Finishing off the end of a joint, the DeLisi brothers slid into a 7-Eleven parking lot just off Sample Road in Pompano Beach. It was the end of 1974, and they were ages 30 and 38, full of New York swagger, and feeling invincible. Tucked into the yellow 1965 Porsche's passenger seat was Teddy, a swee ... More >>
Jimmy Sabatino has spent most of his adult life living in fancy hotels or prison cells. For the next five years, he'll be in cell mode after spending much of last summer conning various Miami Beach hotels out of nearly $600,000. It's just the latest in a long line of bizarre scams for the 37-year- ... More >>
Is hip-hop just a front to fill the private prison system? Can you have the keys to the bakery and the Church of Satan at the same time? Can a man with an ice-cream cone on his face kill another man with his bare hands? That's some wackadoodle scenario shit right there, but these are all healthy an ... More >>
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 >>
Corrections chief Tim Ryan can't seem to stop offending black guards.
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 bu ... 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 >>
Miami-Dade Corrections officers think a new uniform code discriminates against black men
"The inmates throw pee, bleach, semen, doo-doo; wee-wees out everywhere"
The federal probe wilts and prosecutors drop the case
At MAC, "Snap Judgments" breaks from clichés
Brilliant thug Harrel Braddy has terrorized South Florida since 1984. The death needle awaits.
New evidence may exonerate Luis Diaz, imprisoned for 26 years as the Bird Road Rapist
Will "Da Real One" Bell
George Burgess, the county manager, hits a sour note
Women in prison transcend violence, tedium, and the past
Parking -- that's right, parking
What happens when you muster the courage to complain that you've been sexually assaulted at an INS facility? Not much.
He was a street philosopher, a crusader, a gambler, and the unofficial mayor of Hialeah's black ghetto. Now he's gone to prison, and he's not coming back.
Juan Garcia Pino was obeying a higher law when he rescued nineteen family members fleeing Cuba. But a more mundane law ruined everything.
The Dade corrections department has yet to recover from the beating of Frank Dennis. And that was more than three years ago.
If at first you don't succeed in getting your sentence reduced, invoke the terminally ill mother
When he was booked into the Dade County Jail, Earl Cole was a sick man. Not for long.
Getting sprung from the slammer has never been easier, and the life of a Miami bail bondsman has never been tougher
It alters perceptions and skews the ability to tell right from wrong. Ultimately, it results in a dysfunctional society. But it's not a drug. It's the War on Drugs.
Chapter Two, in which the alleged drug kingpins are linked to a cellular telephone smuggled into their unit in the federal pen