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For 160K People Who Can't Afford Bail, Hope

The Bail Project is going national, with an ambitious 5-year goal

(Newser) - A national effort is launching that aims to help low-income defendants get out of jail by bailing them out as their criminal cases progress through the courts. The Bail Project grew out of a successful 10-year campaign in the Bronx to pay bail for needy cases, led by attorney Robin... More »

Orphanage Owner Denies Claim Dead Girl Had Eating Trouble

Police say Wesley Mathews claimed his daughter Sherin was malnourished

(Newser) - The Texas father charged in the death of his 3-year-old adopted daughter has been placed on suicide watch in a Dallas County jail, the Houston Chronicle reports. Police say 37-year-old Wesley Mathews originally told them his daughter Sherin disappeared at 3am Oct. 7 after he put her outside for refusing... More »

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 »

Ex-Agent Going to Jail Over CIA's Rendition Program

Sabrina De Sousa faces 4 years in prison in Italy

(Newser) - A Portuguese court has ordered police to extradite a former CIA agent to Italy, where she's due to serve a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of involvement in a US program that kidnapped suspects for interrogation. Police took Sabrina De Sousa to a Portuguese jail, where she's... 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 Are Dying of Heroin Withdrawal in Jail

Deaths that advocates say are preventable

(Newser) - In the days following her 18-year-old daughter's first arrest on heroin charges, Stephanie Moyer took solace in thinking she would be safe in jail until she got into a treatment program. But Victoria "Tori" Herr sounded disoriented on a call home three days later. She feared she was... More »

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