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When a letter that allegedly contained a hidden packet of methamphetamine arrived at a Texas prison addressed to an inmate serving a two-lifetime sentence, the sender was tracked down by the authorities and taken into custody.

James Burkett was convicted in 2001 when he stood trial for his involvement in a murder case involving a mother, her teenage son, and his teenage friend. Burkett was given a life sentence for the deaths of each of the teenagers and he is currently serving his time in the James V. Allred Unit prison.

A mail worker at the prison had their attention drawn to a letter addressed to Burkett that felt as if it contained something that was causing it to have a slight protrusion. The worker opened the envelope to inspect the contents and after removing a homemade card inside, a small package of white powder was found.

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A teenage girl serving time at a juvenile jail in Orlando, Florida, has accused one of the facility guards of raping her and said that he warned her against reporting the incident by issuing threats to her.

26-year-old Marcus Leon James has been employed as a corrections officer at the Orange County Regional Juvenile Assessment and Detention Center for three-and-a-half years.

On Sunday, near 11:00 p.m., James reportedly ordered two young women to go to separate sections of the facility for cleaning duties. After the girls began their work James allegedly approached one of them, age 17, and took her to an empty office. When he got her alone he allegedly hit her, and sexually assaulted her by making her perform oral sex on him before he penetrated her until he ejaculated.

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A 68-year-old woman was arrested for bringing contraband into a prison when she gave her grandson a bag of Doritos that she said she was unaware contained illegal substances.

Tennessee resident Sarah Griffin is the grandmother of Cody Clements who is currently serving time at the Shelby County Corrections facility. Griffin paid a visit to her grandson on Saturday and brought him a bag of Doritos chips.

An officer working at the facility noticed when Clements was passed the Doritos by his grandmother and he approached the inmate. The officer reported that he asked Clements to relinquish the snack bag and before handing it over Clements purportedly removed an object from the bag.

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Family and friends of criminal defendants facing a lengthy incarceration in the Orange County jail have found some relief when told that an inmate is likely to only serve 50% of his sentence, with good time and/or work time credits. Someone sentenced to 180 days in jail would only serve an actual 90 days, thanks to emergency legislation earlier this year aimed at combating jail and prison overcrowding. That legislation has, however, come to an end.

On September 29, 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger legislation, effective immediately, which returned credit calculation to the previous system of 2/3 credits. If the crime discussed above were committed after September 29, 2010, the defendant would now serve 120 days of the 180 sentence, with good time/work time credits. Crimes committed before that date (but after the original legislation, reducing the credits) are still subject to 50% credits.

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