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Patrick Jones served nearly half of a 30-year term for a non-violent drug conviction. He wrote a heartbreaking letter to a judge pleading with him to let him out so he could spend time with his wayward 16-year-old son.

Jones was sentenced to serve his time at the Federal Correctional Institute in Oakdale, Louisiana when his son was a baby.

Jones begged for a second chance to prove to the teenager and to society that he was more than just a number. "It is just a number to be forgotten in time," Jones wrote in a letter dated October 15.

The 49-year-old described himself as a "very good person. Caring, hardworking, free and clean of drugs and a lot smarter now, with a balanced outlook on life."

Just two days before Jones died of a reported coronavirus-related illness, Attorney General William Barr wrote a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons' Director Michael Carvajal instructing him to transfer non-violent, at-risk inmates to home confinement.

Prison reform activists say Jones's plea was ignored because he is Black.

Similar requests for compassionate release were made by other Black inmates and detainees, including singer R. Kelly and rapper YNW Melly, who claims he is dying from coronavirus in a Florida jail where he is awaiting trial on double murder charges.

Both Kelly and Melly's requests were denied.

On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Jones and other non-violent inmates who died in prison during the coronavirus outbreak.

"There is no time to spare," says the lawsuit.

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Tyler Perry's family members are mourning the death of his nephew, who hanged himself in his prison cell on Tuesday night.

The family is demanding answers after the actor and director's nephew, Gavin Porter, committed suicide at a prison facility near St. Helena Parish in Louisiana.

Prison officials insist the 26-year-old inmate hanged himself in his cell, according to TMZ, but Perry's sister, who is the dead man's mom, isn't convinced he took his own life.

Sources tell TMZ Porter was placed in solitary confinement after fighting with another inmate over the weekend.

Gavin was arrested for shooting and killing his biological father in 2016. He pleaded no contest to manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years.

Perry has yet to comment on the family tragedy.

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Illinois Dept. of Corrections

A male inmate who claimed to be a female was accused of rape after he transferred to a women's prison and sexually assaulted a bio female inmate.

Janiah Monroe, who was born Andre Patterson and is listed as Andre Patterson by the Illinois Dept. of Corrections, was convicted of killing two people in 2005.

Patterson was charged as an adult and transferred from a juvenile facility to the Cook County Jail, where he promptly strangled his cellmate.

Prison records shows he is serving time for 11 felonies, including second degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery, three counts of aggravated battery against a police officer, 2 counts of aggravated arson, and more.

Despite his history of violence, the 30-year-old was transferred to Logan Correctional Center from a men's prison on the orders of U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Rosenstengel -- an Obama appointee, who ordered the Department of Corrections to give transgender inmates hormones and stop making housing assignments based on genitals or physical appearance.

Shortly after his arrival at the women's prison in Lincoln, a Jane Doe filed a complaint, alleging that Patterson raped her and that she was wrongly punished when she complained.

The female inmate said Patterson was housed in her cell, where he "easily overpowered" her and sexually assaulted her in June 2019.

Other women at the facility filed complaints against Patterson under the Prison Rape Elimination Act. He also threatened staff and inmates.

Patterson reportedly stopped taking female hormones after the transfer to the women's prison.

Corrections officers decided to transfer Patterson back to a men's prison in June. But the governor's office reportedly stepped in and overruled the transfer back to the men's prison in Pontiac.

The governor's office didn't respond to an email from Illinois Times asking for comment.

The female inmate has since filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Patterson is being housed in segregation at the female prison for his own safety. He is scheduled for parole in 2051.

transgender inmate

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new policy that will house male transgender criminals in jails that align with the gender they claim to be. That means violent male criminals will now be housed with vulnerable women in NYC jails.

All a male criminal has to say be be housed with women is he has a “female gender identity.”

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Wendell Brown and son

Former Ball State football player Wendell Brown has languished in a Chinese jail for over 500 days, and his parents are still waiting for answers from the U.S. government. Brown, 32, was arrested after a bar fight in 2016. Surveillance video shows Brown defending himself as bottles were being thrown at him.

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Carema Lashandra Brown

A Pennsylvania inmate was busted after jail officials discovered multiple baggies of cocaine, methamphetamines and 78 doses of LSD hidden in her hair weave.

Carema Lashandra Brown, 29, is charged with smuggling drugs and contraband into the Jefferson County jail on January 5, where she was being held on two unrelated felony theft counts.

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