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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. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]

  4. 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]

  5. Georgia inmate executed for 1994 convenience store killing as last-minute DNA test denied
    A Georgia inmate sentenced to death for fatally shooting a convenience store clerk during a robbery 25 years ago was executed Wednesday night, authorities say....[more]

  6. Inmate released under new justice reform law accused of murder
    Joel Francisco was 14 years into a life sentence when he became one of the first prisoners released under President Donald Trump's criminal justice reform law. Now he's accused of murder....[more]

  7. The outcry to stop the execution of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed is growing. The support has 'bolstered him,' his attorney says
    Bastrop, Texas (CNN)The outcry is growing from an army of supporters, including celebrities, clergy and state lawmakers, trying to stop the execution of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed, who is set to die in less than two weeks. ...[more]

  8. El Paso death row inmate Justen Grant Hall executed for woman's strangulation in 2002
    El Paso convicted killer Justen Grant Hall was executed Wednesday evening for the strangulation murder of a woman in 2002. Hall, 38, had been on Texas' death row since 2005 when he was sentenced to die after being convicted of capital murder in the strangulation of 29-year-old Melanie Ruth Billhartz in 2002....[more]

  9. Rodney Reed set to be executed in Texas this month
    (CNN) - Less than a month before Rodney Reed is set to be executed in Texas, a former prison inmate claims someone else confessed to the murder that sent Reed to prison....[more]

  10. Date, time announced for execution of inmate Charles Rhines
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Department of Corrections has announced the date and time for the execution of inmate Charles Rhines. Charles Rhines is scheduled to be executed at Monday, November 4, 2019 at 1:30 p.m....[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. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]

  4. 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]

  5. 'They're human beings': Prison reform examined at Auburn panel discussion
    AUBURN — Speakers at a prison reform panel in Auburn Saturday emphasized that inmates are human beings and said they deserve respect and dignity....[more]

  6. 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]

  7. 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]

  8. 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]

  9. “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]

  10. 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]

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Prison Conditions & Corruption

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]

  4. 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]

  5. 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]

  6. 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]

  7. 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]

  8. 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]

  9. 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]

  10. 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]

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Prison Life & Culture

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]

  4. 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]

  5. 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]

  7. 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]

  8. 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]

  9. 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]

  10. 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]

  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. Inmate accused of ordering hit on teen girl he allegedly raped
    A Utah inmate awaiting trial for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl is now accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill her, according to authorities....[more]

  2. Inmate Gets 2nd Death Sentence for Killing Fellow Inmate
    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida prison inmate already on death row for killing a fellow inmate has received another death sentence for killing a different inmate....[more]

  3. Louisiana tried to crack down on police misconduct. It hasn’t worked.
    In 2017, the state of Louisiana changed how it regulated police misconduct to make it easier to permanently ban rogue cops from the force....[more]

  4. 15 months after suspect named in hammer attacks, his extradition to Colorado still on hold
    COLORADO, USA — Fifteen months after a DNA hit identified a suspect in a series of horrific 1984 hammer attacks in the Denver area, the man remains in Nevada – his extradition to Colorado stalled by a series of delays sought by his attorney and inaction by that state’s highest court....[more]

  5. US prison system long plagued by staffing crisis, violence
    WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, the federal Bureau of Prisons has been plagued by systematic failures, from massive staffing shortages to chronic violence. But the largest agency in the Justice Department has largely stayed out of the public view....[more]

  6. Inmate killed during gang riot at massive Coleman prison just outside The Villages
    An inmate was killed late Sunday morning during a battle between rival gangs at a maximum-security federal prison that’s nestled on the outskirts of the newest sections of The Villages....[more]

  7. Tennessee authorities search for inmate who escaped in van
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities in Tennessee say they’re searching for an inmate who escaped custody in his county-assigned work van and hit an employee on his way out....[more]

  8. California Prisoners Who Escaped Through Prison Bathroom Ceiling Captured On Mexico Border
    Two California jail prisoners were arrested at the Mexico border and are back in police custody after leading authorities on a frantic manhunt that spanned a number of days. Santos Samuel Fonseca, 21, and Jonathan Salazar, 20, who escaped through a prison bathroom ceiling at a Monterey County jail on Sunday, were arrested again on Wednesday, officials said. ...[more]

  9. UPDATE: Inmate back in custody after escaping work-release
    OSHKOSH, Wis. (WAOW) — Oshkosh police are asking the public to be on the lookout for an inmate that walked escaped custody during a work-release program Tuesday. A post on the department’s Facebook page says Bradley L. Webie, 35, was dropped off on the 200 block of Power Drive in Berlin for his work shift at approximately 5:30am....[more]

  10. Man dies after an assault by another inmate in Wrightsville Unit
    LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Arkansas State Police are investigating the death of a Wrightsville Unit inmate who died Sunday morning after an assault by another inmate, according to an Arkansas Department of Correction news release....[more]

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Sex Offender Search / Sex Offender Locators

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]

  4. 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]

  5. 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]

  6. 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]

  7. 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]

  8. 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]

  9. 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]

  10. 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.


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Suicides in Prison

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]

  4. 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]

  5. 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]

  6. 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]

  7. 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]

  8. 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]

  9. 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]

  10. 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]

  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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