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Martha Stewart's 'Horrifying' Prison Stay: 'Nothing Is Good About It'

Martha talks to Katie Couric about the 'indignity' she had to suffer

(Newser) - When Martha Stewart was released in March 2005 from West Virginia's Alderson Federal Prison Camp after a five-month stint behind bars, she emerged all the better, with the valuable experience offering her time to reflect on her white-collar crime and allowing her to grow as a person. Or …... More »

Man Jailed on Murder Charge in 2007. He's Still There

Few Americans have waited for a court date longer than Kharon Davis

(Newser) - Kharon Davis has already served half the minimum sentence for murder, but he's never been found guilty. The New York Times reports Davis has been in an Alabama jail awaiting trial since 2007. He was 22 at the time. It's one of the longest waits for a trial... More »

'Tumor Eroded Through Skin': A Graphic Look at Prison Health Care

'Pacific Standard' charts the case of Debbie Daley

(Newser) - Pacific Standard sets out to expose the "twisted world of for-profit prison health care" in a lengthy piece that the easily queasy may struggle through. John H. Tucker charts the case of Debbie Daley, an inmate at Virginia's Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women who in July 2014... More »

Tupac's Candid Reason for Breaking Up With Madonna

Dating a white woman would let his fans down, says his newly revealed letter from jail

(Newser) - Late rapper Tupac Shakur apparently had plenty of time to reflect while in jail in early 1995: He wrote a letter to ex-girlfriend Madonna explaining the reasons for their breakup, which he said happened partly because she was white, TMZ reports. "For you to be seen with a black... More »

Officer Allegedly Cut Inmate's Water a Week Before His Death

His family says it was 'a form of torture'

(Newser) - As Terrill Thomas was placed in solitary confinement at Milwaukee County Jail on April 17, 2016, a corrections officer was seen on surveillance video turning off the water in his cell. It remained off for seven days before Thomas, 38, died of dehydration, a jury heard Monday. The six jurors... More »

After Release Fax Fails, Inmate Commits Suicide

Joshua Miles found unresponsive a day after fax failed to send

(Newser) - Joshua Miles should have been out of jail last week. Instead, because a release fax failed to transmit the day prior, the 36-year-old remained at South Central Regional Jail in Charleston, W.Va., where he is believed to have committed suicide. Miles was found unresponsive in his cell early on... More »

Arizona's Notorious Outdoor Prison Is Shutting Down

'Circus' is over, new sheriff says

(Newser) - There's a new sheriff in Arizona's Maricopa County, and he's shutting down his predecessor's notorious "Tent City." Sheriff Paul Penzone, who defeated Sheriff Joe Arpaio in November's election, announced Tuesday that he's getting rid of the open-air facility, where inmates are given... More »

Rikers Island Jail—'the Worst Place on Earth'—Will Close

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces plan to close US' largest jail

(Newser) - The days appear to be numbered for America's largest jail, once described as "the worst place on Earth," WPIX reports. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that Rikers Island jail will be closed. "It will take many years," CNN quotes de Blasio... More »

Mom Laughs During Daughter's Hearing, Gets Sent to Jail

She disrupted victim impact statement

(Newser) - A Michigan mom who laughed during her daughter's sentencing hearing for killing a man while driving drunk ended up in jail herself. Wayne County Circuit Judge Qiana Lillard scolded the family of 25-year-old Amanda Kosal for giggling while the dead man's sister gave a victim impact statement last... More »

Dad Seeking Inmate Son Finds One Devastating Word

Lonnie Hamilton says he was never told his son had died in NY state prison

(Newser) - Lonnie "Ham" Hamilton is the father of four, but it was his namesake, Lonnie Hamilton III, who was his "best friend" and "shadow." Which makes what happened to the younger Hamilton in New York state's prison system, documented in Jennifer Gonnerman's piece for the... More »

After Huge Search, Missing Hunter Found in Jail

He had been picked up for public intoxication

(Newser) - Searchers spent hours looking for a missing hunter in north Alabama until officers realized he was actually in jail. Relatives of 50-year-old Randy Keith Holt of Hartselle reported the man missing Monday afternoon after he failed to return from a hunting trip, the AP reports. Holt didn't have a... More »

Woman Jailed 7 Weeks Over 'Outrageous' 22-Year-Old Error

Chicago's Latasha Eatman missed her son's 6th birthday, Thanksgiving for 'incomplete' community service

(Newser) - Latasha Eatman missed Thanksgiving and her son's sixth birthday this year as she sat in jail for seven weeks—all because of what the Cook County Sheriff's Office is calling an "outrageous" error on the books for 22 years, CBS News and CBS Chicago report. On Oct.... More »

Single Mom Faces Jail for Selling Food on Facebook

Mariza Ruelas belongs to a food group on the site

(Newser) - When California single mother of six Mariza Ruelas joined the Facebook group 209 Food Spot a few years ago, she and other members would exchange recipes, meet for potlucks, and sometimes swap or sell their dishes among members. So Ruelas said yes when a member of the group asked to... More »

Driver Kills Man While Allegedly Texting, Gets 4 Days in Jail

Judge advises teacher to educate others about distracted driving

(Newser) - A Minnesota woman who struck and killed a man while allegedly texting and driving will spend just four days in jail over two years. As part of a plea deal, Le Sueur County Judge Mark Vandelist on Monday sentenced Susan Ann Russo to four days behind bars, 40 hours of... More »

Feds: Can't Keep Poor People Unable to Pay Bail in Jail

Justice Department says it's unconstitutional

(Newser) - It's unconstitutional to keep poor defendants in jail before their trial simply because they can't afford to pay bail. That's according to an amicus brief filed in federal court by the Justice Department on Friday, Reuters reports. According to NBC News , the Justice Department found that the... More »

Number of Jailed Women Skyrockets in Rural Counties

The female jail population in small counties has nearly doubled since 2000

(Newser) - The number of women locked up in jails around the country is increasing at a level not matched by the male jail population, according to a report released by the MacArthur Foundation and Vera Institute. The Guardian reports there were 14 times more women in US jails in 2014 than... More »

Inmates Bust Out of Cell to Save Jailer's Life

Texas prisoners saw him keel over

(Newser) - Eight inmates in Parker County, Texas busted out of a holding cell to save the life of the guy who put them there. Inmate Nick Kelton tells WFAA that after the guard at the District Courts building keeled over from an apparent heart attack, the prisoners shouted for help and... More »

He Sat in Rikers for 5 Months; $2 Would Have Freed Him

Aitabdel Salem says he didn't know his bail had changed

(Newser) - Aitabdel Salem needed to hand over only $2 to bail himself out of Rikers Island, a fact he found out after a five-month stay. The 41-year-old Queens man was initially jailed on $25,000 bail for allegedly attacking an officer who arrested him on suspicion of theft at a retail... More »

Director Jailed in Assistant's Death Gets Sprung Early

Randall Miller out on legal misstep after plea deal for death on 'Midnight Rider' set

(Newser) - In what Deadline calls a "shock ruling," Midnight Rider director Randall Miller was set free Wednesday from a Georgia jail after serving only half of his plea-deal term for his role in the death of a 27-year-old camera assistant, the AP reports. The early release was due to... More »

Woman's Rikers Nightmare Ends in Plea Deal

Candie Hailey, 32, spent more than 2 years in solitary

(Newser) - Candie Hailey's horrific experience with Rikers Island—which included solitary confinement, suicide attempts, and smearing feces on herself—has finally ended in a plea deal, the AP reports. The 32-year-old pleaded guilty to non-criminal charges Monday for her behavior at Rikers, where she served 29 months awaiting a trial... More »

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