Prisons

Feb 6, 2012
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Feb. 6, 2012 Missouri State Penitentiary J. J. Maloney, the founder of Crime Magazine, spent 13 years in prison for a murder he committed during an armed robbery when he was 19 years old. Paroled in 1972, he went to work for The Kansas City Star as a book reviewer and...
Jan 23, 2012
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Jan. 23, 2012 Jack Henry Abbott Jack Abbott sold himself to Norman Mailer as the “Super Convict.” Mailer turned the letters Abbott sent him into the best-selling book, In the Belly of the Beast, and assisted Abbott in gaining parole in 1981. Six months later Abbott stabbed...
May 16, 2010
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May 16, 2010 Dartmoor Prison    Opened in 1809 to hold French soldiers captured during the Napoleonic Wars, Dartmoor Prison became Great Britain’s version of Devil’s Island for the most hardened of British convicts. by Robert Walsh “There are two ways to enter...
Oct 9, 2009
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Devil's Island An essay on the history of the most famous and dreaded prison of all time.  Recommended reading for those who think a "get tough" policy on crime is a new idea, or that it works. by J. J. Maloney As American politicians embrace a continually tougher...
Oct 9, 2009
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Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City The story of the disastrous 1954 riot that leveled much of the Missouri State Penitentiary and left four convicts dead and 30 wounded.  One of the dead inmates was a police informant, and seven men were convicted of that murder...
Oct 9, 2009
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Missouri State Penitentiary  A first person account of what it was like to serve time in the maximum-security prison at Jefferson City, Missouri. by J. J. Maloney When I was sent to the Missouri State Penitentiary at Jefferson City, in February 1960, there were 2,...
Oct 9, 2009
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{Ed. Note: The average person doesn't give much thought to the subject of AIDS among prison inmates, but as the number of American convicts grows exponentially -- so does the problem of AIDS in prison.  Each year approximately 1,000 convicts die from AIDS.  Even more...
Oct 9, 2009
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Edgar Smith Edgar Smith, with William F. Buckley Jr. blithely playing his stooge, wrote his way to freedom from the Death House in Trenton State Prison in 1971, becoming the most famous death-row prisoner of his time. Fourteen and-a-half years earlier, Smith -- at age 23...
Oct 9, 2009
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The true story of a young black man who was executed for murder and an old gangster who wasn't.  You decide who got the better of it. by J.J. Maloney When I got to work that evening, in 1967, the ward was empty except for old Tony, who hadn't spoken an intelligible...
Oct 3, 2009
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James Earl Ray From the viewpoint of a man who served time with Ray in prison, then went on to become a journalist, and continued to follow the case, with some emphasis on Ray's mentality, how he escaped from prison, and why there is reason to believe white supremacists...

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