Posts tagged: prison

Former Virginia secretary of finance handed 10-year sentence for defrauding a state commission

Tweet Virginia’s former secretary of finance has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for wire fraud. John W. Forbes II was sentenced Tuesday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, who lectured the former state Cabinet official about abusing his position of trust. Forbes apologized for his actions. The 54-year-old Forbes pleaded guilty in August to defrauding the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commiss ... Jump to full article >>

County settles ex-inmate’s federal lawsuit

Tweet Schuylkill County will pay $19,000 to a Mahanoy Plane man who sued county prison officials in federal court for allegedly damaging his artificial leg in 2005. The county commissioners voted Wednesday at their weekly meeting to approve the settlement of Thomas S. Zimmerman’s lawsuit against the county prison, bringing an end to a case that began in 2007. Zimmerman, 50, filed his lawsuit on May 3, 2007, against the county, its prison b ... Jump to full article >>

George Michael’s image will outlast the scandal

Tweet George Michael had been placed in solitary confinement for his own safety last night – despite prisoners cheering at his arrival. The multi-millionaire was in a high-risk unit at Pentonville Prison, North London, and will soon be moved to another jail, the Daily Mail has learned. He was sentenced to eight weeks on Tuesday for crashing his car while high on cannabis. It is expected he will spend only four weeks in custody. Prison gover ... Jump to full article >>

‘Bash’ threats over prison smoking ban

Tweet Prison guards have been threatened with “the bash” when the ban on inmates smoking takes effect in a year, says the guards’ union. President Beven Hanlon says the ban will put guards and staff such as tutors who remain smokers in danger from prisoners. “Not just prisoners who get frustrated at smelling fresh smoke on you and just lash out, but because you are introducing an item that is suddenly a high-priority contr ... Jump to full article >>

‘Iron Man’ actor Robert Downey Jr. tells Rolling Stone about prison, heroin, cocaine and the future

Tweet Robert Downey Jr. is an “Iron Man” indeed: The bad boy actor admits he felt the safest he’s ever been when behind bars. “When the door clicks shut, then you are safe,” says the veteran actor, who spent a good amount of time between 1996 and 2001 in prison for drug use and possession. “There is nothing aside from a rogue correctional officer that can do you harm if you have the right cellie. You are actual ... Jump to full article >>

Cutler Bay man smuggles cigarettes through the Port of Miami and goes to prison

Tweet So this is what a decade of international conspiracy with European underworld kingpins gets you? An empty bank account, a blue-collar ranch house in Cutler Bay with two unpaid mortgages, and a date with a federal judge. For Roman Vidal, a 58-year-old with a thick mane of gray hair and a white mustache, that about sums it up. To that meager list, Vidal also can add 24 months in federal prison, three years’ probation, and a $1.5 million ... Jump to full article >>

Drop in crime on Isle of Man attributed to Europe’s only non-smoking prison.

Tweet A brand new prison is taking credit for the plummeting crime rate in the Isle of Man. But it is not the fear of being locked up that is making criminals think twice before stealing, fighting or trading in drugs. The prospect of being forced to give up smoking is apparently far more frightening. The £42million jail, which opened last year, is Europe’s only non-smoking prison. Inmates and guards are not allowed to smoke either in or ou ... Jump to full article >>