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Since 1996, Rodney Reed Has Said He's Innocent

Evidentiary hearing starts this week, and his lawyers will make that case

(Newser) - "Celebrities Go to Bat for Man Sentenced to Die," read Newser's own headline in 2019. Now, defense lawyers are getting the chance to go to bat for Rodney Reed. The Black man was sentenced to die for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas,...

Inmate's Last Words: 'I Truly Regret Killing My Family'

Texas executes John Hummel, who killed wife, daughter, and father-in-law

(Newser) - A Texas inmate was executed Wednesday evening for an attack that killed his pregnant wife, 5-year-old daughter, and father-in-law more than a decade ago. John Hummel received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the December 2009 killings, per the AP . Authorities say Hummel stabbed his wife,...

Woman, 76, Sent Back to Prison After Going to Class Without Permission

Federal inmate on home confinement had turned her phone off

(Newser) - Gwen Levi, a 76-year-old grandmother, was one of thousands of federal prisoners allowed to finish their sentences in home confinement as the COVID crisis escalated last year—but she is back behind bars after an incident the Bureau of Prisons classed as an "escape." Levi attended a computer...

State Makes Prison Phone Calls on the House

Connecticut is the first state to remove the barrier to families keeping in contact

(Newser) - Connecticut has gone from charging some of the highest rates in the nation for prison phone calls to providing them free of charge. A vendor with the state contract has been charging as much as $5 for a 15-minute call, WTNH reports. Inmates, including juveniles, will now be entitled to...

Inmate at DC Jail Wins Local Election
DC Jail Inmate
Elected to Office

DC Jail Inmate Elected to Office

Joel Caston's case may be a US first

(Newser) - Joel Caston has become an elected official in Washington, DC, after an extremely unusual election—Caston, the four candidates he defeated for an Advisory Neighborhood Commission seat, and almost all the voters are inmates at the DC City Jail. The Ward 7 seat he won has been vacant since it...

Epstein Pal's Lawyer: Nightly Checks 'Positively Orwellian'

Prosecutors say flashing light into her cell every 15 minutes at night is necessary for her own safety

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors say Ghislaine Maxwell isn't under suicide watch, but that it's still necessary to flash light into her cell every 15 minutes as she sleeps while she awaits a sex trafficking trial. They told a judge Wednesday via a letter that heightened security for Maxwell was necessary...

Navalny's Team: Russia Is Killing Him, 'in Front of Us All'

Authorities say Russian dissident is now in prison hospital; allies aren't hopeful for 'good news'

(Newser) - How things look for Alexei Navalny depends on who's doing the informing. Over the weekend, a group of doctors said blood tests showed the imprisoned Russian dissident, on a hunger strike since March 31, was likely to die within days unless he received medical attention. On Monday, a Navalny...

Prison Official Resigns After Bosses Deny Inmate Abortion

'Jane Roe' had to sue to get the procedure, which took place Tuesday in Nebraska

(Newser) - A Nebraska inmate who fought to have an abortion was finally granted one, but not before a legal battle with corrections officials, one of whom ended up resigning due to the prison's initial denial of her request. Per the AP , the 22-year-old inmate, referred to as "Jane Roe,...

Inmate in Solitary for Years: 'I Know Nothing' of Bulger Murder

Inmate Sean McKinnon, 35, says he still hasn't been told why he's been in the 'hole' since 2018

(Newser) - More than two years after crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was found murdered in West Virginia's Hazelton federal prison, no charges have been filed in his slaying. For that same period, Sean McKinnon has been asking why he was thrown into the "hole"—aka solitary confinement—...

Inmates Set Fires in Riot Over COVID Conditions
Jail
Inmates
Riot Over
COVID

Jail Inmates Riot Over COVID

Court cases in St. Louis are behind, family visits are limited during pandemic

(Newser) - Inmates at a St. Louis jail set fires, caused flooding, broke out fourth-floor windows and tossed a stationary bike, chairs, mattresses, and other objects out of the building Saturday in the latest disturbance over coronavirus conditions and restrictions that have limited visits and stalled court proceedings, officials said. Dozens of...

'Long and Ugly History' at Women's Prison Gets Uglier

2 sergeants, correctional officer at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility facing charges

(Newser) - Two sergeants and a correctional officer at what the New York Times calls a "notorious" women's prison in New Jersey are facing charges after an inmate was allegedly repeatedly punched, leaving her with a broken eye socket and concussion. Sgts. Amir Bethea and Anthony Valvano had ordered a...

Final Federal Execution Under Trump the 13th Since July
Execution Ends
'Unprecedented
Run'

Execution Ends 'Unprecedented Run'

Dustin Higgs was the last federal inmate put to death under the Trump administration

(Newser) - The Trump administration early Saturday carried out its 13th federal execution since July, an unprecedented run that concluded just five days before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden—an opponent of the federal death penalty. Dustin Higgs, convicted of ordering the killings of three women in a Maryland wildlife refuge...

Just Before Midnight, a Cell Check—and 6 Men Missing

Authorities on the hunt for 6 inmates who broke out of California jail

(Newser) - Cell check just before midnight Saturday at a California jail yielded an alarming find: six men missing, and now on the run. ABC News reports the inmates, all between the ages of 19 and 22, made their break over the weekend from the Merced County Downtown Jail by getting up...

Inmates Amassed $32K, Gave It Away
Inmates Amassed
$32K, Gave It Away

Inmates Amassed $32K, Gave It Away

Nearly 800 California prisoners donated to scholarship fund for teen

(Newser) - California inmates make as little as eight cents an hour sweeping floors, building furniture, and clerking. If they have an industry job, they can do better, making $1 an hour, or around $100 per month, per CBS News . That's why it took three long years for a group of...

How California Inmates Allegedly Pulled Off Another Crime

Authorities believe they obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment aid

(Newser) - Authorities in California on Tuesday announced that tens of thousands of prisoners, including Scott Peterson and many others on death row, had scammed the state for hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits. So how'd they managed it? The fraud has been linked to every institution run by...

Death Row Inmates Scam State Pandemic Benefits

They were among thousands of prisoners illegally receiving California benefits

(Newser) - Authorities in California say they've uncovered the "most significant fraud on taxpayer funds" in state history—and most of the perpetrators are already behind bars. Nine district attorneys and a federal prosecutor said Tuesday that tens of thousands of prisoners, including many on death row, had scammed the...

His Release Date Was 2419. It Just Got Pushed to Now

'Stunning reprieve' from judge for money launderer Juan Carlos Seresi, serving a 505-year sentence

(Newser) - A money launderer who was sentenced nearly 30 years ago to five centuries behind bars just got what CNN calls a "stunning reprieve." A Los Angeles federal judge decided he should be let out of prison ASAP. US District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled Thursday that 73-year-old...

Lawyers for Death Row Inmate: We Got COVID Due to Bill Barr

Lisa Montgomery's attorneys: Surprise execution date set during pandemic forced us to travel

(Newser) - Two attorneys for a female death-row inmate are blasting Attorney General Bill Barr, saying they contracted COVID-19 because he "recklessly" put their client's execution on the calendar for next month, all while the pandemic is still raging. In a lawsuit filed on behalf of Lisa Montgomery against the...

New Law Frees 2.2K NJ Inmates in a Single Day

They were awarded 'public health emergency credits'

(Newser) - More than 2,200 inmates were freed in New Jersey Wednesday in one of the biggest single-day prisoner releases in American history. The inmates were released under a new law that awards inmates within a year of release up to eight months off their sentences in "public health emergency...

What Lori Loughlin's Prison Day Is Like

One report says 'Full House' actress is 'a wreck'; another report says that's an exaggeration

(Newser) - Hoping to have a fresh start by 2021, Lori Loughlin reported early last week to start her two-month prison sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal . Varying reports are now emerging on how she's doing on the inside, with one source telling Us Weekly that the...

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