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 >>
PLN Associate Editor Alex Friedmann‚ÄčA 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 >>
Christopher Herwig via Flicker CC.‚ÄčThe 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 >>
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 >>
Arrested for nothing, Amanda Jessup spiraled out of control in county lockup.
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 >>
It could be the most important legislation for Floridians with mental illness since the Baker Act in the 1970s. But you wouldn't know it from the amount of press it's getting. A House panel approved a measure yesterday that would divert some of the state's most mentally ill to treatment centers inst ... More >>
At federal prisons across the country, guards are preying on inmates. FDC Miami is no different.
Kenny Carnes ponders life, mortality, and transformation on death row.
Eve Enslerís Broadway smash hits the Gusman
Since 2000, dozens have died in county jails. Poor medical care has contributed to the problem.
A bad man, a flawed trial, and a needle
The short, sad lives of some detainees facing relatively minor charges end in jail. Here are three such cases.
Cell phones, pot, and knives are found by county jail shakedown teams
The medical association examines the county's jail system and finds trouble behind bars
At Miami-Dade County's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the answer would be No
County jail officials finally decide to get serious about a highly contagious disease
A rash of grotesque and dangerous staph infections among inmates gets no action from jail officials
Obie Bermudez, Jerry Rivera, and Vico C bring prison consciousness back to Puerto Rican pop
Corrections department investigators want an investigation -- of their department
At MetroWest Detention Center one bad fire deserves another -- and another?
The county jail is one of the largest psychiatric facilities in Florida
And that goes for mothers of convicted Cuban spies, too
Too bad the county makes it so hard for me to get into a recovery program
A violent thug may lead investigators to a public-corruption bonanza
The techno revolution has spawned a new program that unites incarcerated moms and their kids in cyberspace
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.
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.
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.
Lawyers Tina Fassnacht and Stacy Taeuber are all-purpose advocates at the West Dade immigrant camp
Prison librarian Rolando Valdes and his band of libretto-loving inmates stage an opera
Ouch! INS prisoners claim they were tortured with electroshock riot shields.
At least they are for Cuban immigrants who are not U.S. citizens
Rachel Better never worried about her stateless status until the INS locked her up. Then it was too late.
If racial strife and political bickering were crimes, the entire staff of Dade County's corrections department would be locked up
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.
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
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.
60 Minutes closes the book on the legacy of jailhouse phone-scam artist Danny Faries. You don't say!