Laura Sullivan http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Enforcing Prison Rape Elimination Standards Proves Tricky http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/enforcing-prison-rape-elimination-standards-proves-tricky On a recent day at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, inmates in jumpsuits peek out of their cells to see three men with clipboards walk into the housing unit. These men are auditors doing a practice inspection. They're here to see if the facility complies with a federal law called the <a href="http://ojp.gov/programs/prisonrapeelimination.htm" target="_blank">Prison Rape Elimination Act</a>, or PREA.<p>Auditors Steven Cubello and Howard Ray start at a line of phones. There's no sign with the toll-free hotline that inmates can use to report an assault. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 34961 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Enforcing Prison Rape Elimination Standards Proves Tricky Missouri Execution Stalled Over Lethal Drugs In Short Supply http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-execution-stalled-over-lethal-drugs-short-supply A few years ago, Missouri, like other states, was having trouble finding lethal execution drugs. Europe was balking, and U.S. drug manufacturers didn't want a part of it.<p>So Missouri turned to a place called a compounding pharmacy to make up the needed drugs based on the ingredients. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:42:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 33821 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Spike In Heroin Use Can Be Traced To Prescription Pads http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/spike-heroin-use-can-be-traced-prescription-pads The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has brought attention to a grim reality of drug abuse in America — most notably with the increasing use of heroin.<p>Hoffman was found dead in his apartment on Sunday, and New York police are investigating his death as a possible drug overdose. Hoffman struggled with drug addiction throughout his career.<p>This is not the first time heroin use has skyrocketed in the United States. In the 1970s and '80s, the drug took hold in urban centers. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 33477 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Spike In Heroin Use Can Be Traced To Prescription Pads Mentally Ill Are Often Locked Up In Jails That Can't Help http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mentally-ill-inmates-often-locked-jails-cant-help Cook County, Ill., Sheriff Tom Dart walks the halls of his jail every day. With 10,000 inmates, this place is a small city — except a third of the people here are mentally ill.<p>Dart has created some of the most innovative programs in the country to handle mentally ill inmates, hiring doctors and psychologists, and training staff. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:37:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 33143 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mentally Ill Are Often Locked Up In Jails That Can't Help A Night At The Rock: Former Alcatraz Inmate Journeys Back http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/night-rock-former-alcatraz-inmate-journeys-back For 29 years, Alcatraz — the notorious prison off the coast of San Francisco — housed some of the nation's worst criminals: Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, Birdman Robert Stroud.<p>Today, 50 years after it closed, it's a museum. And earlier this year, the National Park Service gave Bill Baker, a former inmate, special permission to stay the night in his old cell. He was 24 when he was transferred to The Rock. Today, he's 80.<p>Baker, who was born in Kentucky during the Great Depression, has spent a lot of his life in and out of federal prison. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 18:21:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 30646 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Night At The Rock: Former Alcatraz Inmate Journeys Back New Details Emerge On Woman Shot After Capitol Hill Car Chase http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-details-emerge-woman-shot-after-capitol-hill-car-chase Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>We're learning more about the woman who led police on a chase through the District of Columbia yesterday. The car chase ended with a shootout that left the woman, Miriam Carey, dead. Carey's family positively identified her body this afternoon. And to learn more about her background, we're joined by NPR's Laura Sullivan. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:24:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 30424 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Older Suspect Described As Controlling, Manipulative http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/older-suspect-described-controlling-manipulative Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Big cheers in Watertown, Massachusetts, tonight and this tweet from the Boston Police Department, captured with three exclamation points, the hunt is over, the search is done, the terror is over, and justice has won, suspect in custody. We've been gathering a lot of information all day on the bombing suspects' backgrounds. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 01:06:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 25621 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Without Reviews, Inmates Can Get Lost In U.S. Prison System http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/without-reviews-inmates-can-get-lost-us-prison-system Every year 10 million people funnel in and out of America's jails and prisons. And every year some of them get lost. Recently there have been two high-profile cases of such inmates — one who got out years too early, and one who stayed years too long. Both had disastrous consequences.<p>In January, Evan Ebel walked out of a Colorado prison four years too early. Two months later, he allegedly rang the doorbell of Tom Clements, the head of the Colorado Department of Corrections, shot him in the chest and killed him. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 08:09:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 25150 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Without Reviews, Inmates Can Get Lost In U.S. Prison System Tribal Coalition Report Finds South Dakota 'Willfully' Violated Child Welfare Law http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tribal-coalition-report-finds-south-dakota-willfully-violated-child-welfare-law South Dakota's foster care system "systematically violated the spirit and the letter" of a law meant to protect Native American children, a coalition of tribal directors from the state's nine Sioux tribes said in a report released Thursday night. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:44:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 6956 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org