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He Sat in Rikers for 5 Months; $2 Would Have Freed Him

Aitabdel Salem says he didn't know his bail had changed

(Newser) - Aitabdel Salem needed to hand over only $2 to bail himself out of Rikers Island, a fact he found out after a five-month stay. The 41-year-old Queens man was initially jailed on $25,000 bail for allegedly attacking an officer who arrested him on suspicion of theft at a retail... More »

Unabomber Note: 'Ready to Speak' After 20 Years

But the letter-writer has conditions

(Newser) - The Unabomber is apparently ready for a prison interview for the first time in 20 years—as long as a few conditions are met. "I am ready to speak to someone from the media regarding my brother's recent comments and to discuss how they are being used to... More »

Prisoner Granted Sex Reassignment Is Still Waiting

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy paved the way for other transgender inmates, but was released before surgery

(Newser) - Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, who is 51, murdered a man with a shotgun outside a bar in Orange County in 1987 and spent nearly 30 years in prison for it. But she wasn't Michelle-Lael Norsworthy at the time—she was born Jeffrey, and she says that being "overly male" and... More »

'Unger v. State' Gives Inmates '2nd Chance' at Freedom

They committed their crimes decades ago

(Newser) - Merle Unger was 18 when he first escaped from jail in 1967. A high school drop-out and petty criminal in Greencastle, Penn., Unger would tie bed sheets together to get out of jail in the evenings so he could visit his girlfriend and play bingo. It worked well—until a... More »

Mexican Judge to US: You Can Have El Chapo

Infamous drug lord would be sent to Brooklyn

(Newser) - Looks like Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will be facing trial in the US, CNN reports. A Mexican judge has ruled that Guzman, who was recaptured in January after a stunning 2015 prison breakout , can be extradited to the States. If that happens, officials say he'll... More »

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 »

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