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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 »

Suspects in Murder of Inmates Killed Women, Children

The 2 suspects are each serving life sentences

(Newser) - Two convicts each serving a life sentence for killing a mother and her child have been charged with murder in the strangulation deaths of four inmates inside a South Carolina prison, the AP reports. Denver Simmons and Jacob Philip lured each of the four inmates into a cell at Kirkland... More »

4 Inmates Found Dead in Maximum-Security Prison

But authorities aren't saying how they died

(Newser) - Four inmates were found dead Friday morning in a dorm at one of South Carolina's maximum-security men's prisons, authorities said. The inmates were found at Kirkland Correctional Institution in the capital city of Columbia, Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling told the AP . Stirling did not say how... More »

Inmate Left to Die as Broken Neck Ignored for Days

The county and former sheriff involved just lost a wrongful death lawsuit

(Newser) - An Army veteran died a slow death in an Oklahoma jail in 2011 after breaking his neck and receiving no medical attention, despite his insistence for days that he could not move. On Monday, a federal jury ruled in favor of Elliot Williams' estate in a wrongful death lawsuit over... More »

No Charges for Guards Who Allegedly Boiled Prisoner Alive

The state disregarded testimony of Darren Rainey's fellow inmates

(Newser) - The state has declined to file criminal charges against four corrections officers who allegedly boiled a schizophrenic inmate alive in a Florida prison shower five years ago, the Miami New Times reports. Darren Rainey was serving time in Dade Correctional Institute for cocaine possession when corrections officers allegedly trapped him... More »

Family: Inmate Died Because She Was Denied Water

Joyce Curnell was found dead in her cell on July 22

(Newser) - A lawyer says a South Carolina woman died in police custody last year because she was denied a basic necessity: water. Joyce Curnell, 50, was suffering from sickle cell disease, alcoholism, and hypertension, when she went to the emergency room with stomach flu last July. She was treated and released... 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 »

Inmate Found Dead in Steam-Filled Cell

Maryland death a mystery but not murder, officials say

(Newser) - Investigators are pretty sure that an inmate found dead in a steam-filled cell wasn't murdered, but they can't explain just what happened to Louis Leysath. The 35-year-old was found in his cell at Maryland's Jessup Correctional Institution on Friday, and a prison spokesman says the death was... More »

32 Fla. Prison Guards Fired After Inmate Deaths

Prisoners at 4 state prisons died because of abuse, misconduct: allegations

(Newser) - Nearly three dozen guards for Florida's state prison system have been fired for alleged misconduct or abuse after inmate deaths at four different facilities, the Miami Herald reports via the AP . Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews said in a statement on Friday that the goal of the mass... More »

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