Scott W. RothsteinThe gifts of prison sentences keep coming, thanks to Scott Rothstein.Debra Villegas, the second in command for Rothstein's gigantic Ponzi scheme, surrendered to her new home at a minimum-security federal prison last week to begin her ten-year sentence.Villegas, now 44, pleaded g ... More >>
He'll have the steak and eggs.It seems a little strange that America treats criminals as well as it does.Yes, we lock them up in prisons with other burly men (or women) and let them out of their cells infrequently. And yes, there is the chance that they will be raped, shanked, or beaten to a pulp ... More >>
PBSOJonathan Gonzalez, leader of Krazy Locos.Six members of Krazy Locos -- a Lake Worth-based gang -- were sentenced to prison time yesterday for a few crimes.By "few," we mean the U.S. Department of Justice's Southern District Office says the gang has engaged in murder, weapons trafficking, and ... More >>
Ryan LeVinBrit-killing dunce Ryan LeVin is headed up the river for a bit, although unrelated to making roadkill out of two men with his Porsche.LeVin is scheduled to turn himself over to the cops in Chicago this morning due to a parole violation related to pummeling three other people with his ca ... More >>
Scott Rothstein: Looking for his get-out-of-jail-free cardIt turns out Fort Lauderdale's king Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein won't rot away in prison for 50 years after all.Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence LaVecchio filed a motion today to reduce Rothstein's prison sentence, although how much ... More >>
Florida Sexual Offenders and PredatorsMark Seldes, convicted rapist, M.D.Apparently being a convicted rapist and practicing medicine have nothing to do with each other. At least that's what the Florida Board of Medicine decided.That's why 43-year-old Mark Seldes can continue to practice medicine ... More >>
Steve GonotSteve Gonot, the former Deerfield Beach Commissioner convicted in May of stealing campaign funds and misconduct charges, was denied a new trial this morning.Broward County Circuit Judge Barbara McCarthy denied Gonot's request, and maintained the scheduled sentencing for June 20.Gon ... More >>
flickr.comA former long-serving federal inmate living in South Florida says the real reason for the proliferation of cell phones in prisons has more to do with privately owned institutions gouging inmates and their families with ridiculously overpriced phone time than it does organized crime.The ... More >>
Hernandez, on his feet a year after the shooting.The wheels of justice often turn at an agonizingly slow pace. Two years after 29-year-old BSO officer Maury Hernandez was shot in the head by a felon on parole, his lawyer, Lance Block, sent the first formal complaint and two discovery requests to ... More >>
No name, no age, no cause of death. All that Broward Sheriff's Office is reporting for the moment is that their deputies found an inmate dead in his cell at the main jail in Fort Lauderdale, around 7 p.m. The inmate had been in the cell alone. Here's the release. Stay tuned for more details, which w ... More >>
Okay, I say a couple nice things about departed Sun-Sentinel reporter John Holland and the knives start flying. The Holland haters bring up an eight-year-old correction which one commenter calls "the longest and most embarrassing front-page retraction in the Sun-Sentinel's history." I remember that ... More >>
Not the riot in Pecos, but this is what one looks like. Perhaps the only thing harder to contain than a prison riot is the embarrassment that comes after a prison riot. But still. Boca Raton-based Geo Group has done a ham-handed job spinning the riot that broke out Saturday at a prison it owns ... More >>
100,000 is one of those magic numbers. It's the summit of a classic Eighties game show. It's a milestone that reminds you to get that car tuned up. And if you're a state whose prison population has just reached that number, it means you're running out of room in the Big House, which in Florida's cas ... More >>
The DEA's "Twin Oceans" hooked a big fish, but can they reel it in?
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Dale Ross steps down as Broward County´s chief judge, but will anything really change?
The elephant in Guantanamo's living room gets 4,200 calories a day and a Koran.
Gil Fernandez Jr. could be responsible for as many as nine murders. If he's truly repentant, his former prosecutor says, he needs to confess his sins.
Michael Ray Roberts has avoided serious prison time by ratting out his partners. So far.
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Carandiru reveals the human side of Brazilian prisoners, then leads us to their slaughter
In October 2002, they finally led Aileen Wuornos to where she wanted to go: the death chamber
Kevin Moore's case raises questions about executing the mentally disabled
The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters undermine both the Catholic Church and the popular image of Ireland
A 62-year-old convict was killed while working outside the slammer. BSO ain't talking about it.
The process for restoring the civil rights of felons in Florida works perfectly -- if not restoring their rights is the goal
A Pompano man and his family bum-rush a judge on sentencing day
Wackenhut Corp.'s days as a South Florida firm are over, but its legacy lives on
The Chili Pepper's Plea
A tale of prison gardeners is this summer's sweetest feel-good comedy
Ken Jenne's department helped convict the wrong man. Why won't he and Jeb Bush admit it?
After a severely flawed trial, Michael Rivera was convicted of killing a little girl. New DNA evidence may help him.
A high-profile judge long ago made a deal that freed the area's most heinous killer
Welcome to Broward's juvenile detention center, where inmates are wild, toilets are clogged, and employees are grousing
Bob Norman sends the Broward County School Board bureaucrats scurrying
When Albert Tacher met Dina Mora, he knew it was love. The problem? She was a prisoner, and he was a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy.
Bryant Troville served out his sentence for his sexually violent acts. His prospects for freedom? Not good.
Jimmy Sabatino scammed millions of dollars' worth of goods and services by claiming he was a Hollywood player. But the self-described Mafia kid played too rough when he threatened to kill President Clinton.
Billy Elledge brutally raped and murdered a woman in Hollywood 25 years ago. He has sat in prison since then, evidence that Florida's death penalty isn't working.
Escape artist Steven Russell fills in the details about how he bluffed his way out of prison and plotted his next big score
How novelist Elmore Leonard's friendship with Palm Beach County criminal judge Marvin Mounts led to a popular book and a new TV show
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