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Education & Rehabilitation

  1. Garland County inmates find creative outlet in art program
    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Inmates at the Garland County Detention Center are learning to express themselves creatively in a positive way through art thanks to one of the many programs offered at the jail....[more]

  2. Chicago business trains former inmates to be beekeepers
    (CNN) - On the West Side of Chicago, honey bees have become a beacon of hope for former inmates....[more]

  3. Arizona prisons urged to end ban on book about black men
    PHOENIX — Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men, drawing outcry from First Amendment advocates who say the move is censorship....[more]

  4. https://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Government/2019/05/21/Arizona-prisons-ban-book-on-black-men-in-the-justice-system.html
    PHOENIX — Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men, drawing outcry from First Amendment advocates who say the move is censorship....[more]

  5. Stetson professors venture to prison to educate inmates
    In her first class there, Stetson University associate professor of philosophy Melinda Hall discussed whether it was wrong to lie — a likely thought-provoking choice for her audience, inmates at the Tomoka Correctional Institution in Daytona Beach....[more]

  6. Rutherford workhouse wants to add mechatronics training for inmates
    Inmate Kevin Webb hopes others at the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center will learn the mechatronics training he obtained from his employer....[more]

  7. Jail Overcrowding Leads to Repeat Offenders
    LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Police are trying to stop what they say is a cycle of crime here in Little Rock. That's why they're speaking out about repeat offenders and partially blaming the problem on overcrowded jails.

    The sound of the jail door slamming is something Quinton Forney's heard eight times in the past two years....[more]


  8. We pay inmates $3 a day to fight California wildfires
    I recently heard a story told by the actor/activist Harry Belafonte about meeting with Martin Luther King back in the ’60s, shortly after the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were signed. King was not in a celebratory mood, said Belafonte, and seemed to be rethinking his stance on racial integration. They were both contemplating the question asked by James Baldwin from The Fire Next Time: What if we just helped integrate black people into a burning house? Belafonte said King thought long on this before responding, “I guess we’ll just have to be firefighters.”...[more]

  9. Georgia Approves Aggressive Blueprint for Prisoner Reentry Initiative
    Georgia criminal justice reform will push the pedal hard over the next several months with rapid expansion of the state’s prisoner reentry initiative. Millions of federal grant dollars will become seed money for fifteen pilot project sites starting now through the 2017 calendar year. The goal is to give released inmates a better chance to succeed when they go outside the walls....[more]

  10. Judge: State inmates not entitled to minimum wage
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Nebraska prisoner who argued that he should be making minimum wage for his work behind bars....[more]

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Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

  1. A Georgia death row inmate has asked to be executed by firing squad
    (CNN)A convicted murderer in Georgia has asked that he be executed by firing squad, arguing an execution by lethal injection would cause him "excruciating pain" because of the condition of his veins....[more]

  2. Former prison supervisor sentenced to two years
    According to a Department of Justice release, Khristal Ford, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone to 24 months in prison followed by one...[more]

  3. Arkansas Inmate Cites Mental Illness in Death Penalty Appeal
    An Arkansas death row inmate convicted of killing a state legislator's daughter was diagnosed with schizophrenia and should not be...[more]

  4. Execution date set for Glynn Co. convicted murderer
    FORSYTH, Ga. (WSAV) – Monday the Glynn County Superior Court ordered the execution of convicted murderer Jimmy Fletcher Meders. ...[more]

  5. Serial Killer Phillip Jablonski Dies on California Death Row
    SACRAMENTO, CALIF. - A serial killer whose five victims included two wives has died on California's death row, authorities said Monday....[more]

  6. Rochester man with a history of violence is going to prison
    ROCHESTER, Minn. – A violent confrontation that left two police officers injured is sending a Rochester man to prison. Phillip Grant Berg, 33 of Rochester, was sentenced Monday to seven years and 11 months behind bars, with credit for 144 days already served. Berg pleaded guilty to one count of 1st degree burglary for the incident on August 9 and four other felonies and three gross misdemeanor charges were dismissed....[more]

  7. Stay Of Execution Granted To Rodney Reed. Brother Says Death Penalty Should Be Abolished
    On Friday, November 15, 2019, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted death row inmate Rodney Reed an indefinite stay of execution and has ordered a new trial. Reed’s brother says the case is “a prime example why they should abolish the death penalty....[more]

  8. Rodney Reed granted stay of execution from US court amid celebrity pressure over 1996 murder case
    Texas's top criminal appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt....[more]

  9. California man convicted of torture-murder dies on death row
    SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — A 49-year-old inmate convicted of torturing and burning his victim alive has died on California’s death row....[more]

  10. USC students' dad gets longest sentence yet in college admissions scandal
    Former real estate executive Toby MacFarlane was sentenced to six months in prison on Wednesday in the college admissions scandal, receiving the heaviest sentence imposed in connection with the scheme thus far, according to USA Today....[more]

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Gangs in Prison

  1. Heroin brought in by son led to ODs of 5 Philly-area women
    During Christmas Day, five women at George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Delaware County suffered from heroin overdoses. One of the women died....[more]

  2. Jury finds Chicago gang member guilty in the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee
    CHICAGO — After just a few hours of deliberation late Thursday night, a Cook County jury found a man guilty of first degree murder of Tyshawn Lee, a 9-year-old boy who was shot and killed in one of Chicago's most horrific crimes....[more]

  3. White supremacist gang leader who escaped from Arkansas jail has been captured
    Authorities say they’ve captured the leader of a white supremacist gang who escaped from an Arkansas jail earlier this week....[more]

  4. Inmate pleads guilty to sending anthrax threat letters to judges, gets 10 years
    A former state inmate admitted to sending letters to state officials in Central Florida threatening to poison them with anthrax....[more]

  5. Another inmate dies at North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, WV
    GREENWOOD — An inmate died late Monday evening at the North Central Regional Jail, according to a state official....[more]

  6. Feds dismantle powerful cocaine, heroin rings in Pittsburgh
    Forty people have been charged this week in six indictments after a two-year narcotics investigation by an FBI task force focused on East End dealers supplied from California through a middle man in Cleveland....[more]

  7. Rollin 60s Busts: See 25 Aurora Indictees Allegedly Tied to Notorious L.A. Street Gang
    Yesterday morning, members of the Aurora Police Department and law-enforcement agencies throughout the metro area busted two dozen men and women as part of what's described as a two-year investigation into the activities of the Rollin 60s, an Aurora street gang whose lineage can be traced back to Los Angeles. Continue to see those taken into custody -- and the one person who's thus far eluded authorities -- and get details about the allegations that led to a 73-count indictment also on view below....[more]

  8. Jury Convicts Ex-Guard Of Taking Bribes From Hawaii Prison Gang
    HONOLULU (AP) — A former guard was found guilty of taking bribes from a Hawaii prison gang to smuggle drugs and cigarettes to prisoners, while an inmate was convicted of leading a brutal attack to maintain his position in the gang.

    Jurors reached their verdicts Friday after deliberating for about five hours in a federal trial that has offered an inside look at the operations of the "USO Family" prison gang....[more]


  9. Convicted priest says El Salvador backed gang work
    MADRID (AP) — Those who love Antonio Rodriguez know him affectionately as "Father Tony," the Roman Catholic priest who spent 15 years working in El Salvador's roughest neighborhoods to get vulnerable young men out of a gang lifestyle that often ends in death....[more]

  10. Prosecutor: Hawaii prison gang 'kings of castle'
    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii prison gang formed out of a need for inmate protection evolved into a violent organization whose members are "kings of their castle," a federal prosecutor told a jury Wednesday at the start of a racketeering trial for a former prison guard and an inmate.

    ...[more]


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Health & Medical Treatment


  1. Officer Must Face Paralyzed Inmate’s Suit Over Medical Delay
    A Tennessee corrections officer doesn’t have qualified immunity from civil rights claims for allegedly causing a delay in medical care for an inmate who had a spinal abscess that led to temporary paralysis and incontinence, the Sixth Circuit said Jan. 8....[more]

  2. Federal Case Moves Forward Over Missouri Inmate's Death
    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A judge is refusing to dismiss several medical workers and Missouri sheriff's department employees from a lawsuit alleging that improper medical care contributed to the death of an inmate soon after he was sent to prison....[more]

  3. R Kelly’s lawyer is pushing to get him released from prison to protect his health
    Steve Greenberg claims that the Ignition singer’s health is deteriorating while he is in custody and is heading back to court to try and get Kelly released....[more]

  4. Former Virginia inmate wins $1M in medical malpractice suit
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia inmate won more than $1 million in a malpractice suit against prison medical staff he accused of improperly treating his broken finger, saying he still feels the effects....[more]

  5. Inmate suffering from mental illness found unresponsive inside Sonoma County Jail cell, then dies
    A 30-year-old inmate that a county judge declared mentally incompetent last month died Wednesday night after being found unconscious in his Sonoma County Jail cell....[more]

  6. Inmate’s beating, lack of medical attention, deleted video raises unanswered questions
    When Gordon Hunter Shutt was arrested in Neptune Beach for driving on a suspended driver’s license, he figured he be processed out of jail in downtown Jacksonville in no time and with no problems....[more]

  7. Inmate who was suing prison over poor medical care has died
    RICHMOND, Va. — An inmate who was suing her Virginia prison over allegations of poor medical treatment has died....[more]

  8. After grant denial, many Collier inmates still lack medication-assisted treatment for opioid addictions
    Collier County efforts to help curb Florida’s growing opioid problem hit a roadblock earlier this month when a team of local agencies was turned down for a grant that would have helped create a treatment model for county jail inmates....[more]

  9. Prison problems: Miscarriages, a baby born in a cell, inadequate services for disabilities
    Women miscarrying due to a lack of proper health care, a woman giving birth alone in a cell, and deaf inmates not getting interpretation services during doctor visits. ...[more]

  10. Hepatitis C ruling could add millions to Florida prison health costs
    TALLAHASSEE — The state may have to pay millions of dollars more in treatment costs for inmates infected with hepatitis C, following a federal judge’s ruling that said prison officials have been “deliberately indifferent” in caring for thousands of inmates infected with the virus....[more]

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Inmate Search / Inmate Locators

  1. Search is on for inmate accidentally released from Colorado jail
    A Colorado inmate was able to escape jail by posing as another inmate that....[more]

  2. Search for Escaped Inmate in Ellis County
    North Texas law enforcement officials are searching for a teen who escaped from guards in Ellis County Wednesday....[more]

  3. Search underway after inmate escapes in Sabine Parish
    Authorities are trying to track down an inmate who escaped in Sabine Parish....[more]

  4. Three inmates escape Athens County correctional facility, one apprehended
    NELSONVILLE, Ohio- Authorities have captured one man and continue to search for two others who escaped from SEPTA Correctional Facility in Nelsonville. Nelsonville Police said 30-year old David G. Skeens was found in Licking County. He escaped with Justin D. Stanley at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 1st. Authorities are also searching for another inmate, Troy... Continue Reading /...[more]

  5. Man Accused of Helping Callahan County Inmate Escape Self-Surrenders
    A man accused of helping an inmate escape from the Callahan County Jail nearly two weeks ago has turned himself in to authorities....[more]

  6. Oklahoma DOC unveils new inmate search feature
    TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -  The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has unveiled a new online inmate search feature available to the public.According to the DOC, the site’s new search feature allows the release of more accurate information for inmates sentenced...[more]

  7. Search continues for Inmate who escaped from Lawrence County work release
    Austen Larry Williams, 29, of Town Creek, walked away from the countys maintenance shop during work detail Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff Gene Mitchell said....[more]

  8. Officers search for third West Baton Rouge work-release program escapee in two weeks
    For the third time in two weeks, authorities Wednesday were chasing a West Baton Rouge Parish work-release inmate who walked away from the program....[more]

  9. Search on for fugitive sex offender seen in Austin on Monday
    An undocumented immigrant, who is also a known sex offender, was spotted Monday in Austin.Authorities tried to arrest Pedro Padrón but while he was being surrounded, he ran into a wooded area.“We received information that indicated that Padrón was back in...[more]

  10. Video: Midland County inmate behind bars after escape
    An inmate is back behind bars after escaping from the Midland County Jail Thursday afternoon....[more]

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Policy & Decision-Making

  1. Inmate Imprisoned for Assault, Weapons Counts on the Run
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The hunt is on for an inmate who walked away from a low-level corrections center where he was serving up to 10 years for weapons and assault counts — including assault on a police officer...[more]

  2. Calls for prison reform in Mississippi after inmate murders and escapes
    Over the last 10 days, five inmates were killed in different Mississippi state prisons. At one troubled site called Parchman Farm, two violent inmates escaped last week, but have since been caught. Mark Strassman reports on the situation in Parchman Farm and the claims that gangs, not the guards, run the facility....[more]

  3. Colorado agrees to pay inmate $500,000 for alleged prison beating
    DenverColorado has agreed to pay $500,000 to a convicted murderer serving a life sentence who allegedly suffered a prison beating at the hands of a guard, an incident a federal jury initially awarded him a record $6 million over. The award was rescinded in a second trial....[more]

  4. British death row inmate could be freed after 33 years as lawyers reveal new evidence 'that proves his innocence'
    A British man, who has spent 33 years imprisoned in the US – 10 of them on death row – could be freed after judges agreed to hear an appeal that lawyers claim will prove his innocence....[more]

  5. Inmate convicted in deadly prison breakout attempt moves to US prison
    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — The man sentenced to death in the killings of four workers during an attempted escape from a North Carolina prison has been transferred to a federal prison in Kentucky because of safety concerns....[more]

  6. Jesse Wegman: Will Florida kill an innocent man?
    For more than three decades, James Dailey, a Vietnam War veteran, has been sitting on Florida’s death row, condemned to die for the brutal 1985 murder of a teenager named Shelly Boggio....[more]

  7. Epstein jail guards decline plea deal
    Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal to two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein on the night of his death, but the officers have declined the offer, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press....[more]

  8. Texas Appeals Court Blocks Inmate's Execution
    HOUSTON - Texas' top criminal appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt. ...[more]

  9. Ex-judges, families of murder victims, call for halt to U.S. federal death penalty
    (Reuters) - The relatives of murder victims, along with former judges and corrections officials, asked President Donald Trump and his attorney general on Tuesday to halt federal executions, at least for now, citing concerns about how the penalty is carried out. ...[more]

  10. California’s criminal police officers include 20 convicted of murder
    The most heinous crimes on the state’s list of convicted cops are some of the most notorious: 20 former officers turned up with murder convictions, from a hot-tub drowning to a jail-cell beating....[more]

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Prison Conditions & Corruption

  1. 3 Arrested in South Carolina Prison Contraband Operation
    Contraband valued at $35,000 was confiscated when the South Carolina Department of Corrections busted a smuggling operation...[more]

  2. Shocking photo shows prisoners rammed in an overcrowded cell at troubled jail where three were killed in gang clashes between inmates
    Shocking photos show prisoners rammed in an overcrowded cell at a troubled jail where three inmates died in gang clashes and from which two escaped last week....[more]

  3. Inmate Lawsuit: Guards Stood by or Helped Facilitate Attack
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A black West Virginia inmate says in a federal lawsuit that he was attacked by a member of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood while state prison guards either did nothing or helped facilitate the assault....[more]

  4. Missouri man gets 8 years in prison for aiding ISIS leader
    A Missouri man accused of supplying money and armed forces tools to a now-deceased ISIS leader in Syria has been sentenced to eight years leisurely bars — after which he shall be deported to his native Bosnia....[more]

  5. Woman pleads guilty to passing contraband to inmate
    COVINGTON COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - A woman pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five and a half years imprisonment for passing contraband to a Covington County Jail inmate. ...[more]

  6. NY attorney sentenced to 1 month in prison for paying $75K to have daughter's ACT answers fixed
    BOSTON — Gordon Caplan, a prominent New York attorney, was sentenced Thursday in Boston federal court to one month in prison for paying $75,000 to have someone correct answers on his daughter's ACT test to inflate her score....[more]

  7. US resumes death penalty: morally unacceptable
    Last week, the US government announced it will resume use of capital punishment after a 16-year hiatus and has set execution dates for five convicted murderers. This is a response to President Donald Trump’s call for tougher penalties on violent crimes....[more]

  8. County approves $31 million for women’s prison expansion
    Bucks County commissioners awarded eight contracts to six companies at its July 24 meeting to expand the Women’s Correctional Facility addressing over-crowding concerns....[more]

  9. West Virginia officials investigating 2 inmate assaults at regional jail
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Authorities have begun an investigation into two inmate-on-inmate assaults at a regional jail in West Virginia....[more]

  10. Commissioner says Alabama prison system culture must change
    Much has been reported about the scarcity of staff, overcrowding, and crumbling physical conditions in Alabama’s prisons....[more]

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Prison Life & Culture

  1. Miss. prison chief says 4 of 5 inmate killings done by gangs
    SUNFLOWER COUNTY, Miss. — Mississippi's outgoing prisons chief said Friday that at least some of the five killings of inmates since Sunday stem from gang violence, as guards struggle to maintain control of restive inmates....[more]

  2. Prison guard had complaints before inmate was beaten
    OCALA — One of the guards accused of beating a female inmate so severely she was left paralyzed has previously been accused of trading cigarettes for sex, insubordination, harassing inmates for their religious beliefs and kissing and groping them....[more]

  3. Prison Guard Accused Of Beating of Female Florida Inmate!
    A newly promoted guard on the largest girls’ jail in Florida who purportedly beat a female inmate so badly in August that she was left paralyzed from the neck down had a historical past of complaints lodged in opposition to him by different inmates who declare he physically and bodily harassed them....[more]

  4. Woman who gave birth alone in Denver jail cell sues city authorities
    A woman who gave birth alone in her jail cell in Denver is suing the city after deputies and nurses allegedly ignored her pleas for help during about five hours of labour...[more]

  5. Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
    An Oklahoma inmate who served more than 28 years behind bars was released from prison after a judge overturned his conviction for a 1991 murder....[more]

  6. Florida Inmate Uses Smuggled Cellphone To Capture Beating
    A prison inmate used a smuggled cellphone to shoot video of several guards punching an inmate who was being held on the ground and the Florida Department of Corrections is now investigating....[more]

  7. FEDERAL DETENTION CENTER EMPLOYEE IN TEXAS INDICTED FOR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH INMATE
    A Federal grand jury has indicted a kitchen supervisor at the Rio Grande Detention Center in Laredo, Texas, for making a false statement and providing contraband in prison to an inmate, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick on Friday....[more]

  8. Corrections Department doesn't 'like' Michigan prisoner's Facebook page
    LANSING – A Michigan prisoner gave up his freedom but was not prepared to go without his social media....[more]

  9. Arizona prison officials won't let inmates read book that critiques the criminal justice system
    Arizona Corrections officials could soon face a First Amendment lawsuit if they refuse to overturn a ban on inmates' ability to read "Chokehold," a critically acclaimed critique of the American criminal-justice system and its treatment of black men....[more]

  10. 2,000 Leaked Photos Show the Cruelty of an Alabama Prison. Should They Be Publishe
    A shirtless man is laying on a hospital cot as two gloved nurses tend to him. He’s covered in blood from multiple stab wounds to his chest, and it coats his clothes, the cot’s sheet, and the floor. This is just one of more than 2,000 photos, many of them similarly gruesome, leaked earlier this year from inside the St. Clair Correctional Facility, a notorious prison in Alabama. ...[more]

  11. Public Protest at "Easy Life" Inside Wymott Prison
  12. Scottish Prison Service introduces week-long home leave
  13. 50% Canadians believe prison life "too cushy"
  14. Life in prison made falsely-accused Milgaard question own innocence
  15. Do Women Have it Better than Men in Prison?
  16. What do Wardens Think of Prison Sex?
  17. "Make-Believe" Family Relationships exist among Female Texas Prisoners
  18. Study on Inmate Assaults Clears Up Some Myths About Institutional Conditions
  19. Poorer Outlook on Race Relations in Some British Prisons Rather than Others
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Riots, Lockdowns, and Escapes

  1. Sheriff: Inmate Pushed Guard, Escaped From Hospital
    OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — An inmate is accused of escaping from custody in Mississippi by pushing down a guard and running away from a hospital....[more]

  2. Tennessee Inmate Who Escaped Work Site Is Found in Alabama
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee jail inmate who escaped a work site in a truck has been found in north Alabama, authorities said....[more]

  3. Rights groups call for federal inquiry into Mississippi prisons
    Prisoner advocates in the United States are calling for a federal investigation into the state of Mississippi's beleaguered prison system for possible civil rights violations, saying a recent spate of violence highlights deliberate violations of inmates' constitutional right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment....[more]

  4. Escaped Miss. inmate arrested in Fayette County, Tenn. according to US Marshals
    FAYETTE COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - An inmate who escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary on Saturday has been captured in Tennessee....[more]

  5. Tennessee Immate Escapes Work Site in Truck, Search Begins
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities searched on Monday for a Tennessee jail inmate who escaped a work site in a truck....[more]

  6. Five Mississippi inmates were killed in a week, officials say. Then two went missing.
    An inmate is missing from the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman after five prisoners were killed and several others injured this week across the state’s corrections system. The state’s prisons are on lockdown as authorities try to identify what sparked the violence at three facilities....[more]

  7. Louisiana Inmate Dies Following Fight With Another Inmate
    ANGOLA, La. (AP) — A man being held in a Louisiana prison died after a fight with another inmate, authorities said Sunday....[more]

  8. Man Who Killed State Police Agent Accused in Jail Attack
    WARSAW, Va. (AP) — A Richmond man convicted of fatally shooting a Virginia State Police special agent has been accused of attacking another inmate while in custody....[more]

  9. Inmate Drives Away From Work Site in State-Owned Pickup
    YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a South Dakota inmate who drove away from a work site Friday in a state-owned pickup....[more]

  10. Five inmates killed in past week in violence-plagued Mississippi prisons
    A fifth inmate was killed early Friday at one of Mississippi's state prisons, the latest burst of violence amid a series of fatal prisoner stabbings and attacks that have roiled the state prison system over the past week....[more]

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Sex Offender Search / Sex Offender Locators

  1. Report Questions Expanded Ohio Inmate Electronic Monitoring
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There's limited evidence that expanding the electronic monitoring of inmates in Ohio would reduce the rates at which ex-offenders...[more]

  2. Case of inmate accused of killing prison administrator before 5-day manhunt is headed for a grand jury
    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - After a long day of testimony in the preliminary hearing of a man who investigators say escaped from a Tennessee prison and killed the administrator, a judge in Lauderdale County has found probable cause to bind the case over to a grand jury....[more]

  3. Illegal immigrant charged with raping stepdaughter, 15, was back in US after being deported
    A Honduran national who was in the United States illegally has been arrested for raping his 15-year-old stepdaughter in Maryland....[more]

  4. 2 Weeks After Epstein’s Death, Another Apparent Suicide Inside A Federal Jail
    Just two weeks after billionaire convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein died of suicide inside a federal jail, yet another pretrial detainee jailed in a federal Bureau of Prisons facility has died in an apparent suicide, HuffPost has learned. ...[more]

  5. Man freed from prison doesn't blame rape victim for incarceration
    DETROIT – The victim in a rape case and the man convicted of the crime hugged after leaving a Detroit courtroom Thursday....[more]

  6. Probe begins over whether US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein committed child rape offences in France
    French authorities have launched a preliminary probe to uncover whether any sexual assault offences linked to the case against American financier Jeffrey Epstein were committed on the country's soil or on French nationals....[more]

  7. Ex-Ohio St. diving coach gets 4 years in prison
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - A former Ohio State diving club coach accused of abusing that role and having sex with a diver when she was a teenager was sentenced Monday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual battery....[more]

  8. Affidavit says fugitive Curtis Ray Watson strangled, sexually assaulted Tennessee corrections employee
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Affidavits released from the Lauderdale County Clerk's Office detail the allegations against Curtis Ray Watson, a fugitive who escaped the West Tennessee State Penitentiary on Wednesday. ...[more]

  9. Paedophile who abused girl, 11, is drowned in prison toilet in 'revenge killing'
    David Oseas Ramirez, 56, was drowned at Duval County Jail in Jacksonville, Florida, according to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office...[more]

  10. Ex-trainer in abuse case wants to serve time in medical unit
    BILLINGS, Mont. — A 79-year-old ex-high school athletic trainer from Miles City who admitted coercing boys into sexual abuse over decades wants to serve his time at a prison specializing in long-term medical care....[more]

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Suicides in Prison

  1. Two more inmates die by suicide in California’s state prison system
    Two California prisoners who died late last month became the 37th and 38th prisoners to die by suicide in the state’s prisons in 2019. Their deaths pushed the suicide rate among prisoners to 30.3 deaths per 100,000 incarcerated people — a 30-year high in the state....[more]

  2. Inmate Killed in Fight at Central California Prison
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An inmate was killed in a fight at a California prison and homicide investigators have arrested one of his fellow prisoners, authorities said Sunday....[more]

  3. Federal prison guards falsified records of cell checks, inmate counts
    WASHINGTON–Federal prison employees have falsified logs to claim they conducted mandatory cell checks and inmate counts when they didn't, according to a recent examination revealed by an internal Bureau of Prisons memo....[more]

  4. Inmate accused of human trafficking put into medically induced coma after suicide attempt
    An inmate accused of human trafficking was in a medically induced coma Saturday evening following a suicide attempt at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center earlier that afternoon, officials say....[more]

  5. Inmate suicides like Jeffrey Epstein's are increasing - and predictable, senator says
    Federal inmates were killing themselves at escalating rates when the Trump administration slashed 5,156 officers and staff positions through a hiring freeze and budget cuts - a downsizing of 14%....[more]

  6. Federal prison suicides were quietly rising before Jeffrey Epstein's death in a New York detention center
    WASHINGTON – When accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself while awaiting trial this month, it was the first recorded suicide at Manhattan’s federal detention center in 13 years....[more]

  7. After Jeffrey Epstein suicide, we must reform our criminal justice system: Readers sound off
    Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was pronounced dead Saturday at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City in an apparent suicide. The financier was awaiting trial for sex trafficking minors....[more]

  8. 13 Alabama prison inmates have died from suicide in past 14 months
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — UPDATE 5:24 p.m.: The Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton issued...[more]

  9. Del. Prison Officials Appeal Third Circuit Ruling in Suicide Case
    The state filed a motion indicating it intends to ask the high court to reverse a September precedential decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit waiving qualified immunity against government officials for actions taken by their subordinates if the officials' own actions demonstrate an indifference to known deficiencies in policy or procedure. As a result of the Third Circuit's ruling, the widow and children of Christopher Barkes, an inmate who hanged himself in 2004, can sue former Department of Correction Commissioner Stanley Taylor and Raphael Williams, the warden at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution at the time o...[more]

  10. Orleans Parish Prison inmate's suicide was preventable, civil rights lawsuit claims
    The wrongful death lawsuit, filed in federal court on Monday, claims Gusman's office was on notice about inadequate handling of mentally ill inmates by the time Clifton Morgan killed himself in the troubled lockup. A consent decree mandating widespread changes was in place three months before Morgan's Sept. 28, 2013 death....[more]

  11. Prison suicide questions institutional conditions
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Workplace and Industry Issues

  1. Six Members of Transnational Hacking Group, “The Community,” Indicted for Crimes Related to SIM-Swap Hacks
    Six members of a transnational hacking group known as “The Community” have been indicted in the Eastern District of Michigan and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in relation to SWIM-swap hacks they allegedly conducted to steal cryptocurrencies by taking over victim’s cellphones....[more]

  2. Assaults on prison guards in N.Y. at all-time high, union complains
    Assaults on correction officers at New York State prisons are on the increase.

    The union representing the officers says violence against them is at an all-time high.

    State officials who oversee New York’s 54 prisons and their 53,611 inmates do not put it in such dramatic terms. They say there has been an “uptick” in assaults....[more]


  3. What a Struggling Jail Means for Investors, Small Towns
    Rhode Island’s Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility has struggled since officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement pulled out their detainees in 2008, following the death of a Chinese national held there. That pullout happened shortly after the facility expanded to hold 770 detained people....[more]

  4. Jail officials hope new body scanners will cut back on contraband
    SOUTH SALT LAKE — The image is quite clear.

    The X-ray quality picture showed that hidden inside the inmate's body was a knife. It's something that likely would have gone undetected if not for a new body imaging machine....[more]


  5. Florida Fires 13 Prison Employees In Crackdown
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State prison officials did some major house cleaning this week, firing a total of 13 people, in the wake of widespread abuse allegations.

    The Florida Department of Corrections on Friday announced the dismissal of three officers and two sergeants for punching and kicking a prisoner at Lancaster Correctional Institution....[more]


  6. Male Guards Can Sue Over Jobs At Women’s Prison
    PITTSFIELD TWP. (AP) - The Michigan appeals court on Wednesday cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit by dozens of male guards who said they’ve been denied overtime and job assignments at the state’s only prison for women solely because they’re men.

    The court, 3-0, affirmed the decision of a Washtenaw County judge....[more]


  7. Aramark facing $200,000 fine; prison union official calls penalty a 'slap on the wrist'
    LANSING — The state will fine Aramark an additional $200,000 and upgrade monitoring of its prison food service, but it has no plans to cancel the controversial contract, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Friday....[more]

  8. Guest: The havoc of competing for jail contracts
    COMPETITION and the profit motive is the foundation of the American economy, but should it drive the delivery of sensitive government services such as adult detention? For decades, detention policy was pretty simple: Counties operated jails, felons went to county jails, and cities contracted with counties to house their misdemeanants. Some cities operated very small jails but, for the most part, counties provided jail services....[more]

  9. Pot-selling police officer gets 18 months in jail
    As a Buffalo police officer, James Hamilton Sr. was caught in November selling a quarter-pound of his homegrown marijuana to an informant. He pleaded guilty three months later in a deal that would give him somewhere between 18 and 24 months behind bars....[more]

  10. Sheriffs weigh selling e-cigarettes to inmates
    AUSTIN, TEXAS (Texas Tribune) - As a way to allow some inmates to get their nicotine fix and sheriffs to shore up tight budgets, county jails across the country have begun selling electronic cigarettes. Though the trend has largely bypassed Texas, jail officials say that could change as sheriffs begin to warm up to the smokeless technology. ...[more]

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