Wine magazine among ‘smut’ banned from New Jersey prisons

These are the grapes of wrath! The glossy magazine Wine Spectator was banned from New Jersey state prisons along with a list of smutty rags — and prison rights advocates are sour over the baffling censorship. The food and drink publication was blacklisted along with porn mags such as Hustler,

Mom accused of mailing drugs to inmate son

GEORGETOWN, Del. — A Maryland woman is accused of mailing a shipment of drugs to her son, an inmate at a Delaware prison. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said in a statement Tuesday that investigators learned in late December that a shipment of contraband was expected to arrive

Rikers Island closure a ‘land grab’ for developers: union head

The union head who represents Rikers Island corrections officers slammed plans to close the jail complex as nothing more than a “political con game” and a “land grab” that would enrich well-connected real estate developers. Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, said Sunday the closure plan

Cuomo scraps program that kept books from inmates

Gov. Andrew Cuomo scrapped a controversial pilot program at state correctional facilities that restricted inmate access to books and other items sent through the mail. see also “I am directing the Dept. of Corrections to rescind its flawed pilot program that restricted shipment of books and care packages to inmates,”

American serving life sentence in Czech prison kills himself

PRAGUE — Czech news agency CTK has reported that an American who was convicted of killing four of his Czech relatives has killed himself in prison. The agency says Kevin Dahlgren killed himself Thursday in the Valdice prison northeast of Prague where he was serving a life sentence. Prison service

Gitmo detainees accuse guards of invasive ‘groin searches’

Guantanamo detainees linked to the 9/11 attacks may have taken a page from the “Me Too” movement, accusing guards of sexual harassment — for conducting invasive “groin searches,” according to a report. “We be under sexual harassment today for search in being here,” alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

New York prisons crack down on books

Reading the classics in the clink just got a lot harder. Books sent to prisoners in three state lock-ups will have to come from pre-approved internet vendors under a new state pilot program. The program, which went into effect last month and applies to the Greene, Green Haven and Taconic

City takes first step toward shutting down Rikers Island

City officials on Tuesday said they’re taking the first step to shuttering Rikers Island by closing a facility that houses 600 men at the jail site this summer. Detainees and staff at the George Motchan Detention Center will be transferred to other sites in a move that the Department

Man who fled prison in paradise says he was extorted by inmates

A California man who was recaptured after escaping from a prison on the Indonesian resort island of Bali said Wednesday he fled because of extortion by other inmates. Christian Beasley, 32, was caught Saturday after bolting with compatriot Paul Anthony Hoffman, 57, on Dec. 10 from the overcrowded Kerobokan

Cigarette butts link prison guard to serial rapist

A state prison guard accused of being a serial rapist was arrested after DNA on tossed cigarette butts matched with sperm found during sex assault exams of two victims, investigators said. John E. Kurtz, 43, of Shamokin, Pennsylvania, was arrested Monday and jailed on $1.5 million bail after the

Ex-death row inmate re-sentenced to life in prison

ST. LOUIS — A longtime Missouri death row inmate whose conviction in the 1991 rape and killing of two sisters was overturned has pleaded guilty to murdering them and been re-sentenced to life behind bars. Reginald Clemons, who spent 22 years on death row, pleaded guilty Monday to two

NYC civil servants’ performance is plummeting, analysis shows

City taxpayers aren’t getting their money’s worth. While compensation for civil servants goes up in city jails, the subway system and schools, performance is plummeting, a new Manhattan Institute analysis shows. Average pay and benefits for city Correction Department employees increased 18 percent in the last decade, while the rate

Inmate dies after meth-laden kiss; girlfriend gets 2 years

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge. Melissa Ann Blair and Anthony Powell shared a long kiss at the end of a visit last year

Rikers inmates rewarded with pizza parties when they play nice

The city’s newly named correction commissioner is following in the footsteps of her disgraced predecessor — treating Rikers Island inmates to pizza parties in a bid to reduce violence one slice a time. A photo snapped last week and provided to The Post shows more than two dozen pizzas being wheeled

Inmate sues penal system over his 91-hour erection

This Oklahoma man says he really got shafted by the penal system. Aptly named Dustin Lance says in a seminal $5 million lawsuit that prison officials refused to provide him medical treatment for his painful 91-hour erection. Lance, 32, claimed he suffered permanent injury from his marathon uprising in December 2016 after

Camp counselor gets 25 years for sexually abusing minor

A former camp counselor was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing a young boy on Long Island and taking dirty pictures of several others. David Greenberg — a former counselor at Camp Kenwall in Melville who is already behind bars for similar crimes in North Carolina —

Inmate was mailed drugs concealed in Jesus prayer card

CONCORD, Mass. — Prison officials in Massachusetts say someone tried to send drugs to an inmate by mailing a laminated prayer card that contained wafer-thin strips of a prescription narcotic. The Boston Globe reports that the state Department of Corrections discovered orange strips of Suboxone sandwiched inside the card, which featured

Two prison employees killed in violent inmate escape attempt

RALEIGH, N.C. — Inmates at a North Carolina prison plotted an escape bid knowing they would have to hurt some prison employees, ultimately leaving two dead and a dozen other workers or fellow inmates injured, the investigating sheriff said Friday. Investigators believe four inmates planned the foiled breakout attempt Thursday afternoon

Judge orders prison to relax restrictions on “El Chapo’

A Brooklyn federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Prisons relax accommodations for notorious cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman–by giving him a glorified mail slot to pass documents with his attorneys. Guzman can now enjoy a second, $1,000 screen and the slot during visits with his attorney Jeffrey Lichtman, judge

Inmates armed with pool balls take over prison wing

A prison riot has seen 80 lags take over the wing of a Worcestershire prison after attacking staff with pool balls. Specialist Tornado squads have been dispatched to high security Long Lartin prison in a bid to restore order to E wing. The Ministry of Justice said: “We are currently managing an

Former prison guard admits to forcing sex on inmates

ATLANTA — A former Georgia prison guard has pleaded guilty in federal court to sexually assaulting three female inmates and then coercing them into helping him cover up the assaults. Edgar Daniel Johnson, 51, pleaded guilty Monday, admitting that between Nov. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013, he had non-consensual sex

Convicted murderer forces Missouri prisons to ban smoking

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri prisons have been ordered to eliminate smoking after an asthmatic inmate serving a life sentence for two murders won a court judgment. The Kansas City Star reports Missouri has been ordered to go smoke-free by April 1 because of the lawsuit Ecclesiastical Denzel Washington filed. Missouri already