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Prisoner Kills Cellmate in Way That Redefines Cruelty

Larry Mark's killer reportedly flouted his deed by wearing the man's ear

(Newser) - Truly horrific: A Florida prison inmate murdered his cellmate Thursday by strangling him, pulling out his eyes, and strolling into the prison chow hall wearing the guy's ear around his neck—a killing that highlights bigger problems at Columbia Correctional Institution, the Miami Herald reports. Officials have identified the... More »

Mississippi Prisons Ask for FBI Help After 15 Inmate Deaths

The fatalities occurred in August alone

(Newser) - The Mississippi Department of Corrections reported 15 inmate deaths in the month of August alone and the staggering number has families of the deceased demanding answers and the state reaching out to the FBI to help get them. Per CNN , commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said in a statement Friday that... More »

26-Year-Old Gets Longest Sentence Ever for Media Leak

Former NSA contractor Reality Winner sentenced to 5 years, 3 months

(Newser) - A 26-year-old just made history in a way she likely never anticipated. Georgia native Reality Winner received a sentence of 63 months in prison Thursday after she admitted leaking a government document to the media, reports CNN . Prosecutors say it's the longest sentence ever imposed on a federal defendant... More »

Larry Nassar Leaves Tucson Prison After Reported Attack

On Sunday night he was at a holdover facility in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Last month brought word that within hours of being released into the general prison population in late May, Larry Nassar was attacked by other inmates. So said a court filing by his lawyer, and now the Detroit News reports Nassar, 55, has been removed from the federal penitentiary in Tucson,... More »

Serial Killer 'Accidentally' Kills Himself

Egifius Schiffer, 62, was being held in a German prison

(Newser) - It involves a lamp—that's all you need to know. For those reading on, serial killer Egifius Schiffer died in what appears to be an autoerotic sex act while serving life in a German prison, Oxygen reports. Schiffer, 62, was found last week hooked up to a lamp cable... More »

Rachel Dolezal Makes Short Trip to Jail

She's booked on welfare fraud charges in Washington

(Newser) - The former NAACP branch president best known as Rachel Dolezal was booked Monday into a jail in Washington state, where she faces welfare fraud charges . Dolezal, who was born white but identifies as "transracial," was photographed and fingerprinted at Spokane County Jail around 3:30pm, then released on... More »

Wynonna Judd Daughter Serving 8-Year Sentence

She violated probation by leaving rehab

(Newser) - Wyonna Judd's troubled 22-year-old daughter has landed in prison again, and she might be almost 30 by the time she gets out. Radar Online reports that Grace Pauline Kelley is serving an eight-year sentence at West Tennessee State Penitentiary for breaking probation on drug charges. Kelley—the daughter of... More »

Update: 2nd Kansas Deputy Killed by Inmate in Transit

The prisoner may have grabbed a deputy's weapon after exiting van

(Newser) - A second sheriff's deputy died early Saturday from injuries suffered when an inmate who was being transported in Kansas City overpowered two officers and shot them, reports the AP . Kansas City, Kan., police confirmed on their Facebook page that Deputy Theresa King, 44, died just after midnight following the... More »

Spanish Princess's Husband Ordered to Head to Prison

Supreme Court upheld Inaki Urdangarin's conviction on Tuesday

(Newser) - Judicial authorities on Wednesday told the brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe VI that he must report to a prison within five days to serve five years and 10 months for fraud and tax evasion, among other crimes. Inaki Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball medal winner who has been married... More »

US Prisons Have a Secret Dating Back to the 1800s

Prison journalist John J. Lennon writes about it in 'Esquire'

(Newser) - Joe Cardo was known as a "bugout"—prisonspeak for a person battling mental illness. Sentenced to two years at Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York for attempted robbery, he was clearly unwell in 2015, searching the yard for half-smoked cigarettes and claiming to shoot orbs of light.... More »

He Didn't Commit Crime He Was Jailed For. Now, the Oprah Nod

Winfrey picks memoir by Anthony Ray Hinton, wrongly imprisoned for 30 years, for book club

(Newser) - Anthony Ray Hinton, wrongly imprisoned for nearly 30 years, can hardly believe how his luck has changed. Hinton's memoir, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, is Oprah Winfrey's latest book club pick, a dream for virtually any writer and beyond the... More »

83 Charged in 'Blow to Cold-Blooded Prison Gang'

Mexican Mafia 'operated like an illegal government'

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wielded the power in the underworld behind bars. The organization made up of leaders from various Latino gangs operated like an illegal government, collecting "taxes" on smuggled drugs, ordering hits on people who didn't... More »

Family of CIA 'Salt Pit' Victim: Where Is His Body?

No one's been told what happened to Gul Rahman's remains after he died in Afghan prison in 2002

(Newser) - He died "starved, sleepless, and freezing" more than 15 years ago in an Afghan prison cell, and now his family wants to know where his body is. In what an ACLU attorney calls a "failure of basic human decency," the CIA is being accused by relatives of... More »

'Russia's Elon Musk' Was Tortured, Raped Before Dying: Report

Valery Pshenichny, 56, suffered horribly

(Newser) - An entrepreneur known as "Russia's Elon Musk" was apparently raped and tortured in prison before he died—a finding that casts doubt on the official account of his death, Newsweek reports. Valery Pshenichny, 56, was awaiting trial on charges of embezzlement when he was found hanging in his... More »

After 22 Years, Menendez Brothers Are Reunited

They're now in the same unit at a California prison

(Newser) - The Menendez brothers, who were convicted of killing their parents in their Beverly Hills mansion nearly three decades ago, have been reunited in a southern California prison. Erik Menendez, 47, has moved into the same housing unit as his 50-year-old brother, Lyle Menendez, Corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Thursday.... More »

South Korea's Ex-Prez Found Guilty, Sentenced to 24 Years

'The defendant abused her presidential power entrusted by the people'

(Newser) - South Korea's former President Park Guen-hye has been sentenced to 24 years in prison, less than 13 months after she was forced from office amid a corruption scandal. Park, who was found guilty on charges including abuse of power, was also fined $17 million in a verdict that was... More »

'Affluenza Teen,' Now 20, Leaves Jail

Ethan Couch served 2 years for violating probation

(Newser) - "Affluenza teen" Ethan Couch, now 20 years old, was released Monday after two years behind bars, USA Today reports. Couch gained infamy after driving drunk and killing four people in 2013, when a psychologist testifying for the defense at his trial placed blame on his "affluenza," the... More »

She Spewed Racist Remarks at Cops. Now She's Going to Jail

Vicky Momberg is South Africa's first person sentenced to up to 3 years of prison time for racism

(Newser) - Vicky Momberg didn't just say the slur one time to black police officers. She said it nearly 50 times, and that rant has now earned her a three-year prison sentence, with one year suspended. The BBC calls the South African ruling a "landmark" one, as it's the... More »

She Didn't Even Want to Vote. Now She's Going to Jail for It

Convicted felon who'd been on supervised release says she didn't know she couldn't vote

(Newser) - Crystal Mason cast her vote in the 2016 presidential election just like millions of other Americans—but unlike millions of other Americans, the Texas woman was a convicted felon, and on Wednesday she was sentenced to five years for that vote in Tarrant County. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Mason,... More »

They Demanded Answers on Family. They Got Tear Gas

At least 68 dead in Venezuela jail fire

(Newser) - At least 68 people were killed when fire swept through the cells of a police station in Venezuela early Wednesday—and relatives demanding answers later in the day were given tear gas instead. Tarek William Saab, chief prosecutor in the city of Valencia, says 68 people—66 men and two... More »

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