A view of prison life — from the inside — We’ve seen sanitized glimpses of prison life before, in print and on television magazines. There is a distance to all of them from the inner reality of those institutions. Such efforts are almost always approved by corrections officials, and we see very little of the life those officials don’t want us to see. And then comes Omar Broadway. Broadway, a member of the notorious Bloods gang, with a hair-raising criminal record, had served seven years in solitary confinement at New Jersey’s infamous Northern State Prison in Newark, on multiple felony convictions. Someone, presumably a sympathetic guard, smuggled him a digital video camera in 2004 to document conditions there. For six months, he recorded the life around him.
Boy’s suicide reveals continued problems with L.A. County social services — On a still night last month, a Montebello fifth-grader walked to a bedroom closet, pulled out a jump rope and hanged himself — apparently to end the abuse that had tormented him for years. Just hours earlier, Los Angeles County mental health and child abuse investigators had visited the drab apartment building to examine 11-year-old Jorge Tarin. He had told a school counselor that day that he wanted to kill himself. After speaking to Jorge privately, the county workers left.
Child sex charge added against Lake Pan woman — A woman already charged with child neglect is now accused of having sex with her son’s 14-year-old friend, Sumter County investigators said Friday. Angel Holt, 31, of Lake Panasoffkee, was charged with lascivious battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The boy and his mother reported sexual contact between Holt and the boy on July 1. The alleged victim had sex with Holt twice at her home within the past year, investigators said. At the time, the alleged victim was visiting Holt’s son, detectives said.
Houston inmate freed after 19 years in prison — A Houston man was released from prison Friday after an investigation by the district attorney’s office found he was locked up 19 years for a rape he didn’t commit. Allen Wayne Porter’s attorney, Casey Garrett, said Porter was released Friday afternoon on a recognizance bond awaiting a final decision in the case by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Members of the 39-year-old’s family joyfully jumped from their seats after a teary-eyed judge recommended on Thursday that he be released.
Man accused of rape in Moray alley walks free — A Moray man who was accused of raping a woman in a dark alley walked free from court yesterday after a jury found the charge not proven. Scott Russell was alleged to have attacked the woman in Elgin nearly five years ago. It took a jury of seven men and eight women around 90 minutes to reach their majority verdict at the end of a four-day trial at the High Court in Inverness. Mr Russell maintained during the case that the woman, who is now aged 23, consented to sex in the unlit street and that she had not been forced.
Mom of 3 accused of molesting 4 teen male friends of daughter — A secretary for the Village of Chicago Ridge is accused of molesting four of her daughter’s 14- and 15-year-old male friends and giving them alcohol and marijuana. Cathleen M. Miller, 40, of the 5800 block of West 109th Street, is charged with three counts of criminal sexual assault and one count of criminal sexual abuse. Miller, the mother of three daughters, the oldest of whom is 14, is accused of having sexual intercourse with two of the boys. She allegedly molested the boys in her home between February and June, said Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
Ontario announces help for male victims of sexual abuse — Men’s groups say the creation of a provincial network of sexual abuse support centres strictly for males is historic and necessary. Attorney General Chris Bentley announced the $2-million network Tuesday in Cornwall. The move is a response to recommendations stemming from the four-year public inquiry into allegations of an organized pedophile ring operating in the area. The probe did not pronounce on whether the ring existed. There were 34 victims of abuse. Ontario will be carved into four regions and each will have a lead agency that can set up counselling support for men and help victims access police or legal help.
Portland multimillionaire pleads guilty to molesting neighbor boy, agrees to pay victim $1.6 million — A Portland multimillionaire who repeatedly molested a neighborhood boy has agreed to pay his victim $1.6 million and spend about nine years in prison. The deal, approved Tuesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, is unusual because most defendants haven’t accumulated the wealth of Scott Raymond Strickland — a former doctor and Alaska Airlines flight attendant, said Josh Lamborn, the civil attorney for the victim. Until last year, Lamborn worked as a prosecutor, specializing in child sexual abuse cases, and he now represents victims of sexual abuse, among others.
Vatican issues sex abuse guidelines after crisis — The Vatican issued a revised set of in-house rules Thursday to respond to clerical sex abuse, targeting priests who molest the mentally disabled as well as children and priests who use child pornography, but making few substantive changes to existing practice. The new rules make no mention of the need for bishops to report clerical sex abuse to police, provide no canonical sanctions for bishops who cover up for abusers and do not include any “one-strike and you’re out” policy for pedophile priests as demanded by some victims.
‘Wicked’ woman who cried rape is jailed for three years despite being seven months pregnant — A young woman who ripped her clothes and gave herself a black eye to support her rape lies was yesterday jailed for three years. Leyla Ibrahim, described as wicked by a judge, is seven months pregnant and will give birth in prison. Her false rape claims started a £150,000 police investigation in which four students were arrested and subjected to humiliating examinations.
With 8th suicide, appeals for change in prison system — Suicides in Massachusetts state prisons are occurring at a rate more than four times the national average this year, prompting advocates and inmates’ relatives to call for an urgent response from state officials — and spurring the Patrick administration yesterday to hire a suicide prevention specialist. With the discovery of an eighth inmate found hanging in his cell at Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater yesterday morning, Massachusetts prisons have reached a suicide rate of about 71 per 100,000 inmates so far this year, more than quadruple the average annual national rate of 16 per 100,000 inmates reported by the US Bureau for Justice Statistics.
Woman in 911 call says she strangled her autistic children — An Irving, Texas, woman told a 911 operator that she strangled her two young children Monday because they were autistic, according to a recording of the call.
Saiqa Akhter, 30, has been charged with a single count of capital murder in the deaths of her 2-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, police said. Dallas County Police spokeswoman Jamille Bradfield said the single count covered a child under 5 and would probably be changed either to include multiple victims or to add a count.