• Film

    September 5, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Report Slams Bureau of Prisons For Denying Compassionate Release to Sick or Dying Inmates Like Keskea Hernandez

    In January, Keskea Hernandez was whisked from her cell at the Federal Detention Center downtown to Larkin hospital in South Miami. The pretty 42-year-old real estate agent had pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud a year earlier. Ever since her incarceration, however, her health had been in free fall. Sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Prison Legal News Sues Florida Department of Corrections for Banning Its Publication

    PLN Associate Editor Alex Friedmann​A national legal magazine for prisoners has filed suit against the Florida Department of Corrections, claiming it's been censored from distributing in Florida prisons due to a vendetta by the state agency. According to a complaint filed today, the DOC has reje ... More >>

  • News

    April 7, 2011
  • News

    January 28, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Jailhouse Knocks: Violence at Miami-Dade Pretrial Detention Center Leads to Jailers

    Christopher Herwig via Flicker CC.​The photo of Calvin Kingcade, inmate 09-9975, shows a fit 25-year-old with a black eye, a broken jaw, and a mouth fastened shut with silver wires. He drools while he talks to his mom at Ward D of Jackson Memorial Hospital. After getting jumped at Miami-Dade Pretr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Top Ten Thursdays: Top 10 Musicians Who Have Served Time in Prison

    Many famous musicians have spent a day or three in jail for driving drunk, holding drugs, or something really stupid. But only the select few have spent a serious stretch of time in prison, which brings us to David Allan Coe. The original country outlaw performs Friday at the Culture Room in Fort La ... More >>

  • News

    August 13, 2009

    Jailhouse Blues

    Arrested for nothing, Amanda Jessup spiraled out of control in county lockup.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Prison Guard Gets Caught Trying to Smuggle Cocaine Into Everglades Correctional Institute

    Everglades Correctional Officer Shamel Watson thought he was negotiating with an inmate's family member to smuggle in 1 lb of marijuana, 4 ounce of cocaine, and two cellphones to the inmate. Everglades Correctional Officer Shamel Watson is apparently stupid. When he went to go collect the contr ... More >>

  • News

    March 19, 2009

    Unequal Justice

    At federal prisons across the country, guards are preying on inmates. FDC Miami is no different.

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2008

    Federal Lockup is No Picnic, Either

    Apparently, the Miami-Dade County Corrections system isn't the only lockup that has problems keeping its inmates healthy and alive. The Washington Post is running a four-day series on the hidden world of immigration detention facilities -- and how detainees awaiting deportation receive shoddy medica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2008

    Feds Investigate Miami-Dade Jails

    When we ran the story "117 Dead," in August of 2001, we had heard rumors that the U.S. Department of Justice was going to look into conditions at Miami-Dade's jails. Those rumors turned out to be true. This week, Acting Assistant Attorney General Grace Chung Becker sent County Mayor Carlos Alvarez ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 21, 2008

    Dead Man Talking

    Kenny Carnes ponders life, mortality, and transformation on death row.

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008

    Fun Times in State Prison

    Orgies? Check. Hyper-competitive softball parties? Check. A taxpayer-funded party pad? Absolutely! Lest you think we're referring to a local agency/branch of government/City Hall official, we here at Riptide want to assure you that corruption happens at all levels of government. The aforementioned h ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 11, 2007

    Women Send Words from Prison

    Eve Enslers Broadway smash hits the Gusman

  • News

    August 16, 2007

    117 Dead

    Since 2000, dozens have died in county jails. Poor medical care has contributed to the problem.

  • 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

    December 14, 2006

    Executing Angel

    A bad man, a flawed trial, and a needle

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    Pearl of the Antilles

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

  • News

    April 6, 2006

    Terminal Incarceration

    The short, sad lives of some detainees facing relatively minor charges end in jail. Here are three such cases.

  • News

    April 14, 2005

    Contraband Combat

    Cell phones, pot, and knives are found by county jail shakedown teams

  • News

    September 2, 2004

    Patient at Risk

    The medical association examines the county's jail system and finds trouble behind bars

  • News

    August 5, 2004

    Is There a Doctor in the House?

    At Miami-Dade County's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the answer would be No

  • 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

  • Music

    December 18, 2003

    Cellblock Salsa

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

  • News

    April 24, 2003

    It's Broken, So Fix It

    Corrections department investigators want an investigation -- of their department

  • 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

    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
  • News

    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

    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

    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

  • News

    December 14, 1995
  • 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

    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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