Criminal Sentencing and Punishment

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Warrant Issued for Chad Johnson's Arrest

    Last time we checked in with Chad Johnson, he was hanging out with a homeless guy in South Beach. Next time we check in he could be hanging out with prisoners behind bars. The Broward Sheriff's Office has issued a warrant for Johnson's arrest stemming from a possible violation of his probation.

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Franken-Artist Enrique Gomez De Molina Sentenced to 20 Months for Wildlife Smuggling

    ​Enrique Gomez De Molina, the local artist who specializes in surrealist objects assembled from the taxidermied parts of different animals, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for smuggling endangered wildlife. De Molina was first arrested in late November just before Art Basel, and plead gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Mos Def Challenges BET, Oprah, and Obama to Pay Tribute to Executed Prisoner Troy Davis

    Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez​On September 21, 2011, at 11:08 p.m. in Jackson, Georgia, a death row inmate named Troy Davis, convicted 20 years ago for the murder of off-duty Savannah policeman Mark MacPhail, was executed by lethal injection. For decades, though, Davis, his supporters, and many j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Miami Heat's Mike Miller Scammed by Ponzi Schemer John Johnson

    ​Poor Mike Miller. He sat out a good chunk of last season with a thumb injury, only to return to not win the NBA Finals. Now it turns out he was taken for a financial ride by Ponzi schemer John Johnson. Guy just can't catch a break. Of course, maybe Miller should have done his homework before inve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Efraim Diveroli Earns Four Years In Prison For Fraudulent Arms Deal To Afghanistan

    ​Efraim Diveroli, the young Miami Beach gun runner who stirred national outrage two years ago with a fraudulent a $300 million Pentagon ammunition deal, listened with downcast eyes yesterday as a federal judge read aloud his sentence: four years in prison, a $250,000 fine and $149,000 in restituti ... More >>

  • News

    May 20, 2010

    Hack Pack

    The biggest identity theft case ever. Right here in Miami.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Feds Bust Dade Correctional Institute Guards on Civil Rights Violations

    ​No matter how cynical you've grown about the American justice system -- let's say, from watching a few too many episodes of The Wire -- there are still stories coming out of Miami's prison system that will make your jaw drop. Today, through a federal indictment, comes a tale of casual civil right ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of May 3, 2007

    "I thought there was no place I couldnt handle but I sure as hell wont set foot in Baghdad West, thats fo sho!"

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    Pearl of the Antilles

    The elephant in Guantanamo's living room gets 4200 calories a day and a Koran

  • News

    July 1, 2004

    An Ounce of Prevention -- At Last

    County jail officials finally decide to get serious about a highly contagious disease

  • News

    June 10, 2004

    Contagious Outbreak Untreated

    A rash of grotesque and dangerous staph infections among inmates gets no action from jail officials

  • News

    June 3, 2004

    Run-On Sentence

    Critics say draconian drug laws held over from the Eighties pack prisons, force plea deals, and hit one errant lawyer harder than the dealers he defended

  • Music

    December 18, 2003

    Cellblock Salsa

    Obie Bermudez, Jerry Rivera, and Vico C bring prison consciousness back to Puerto Rican pop

  • Calendar

    May 15, 2003
  • News

    April 24, 2003

    It's Broken, So Fix It

    Corrections department investigators want an investigation -- of their department

  • News

    January 16, 2003

    Barred for Life

    The process for restoring the civil rights of felons in Florida works perfectly -- if not restoring their rights is the goal

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    Always Unprepared

    At MetroWest Detention Center one bad fire deserves another -- and another?

  • News

    July 11, 2002

    The Snake Pit

    The county jail is one of the largest psychiatric facilities in Florida

  • News

    November 22, 2001

    Mother Knows Best

    And that goes for mothers of convicted Cuban spies, too

  • Calendar

    April 26, 2001

    Jailed Birds

    Stranger Inside

  • News

    April 5, 2001

    My Name Is Victor, and I'm a Jailbird

    Too bad the county makes it so hard for me to get into a recovery program

  • News

    October 5, 2000

    Justice, Bloody Justice

    A violent thug may lead investigators to a public-corruption bonanza

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    In Prison and Online

    The techno revolution has spawned a new program that unites incarcerated moms and their kids in cyberspace

  • News

    October 7, 1999

    Cash Cargo

    Despite recent deaths and a federal crackdown, smugglers continue the dangerous business of transporting Cubans to Miami

  • News

    September 9, 1999

    Con Kid

    Jimmy Sabatino, self-described child of the Mafia, displayed a prodigious talent for confidence games even as a teenager. If he hadn't threatened to kill President Clinton, he'd probably be scamming today.

  • News

    May 6, 1999

    Inside Job

    For years people have been alleging that Miami bail-bond king Jim Viola bribes county corrections officers. For years the FBI and the State Attorney's Office have been investigating. And for years nothing has happened.

  • News

    March 25, 1999
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    December 31, 1998

    My Life in Jail

    There are plenty of wonderful places to spend the holiday season in South Florida. As the author explains, the Stockade isn't one of them.

  • News

    December 24, 1998

    Cleaning Up Krome

    Lawyers Tina Fassnacht and Stacy Taeuber are all-purpose advocates at the West Dade immigrant camp

  • News

    October 29, 1998

    Caged Birds Sing

    Prison librarian Rolando Valdes and his band of libretto-loving inmates stage an opera

  • News

    July 30, 1998

    A Shock to the System

    Ouch! INS prisoners claim they were tortured with electroshock riot shields.

  • News

    December 18, 1997

    Jail Cells Are Forever

    At least they are for Cuban immigrants who are not U.S. citizens

  • News

    November 27, 1997
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    April 24, 1997
  • News

    January 30, 1997

    A Prisoner of Circumstance

    Rachel Better never worried about her stateless status until the INS locked her up. Then it was too late.

  • News

    January 23, 1997
  • News

    December 19, 1996

    Bud Men

    Despite the risks, local pot farmers have taken homegrown high-tech

  • News

    March 21, 1996

    Jailhouse Rumble

    If racial strife and political bickering were crimes, the entire staff of Dade County's corrections department would be locked up

  • Film

    January 25, 1996
  • News

    December 14, 1995
  • News

    September 21, 1995

    The Boulder Boys Must Die

    When federal prosecutors seek the death penalty in drug-related murders, the defendants are almost always black. Why should Miami's first "kingpin" case be any exception?

  • News

    January 19, 1995

    Trip to the Big House

    Need to visit a loved one doing time in one of the many state prisons up near the Georgia line? Who you gonna call? Right. Prison Connection.

  • Film

    September 21, 1994
  • News

    January 12, 1994

    The Amazing Crespo!

    Whether agitating on behalf of Florida's film industry or aiming cruel barbs at state officials, ex-con activist Al Crespo is a gadfly with an attitude

  • News

    November 10, 1993

    The Further Adventures of Willy and Sal

    Being thrown in jail was supposed to bring down the curtain on Miami drug lords Willy Falc and Sal Magluta. But there was an encore: Death threats, clandestine cameras, illegal searches, and major security violations.

  • News

    December 23, 1992

    Her Brother's Keeper: Part 2

    It wasn't quite the resolution he or his sister had hoped for, but John Popejoy's child-molestation case is finally closed

  • Film

    December 9, 1992
  • News

    March 4, 1992
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    February 12, 1992
  • News

    October 16, 1991

    Phoney Baloney

    60 Minutes closes the book on the legacy of jailhouse phone-scam artist Danny Faries. You don't say!

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