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Articles by Monte McCoin

Prisoners in Solitary Confinement Benefit from Nature Videos, Study Shows

by Monte McCoin

Researchers have found that prisoners considered the highest security risks were less stressed and less violent after watching videos with nature scenes than those who did not. Ecologist Nalini Nadkarni at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City published the study’s findings on September 1, 2017 ...

USP Atlanta Escapes Result in Convictions

by Monte McCoin

PLN previously reported the February 3, 2017 arrest of federal prisoner Justin B. Stinson, who was caught sneaking back into the minimum-security prison camp at USP Atlanta carrying a duffel bag filled with a cell phone, scissors, two 1.75 liters of Jose Cuervo tequila, two cartons ...

Cook County Jail Locked Down on Mother’s Day; Over 200 Workers Absent

by Monte McCoin

On Sunday, May 14, 2017--Mother’s Day--86 guards called out sick at the Cook County Jail in Chicago while another 120 cited the Family Medical Leave Act to justify their absences. The jail was locked down except for “essential movement,” but its visitation schedule remained in effect ...

Former Utah Jail Commander Pleads Guilty to Misuse of Public Money

by Monte McCoin

Galen Bret Allred, 47, the former commander of the Iron County Correctional Facility in Utah, pleaded guilty on September 7, 2017 to one third-degree felony count of misuse of public funds. Millard County Attorney Patrick Finlinson prosecuted the case when the Iron County Attorney’s Office cited its ...

Wife of President Trump’s Ethics Attorney Caught Having Sex with Prisoner

by Monte McCoin

The wife of an attorney who serves as an ethics advisor to President Donald Trump’s revocable trust – an entity intended to separate Trump’s business and political activities – was arrested on September 5, 2017 after she was caught having sex with a prisoner at Virginia’s Fauquier ...

Lawsuit Alleges Four Oregon Prisons Served Food “Not for Human Consumption”

On May 9, 2017, attorney Leonard R. Berman filed a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon on behalf of three prisoners who claim they were forced to eat fish and chicken intended as "bait food," and were also served spoiled milk. The ...

Delaware Prisoners Demand Education, Rehabilitation

At 1:59 p.m. on February 1, 2017, the tip line rang in the newsroom at Delaware’s largest paper. Reporters from The News Journal were the first members of the media to hear about a disturbance and hostage situation at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center that would end ...