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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. 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 »

Oscar Pistorius Injured in Prison Altercation

Said to have gotten in fight with inmate over phone use

(Newser) - Olympian Oscar Pistorius, in jail for murdering his girlfriend, was bruised in an altercation with another inmate over telephone use, a South African prison spokesman has confirmed. Singabakho Nxumalo of the Department of Correctional Services said Tuesday that Pistorius sustained a minor injury at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre last week,... More »

The Color Purple Out, Mein Kampf in for Texas Inmates

List of 10K books banned in Texas prisons has some surprising entries

(Newser) - Prisoners in Texas can't read the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple or the best-selling Freakonomics; some of the works of Hunter S. Thompson or a collection of Shakespearean sonnets; or books from the Where's Waldo series, The Simpsons, and Monty Python. They can, however, read Hitler's Mein ... More »

He Was Getting His PhD. Now He's Wasting Away in Iran

Wife Hua Qu calls on Trump to help secure the release of Princeton student Xiyue Wang

(Newser) - He was a Princeton University student researching Iran's Qajar dynasty for his PhD. Now, he's "extremely stressed, he has depression and he attempted to commit suicide, and he had multiple diseases," says his wife. Hua Qu spoke to NBC News about the plight of her husband,... More »

Inmate's Girlfriend Jailed Following Literal Kiss of Death

She passed meth to inmate boyfriend, who died as a result

(Newser) - An Oregon woman whose inmate boyfriend died from a meth-laden kiss after a prison visit was sentenced to two years behind bars Tuesday on a drug conspiracy charge, reports the AP . Melissa Ann Blair passed seven tiny balloons filled with methamphetamine into the mouth of Anthony Powell during a long... More »

Dying Inmate's Diary Reveals Lack of Medical Care

He had cancer but was only given Tylenol

(Newser) - A Vermont inmate who died of cancer at a Pennsylvania prison wrote in a diary that he repeatedly asked for medical care but was denied and given ibuprofen and Tylenol for his pain. Sixty-eight-year-old Roger Brown died Oct. 15 at the state prison in Camp Hill, Penn. The Pennsylvania Department... More »

Anthony Weiner's Prison Time Begins

Former congressman reports for 21-month stint

(Newser) - Anthony Weiner's 21-month prison sentence has begun. The former congressman reported to Federal Medical Center in Devens, Mass., Monday morning, ABC 7 reports. Weiner asked at his sentencing to be allowed to continue treatment for sex addiction, and Devens is one of nine federal prisons offering the treatment, the... More »

Orphanage Owner Denies Claim Dead Girl Had Eating Trouble

Police say Wesley Mathews claimed his daughter Sherin was malnourished

(Newser) - The Texas father charged in the death of his 3-year-old adopted daughter has been placed on suicide watch in a Dallas County jail, the Houston Chronicle reports. Police say 37-year-old Wesley Mathews originally told them his daughter Sherin disappeared at 3am Oct. 7 after he put her outside for refusing... More »

A Lauded Prison Recycling Program Became a Hacker's Dream

3 refurbished computers hidden in ceiling of Marion Correctional Institute

(Newser) - Three computers hidden in the ceiling above a closet in a staff computer lab in Marion Correctional Institution gave inmates access to the Ohio prison's network, databases, tools for creating security passes, and the outside world. “Our inmates are way smarter than our technical people, you know,”... More »

Martha Stewart's 'Horrifying' Prison Stay: 'Nothing Is Good About It'

Martha talks to Katie Couric about the 'indignity' she had to suffer

(Newser) - When Martha Stewart was released in March 2005 from West Virginia's Alderson Federal Prison Camp after a five-month stint behind bars, she emerged all the better, with the valuable experience offering her time to reflect on her white-collar crime and allowing her to grow as a person. Or …... More »

OJ Simpson Is a Free Man

70-year-old released after 9-year stint in prison for armed robbery

(Newser) - Former football legend OJ Simpson became a free man again Sunday after serving nine years for a botched hotel-room heist in Las Vegas that brought the prison time he avoided in the killings of his ex-wife and her friend after his 1995 acquittal in the "trial of the century.... More »

Rod Blagojevich's Life in Prison: He Makes $8.40 a Month

Disgraced Illinois governor talks to 'Chicago Magazine' in first interview

(Newser) - The other inmates call him "Gov," of course. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is not quite halfway through a 14-year sentence for corruption , gives his first interview to talk about life in prison to Chicago Magazine . He's doing his time at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood... More »

Inmates in Harvey-Hit Prison Call Conditions 'Obscene'

Despite water, power problems, FCI Beaumont isn't evacuating prisoners

(Newser) - The federal prison in Beaumont, Texas, refused to evacuate its prisoners Thursday despite concerns about the city's supply of power and running water in the wake of Harvey, saying it had enough food and water to weather the storm, the Houston Chronicle reports. But that's not the story... More »

Amanda Knox Weighs In on Sentence in Suicide Texts Case

Says Michelle Carter needs our 'sympathy,' not a stint behind bars

(Newser) - Michelle Carter will serve 15 months in prison for her role in boyfriend Conrad Roy's suicide, but one high-profile person who herself has known the inside of a jail cell says incarceration isn't what Carter needs. Amanda Knox, who spent four years in an Italian prison before she... More »

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