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Cops: Man, 85, Tried to Sneak Pot to Jailed Grandson

Grandpa faces 7 years in prison himself

(Newser) - You've got your high-tech methods of smuggling drugs into prison: via drones . You've got your imaginative methods: via a tossed football . And now you've allegedly got this: via grandpa. Police in Ohio arrested an 85-year-old man and charged him with trying to smuggle pot into the Warren... More »

Court Disagrees With Nevada's 'One Good Eye' Prison Policy

Convicted killer John Colwell's lawsuit will move forward

(Newser) - Sure, having two eyes is nice, but "one eye is good enough for prison inmates." That was the policy apparently in play when the state of Nevada denied a partially blind prisoner cataract surgery—but such a policy is also "the very definition of deliberate indifference,"... More »

Drone With Drugs, Phones Crashes Outside Prison

Police say two men tried to fly it over wall at Lee prison on South Carolina

(Newser) - Old school for prison smugglers is to chuck a football stuffed with drugs and contraband over the wall. New school? Drones, of course. Authorities in South Carolina say two men tried to fly one onto the premises of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, reports AP . Alas, it didn't... More »

Rikers Captain Faked Inmate Suicide Attempt in Coverup: Report

Video shows her making noose after beating

(Newser) - New York state officials are looking into no fewer than 129 cases of suspected abuse of inmates at Riker's Island in the wake of a New York Times investigation . And the Times relays a new incident, courtesy of the head of New York City's Department of Investigation, that... More »

Sheriff Ditches 'Trendy' Orange Jail Jumpsuits

Black and white is the new orange in Michigan county

(Newser) - A sheriff who blames the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black for making orange jumpsuits trendy has put his inmates in the black-and-white stripes that prisoners wore a century ago. "Some people think it's cool to look like an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail with wearing... More »

Inmates Trapped, Hurt When Texas Prison Roof Collapses

Most of the 19 injured suffered just cuts and bruises

(Newser) - Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and sending 19 injured inmates to hospitals. One of those inmates was later airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston after today's collapse at Diboll Correctional Center, about 100 miles northeast... More »

Report: Conditions Inhuman at 'Alcatraz of Rockies'

Amnesty International: solitary confinement must be rolled back at ADX

(Newser) - At the nation's most restrictive prison, most inmates are allowed nearly zero social interaction—in one extreme case, a prisoner who killed a fellow inmate at another prison gets just one minute per day of contact with other people. In a report out today, Amnesty International says the Administrative... More »

Murderer Van der Sloot Weds in Prison This Week

He is due to become a father in September

(Newser) - Joran Van der Sloot is serving a 28-year murder sentence for one young woman's death and is the main suspect in another, but that won't keep him from becoming a married man this week, reports Reuters . Tomorrow, the 26-year-old will marry Leidy Figueroa, the 24-year-old Peruvian girlfriend... More »

How Companies Gouge Prison Inmates

Firms line up to be banks, telecom companies for the incarcerated

(Newser) - There are many reasons that it sucks to be in prison, but one of them is that it can cost more than eight bucks to make a 15-minute phone call—and private companies are collecting that dough. The New York Times today takes a look at how a new breed... More »

What It's Like to Visit Rikers Island

Even among prisons, it stands out in terms of long waits and security

(Newser) - News that Rikers Island prison is investigating the alleged smuggling of drugs and weapons by guards prompts Dateline producer Dan Slepian to recount his first visit to the facility in the course of his work. Think every airport security or bank line you've ever been in, then multiply by... More »

California Sterilized Inmates Without Lawful Consent

Audit finds evidence of many illegal procedures

(Newser) - The California prison system illegally had dozens of women sterilized, possibly without their consent, according to a new report from the state auditor. Of the 144 inmates given tubal ligations from fiscal years 2005-06 to 2012-13, at least 39 were done without lawful consent, with physicians either failing to sign... More »

Cops: Man Tosses Football Full of Drugs Into Prison

It had cell phones, too, but the throw was off target

(Newser) - Points for creativity, at least. Michigan authorities say a man attempted to chuck a football filled with drugs and cellphones into the exercise yard of a state prison in Jackson. Two big problems: The throw fell short, with the ball landing between two fences instead of in the exercise yard.... More »

Indiana: We Can't Afford to Reduce Prison Rape

State decides it's better off losing federal grants

(Newser) - Indiana's governor says the state will not be implementing federal guidelines for reducing prison rape because the cost is too high and it has other spending priorities. State officials say complying with the Prison Rape Elimination Act passed in 2003 and signed into law by George W. Bush would... More »

Orange Is the New Black Exploits Prison

The show's crass sensationalism undermines the book's message: Noah Berlatsky

(Newser) - Watch the trailer for the new season of Orange Is the New Black, and it's chock-full of sex, threats, gags, and a general sense of fun and excitement. The message seems to be that "drama, sex, violence, all in prison = awesome," observes Noah Berlatsky at Splice... More »

No One Intervened as Ky. Inmate Starved to Death

Prison doctor has been fired, criminal investigation opened

(Newser) - A 57-year-old Kentucky inmate is dead after going on a five-week hunger strike, dropping 50 pounds between September and his death in January. A prison doctor was fired and two other staffers are in the process of being dismissed over the death of James Kenneth Embry, 57, found dead in... More »

What Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Can, Can't Do in Prison

No speaking to inmates; little outdoor time

(Newser) - A year to the day after the Boston Marathon bombings, Boston is mourning —and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is awaiting trial. The New York Times offers a look inside the medical facility where he is being held under federally-approved "special administrative measures." The rules apply to prisoners who are... More »

It's Time to Expand College Programs in Prison

Degrees will make ex-cons less likely to end up back in jail, says Bill Keller

(Newser) - Andrew Cuomo got flak when he announced plans to fund college classes for inmates in 10 of New York's prisons, and ended up backing off the idea. But he was right, writes Bill Keller in the New York Times . After all, "what is prison for?" Yes, one of... More »

Whitey Bulger: An Innocent Man Is Behind Bars

Boston hit man urges 'real killer' to step forward

(Newser) - Notorious Boston hit man James "Whitey" Bulger has adopted an unlikely cause: exonerating a man in prison for murder, the Boston Globe reports. Fred Weichel, a South Boston man behind bars for 32 years, has long claimed he never committed murder in 1980. He even got a new trial... More »

Homeless Vet 'Basically Baked to Death' in NY Jail

Riker's Island having trouble with mental illness, violence

(Newser) - Guards at Rikers Island are supposed to check on mentally ill inmates every 15 minutes. But when Jerome Murdough was booked for sleeping on a housing project roof, he was left unattended long enough to keel over dead from overheating, the AP revealed today. The former Marine was left alone... More »

Why a Prisons Chief Put Himself in Solitary

Rick Raemisch wanted to have the experience

(Newser) - Rick Raemisch is no average prisons chief, but these aren't average times for US prisons. Newly appointed as Colorado's chief of corrections, Raemisch put himself in solitary confinement for 20 hours to experience the most controversial form of punishment in prisons today, the New York Times reports. "... More »

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