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  • Improving the physical and mental health of prison inmates benefits everyone
    Improving the physical and mental health of prison inmates benefits everyone
    When prisoners receive better healthcare while incarcerated and after release, both their health and that of the community will improve, according to a new study by St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada. The study was announced on Feb....
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    New Calif. law will put condom machines in every prison within five years
    California convicts just got a bit of good news on Wednesday after a new Californian law went into effect that will compel all prisons in the state to install condom vending machines at some point in the next five years. The measure, Assembly Bill...
  • Dale Stamphill
    Stamphill escaped from OK prison 80 years ago
    Career criminal Dale Stamphill and 21 other inmates escaped from the State Reformatory in Granite, Oklahoma after killing a guard on this day in 1935. He was serving a life sentence for kidnapping and robbery.While on the run, Stamphill along with...
  • Roy Gardner
    Gardner enters San Quentin on this day
    Future Alcatraz inmate Roy Gardner entered San Quentin on this day in 1911 to serve a 5-year sentence following his conviction for robbing Glindemann’s Jewelry Store in San Francisco. He was reportedly a model inmate during his time there....
  • Olin Blackwell
    Last Alcatraz warden was born a century ago
    The fourth and final warden of Alcatraz during its time as an active prison Olin Blackwell was born on this day in 1915. "Blackie" as he was known, served as a captain and associate warden at Lewisburg before taking the Alcatraz job from...
  • Prisoner Candido Santiago participating in a dog-training program while incarcerated
    Prisoners and abused dogs are given a chance to heal in 'Dogs on the Inside'
    “Dogs on the Inside” is a documentary by co-directors Brean Cunningham and Douglas Seirupaboutabused and neglected dogs that are rescued by a Mississippi animal shelter and brought to a Massachusetts prison for a dog-training program....
  • Abandoned dogs and broken men heal each other
    Abandoned dogs and broken men heal each other
    “Dogs on the Inside” is a documentary by co-directors Brean Cunningham and Douglas Seirup that stars abandoned dogs and prisoners who train them. Viewers get to witness the metamorphosis of both the incarcerated men and the badly...
  • Photo of ex prisoner Candido Santiago between two filmmakers Brean Cunningham and Douglas Seirup
    'Dogs on the Inside' tells the tale of prisoners rehabilitating rescued dogs
    Examiner Dorri Olds met with ex-con Candido Santiago in lower Manhattan on Feb. 5, 2015 to talk about his experience at a Massachusetts prison dog-training program for abandoned and mistreated dogs. He is a central character in the moving...
  • Rufus Franklin and Jimmy Lucas
    Alcatraz guard killer returns to general population on this day
    Alcatraz guard killer Rufus "Whitey" Franklin permanently returned to general population on this day in 1954 after nearly 14 years in isolation. He made a brief return two years earlier, but was sent back to protect him from inmate...
  • Willie Radkay
    Inmate 666 arrived at Alcatraz 70 years ago
    Veteran bank robber William Radkay was among 27 inmates who arrived at Alcatraz on this date in 1945. He was among the prisoners transferred from Atlanta while others on the chain came from Leavenworth and Lewisburg. Radkay was issued number 666...
  • Doc Barker and Volney Davis
    Young Doc, Volney sentenced to life terms in 1922
    Longtime friends and criminals Arthur "Doc" Barker and Volney Davis were sentenced to life in prison on this day in 1922 for the murder of hospital security guard James Sherrill in Tulsa, Oklahoma during a burglary.Both were sent the...
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
    Eastern State Penitentiary of Philadelphia teaches visitors prison life
    Eastern State Penitentiary shares history through the walls of this 19th century prison.In 2014, about 190,000 visitors walked its prison walls to learn about the infamous criminals, prison management and the architectural structure.In fact, 300...
  • Darl Lee Parker Alcatraz mugshot
    Well-known Alcatraz escape risk is born in 1931
    Former Alcatraz inmate and escape risk Darl Lee Parker (1413-AZ) was born in Canton, Ohio on this day in 1931. His rap sheet began in 1944 and he soon went from being a juvenile delinquent to a armed robber.He drew a 50-year sentence for robbing a...
  • Fake orgy Inmates
    Fake orgy? Gals in sexy lingerie, pledging orgy promises, bust out 28 inmates
    The subterfuge of a fake orgy was enough to jailbreak 28 inmates out of a prison in the Nova Mutum municipality in the Central-West region of Brazil. A threesome of ladies, skimpily clad in dominatrix and naughty police outfits, banked on a very...
  • John Giles Alcatraz mugshot
    The Rock's clever escape risk died in 1979
    Former Alcatraz inmate John Giles (250-AZ) died on this day in 1979 in California. He was 84. The Tennessee native was serving life for killing a cop and was sent to Alcatraz in 1935. He is best known for his clever escape attempt in 1945 in which...