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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 »

A Sheriff's Odd $750K 'Compensation' May Not Be So Rare

Old Alabama state law lets sheriffs take excess funds meant for feeding inmates

(Newser) - Todd Entrekin makes just under $95,000 a year as the sheriff of Alabama's Etowah County, but somehow he and his wife Karen (an ex-probation officer) have $1.7 million in property spread over two counties. AL.com reports that how he paid for all of this is now... More »

Job of Making Billy Graham's Casket Fell to Inmates

Evangelist's family had requested his final resting vessel years ago from La. prisoners

(Newser) - Billy Graham died on Feb. 21, 2018, but his casket has been waiting for him since 2006. WAFB reports that a final resting vessel was commissioned long ago for the renowned evangelist, with a request it be built by the inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, aka Angola. The Advocate ... More »

3 Charged in Death of Inmate Denied Water for a Week

Prosecutors say Terrill Thomas was left to die in April 2016

(Newser) - A Wisconsin jail commander and two other staffers face charges after prosecutors say they left an inmate to die. Terrill Thomas, 38, died of dehydration in the solitary confinement unit of Milwaukee County Jail in April 2016 after a week without water. Though the move was against regulation at the... More »

French Prison Guards Set Fire as Union Calls for 'Total Blockage'

They're striking for improved security

(Newser) - Protesting guards are blocking some of France's 188 prisons as a conflict triggered by attacks on guards enters its second week. About 100 guards protested in front of the Marseille prison on Monday, setting a small fire and blocking entrances. It wasn't immediately clear how many prisons were... More »

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' Must Go to Prison

Appeal of 96-year-old Oskar Groening is denied

(Newser) - German authorities have rejected a former Auschwitz death camp guard's bid for clemency, removing the final barrier to the 96-year-old serving his sentence for accessory to murder. Prosecutors rejected former SS sergeant Oskar Groening's clemency request filed earlier this week, per the AP . Groening had been known as... More »

After Outcry, NJ Prisons Lift Ban on Best-Selling Book

ACLU challenged ban on 'The New Jim Crow'

(Newser) - New Jersey corrections officials, challenged by a civil rights group, announced Monday that a best-selling book on mass incarceration and racial discrimination that had been banned at two state prisons would now be available to inmates at all state correctional facilities. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union... More »

American Who Sawed His Way Out of Bali Prison Recaptured

Chrishan Beasley, who'd escaped 'notorious' Kerobokan jail, caught 100 miles away

(Newser) - Two Americans busted out of a "notorious" Indonesian prison earlier this month, with one captured almost immediately. The second escapee, 32-year-old Chrishan Beasley (the BBC reports his name as Christian Beasley), evaded detection for nearly a week, but was finally caught Saturday on the island of Lombok, about 100... More »

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