charities in America

by Joe Watson

Of America’s 48 worst charities, ten – or just over 20% – are affiliated with law enforcement groups, according to a joint investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).

The benchmark used ...

Colorado Parolees' Violent Crimes Attributed to DOC Ineptitude

Colorado Parolees' Violent Crimes Attributed to DOC Ineptitude

By Joe Watson

It took the March 2013 murder of Tom Clements, then director of the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC), to bring to light the ineptitude of the state's prisons and parole division.

In the wake of Clements' murder, allegedly ...

Cost to Jail Someone in New York City: $167,731 a Year

Cost to Jail Someone in New York City: $167,731 a Year

by Joe Watson

It turns out that getting an overpriced Manhattan address is as easy as going to jail.

A study released in August 2013 by New York City's Independent Budget Office revealed that it cost the ...

Prisoners Ferried in to Maintain Island for Washington’s Sex Offenders

Prisoners Ferried in to Maintain Island for Washington’s Sex Offenders

by Joe Watson

Washington’s Department of Corrections has begun ferrying in mainland prisoners to clean up and maintain an old island lockup, while the sex offenders who have been exiled there are prohibited by state lawmakers from work crews.

Since ...

Colorado Sheriff Appropriates $349K of Unclaimed Money in Ex-Prisoners’ Accounts

Colorado Sheriff Appropriates $349K of Unclaimed Money in Ex-Prisoners’ Accounts

by Joe Watson

When is a check too small to cash? It’s when you've just been released from jail and hope to get as far away as possible. So says the Pueblo County, Colorado Sheriff's Office bank account ...

Alaska Prison Guard Terminated for Fighting off Prisoners with Pocketknif

Alaska Prison Guard Terminated for Fighting off Prisoners with Pocketknif

by Joe Watson

A former guard at the Spring Creek Correctional Center—Alaska's only maximum-security prison—is now contesting his November 2012 termination for bringing a pocketknife to work and then stabbing at least two prisoners who allegedly attacked him.

Kim ...

Former PA Supreme Court Justice Convicted, Disbarred, Ordered to Write Apology

Former PA Supreme Court Justice Convicted, Disbarred, Ordered to Write Apology

by Joe Watson

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has accepted the voluntary disbarment of one of the high court’s former jurists who was convicted in 2013 on corruption charges. Former Justice Joan Orie Melvin, 58, was also ordered to come ...

Former Nurse at Maine State Prison Files Suit Over Racial Slurs

Former Nurse at Maine State Prison Files Suit Over Racial Slurs

by Joe Watson

For the second time in as many years, allegations of racism have been leveled against employees at the Maine State Prison. In the most recent incident, a former nurse at the facility filed suit in federal ...

Exonerated Colorado Prisoner Receives $1.2 Million under New Compensation Law

Exonerated Colorado Prisoner Receives $1.2 Million under New Compensation Law

by Joe Watson

A man who spent over 17 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit became the first Colorado prisoner to receive damages from the state under a new compensation law.

In September 2013, almost a ...

Investigation Finds that Money Stolen from Oregon Prison Wasn’t Really Stolen

Investigation Finds that Money Stolen from Oregon Prison Wasn’t Really Stolen

by Joe Watson

An Oregon State Police investigation has revealed that money believed stolen from the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) was actually right where it was supposed to be – deposited in the Inmate Welfare Fund (IWF) and ...