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Woman: Jared Fogle Sent Me 'Horrifying' Prison Letter

Former girlfriend Brena Firkins reached out first

(Newser) - So, how's it going for former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle? "It's been a very hard nine months for me," he allegedly wrote in a March 25 letter sent from the Colorado prison where he's serving more than 15 years for child porn and having illicit... More »

Her Prison Job Terrified Her. What Was Scary Were the Guards

Employees kept quiet about abused inmates at Dade Correctional Institution

(Newser) - Harriet Krzykowski felt abandoned—and terrified. A new counselor at Dade Correctional Institution's mental-health ward in 2010, the then-30-year-old heard about guards taunting and starving inmates, so she told her superior. That's when guards began abandoning Krzykowski in areas packed with potentially dangerous prisoners. "It scared the... More »

Accused Candy Shoplifter Faces Life in Prison

It was his 5th offense

(Newser) - A 34-year-old Louisiana man could spend the rest of his life in prison over his alleged shoplifting of $31 of candy, reports the Advocate . Jacobia Grimes is accused of trying to steal candy bars from a Dollar General, and his big problem is that he has five prior theft convictions... More »

2 Inmates Were Put in Solitary Together. One Came Out

The practice of 'double celling' is shockingly common

(Newser) - It seems like some sort of oxymoron: two inmates together in solitary confinement. But as a joint investigation by NPR and the Marshall Project found, "double celling" is anything but an anomaly: They cite a 2014 Federal Bureau of Prisons report in asserting that "over 80% of the... More »

Inmate Who Beat Fogle Wanted to 'Send a Message'

Family of Steven Nigg says he felt ex-Subway pitchman was getting special treatment

(Newser) - Steven Nigg, the inmate who bloodied ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle in a prison-yard fight , did so because he hates child sex offenders and resents what he perceives as special treatment Fogle receives at the Colorado prison they're both housed in—and he wanted to "send a message,"... More »

'Vigilante' Inmate Attacked Jared in Prison Yard: Report

Fogle bloodied, scratched in attack by fellow prisoner

(Newser) - No one imagined Jared Fogle would have an easy time in prison, and TMZ reports that the ex-Subway pitchman, serving a 15-year-plus sentence in Colorado for child porn and child sex crimes, was involved in a prison-yard dust-up that apparently didn't end well for Fogle. Per documents seen by... More »

Mass Killer Suing Norway Over 'Inhumane' Prison Conditions

He's cut off from other prisoners, but he does have a PlayStation

(Newser) - Anders Behring Breivik —the man who killed 77 people, many of them teenagers, in 2011—is suing the Norwegian government, alleging his treatment while imprisoned has been "inhumane" and "degrading," AFP reports. Breivik's lawyer claims his client has "clear isolation damage" after nearly... More »

Inmate Avoids Execution by Paying to Get Pregnant

A male inmate left sperm and a syringe in a plastic baggie for her

(Newser) - Four prison guards in northern Vietnam have been suspended for alleged negligence after a female inmate on death row for drug trafficking became pregnant, which means her death sentence will be commuted to life in prison once her child is born, the AP reports. The Thanh Nien newspaper says Nguyen... More »

Peek Inside Teresa Giudice's Prison Memoir

It involves a lot of lesbian sex

(Newser) - Most people who get sent to prison for fraud don't come out of it with a book deal, but most people aren't Teresa Giudice. Yes, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star is out next week with a memoir of her year in prison, Turning the Tables [... More »

Russia Cracks Down on Foul-Mouthed Prisoners

New rules prohibits swearing in prison

(Newser) - Some prisoners in Russia are facing a harsh new rule: no swearing. Citing an Interfax report, the New York Times reports that “socializing with other individuals using lewd, threatening, demeaning, or slanderous expressions or slang” is now a no-no at pretrial detention centers, where detainees often live in large... More »

Former NFL Player Found Dead in Prison Cell

Officials are calling Lawrence Phillips' death suicide

(Newser) - A former NFL player was found dead in his cell at a California prison on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials are investigating the death of 40-year-old Lawrence Phillips as a suicide. According to KernGoldenEmpire.com , Phillips was found unconscious in a cell by himself at Kern Valley State... More »

RHONJ Star Teresa Giudice Heads Home From Prison

Husband Joe is up next to serve his time behind bars

(Newser) - Looks like Teresa Giudice's attorney wasn't far off the mark after predicting in January she'd be released early, "sometime in early December." The 43-year-old Real Housewives of New Jersey star was released from Connecticut's Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury just after 5am Wednesday after... More »

More Than 3K Wa. Prisoners Mistakenly Freed Early

'Frankly, it is maddening'

(Newser) - More than 3,000 prisoners in Washington have been mistakenly released early since 2002 because of an error by the state's Department of Corrections. At a news conference Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee said he has ordered immediate steps to correct the long-standing problem. "Frankly, it is maddening,"... More »

New York Will Make Solitary Confinement More Humane

New agreement calls for shorter stays and 'regular food'

(Newser) - New York reached a deal Wednesday to drastically reform solitary confinement in its prison system months after it was sued by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York Times reports. About 4,000 New York inmates currently spend 23 hours per day in 60-square-foot cells. The new agreement... More »

'Nazi Grandma' Sent to Prison for Denying Holocaust

87-year-old German woman insists Auschwitz wasn't proven to be death camp

(Newser) - Ursula Haverbeck-Wetzel says there's no proof that Auschwitz was a death camp and that that's "only a belief." Those thoughts spoken in a Hamburg court Thursday—and others, such as the "Holocaust is the biggest and most sustainable lie in history" comment she made on... More »

Indonesia Plans Island Prison Guarded by Crocodiles

'You can't bribe crocodiles'

(Newser) - The Guardian reports the head of Indonesia's anti-drug agency has proposed an innovative new prison for drug convicts on death row: an island surrounded by blood-thirsty crocodiles. According to the Washington Post , the inmates would have food delivered to them on the island but would otherwise be left to... More »

This Is How Not to Smuggle a McMuffin Into Prison

At least wait till the sun sets

(Newser) - The weirder stories of late about smuggling contraband into prison tend to involve drones . This one involves fishing line and a McMuffin. Authorities in London caught a man trying to smuggle a bundle of goods, including a knife, a mobile phone, pot, cocaine, vodka, and yes, a McDonald's McMuffin,... More »

5 Million US Children Have Had Incarcerated Parent

And that's hurting them, according to a new report

(Newser) - One in 14 children have had at least one parent incarcerated during their life—a percentage that's even higher for poor children and black children—and that's having a negative impact on their lives, USA Today reports The statistics come from a report— Parents Behind Bars: What Happens ... More »

FCC Votes to Stop Phone Providers From Gouging Inmates

'The most egregious case of market failure I have ever seen'

(Newser) - Phone calls can cost inmates and their families up to $14 a minute, NBC News reports. But that changed Thursday when the FCC voted 3-2 to cap the rates and fees phone providers can charge for service in US prisons and jails, according to the Huffington Post . "Voting to... More »

Woman Gets Year in Jail for Ripping Up King's Photo

Human rights activist found guilty of 'insulting' Bahrain's King Hamad

(Newser) - The daughter of a well-known Bahraini human rights activist was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail for delivering the ultimate insult to her country's king: ripping up a picture of him, Reuters reports. Zainab al-Khawaja, 32, lost her appeal on a conviction for tearing up a photo of... More »

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