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  1. FBI Most Wanted Fugitives

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]

    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. Doctor gets 40 years in opioid prescription case. He gave drugs to every patient, feds say
    A Virginia doctor who federal prosecutors said illegally prescribed more than half a million opioid pills in two years was sentenced to 40 years in prison....[more]

  2. Amateur basketball coach gets 3 months prison in NCAA case
    NEW YORK (AP) — An amateur coach was sentenced to three months in prison Friday for his role in a college basketball bribery scheme that sought to steer impressionable NBA-bound athletes toward fledgling money managers and handlers....[more]

  3. Ex-Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger Sentenced to 10 Years for Murdering Botham Jean in His Own Apartment
    Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of her former neighbor Botham Jean in September of last year....[more]

  4. Dallas Cop Gets 10 Years in Prison for Killing Her Neighbor
    DALLAS, TEXAS - A white Dallas police officer was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for killing her black neighbor in his apartment, which she said she mistook for her own unit one floor below....[more]

  5. Man gets four months in prison for threatening to kill Boston Globe employees
    BOSTON (Reuters) - A California man was sentenced on Wednesday to four months in prison for threatening to kill employees at the Boston Globe in retaliation for its role coordinating an editorial response by hundreds of newspapers to U.S. President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media....[more]

  6. Missouri executes killer despite concern about painful death
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri inmate was executed Tuesday for killing a man in 1996 in a string of violence that included several other crimes, despite concerns that the prisoner's rare medical condition would cause a gruesome lethal injection....[more]

  7. U.S. death row prisoner files for stay of execution
    Attorneys for a federal death row inmate scheduled for execution Dec. 13 have asked the court to stay his execution....[more]

  8. Florida man gets 15 months for threatening to kill Bernie Sanders
    (Reuters) - A Florida man was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Friday for threatening to behead U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, federal prosecutors said. ...[more]

  9. Serial killer’s execution on hold as US Supreme Court considers final appeals
    Gary Ray Bowles killed 6 men from Daytona Beach to the Washington D.C. area and scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison....[more]

  10. A man walked into a sheriff's office and said he killed his daughter that day, police say
    A North Carolina man faces murder charges after he walked into a sheriff’s office and confessed to killing his teenage daughter, the Union County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook....[more]

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Gangs in Prison

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]

  4. 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]

  5. 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]

  6. 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]

  7. 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]

  8. 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]

  9. 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.


  10. 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]

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Health & Medical Treatment

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]

  4. 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]

  5. 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]

  6. 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]

  7. 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]

  8. 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]

  9. 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]

  10. 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]

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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. Indiana woman who killed boyfriend during sex game freed on parole
    An Indiana woman convicted of fatally stabbing her boyfriend 39 times during a sex game was reportedly released on parole after 18 years in prison Tuesday....[more]

  2. US Government to Resume Executions After Nearly 2 Decades
    The Federal Bureau of Prisons is set to resume capital punishment after a 16-year hiatus, with plans for the coming months to execute five death row inmates convicted of murder, the Justice Department announced on Thursday....[more]

  3. Prosecutors seek 15-year prison term for ex-athletic trainer
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors compared a 79-year-old ex-high school athletic trainer in Montana to another high-profile pedophile defendant, Larry Nassar, in seeking the maximum penalty after he admitted coercing high school boys into sexual abuse over decades....[more]

  4. “El Chapo” to serve time in U.S. high-security prison
    The Mexican is serving a life sentence in the state of Colorado. Gúzman was considered the most powerful drug baron in the world....[more]

  5. A Massachusetts police department asked would-be criminals to 'hold off' during heat wave. They listened
    As a brutal heat wave smothered parts of the Northeast in 100-plus degree heat, a police department in Massachusetts asked potential criminals to chill out. ...[more]

  6. Lawyers for dead inmate announce intent to file $5 million claim
    The family of the inmate who died of pneumonia while in custody at the Coconino County jail served a notice of $5 million claim against the county earlier this week....[more]

  7. Arizona urges court not to impose more fines in inmate suit
    PHOENIX — The state of Arizona is urging a judge not to impose another round of contempt-of-court fines in a lawsuit over health care for prisoners after the state has been accused of failing to document its noncompliance with a settlement that requires improvements to inmate care....[more]

  8. Arrested corrections officer said he ‘didn’t care’ about checking on inmates, affidavit says
    A corrections officer was arrested Saturday after he lied about checking on inmates in the Travis County Correctional Complex at Del Valle, telling investigators he just “didn’t care” about doing his regular checks, his affidavit says....[more]

  9. Arizona Prisons Lift Ban On Book About Mass Incarceration
    Corrections officials in Arizona are now allowing inmates to read a book criticizing the U.S. criminal justice system after initially pulling it from prisons over "unauthorized content," a state corrections official tells NPR....[more]

  10. Patterson transferred to Waupun prison
    WAUPUN, WI (WSAU) -- Jake Patterson has been sent to a southeast Wisconsin prison to begin his life sentence for two counts of homicide and kidnapping....[more]

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Prison Conditions & Corruption

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]

  4. 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]

  5. 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]

  6. 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]

  7. 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]

  8. 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]

  9. 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]

  10. 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]

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Prison Life & Culture

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]

    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]

  5. 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]

  6. 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]

  7. 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]

  8. 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]

  9. 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]

  10. 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]

  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. 1 employee assaulted at North Carolina prison
    State officials say an employee was assaulted at the North Carolina prison where an officer was killed two years ago. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says an inmate on Saturday assaulted the employee of Bertie Correctional Institution in Windsor with a "handmade weapon."...[more]

  2. Inmate found dead at Carter County Detention Center
    GRAYSON Kentucky State Police responded to the call of an inmate death at the Carter County Detention Center on Thursday....[more]

  3. Officials find ‘escaped’ inmate hiding on roof of prison building
    Arkansas prison officials called off the hunt for an “escaped” inmate — after realizing the convicted killer was hiding on the roof of the lockup. Authorities spent more than a day searching for Calvin Adams, 49, after a unit check in the early hours Monday showed him missing from the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys....[more]

  4. Only person arrested in Oregon District massacre to remain jailed
    For a second time, a federal court has denied a release bid for the only person to be jailed so far in the investigation of the August Oregon District mass shooting....[more]

  5. Ohio Man Jailed, Said He Shot at Jewish Center
    An Ohio man is in jail after police received a tip about an online video where he identified himself as the shooter at a Jewish community center, an incident that hadn’t happened yet. James Reardon, 20, was arrested Friday on charges of telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing, the FBI said, reports USA Today. ...[more]

  6. He was a five-star recruit and an NFL prospect. Now he's in prison
    Kyle Williams was a five-star recruit out of Illinois that had some of the nation's best colleges recruiting him. He signed to play at Iowa, but he didn't have the ACT scores to compete and never played for the Hawkeyes. ...[more]

  7. Search for escaped Tennessee inmate Curtis Watson stretches into second day
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A manhunt for an escaped Tennessee inmate stretched into a second day Thursday after a prison administrator was found dead Wednesday morning....[more]

  8. Long simmering clash between Black and white inmates at federal prison leaves one dead
    A longstanding racial rivalry at a federal prison in Florida turned deadly over the weekend after an inmate was stabbed to death while several others were transported to the hospital....[more]

  9. One inmate killed and five others hospitalized after clash between white and black federal prisoners
    WASHINGTON — One person was killed and five others were hospitalized in a violent clash between black and white inmates on Sunday at the nation’s largest federal prison complex....[more]

  10. Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein found injured in jail, received medical care
    NEW YORK – Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges with girls as young as 14, was found injured in his Manhattan jail cell this week and received medical treatment....[more]

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Sex Offender Search / Sex Offender Locators

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]

  4. 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]

  5. 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]

  6. 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]

  7. 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]

  8. 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]

  9. Scot arrested after 'faking own death' in US to escape rape charges
    A Scot who US authorities say faked his death to avoid rape charges back home has been arrested. Kim Vincent Avis, 55, also known as Ken Gordon-Avis, was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last week and is being held by the U.S. Marshals Service, Cmdr. Kathy Pallozolo with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office said. The Associated Press has identified him as Kim Gordon.


  10. Ex-offenders in Minnesota are slow-but-growing pipeline for employers
    The administration of Gov. Tim Walz wants more Minnesota criminal offenders to find a job and housing and fewer to return to prison....[more]

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Suicides in Prison

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]

  4. 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]

  5. 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]

  6. 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]

  7. 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]

  8. 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]

  9. 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]

  10. 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]

  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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