Gordon Ramsay set up a business inside a London prison that taught inmates how to bake and sold the goods on the outside. Providing the prison with financial support while giving the inmates work experience they could use to find honest work after their sentence. theguardian.com/society/2…
When Nelson Mandela left the prison gates in 1990, one newsman shoved a modern microphone in his face. He recoiled slightly, wondering if it were some newfangled weapon that had been developed while he was in prison history.com/news/mandela-…
In 2015, Neil Moore, a prisoner serving time for a $2.7 million fraud conviction, walked out the front gate of a high security prison by forging his own release papers. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Companies such as Wholefoods, Starbucks, Microsoft, IBM make use of prison labour blog.globaltel.com/compan…
In 1978 Tim Allen was arrested after he was caught drug trafficking with over 650 grams of cocaine. He provided the names of other dealers in exchange for a sentence of 3 - 7 years than a possible life imprisonment, serving two years and four months in a Federal prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Today I learned of Francis Crowley, whose crime spree lasted nearly three months, ending in a two-hour shootout. In prison he was known to stuff his uniform down the toilet, set fire to his bed, and craft homemade weapons. He was executed in the electric chair, at the age of 19. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
A surgeon named John Bradmore was released from prison to extract an arrowhead from young Henry V's skull. He invented an extractor to remove the bodkin (5 in. deep) and healed the wound with honey and wine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Stefan Kiszko, a man with learning disabilities, was wrongly convicted of murder. He served 16 years in prison, where he was physically attacked and harassed by other inmates. He died 20 months after his acquittal and release, before he could collect the money owed to him for his suffering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Christopher Havens, a convicted murderer solves ancient math problem in prison. Taught himself higher math and solved the age-old math puzzle of number theory involving so-called continued fractions over which Euclid has already racked his brains. He then published the journal in January 2020. dw.com/en/murderer-solves…
Today I learned about The Whole Shabang, a brand of chips initially only sold at prison commissary stores. The chips were so popular amongst ex inmates that it became a grey market commodity and finally was sold to the general public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1986, a French woman studied for months so she could learn how to fly a helicopter. Then she rented one, flew it over a prison and grabbed her husband, a convicted bank robber, from the prison's roof. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
After corrections officer Robert Johnson was nearly killed by a hitman hired by a prisoner using a contraband cellphone, he not only became an advocate for strong measures against prison phone use, but also influenced the FCC to pass a law that made it easier to stop phone use among prisoners. usnews.com/news/best-stat…
Today I learned about Buddy Cianci. Former 2 time Mayor of Providence, RI, both times having to resign from office due to felony charges of kidnapping and then racketeering. He then lost a third election after serving 5 years in prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
In 1884, a botched bank robbery in Arizona resulted in the robbers murdering four people, including a pregnant woman. Five of six accused robbers were sentenced to death, one was sentenced to life in prison. After the verdict a mob broke into the jail and lynched the one sentenced to life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
A doctor in China used CRISPR to edit the genes of twin girls to be more resistant to HIV, creating the first genetically engineered "designer babies." The Chinese government sentenced him to to 3 years in prison for illegal medical practice. nature.com/articles/d4158…
A man named Jayme Gordon sued Dreamworks Animation for stealing ideas from his drawings to make β€œKung Fu Panda”. Investigators found that he had traced his drawings from a β€œLion King” coloring book. Gordon was charged with perjury and wire fraud. He was sentenced to two years in prison. fbi.gov/news/stories/the-…
In Germany you can be punished by up to one year in prison if you don't help someone who's in danger or has had an accident lewik.org/term/15890/omis…
Because Malaysian law was based off of British colonial law, which was based off medieval British law, attempting suicide is still punishable by up to a year in prison, a fine or both in Malaysia therakyatpost.com/2020/08…
Today I learned of Robert Rozier, a former NFL player who killed 7 people on behalf of a cult, went into the witness protection program, did 22 years in prison, got out, became a web developer, and then was sentenced to 25 years to life for passing $2,200 worth of bad checks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Tyler Perry has a 330-acre studio complex complete with a replica of the White House, a farm, a vintage baseball stadium, several courtrooms, a trailer park, a prison yard, a Southern mansion, and church chapel among other sets. chicagocrusader.com/the-w…
Today I learned of Haing S. Ngor. Ngor is one of only three actors of Asian descent to win an Academy Award for Best Actor and is one of two to win as a non-professional actor. He survived three terms in Cambodian prison camps before coming to America only to be murdered in Los Angeles in 1996 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
LeBron James decision to leave Cleveland to join Miami Heat was so disliked by the world at the time, that Osama Bin Laden's translator, who was being held at Guantanamo Bay prison wrote a letter to his lawyers saying "LeBron James is very bad man. He should apologize to the city of Cleveland." cbssports.com/nba/news/os…
Serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer was brutally killed in prison when another inmate beat him to death with a metal bar taken from the prison weight room. The killer later revealed that he was sickened by Dahmer's crimes and his habit of fashioning severed limbs from the prison food. biography.com/crime-figur…
Serena Williams, often considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, voiced Ming the Prison Guard on "Avatar: The Last Airbender", after she said it was her "favorite show" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Serial killer Joel Rifkin had a fight with murderer Colin Ferguson in prison. Ferguson was using the phone and told Rifkin to be quiet. They argued and Ferguson told Rifkin "I killed 6 devils and you only killed women,”, Rifkin responded "Yeah, but I had more victims." Ferguson punched him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Texas used to have a rodeo every year, hosted by its prison system, in which the inmates could participate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex…
In 2005, a chinese man found that he could still buy lottery tickets within a 5 minute window after the winning numbers were announced. this allowed him to win over $4 million. when chinese authorities caught on, he was sentenced to life in prison reuters.com/article/us-lo…
The inmate that killed Jeffrey Dahmer blames prison food for causing his insanity. nypost.com/2015/04/28/mee…
Today I learned about Stefan Kiszko, a mentally disabled man who was wrongly imprisoned for for a crime he could not have physically committed. He was led to believe that if he confessed to the crime, he would be allowed to go home. He spent 16 years in prison before his conviction was overturned. manchestersfinest.com/art…
A $3 million lottery winner was sentenced to 21 years in prison after using his winnings to finance a meth trafficking ring. jacksonville.com/news/geo…
While in prison Ted Kaczynski the Unabomber was friends with Ramzi Yousef the World Trade Center bomber and Timothy McVeigh the Oklahoma City bomber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Filmmaker Ruggero Deodato was Arrested and Charged With Murdering Several Actors On Camera While Filming The 1980's movie "Cannibal Holocaust." He was facing life prison and he had to produce 3 Actors in Court to prove that all the actors are still alive. theguardian.com/film/2011…
In Jewish religious law the husband must grant a 'get' in order for a couple to be recognised as officially divorced. Some men refuse to do so and rabbinical courts in Israel have the power to sentence a husband to prison to compel him to grant his wife a get. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get…
Sam Sheppard who the TV show and movie The Fugitive are based on remarried after being released from prison. His new wife's half sister was married to Joseph Goebbels. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Sh…
Despite making up less than 0.1% of the prison population, The Aryan Brotherhood is responsible for between 18-25% of all murders in the US federal prison system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ary…
Today I learned of the Dancing Inmates of the CPDRC ( a prison in the Philippines). In 2006 the head of the Prison, Byron F. Garcia, was inspired watching The Shawshank Redemption and introduced an exercise program with music. Up to 1500 inmates have performed various songs like Thriller, My Sharona & Jump. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPD…
Today I learned of the Teapot Dome Scandal: Between 1921-1923 during Harden's presidency, the Secretary of the Interior, Albert Fall, secretly leased federal oil reserves to the Mammoth Oil Company in exchange for $200k worth of liberty bonds. He became the first Cabinet secretary to go to prison. britannica.com/event/Teap…
That, in 1990, the Community Protection Act was introduced in Victoria, Australia to solely keep one man, Garry David, in prison classic.austlii.edu.au/au…
Today I learned of boxing fighter Edwin Valero, one of only two fighters with 100% KO ratio. Despite his record, he failed to attract big names to climb into the ring with him. Later, Valero was jailed after stabbing his wife to death, and hung himself in his prison cell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
An increasing number of elderly Japanese people are committing small crimes so they can live in prison for free. People aged 65+ now make up more than a quarter of the prison population in Japan. bbc.co.uk/news/stories-47…
The actor who played Crabbe in the Harry Potter series was arrested for looting a drug store with a Molotov cocktail during the 2011 London riots and spent 2 years in prison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned about the Panopticon, an 18th century prison design that allows all prisoners to be observed by a single security guard, without the inmates knowing whether they are being watched. Historian Shirley Letwin called it "a device of such monstrous efficiency that it left no room for humanity." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Michael Schumacher made his F1 debut as a replacement for Bertrand Gachot, who missed the 1991 Grand Prix as he was in prison for spraying a taxi driver with CS gas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Francis Clifford Smith, 96yo, is believed to be the oldest living inmate and recently became the longest-serving prisoner in the world (70+ years). He was released only to be returned to prison on a parole violation in 1975. greenwichtime.com/local/a…
Today I learned of Paul Bergrin, a defense attorney with a 90% win rate, who was also a New Jersey pimp, crime boss and drug trafficker. He was sentenced to life in prison for prostitution, bribery, fraud, drug dealing and conspiracy to murder en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Today I learned of Troy Leon Gregg, an inmate who had been sentenced to death but escaped from prison on July 28th 1980, only to be killed in a bar later that same night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tro…
Rod Blagojevich fronted an Elvis tribute band while in prison called "The Jailhouse Rockers" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
Deadman's Island is a small, uninhabited island in Kent, UK that was used as a burial ground for convicts who died of disease onboard floating prisons about 200 years ago. In 2016, the skeletal remains of at least 200 people were found there. The island is completely banned to the public. bbc.com/news/uk-england-k…
Today I learned about Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who was kept captive for 19 yrs by her mother, Dee Dee, who faked medical conditions that her daughter had in order for her to be seen as a caregiver. Dee Dee is a classic Munchausen syndrome by proxy. After Gypsy had Dee Dee killed, she was sentenced 10yrs in prison biography.com/news/gypsy-…
Today I learned of James Scott. A prisoner who fought in 7 nationally televised boxing matches from behind bars. He rose to be the No.2 contender in the WBA rankings, defeating the No.1 along the way. The WBA stripped his ranking after becoming concerned that a prison inmate might actually win the world title. boxrec.com/media/index.ph…

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