A campaign is underway to have Florida Democrats -- both the party and elected officials -- pledge to refuse campaign finance contributions from global private prison operator GEO Group, the Boca Raton-based company whose history includes a record notorious for human rights abuses. See also: - FAU ... More >>
wired.comUpdate: Click through for a sample voicemail received by one Southwest Ranches resident yesterday.--Original post, 11/2: Debbie Wasserman Schultz's office has confirmed that it received 40 to 50 phone calls yesterday from Pembroke Pines and Southwest Ranches-area residents who were autom ... More >>
And they have been, for a dozen years."The new jail planned for southwest Broward County will go in a barren area where the county puts things that nobody wants," wrote David Fleshler and John Maines at the beginning of a story in the Sun-Sentinel.At stake was a plan by the Corrections Corporatio ... More >>
We reported last week from the scene of a Southwest Ranches town hall meeting where so many people showed up to protest a proposed immigrant detention pen that BSO deputies just started blocking people from entering the council chambers, citing fire code.The detention center wasn't on the agenda ... More >>
Photos by Stefan KamphThe Pulp tried to attend last night's meeting of the Southwest Ranches town council, but BSO Deputy Lee Roselli and Cmdr. Wallace Haywood wouldn't let us inside the council chambers. So we remained outside with the 50 or so local residents who were loudly protesting an immig ... More >>
Poor GEO Group. The Boca Raton-based private prison operator, former known as Wackenhut Corrections, had planned to invest $3 million in its quest to win a contract to run most of the prisons in the southern part of Florida. But two weeks ago, a circuit court judge struck down the state Legi ... More >>
Florida Department of CorrectionsManuel ValleSouth Florida cop killer Manuel Valle was executed by lethal injection inside the Florida State Prison at 7:14 p.m. today.Valle came within minutes of dying earlier in the day, before the U.S. Supreme Court halted the lethal injection for several h ... More >>
Florida Department of CorrectionsManuel Valle, now sheduled to die on September 1.The first jailhouse coup de grâce approved by Gov. Rick Scott has been delayed by the Florida Supreme Court.Manuel Valle -- convicted of killing a Coral Gables cop in 1978 -- was scheduled to be executed on August ... More >>
Florida Department of CorrectionsManuel Valle is scheduled to die on August 2.Gov. Rick Scott has approved the first jailhouse coup de grace of his governorship, the Miami Herald reports.Manuel Valle -- convicted of killing a Coral Gables cop in 1978 -- is scheduled to be executed on August 2.Acc ... More >>
voxrox.coImmigration and Customs Enforcement is looking for somewhere in South Florida to be able to house as many as 2,000 alleged immigration-law offenders, and the town of Southwest Ranches has partnered with the private prison industry and entered a bid.ICE has taken in three proposals for th ... More >>
Youth Services InternationalLast year Thompson held a "Keep the Peace" event.Youth Services International, the for-profit operator of the juvenile detention center in Pembroke Pines where teenagers allege they have been physically and sexually abused, has faced similar complaints at a lockup in S ... More >>
Photo by Flickr user curly_exp( l)osureMore jails would be empty if DNA evidence keeps clearing inmates.If you've ever felt as though the powers that be have dealt you an unfair hand, stop your belly-aching. Try serving more than a decade in prison for a crime you didn't commit -- the harsh reali ... More >>
McCarty knows how prison works: She keeps quiet on her crimes.After spending more than a year and a half in the slammer, former Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty probably misses those nights at luxury cottages in Key West that caused her to trade her power suits for a jumpsuit. A Palm B ... More >>
Flickr user: Mark CogginsThe company has a checkered history in Florida.A recent lawsuit alleging sexual assault and physical abuse of inmates at the Thompson Academy juvenile detention center in Pembroke Pines is the latest in a string of abuse accusations lodged against the facility's owner.For ... More >>
Ronald MurphyLast year, we brought you the case of Ronald Murphy, a convicted sex offender who, for nearly two months, was legally confined to a bench outside of his parole officer's building in Delray Beach. In 1998, Murphy was convicted of raping a woman on, of all places, a park bench. He was ... More >>
Here what's happening this morning in South Florida:CBS4 has video that includes a photo of the two victims of a shooting in Miramar -- Faith Bisasor and her son Damion Bishop -- as well as an interview with a family friend who says Bisasor never opened the door to strangers. The Sun-Sentinel add ... More >>
Schadenfreude-starved followers of the Palm Beach pirate may be delighted to hear this, from an inmate at Madoff's prison in Butner, North Carolina, courtesy the New York Post:"Some of the guys were talking about smacking him around a little, just to get the notoriety of it."But don't get your hopes ... More >>
Palm Beach financier Bernard Madoff is expected to plead guilty and get a life sentence.Here's betting that Bernie's future fellow inmates are looking forward to performing a very literal rendition of what Madoff did figuratively to his investors.
We must, because according to a Miami Herald headline, the inmates are tightening them. Just ask D'Angelo from The Wire whether belts should be allowed in prison. Well...I guess we can't ask him now, can we? Then again, maybe the Herald's just being metaphorical. Florida is coping with the effects o ... More >>
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