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Education & Rehabilitation

  1. 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]


  2. 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]

  3. 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]

  4. 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]

  5. Levin: Helping ex-offenders find employment makes us safer
    Marc Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation was quoted this week in the New York Times (Oct. 24) supporting the idea of "ban the box" legislation making it easier for ex-offenders to apply for certain public sector jobs. Here's a notable excerpt:...[more]

  6. Holder attends 'graduation' at sentencing program
    LOS ANGELES — Six men and women who faced federal prison time for felonies walked free from court Friday with graduation certificates and the personal praise of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder congratulated graduates of a novel alternative sentencing program that he said was a model for helping criminals rebuild their lives while also keeping the public safe from felons who repeat their crimes after being released from prison...[more]

  7. What will happen to the Drug Clemency Program when Holder leaves?
    “Under criteria announced in April 2014, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, the Justice Department will consider for early release inmates who have served at least 10 years in prison, are low-level offenders, would have received a substantially lower prison term if sentenced under laws today, don’t have a significant criminal history, and have no history of violence before or since their incarceration.”...[more]

  8. Dr. Bryant advocates higher education for convicts
    On Oct. 10, Dr. Maxine Bryant held a lecture at the Ogeechee Theater. She discussed some ideas concerning the future of Armstrong. Bryant wants the school to “open it’s doors to convicts.” Citing ASU’s mission statement, particularly it’s aim for a “diverse learning experience,” Dr. Bryant wants to use “higher education as a desistance factor.”...[more]

  9. County Celebrates Water-Saving Landscaping, Composting Project By Jail Inmates
    Inmates dressed in prison stripes mixed with Santa Clara County officials Friday at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas where the Sheriff's Office unveiled water-saving landscaping projects created by teams of male and female convicts.

    The minimum-security inmates were taking part in the county's Sustainability in Jails Project to recycle water, install mulch, drought-resistant plants and drip irrigation systems and convert the jail's food and other waste into compost, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup said. ...[more]


  10. Panel Discusses Link Between Education, Incarceration and Job Opportunities
    On Friday, September 12, a distinguished panel of guests and academics gathered at the Helen Bader Foundation in downtown Milwaukee to discuss the economic and social issues faced by incarcerated men and women in the state of Wisconsin....[more]

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Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

  1. Actor, 2 others, plead guilty to extortion plot for posing as mobsters in New York pizzeria shakedown
    An actor, hired for his intimidating looks in all-black and sunglasses, and two others face 20 years in prison for extortion for posing as mob enforcers to shake down the former owner of a Brooklyn pizzeria, according to federal court documents....[more]

  2. Man sentenced 26-years to life in brutal hammer death of 'Bridalplasty' reality star
    A Southern California man has been sentenced for the 2016 murder of nurse and former reality TV contestant Lisa Marie Naegle....[more]

  3. Conditions worsen, staff dwindles as prison commissioner searches for solution
    Jefferson Dunn became Alabama’s prison commissioner four decades into a spiraling crisis – as overcrowding and violence drew harsh scrutiny from law enforcement and civil rights groups....[more]

  4. Owner of Vancouver, Washington Precious Metals Firm Sentenced to Prison for Wire Fraud
    A Vancouver, Washington, business owner who stole from later clients to pay off earlier ones in the style of a Ponzi scheme was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to four years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. AARON MICHAEL SCOTT, 40, of Portland, Oregon, was indicted in October 2018 following state and federal investigations of his internet precious metals business, Blue Moon Coins....[more]

  5. Man charged with killing rapper Nipsey Hussle pleads not guilty
    The man charged with killing rapper Nipsey Hussle was ordered held on $5m bail after pleading not guilty Thursday to murder and attempted murder charges....[more]

  6. Man gets life in prison for 2014 shooting that killed 7-year-old west Alabama boy
    Hale County Circuit Judge Don McMillan sentenced JaPaul Williams in the killing of young DeCorrin Johnson. He also was sentenced to 15 years for attempted murder for shooting at Lavares Jackson, now 39....[more]

  7. West Alabama man gets 9 life sentences for sex abuse of 2 teen family members
    A west Alabama man has been sentenced to nine life sentences for the years-long sexual abuse of two teen family members....[more]

  8. Four Additional People Charged in Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl From Bronx, New York, Drug Mill
    Four men have been charged after they were arrested in New York for their participation in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today....[more]

  9. Asbury Park, New Jersey, Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison
    Asbury Park, New Jersey, Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Distribution of Cocaine Base and Violating Federal Supervised Release...[more]

  10. Supreme Court Stays Execution of Buddhist Inmate
    The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the execution of a Buddhist inmate in Texas whose request that his spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber had been denied....[more]

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Gangs in Prison

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]


  4. 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]

  5. 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]


  6. 31 indicted in NYC gang crackdown
    The affiliated street gangs are called SNOW, Loyalty Over Everything and Young Bosses.

    They've operated primarily in the Rosedale, Laurelton and Rochdale Village neighborhoods.

    The defendants range in age from 15 to 22.

    The case was announced Wednesday by District Attorney Richard A. Brown and Police Commissioner William Bratton....[more]


  7. For St. Louis Gangs, Ferguson Has Become a Recruiting Tool
    As they ran through a cloud of tear gas during demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday, Andre Ellis, 17, linked arms with Graig “Shine” Cook, a self-identified Bloods gang member who’d befriended him two nights earlier.

    “What we doing now that they gassed us?” asked Ellis, the Bloods’s newest recruit, half his face covered with a red handkerchief traditionally worn by the gang’s members. “Should we go home?”...[more]


  8. Obama/ Democrats Importing MS-13 Gang Members
    Known for their identifying tattoos and violent mottos like “Mata, roba, viola, controla” (“Kill, steal, rape, control”), members of MS-13 are known for executing their victims with machetes and blunt objects like baseball bats. (AP File Photo)...[more]

  9. Federal trial underway for four members of violent 10th Street Gang Four stand accused of murder, conspiracy
    Shortly after midnight on Easter Sunday of 2006, in a working class West Side neighborhood, the bloody feud between members of the Seventh and 10th Street gangs spilled over into the world of two innocent bystanders....[more]

  10. Jailed ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez briefly hospitalized: Report
    Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who is in a Massachusetts jail awaiting trial on murder charges, was removed from his cell for a brief hospital visit over the weekend, a local TV station reported on Sunday....[more]

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Health & Medical Treatment


  1. Methadone Helped Her Quit Heroin. Now She’s Suing U.S. Prisons to Allow the Treatment.
    About to enter a federal prison, a Massachusetts woman is not permitted to continue taking the opioid as a treatment to block cravings and withdrawal from heroin addiction....[more]

  2. Sentenced to prison without a crime: mental health patients locked up in New Hampshire
    Douglas Butler was confused. He thought his son, Andrew Butler, had been transferred to another, more secure psychiatric hospital. But when he drove to the address of the secure psychiatric unit on the outskirts of New Hampshire’s capital of Concord, he couldn’t see anything that resembled a hospital....[more]

  3. Next focus for Alabama prison reform: Mental health
    The group, whose recommendations on parole and probation passed the Legislature last spring, has turned to mental health issues in prisons and jails, which contributes to overcrowding....[more]

  4. Seven out of 10 women in Pa's prisons are mentally ill; why?
    The number of women in America's jails and prisons has risen in recent decades but, compared to men, they still represent a sliver of the nation's prisoners....[more]

  5. State prisons transform mental health care; is it working?
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Owing to damage to his frontal lobe when he was born, Jeremy Anthony, 38, has virtually no control over his sexual impulses....[more]

  6. Private Manning’s Missing Medical Care
    As a matter of constitutional rights and basic decency, prisoners — including military prisoners — are entitled to proper care for their serious medical conditions. Yet, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other officials continue to deny medically necessary care to Chelsea Manning, the military prisoner formerly known as Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was convicted in August 2013 of leaking a vast cache of classified government documents....[more]

  7. Psychiatry prof. talks health gaps in women’s prisons
    The criminal justice system must ensure both public safety and public health, said Jennifer Johnson, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior. But jails and prisons in the United States do not provide effective health care for their prisoners, especially women....[more]

  8. Telemedicine Can Reduce Prison Healthcare Costs: Reaching Out to the Underserved
    COLD SPRING, NY--(Marketwired - Oct 21, 2014) - Across the U.S., many rural jails and prisons either have no mental health services for affected patients or they rely on the limited community mental health agencies for treatment of imprisoned patients with mental illnesses or addiction. CloudVisit Telemedicine offers telepsychiatry solutions to introduce telemedicine in prison that are specially designed to help practitioners safely and securely address those patients' needs, while saving money....[more]

  9. Corrections department worries about health care costs
    ?Virginia’s prison system faces a $45 million shortfall in inmate health care through next year, even as the corrections department bears the brunt of the latest round of cuts in the two-year state budget.

    The shortfall emerged this year after a private company that had provided health care to inmates at 17 prisons in hard-to-serve areas ended its contract with the state at the end of September, according to Department of Corrections Director Harold Clarke in a presentation Monday to the House Appropriations Committee....[more]


  10. Arizona Agrees to Fix Prison Health System
    (CN) - Arizona must reform its prison health care system and pay more than $5 million in attorneys' fees under a class action settlement announced Tuesday.

    The stipulation of settlement filed in Federal Court in Phoenix cancels a trial that was set to start this month in a class action against the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) by inmates at 10 state prisons....[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. 3 Native American Inmates Win Right to Long Hair in Texas
    BEEVILLE, TEXAS (AP) — Three male Native American inmates in Texas will be allowed to grow their hair long as an expression of their religious beliefs after winning a lawsuit against the state prison system....[more]

  2. After sexual assault at Florida teen prison, state awards firm $16M deal
    The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice signed a $16 million contract last month with a private youth prison company facing a string of troubles in the last year, including official findings of “substantial evidence” of child abuse by its staff....[more]

  3. He spent 39 years in prison for a double murder he didn't commit. Now, he's getting $21 million
    (CNN)Craig Coley never should have spent 39 years in prison. On this, everyone seems to agree. They also concur the 71-year-old should spend the rest of his life as a wealthy man....[more]

  4. Alabama Gov. Ivey unveils proposal to build new prisons
    MONTGOMERY, ALA.

    Saying Alabama needs a solution to its ongoing prison crisis,...[more]


  5. How Voters, Not Politicians, Are Reforming California's Harsh Sentencing Laws
    California voters approved a sweeping change to sentencing on Tuesday by passing Proposition 47 and knocking most drug possession and "petty theft" charges down from felonies to a misdemeanors. Only months earlier, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed similar, and more modest, changes to California's sentencing laws, claiming that the state's plan to "realign" convicts from state prisons to county jails required more time to fully take effect....[more]

  6. California Begins Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex
    The tough on crime period of the 1980s led to the passage of a flurry of laws that made many nonviolent crimes punishable by prison sentences. Over the next 20 years, the incarceration rate increased exponentially, and the number of people in the prison system has swelled to more than 2 million in the United States. California led the way for incarceration, with one of the largest prison populations in the country....[more]

  7. You May Have Missed It, but There Was an Election Debate on Criminal Justice Reform
    It is no secret that the United States prison population surpasses that of any other nation, that the country has very harsh sentencing laws for minor offenses, and that, as many argue, the inherent racial bias in the system is powerful and detrimental to society....[more]

  8. Californians Vote to Weaken Mass Incarceration -- With the approval of Proposition 47 Tuesday, the Golden State will make major reforms to its sentencing laws.
    California's Proposition 47 wasn't one of the most followed votes in Tuesday's midterm election, but it could change thousands of lives soon. Under the ballot initiative, dozens of nonviolent property and drug crimes will be reduced from felonies to misdemeanors, potentially freeing tens of thousands of prisoners. Funds that would have otherwise been spent on their incarceration will now be funneled into mental health and drug-treatment programs....[more]

  9. California’s Proposition 47: softer on crime
    The measure would change many crimes from felonies, which generally require prison terms, to misdemeanors that usually carry penalties of probation, fines or very short jail time....[more]

  10. Opposing private prisons in Arkansas
    Shipping incarcerated people across state lines into for-profit prisons rather than prioritizing reforms that would reduce the number of people behind bars exemplifies our state's dangerous reliance on incarceration, particularly incarceration for profit. This costly tactic, which fails to address the root causes of mass incarceration, severely diminishes prisoners’ ties to family and community while private prison companies profit handsomely....[more]

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Prison Conditions & Corruption

  1. Brooklyn prison: Power and heat failure sparks protest
    Protesters outside the Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal facility in Brooklyn, chanted: "Where is the heat"?...[more]

  2. Overflow Barracks, but No New Prison, in Evers Budget
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers doesn't plan to build any new prisons to accommodate Wisconsin's burgeoning inmate population. Evers released his budget Thursday. The spending plan doesn't call for building a new facility, or replacing the aging prison in Green Bay....[more]

  3. Ex-Chicago police officer who killed Laquan McDonald attacked in prison, wife says
    Jason Van Dyke was kept in isolation in Illinois after being convicted in the black teenager's murder...[more]

  4. The Future Of Prison Reform In Florida
    Attempts to reform the way criminals are sentenced and how much time they spend behind bars have made...[more]

  5. Shakeup in Alaska Prisons Targets “Overuse” of Solitary Confinement -- Reports Find Widespread Isolation and Neglect; Corrections Chief Resigns
    Alaska’s prison system is “broken” according to Governor Bill Walker following a damning review of the Department of Corrections, including its overuse of solitary confinement and a recommendation for the practice to be used “sparingly and appropriately.”...[more]

  6. New York City settles inmate death lawsuits for $5.3M
    NEW YORK - New York City has agreed to pay $5.3 million to the families of two inmates who died at its troubled Rikers Island jail complex, a city official said on Tuesday....[more]

  7. Jailhouse suicides, heavy use of solitary confinement led to prison shakeup
    Alaska’s governor has replaced his top corrections official after an investigation into the state prison system uncovered a slew of serious problems ranging from inadequate treatment of suicidal inmates to widespread use of solitary confinement....[more]

  8. ? Rikers Is Reforming Solitary Confinement—With More Solitary Confinement? How did Enhanced Supervision Housing units become one of the mayor’s “solutions”?
    ? In July, David* was told he was being moved to a new unit. He was taken from a general-population unit on Rikers to one of the recently opened Enhanced Supervision Housing units (ESHU) at the Otis Bantum Correctional Center. The unit was a stark difference from general population: In ESHU you get seven hours out-of-cell time a day; in general population, you’re entitled to 14 hours minimum out-of-cell time, as mandated by the Board of Correction’s standards....[more]

  9. Photos Of 1960s U.S. Prison System Attempt To Show That Inmates Are Us
    "I was never afraid of the men," photographer Danny Lyon said of his time spent with Texas prisoners. "I liked them. And I had many friends inside the system that would stand up for me, dangerous men. Anyway, in my heart of hearts I felt I was doing something good for the men, and most of them knew it."...[more]

  10. More than a decade after release, they all come back -- SILVESTRE SEGOVIA HAD VOWED THAT HE WOULD NEVER RETURN TO SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.
    Languishing in the vast Texas prison system's solitary confinement wings for more than a decade had exacted a heavy emotional toll. And there was so much to discover about a new world that confronted him on a much-anticipated exit that chilly morning, Nov. 15, 2002. A loyal girlfriend waited 255 miles away....[more]

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Prison Life & Culture

  1. A sheriff in Oklahoma, five of her deputies and several other staff members resigned this week in protest of a judge’s order to reopen a county jail that they had deemed unsafe.
    A sheriff in Oklahoma, five of her deputies and several other staff members resigned this week in protest of a judge’s order to reopen a county jail that they had deemed unsafe....[more]

  2. Inmates charged in Delaware prison riot claim abuse in lawsuit
    SMYRNA, Del. -- Nine inmates charged in a Delaware correctional officer's murder during a riot are suing corrections officials, alleging that they were abused....[more]

  3. America: The land of no second chance
    Here, sins can remain emblazoned on our job and college applications and sever our access to basic civil rights, in perpetuity. An estimated 5.85 million Americans, for example, were unable to exercise the franchise in Tuesday's midterm elections because of a felony conviction, with disproportionate impacts on people of color. (One in every 13 black adults across the country could not vote in this election because of a criminal record, according to the Sentencing Project.) And many millions more won't make it past a resume screener because so many employers say that lawbreakers of any stripe "need not apply."...[more]

  4. Exonerated inmate seeks compensation from D.C. for his pain, distress in prison
    When he was first sent to the federal prison in Lorton, Va., for a crime he did not commit, Kirk Odom was warned never to tell other inmates about his rape conviction. If he did, the information could make him prey to inmates seeking vengeance....[more]

  5. Finding Hope After Prison -- An East Bay writer and social justice advocates document the struggles and accomplishments of formerly incarcerated people.
    Yema Lee grew up surrounded by crime in West Oakland. Members of her family started selling cocaine and heroin when she was eleven years old. At twelve, she committed her first burglary. Lee, now 41, spent a total of eight years in jail and prison during her twenties and thirties. Each time she was released, it seemed impossible not to return....[more]

  6. Montana jail that once sought Guantanamo detainees filling empty beds with American Indians
    HARDIN, Mont. — A Montana town that once offered to take in suspected terrorists from Guantanamo Bay out of desperation to fill an empty, $27 million jail has finally started to fill its cells with American Indian inmates from across the Northern Plains.

    The Two Rivers Regional Detention Facility in Hardin was built in 2007 on hopes it would boost an economically-depressed area of southeast Montana bordering the Crow Indian Reservation....[more]


  7. Letter: He objects to too-free use of the term ex-convict
    Wiping the slate clean for ex-cons: In recent days, there were reports about a deranged person gaining access to the White House, with a follow-up story about a contractor being in an elevator, having a concealed weapon, with the President of the United States....[more]

  8. Convicted killer launches online petition to gain Facebook access for inmates
    Frenchis Abraham doesn't cotton to the idea of the government interfering with his ability to keep up with family and friends on Facebook, and he's trying to rally people to oppose such intrusions by the state....[more]

  9. Jailbreak in Washington state goes unnoticed for two days
    (Reuters) - A Washington state man jailed on robbery charges managed to slip away from a detention facility last week in an escape that went unnoticed for two days until his lawyer arrived for a visit, officials said on Tuesday....[more]

  10. Ohio prisons, private vendor, developing new menu
    Inmates and staff were surveyed about current foods they like and dislike, along with items they want eliminated or added, according to a list of responses by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to recommendations by a legislative oversight committee.

    The agency also said it has raised the bar for determining when Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services must take action based on evaluations. Previously, action plans were required if evaluation scores fell below 80 percent. The agency has raised that to 84 percent, according to the recommendations provided by agency director Gary Mohr....[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. H-1B: Prison for visa fraud in case involving Bay Area workers
    The head of an IT staffing company has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after federal investigators uncovered an H-1B visa-fraud scheme involving two Bay Area workers....[more]

  2. Maryland prisoner dies after altercation, police say
    A Maryland prison inmate died Sunday after an altercation with another inmate, the state police said. They identified the inmate as Wilbur Moyer, II, 30. He was in the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, the police said....[more]

  3. Fingerprint match clears man after 36 years in prison following rape case
    A man serving a life sentence following his conviction for a 1982 rape and stabbing was freed last week after a match in a fingerprint database led to his exoneration...[more]

  4. Inmate body-slams fellow prisoner in wild jail video
    A video clip, which was shot inside Brooklyn Central Booking and provided to The Post by a source, shows a police officer drop off a hoodie-wearing inmate in a shared holding cell before summoning another of the cell’s occupants to transfer out....[more]

  5. Mississippi Man’s Family Seeks Answers About His Beating Death in Jail
    When a Mississippi man who worked as a landscaper was arrested on trespassing charges last year, it was a low-level crime that would normally have been settled with a fine if he had been found guilty....[more]

  6. Inmate murdered at Georgia prison, authorities say
    The prisoner was assaulted by another inmate at a Chattooga County prison, corrections authorities said....[more]

  7. Two inmates apparently slain at federal prison in VictorvilleTwo inmates apparently slain at federal prison in Victorville
    VICTORVILLE >> Two inmates died Saturday night at a federal prison here, the victims of an apparent homicide, the Justice Department reported Sunday.

    The FBI is investigating the deaths of the inmates, whose names have not been disclosed pending notification of family members....[more]


  8. VINSON: Jailhouse brawl: A matter of ‘perception’
    A few months back, I went to a local jail to visit a good friend, at that time incarcerated for a driving infraction. It had been several years since I had visited anyone at this particular jail, so I had to re-acclimate to the current protocol for those visiting inmates.

    The last time I’d visited someone at this jail — which was years ago — visitors and inmates could visit face-to-face in an open-space area, with a deputy/jailer monitoring the situation, of course....[more]


  9. Inmate withholds guilty plea in prison riot
    NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — An inmate charged in the May 2012 prison riot that resulted in the death of a correctional officer in Adams County appeared ready to plead guilty to conspiracy of murder before changing his mind in the courtroom....[more]

  10. Inmate dies after fight at Wilkinson County prison
    WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A prison official says one inmate has died and several were injured in a fight at a prison in southwestern Mississippi that resulted in the facility being put on lockdown....[more]

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Sex Offender Search / Sex Offender Locators

  1. Priest in Oakland Diocese arrested on suspicion of child abuse
    A priest in the Catholic Diocese of Oakland, California, was being held Sunday on charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child, according to court records....[more]

  2. Kindergarten teacher accused of recording sexually explicit videos with a child, sending them to ex-boyfriend
    A kindergarten teacher from Florida is facing jail time for allegedly recording herself sexually abusing a young child and sending the videos to her ex-boyfriend....[more]

  3. Former Washington Co. Jail officer sentenced to prison after having sex with inmate
    A former corrections officer at the Washington County Jail is sentenced to 3-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to sex crimes for having sex with...[more]

  4. New sex offender registration and public notification website launches in Brazos County
    Sheriff Chris Kirk and the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office launched a new sex offender registration and public notification website....[more]

  5. N.J. Serial Sex Offender: Search For Suspect Continues
    Belleville-Nutley, NJ - Police are looking for a possible serial rapist who has committed a rash of violent sexual assaults in New Jersey...[more]

  6. Authorities search for Montana sex offender
    The Bozeman Police Department, as well as Probation and Parole are seeking your help in locating Registered Sex Offender Justin Doran....[more]

  7. How police monitor homeless sex offenders
    Its something no parent ever wants to think about....[more]

  8. DIGGING DEEPER: Tracking Sex Offenders
    Do you know who is living in your neighborhood?  There are about 860,000 registered sex offenders living in the United States according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children....[more]

  9. Sex offender gets four years for child porn
    An Antioch man was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday after he was convicted … ...[more]

  10. Sex offender recently released from prison is charged with rape, murder of Ohio State student
    Just a few days ago, Reagan Tokes was excited about graduation....[more]

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Suicides in Prison

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]

  4. Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For 'Self-Harm'
    Washington’s prison system has announced a major policy change when it comes to inmates who harm themselves. The Department of Corrections said Thursday that it will no longer sanction inmates for cutting or other acts of self-injury....[more]

  5. Federal lawsuit over inmate’s suicide in 2008 at Portland jail to go forward
    PORTLAND, Maine — A portion of a wrongful death lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the mother of an inmate who committed suicide while incarcerated at the Cumberland County Jail in 2008 will go forward after the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month upheld a decision by a federal judge in Maine.......[more]

  6. Leslie Schuler, Worcester man who killed son, kills self in prison
    WORCESTER — Leslie G. Schuler, the Worcester man convicted of beating his 7-year-old son to death on Father's Day 2009, committed suicide in prison this morning, according a spokesman for the state Department of Correction. ...[more]

  7. British former public school boy serving life for beheading U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl attempts to commit suicide in Pakistani prison
    A British man serving life imprisonment in Pakistan for the killing of American reporter Daniel Pearl has tried to commit suicide, police have said....[more]

  8. State to pay cost of Cleveland kidnapper autopsy
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state prisons agency has agreed to reimburse county taxpayers for the autopsy of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro after his prison suicide last year....[more]

  9. Coroner: Montgomery man convicted in parents' murders killed self in prison
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a man convicted of murdering his parents in Montgomery almost nine years ago committed suicide in prison....[more]

  10. Ohio death row inmate called suicide inevitable
    COLUMBUS, OHIO — An Ohio death row inmate who killed himself just days before his execution called his suicide inevitable in a three-page note and expressed resentment that Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro got a life sentence, according to a police report released Thursday....[more]

  11. Prison suicide questions institutional conditions
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Workplace and Industry Issues

  1. 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]


  2. 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]

  3. 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]


  4. 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]


  5. 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]


  6. 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]

  7. 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]

  8. 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]

  9. 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]

  10. Female wardens avoid their desk to walk cell block
    DAYTON, Texas (AP) — An ominous warning is posted in red and white on a thick steel door flanked by fences topped with razor wire: "No hostage shall pass through this gate."

    It is a standing order to this prison's staff and an advisory to any visitors who enter this penitentiary that is home to some of the state's more dangerous sex offenders....[more]


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