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Cops: Shackled Inmate Runs Across Arizona Freeway

He allegedly kicked out a police van window to escape

(Newser) - Authorities in suburban Phoenix say a handcuffed and shackled inmate was seriously injured after he kicked out a window in a police transport van on a freeway and jumped out of the moving vehicle. Gilbert police Sgt. Jesse Sanger says Adam Arlington broke out of the city police van bringing... More »

3 Things Obama Will Do for Released Prisoners

The president announces plans to curb recidivism

(Newser) - President Obama visited New Jersey today to promote his new efforts to help prisoners re-integrate into society, the Star-Ledger reports. Visiting a facility that helps former inmates and joining a roundtable on the topic at Rutgers University, the president made his case. "There are people across the board—folks... More »

Inmates Get Unreal Punishment for Rap Video

7 inmates given combined 20 years in solitary confinement

(Newser) - A " music video " filmed at South Carolina's Kershaw Correctional Institution made inmates famous on the Internet last year. They're now paying the price, big time. Public documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation show seven inmates were handed a combined 20 years in solitary confinement for... More »

Federal Inmates Have Found Good Way to Escape

Some had histories of violence and misconduct in prison

(Newser) - More than 240 inmates have slipped away from federal custody in the past three years while traveling to halfway houses, including several who committed bank robberies and a carjacking while on the lam, according to documents obtained by the AP. Some of the inmates who absconded from 2012 through 2014... More »

Whole Foods: OK, No More Products Made by Inmates

Chain will stop selling them after protest

(Newser) - Whole Foods will stop selling products made using a prison labor program after a protest at one of its stores in Texas. The company said the products should be out of its stores by April 2016, if not sooner. Whole Foods said it has sold tilapia, trout, and goat cheese... More »

Inmate Escapes Jail, Then Sues Over Lax Security

A court admires the 'chutzpah' but tosses the suit

(Newser) - An inmate who escaped from a high-rise federal jail in Chicago has an unusual theory on who's to blame: He says the government was negligent in enabling the breakout, so he sued for $10 million for damages. The 7th US Court of Appeals said in a ruling yesterday that... More »

Prosecutors: Rikers Guards Beat Low-IQ Teen Inmate

Mentally challenged youth was allegedly attacked in a camera-less supply room

(Newser) - Two guards at Rikers Island are facing prison time themselves after being charged with assaulting an 18-year-old mentally challenged inmate and lying on paperwork to cover it up, the AP reports. In December, Ambiorix Celedonio, who has an IQ of 65, was working in the mess hall when he got... More »

Inmates: NY Guards Killed Man, Threw Him Down Stairs

Samuel Harrell's family says a lawsuit is coming

(Newser) - Police say they're probing the death of a black inmate at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, NY, earlier this year, but inmates inside say the case is cut and dry: Samuel Harrell, 30, was murdered by a gang of correctional officers known as the "Beat Up Squad."... More »

NY Inmates: We Were Beaten After 2 Killers Escaped

Clinton Correctional inmates say they faced officers' wrath after June jailbreak

(Newser) - A daring escape from an upstate New York prison in June didn't go as planned for Richard Matt and David Sweat . But while those two men faced their personal consequences, inmates back at the Clinton Correctional Facility say they were facing their own repercussions for the jailbreak, per a... More »

Prison Guard Fatally Beaten Escorting Inmate to Cell

Attack occurred at a facility in Texas

(Newser) - A corrections officer escorting an inmate to his cell was beaten to death today at a northeast Texas prison. The officer was escorting the inmate from a dayroom at the Telford Unit in New Boston when he was attacked with an object, says a prison spokesman. Officials did not immediately... More »

NY Escapees Did a Practice Run

David Sweat says they began sawing through their cells 6 months ago

(Newser) - Here's one reason David Sweat and Richard Matt managed to bust out of prison: practice. The newly captured Sweat has told state authorities that he and Matt did a practice run the night before the actual escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility, reports CNN . It's not clear how... More »

Manhunt On for 'Shawshank' Inmates Who Left Taunting Note

Escapees left Post-It saying, "Have a Nice Day!"

(Newser) - "This was the first breakout since 1865 and I want to make sure that it's the last," says NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo of two inmates' escape from a maximum security prison yesterday in Dannemora in a turn of events he tells ABC News "could have been... More »

Inmate Carves 666 Into His Forehead, Is Foiled by Mirror

Nikko Jenkins faces death-penalty hearing

(Newser) - A man who murdered four people in Nebraska in 2013 tried to carve 666 into his forehead but neglected to factor in the all-important detail that he was looking in a mirror at the time. As a result, Nikko Jenkins ended up with a trio of backward sixes, reports the... More »

Pam Anderson, Sheriff Joe Team Up

... to serve Arizona inmates vegetarian meals

(Newser) - Some inmates at the Maricopa County Jail did a double-take after seeing actress Pamela Anderson serving their lunches. The former Baywatch star was in town yesterday to help promote Sheriff Joe Arpaio's all-vegetarian meal program. Arpaio says cutting meat from the meals served to the more than 8,000... More »

California Is Ordered to Pay for Inmate's Sex Change

Some estimates for Michelle-Lael Norsworthy's surgery run as high as $100K

(Newser) - California's corrections department must provide a transgender inmate with sex reassignment surgery, a federal judge ruled yesterday. It marks the first time such an operation has been ordered in the state and just the second time nationwide that a judge has issued an injunction directing a state prison system... More »

Suit Exposes Horrors at Our Only Federal Supermax

Severe mental illness rampant at ADX: lawsuit

(Newser) - What goes on inside American's only federal supermax —the Administrative Maximum Facility, or ADX, in Florence, Colo., where inmates spend 23 hours a day in solitary confinement—has largely been shielded from the rest of the world. An in-depth New York Times Magazine look into the prison changes... More »

Guards Forced Inmates Into 'Gladiator' Fights: Lawyer

Public defender says San Francisco deputies placed bets, threatened prisoners

(Newser) - If they won, they would get hamburgers; if they lost, they would be beaten or experience other negative consequences. This was just one example of the conditions given to two inmates in forced fights that Public Defender Jeff Adachi says were arranged by guards in San Francisco's main county... More »

Homeowner Shoots Escaped Inmate

Idaho man spotted fugitive after dog barked

(Newser) - An Idaho inmate who escaped from a county jail earlier this week has been recaptured with the help of a homeowner—and his dog. Police say that a homeowner in Wallace, Shoshone County, went to check on his barking dog yesterday evening and spotted 48-year-old Roy Bieluch, whom authorities had... More »

NYC to Ban Solitary for Inmates Under 22

Move marks major 'innovation': activist

(Newser) - New York City's Board of Correction has unanimously voted to end the practice of solitary confinement for inmates age 21 and younger, the New York Times reports. An activist says the move may be a nationwide first: "I've never heard of anything like that happening anywhere else,... More »

Guard Made Inmates Play Patty-Cake, Hug: DA

Joseph Mullen charged with harassment

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania prison guard could find himself behind bars after prosecutors say he made rather bizarre requests of inmates. Prosecutors say Joseph Mullen, 28, told inmates at Bucks County Correctional Facility on numerous occasions he would let them out of their cells early if they exposed themselves. Another time, prosecutors... More »

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