Two months ago we wrote about the bizarre case of Yathomas Riley, an undefeated heavyweight boxer from Florida City accused of trying to kill his girlfriend in 2010. Prosecutors claim that Riley shot Koketia King in a jealous rage. But the boxer and his family argue that King tried to kill herself a ... More >>
A Department of Justice report slammed Miami-Dade County jails for their disgusting conditions back in August of 2011, and now ten months later it doesn't appear anyone has bothered to clean up the place. A corrections officer at the Dade County jail in West Miami-Dade leaked photos of the still dep ... More >>
Granted ... Lil Wayne ain't no Nelson Mandela.
He only spent 11 months in prison (not, you know, 27 years) after getting busted on his tour bus for "attempted possession of a weapon" (not, you know, attempting to free the people of South Africa from the horrors of Apartheid), but why not cash in ... More >>
Coming soon to a jail cell near you...Stripteases, sexual favors, booze, porn mags, and fat stacks of cash would be run-of-the-mill in many Miami strip clubs. But at downtown's maximum security Federal Detention Center?Multiple attorneys interviewed by Riptide say the FDC visitor rooms have been tak ... More >>
Eric Harris does not "lovetofu" (unless you're a small child, but that's a different story). In order to keep food costs down, the Florida prison system routinely substitutes about half of the meat product in inmates' meal with soy. But one inmate, Eric Harris, currently serving a life sentence f ... More >>
Florida's government is apparently "for the corporations, by the corporation." Gov. Rick Scott promised to run Florida like a business, and his fellow Republicans in the legislature are pushing through many "pro-business" reforms.They also happen to be taking in tons of cash from corporations. Fo ... More >>
Dept. of CorrectionsVincent LeeDefending the pride of the Miami Dolphins to the death is something the current roster hardly seems interested in, but one fan is accused of killing a Dolphins detractor. Though, both the assailant and the victim were already behind bars at the time.The incident too ... More >>
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 >>
via Esparta's FlickrSwine Flu has claimed two more lives in Miami-Dade County according to the Miami Health Department. The total number of confirmed cases in the county has ballooned to 493. A 31 year-old female and a 69 year-old male are the latest confirmed deaths. Meanwhile, an outbrea ... More >>
Note to Tim Ryan: Maybe just stay home next February.
Ryan, Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation chief since 2006, hasn't exactly built a mountain of goodwill with his majority black workforce during his three years in charge of one of the nation's largest prison systems, with a $315 million b ... More >>
When death row inmate Michael Lambrix applied to be a Florida Supreme Court Justice in January, the nominating committee had a good laugh. "It's tongue-in-cheek," said Chair Robert Hackleman - and it probably was. (Lambrix wrote: "My biggest qualification...is that I'm the only applicant tha ... More >>
In an attempt to fix a broken system, Judge Steve Leifman announced plans this morning for a first-of-its-kind "pilot facility" to house mentally ill individuals with criminal charges in Miami-Dade. Leifman -- an articulate, bespectacled advisor to the Supreme Court on mental health issues -- expl ... More >>
When so many Americans have trouble seeing a doctor for the common cold, getting proper mental health care seems like a luxury. Unsurprisingly, many people who most need mental health help wind up in the corrections system. The Miami-Dade delegation in the state legislature recently invited Gov. Ch ... More >>