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Baltimore Is Shutting Down 'Dystopian' Jail

Md. Gov. Larry Hogan says shutdown won't take more than 'a couple of weeks'

(Newser) - Since 1938, Baltimore officials have sought to tear down the Baltimore City Detention Center, a Civil War-era prison described by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as the state's "black eye," the Baltimore Sun notes. Now, nearly 80 years later, the prison plagued by dilapidated conditions, gang activity, and... More »

Dad Ordered to Leave Prison, Son May Take His Place

Juan Silva Sr. falsely confessed to a hit-and-run

(Newser) - Juan Silva Sr. was yesterday ordered to leave prison, though he's just one year into his five-year sentence for a fatal 2013 hit-and-run. His 22-year-old son, Juan Silva, is about to take his place. The reason? The 43-year-old Milwaukee man gave a false confession to protect his son, who... More »

Ex-Congressman Gets Jail, Scolding Over Tax Fraud

Judge tells Michael Grimm his 'moral compass' needs 'reorientation'

(Newser) - Michael Grimm, the former Republican New York congressman who once threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony , was sentenced today to eight months in prison for federal tax fraud, the Hill reports; prosecutors had sought between two and two-and-a-half years—slightly less than the three-year maximum. While Grimm asked... More »

Obama Visits Prison, Says He Could Have Wound Up There

Inmates' stories remind him of his own mistakes

(Newser) - President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a prison today, and Politico notes that the milestone had him reflecting on his own past. After all, he was a black youth who smoked pot and tried cocaine. “That’s what strikes me—there but for the grace of... More »

Prison Guard Fatally Beaten Escorting Inmate to Cell

Attack occurred at a facility in Texas

(Newser) - A corrections officer escorting an inmate to his cell was beaten to death today at a northeast Texas prison. The officer was escorting the inmate from a dayroom at the Telford Unit in New Boston when he was attacked with an object, says a prison spokesman. Officials did not immediately... More »

Grisly Prison Murder: Inmate's Organs Missing

Killer or killers cut victim nearly in half

(Newser) - Nearly 15 hours after a riot at a Northern California prison, guards found a missing inmate sawed nearly in two, with his abdominal organs and most chest organs removed, his body folded and stuffed into a garbage can in a shower stall a few doors from his cell. Details of... More »

Escapee: Only One of Us Had Sex With Prison Worker

And more tidbits from the captured escapee

(Newser) - Captured escapee David Sweat is apparently continuing to talk, and per CNN , he's talking about sex. A former inmate of the prison who worked in the tailor shop with Sweat and Joyce Mitchell three years ago had this to say about their relationship to ABC News : “We had... More »

Cop Was Alone When He Confronted Escapee

Mom says David Sweat was always trouble

(Newser) - Sgt. Jay Cook, the officer being hailed as a hero for single-handedly stopping prison escapee David Sweat in his tracks , was alone on patrol when he encountered the fugitive 1,300 other officers were looking for, police say. State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says Cook, a 21-year veteran of... More »

Escaped Prisoner May Have Been Drunk When Shot

Richard Matt's body smelled of alcohol, reports Buffalo News

(Newser) - The escaped prisoner who was shot to death on Friday may have been both drunk and sick when troopers finally caught up with him, reports the Buffalo News . The body of Richard Matt reeked of booze, authorities tell the newspaper. That gibes with the report of a cabin owner who... More »

Cops Kill Prison Escapee Richard Matt

Other fugitive, David Sweat, still at large

(Newser) - The bid for freedom is over for at least one of the escaped inmates in New York state. Multiple outlets including the New York Post , CNN , and the New York Times say police have shot and killed Richard Matt. The other fugitive, David Sweat, was reportedly being chased in the... More »

Fugitive Hunt Shifts Again After 'Significant' Items Found

Police think Richard Matt and David Sweat are heading to Canada

(Newser) - If New York investigators are right, Richard Matt and David Sweat are probably sleeping right now—but they'll wake soon and continue picking their way through the woods and back roads toward Canada when darkness falls. At an update today on the hunt for the prison escapees, authorities say... More »

Guard Charged in Escape Took Paintings From Convict

Gene Palmer says it was all an innocent mistake

(Newser) - A prison guard has now been charged in connection with the great escape from a New York prison. The accused is Gene Palmer, whose name surfaced Tuesday in reports that he delivered hacksaw blades hidden inside frozen hamburger meat to escapee Richard Matt. Palmer, 57, who has been on paid... More »

Husband: No, I'm Not 'Standing By' Wife Accused in Prison Break

Lyle Mitchell refutes earlier reports

(Newser) - Lyle Mitchell visited his wife, Joyce, in jail yesterday—the woman accused of helping two prison inmates escape—and was probably surprised to learn afterward that he fully supported her. At least that's how her lawyer described things after their unmonitored meeting of about an hour, conducted by phone... More »

Prisons' Quiet Humiliation: a Lack of Menstrual Pads

Columnist: They're kept in short supply, in part to degrade women

(Newser) - A former inmate at a US women's prison takes to the pages of the Guardian to complain about a quiet way that prisons humiliate and degrade those locked up: with a lack of menstrual pads. Bozelko served at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut, but she says the problem is... More »

Again, No Release for Man Held in Solitary Since 1972

Federal appeals court extends order barring Albert Woodfox's release

(Newser) - Albert Woodfox's time behind bars is not over. An order barring his release was extended today by a federal appeals court, NBC News reports. The timeline: A federal judge this week ordered Woodfox's "immediate" and "unconditional" release and barred the state from trying him a third... More »

Incomplete Detroit Jail Costs Taxpayers $1.2M a Month

And the Wayne County Jail may never even be finished

(Newser) - A jailhouse that costs taxpayers $1.2 million a month is a hard-enough sell. But the city of Detroit is in an even stickier predicament: It has to justify that cost for an unfinished prison that was abandoned two years ago and will probably never be completed, Fox News reports.... More »

Inside This Nevada Prison, a Brawl, Gunfire, a Mystery

Lawyers for 2 inmates allege High Desert guards set up fight

(Newser) - What happened in one of Nevada's toughest prisons is somewhat murky, but this much is certain: Two handcuffed High Desert State Prison inmates brawled in a hallway, and one ended up dead from several shotgun blasts. The other was declared guilty of murder, even though he never touched a... More »

Ex-NFL Player Accused of Killing Cellmate

Lawrence Phillips is already serving 31-year sentence

(Newser) - Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials say. Phillips' cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless early Saturday and later pronounced dead, a prison spokesman says. Phillips, 39, was once one of the nation's top college... More »

Inmate Dies 2 Weeks Shy of Parole After Dialysis Error

Utah prisoner Ramon C. Estrada would have been paroled April 21

(Newser) - An inmate from Utah just weeks away from parole died after a dialysis technician failed to show up—for two days in a row. The Utah Department of Corrections says 62-year-old Ramon C. Estrada died on Sunday of "apparent cardiac arrest due to renal failure," the Salt Lake ... More »

Family Finds Teen's Prison Abuse on Facebook

Facility officials weren't aware of it: aunt

(Newser) - Family members of a teenage inmate in Georgia say they're horrified by an assault that ended up on Facebook—and by the fact they might not have known about it otherwise. The photo taken at Al Burruss Correctional Training Center shows two young men standing over a crouched Cortez... More »

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