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Trump Reversal on Private Prisons a 'Reward': Sanders

For campaign donors, senator says after Sessions memo reverses Obama order

(Newser) - This is why shares in private prisons soared after President Trump's election win: His administration, in a widely expected move, has scrapped the Obama administration's plan to phase out the federal government's use of private prisons , reports Reuters . In a memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions released... More »

Pork Off the Menu in All Federal Prisons

It wasn't that popular, Bureau of Prisons says

(Newser) - Life in federal prison now means life without bacon—or pork chops, or ham, or any other pork product. Pork was completely removed from the menu for all 206,000 federal prisoners with the beginning of the new fiscal year this month in a move that the Bureau of Prisons... More »

Now OK in Prison: MP3 Players

Many inmates to get OK to carry devices, pick songs from pre-approved list

(Newser) - The music industry will soon have another chart to keep track of: jailhouse rock. The Bureau of Prisons plans to allow many of its 200,000+ federal inmates to own MP3 players and pick their own soundtrack to prison life, USA Today reports. The devices will be sold in prison... More »

Feds Crack Down on Prison Tax Scam

Law enforcement moves to end millions in refund ripoffs

(Newser) - Fraudulent tax returns filed by federal and state prisoners have soared over the past five years, but under pressure from the Senate, the FBI and Bureau of Prisons finally got their act together and signed a memo of understanding to crack down on the operations, reports AP . "This agreement... More »

Madoff Sent to Prison's Medical Wing

But there's no word from officials on what's wrong

(Newser) - Bernard Madoff has been transferred to the medical facility at the federal prison in North Carolina where he has been serving his 150-year sentence since July. A spokeswoman tells Bloomberg the Ponzi schemer was transferred on Dec. 18, but would not say why. Neither a federal prisons official nor Madoff’... More »

Madoff Is Cancer-Free: Prison Official

(Newser) - Contrary to what you might have read in the New York Post, Bernie Madoff does not have cancer, Bloomberg reports. “While the N.Y. Post story is full of inaccuracies, and we can’t specifically address all of them, we can tell you that Bernie Madoff is not terminally... More »

No Cushy 'Camp Fed' for Madoff

(Newser) - Bernard Madoff’s high profile and long sentence will likely land him in a medium- or high-security prison, Bloomberg reports. Though previous white-collar criminals have spent terms at federal prison “camps,” any sentence longer than 10 years makes an inmate ineligible for that cushy treatment. Insiders also say... More »

US Prisons Leave Driving to Greyhound

Convicts unescorted in transfers; feds say there's little risk

(Newser) - Federal convicts regularly transfer themselves between prisons unescorted, riding public transportation without a guard in sight, WFAA-TV reports. Some 5,300 have switched prisons on their own since April 2006; 54,000 have headed to halfway houses. And in 2003-05, 77 escaped while en route. “It’s an inherent... More »

Vick May Serve Shorter Term After Transfer

Leavenworth drug rehab could shave year off QB's sentence

(Newser) - Michael Vick was transferred yesterday from a Virginia jail to the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., a move that could spring him 12 months early. The disgraced QB, serving a 23-month sentence for his involvement in dogfighting, hopes to enroll in a drug rehab program that could cut his sentence... More »

Prisoners Sue Over Religious Book Limits

In the wake of post-9/11 crackdown, First Amendment concerns arise

(Newser) - The removal of  hundreds of thousands of  religious books  from federal prison libraries is drawing fire—not just from inmates, but from chaplains and other religious leaders. In the wake of 9/11, the Bureau of Prisons issued an approved list of religious books for institutions it controls, the Times reports,... More »

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