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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 »

Tale of Convicts' Famed 1791 Escape Revealed

First-hand account of Australian penal colony escape released in full

(Newser) - Exactly 223 years ago, some of the first British convicts sent to Australia made a daring escape from Britain's penal colony in New South Wales. It has become the stuff of legend, but the tale of what happened on a two-month journey of more than 3,000 miles—in... More »

Holder: Let Ex-Cons Vote

Attorney general asks states to reconsider 'unjust' rules

(Newser) - Eric Holder today called on states to get rid of laws that prevent felons who have served their time from voting. The New York Times calls it a "mostly symbolic" move by the attorney general because he can't force states to do so, but the Washington Post suggests... More »

Mob Sent Secret Notes Via Texts Aired in TV Ticker

Scrolled messages kept godfathers up to date

(Newser) - Mafia gangsters have been sending secret missives to imprisoned godfathers via text messages scrolled along the bottom of a popular Italian soccer program, a judge has revealed. The notes, which kept mob bosses informed of nefarious ventures, were tucked among innocent messages from fans that ran constantly throughout the program... More »

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