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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,...

Navalny May Be in a 'Situation of a Slow Death'

So says Amnesty International

(Newser) - Amnesty International is weighing in on Alexei Navalny's prison conditions, and it isn't pulling punches. "We have to do more," said Amnesty International Secretary General Agnes Callamard on Wednesday. "[They] have already attempted to kill him, they are now detaining him, and imposing prison conditions,...

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—...

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

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...

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...

After 4 Years, NASA Scientist Held in Turkey Returns Home

Serkan Golge was convicted of involvement in 2016 coup against Erdogan

(Newser) - Former NASA scientist Serkan Golge, detained on terrorism charges in Turkey, is back on American soil for the first time in four years. The Turkish-American arrived with his family in Washington early Tuesday, some seven months after President Trump said he'd secured a deal for his release, per the...

Lawyer of Newly Free Death Row Inmate: 'He Is Very Tired'

Walter Ogrod released after prosecutors decide he likely didn't kill 4-year-old Philly girl

(Newser) - A man who spent nearly three decades behind bars, most of them on death row, after he was convicted at his second trial of killing a 4-year-old girl in Philadelphia was released Friday after prosecutors concluded he very likely didn't do it. Walter Ogrod left death row and the...

Inmate Freed Due to Virus Allegedly Went on to Kill

Florida man accused of murder day after release

(Newser) - A Florida inmate released from jail due to the coronavirus pandemic is accused of murdering somebody the next day. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Joseph Edward Williams, who was being held on drug charges including possession of heroin, was released under an emergency order freeing certain pretrial...

Weinstein Transferred to Maximum-Security Prison

Inmate No. 20B0584 will be held at Wende for evaluation

(Newser) - New York state inmate No. 20B0584, once one of Hollywood's most powerful figures, arrived at a maximum-security prison near Buffalo Wednesday. Harvey Weinstein, who turns 68 on Thursday, was sent from Rikers Island to the Wende Correctional Institute in Alden, NY, for evaluation, Bloomberg reports. Authorities say Weinstein, who...

DC Sniper Gets Married in Prison
DC Sniper Is a Married Man

DC Sniper Is a Married Man

Lawyer says bride is 'impressive young lady'

(Newser) - Lee Boyd Malvo, serving life for his role in 10 sniper killings that terrorized the Washington, DC, area in 2002, is now a married man. The 35-year-old, who was 17 when he committed the crimes, married a woman at the Red Onion State Prison in Virginia last week, Fox News...

Dylann Roof Gripes on 'Harsh' Treatment, Does This to Protest

Mass murderer went on hunger strike after he says he was 'targeted by staff' in Indiana federal prison

(Newser) - In a Feb. 13 letter, mass murderer Dylann Roof told the AP he was "several days" into a hunger strike in protest of "harsh" treatment inside a federal prison in Indiana. The 25-year-old white supremacist said he'd been "targeted by staff," "verbally harassed and...

Alabama Authorities Hunt Escaped Murderer

Daniel Miner escaped from work-release facility

(Newser) - Authorities in Alabama are hunting a 43-year-old man who has been serving a life sentence for murder since he was a teenager. Daniel Miner, who was convicted of a 1993 Marshall County murder in 1994 and sentenced to life with the possibility of parole, escaped from a minimum-security work-release facility...

Inmate Reveals How He Dealt With Child Molesters

Jonathan Watson, 41, wrote a letter to the Bay Area News Group

(Newser) - A California inmate serving a life sentence for murder confessed in a letter that he beat to death two child molesters with another inmate's cane hours after a prison counselor ignored his urgent warning that he might become violent, the AP reports. In a letter to the Bay Area...

Inmate Climbed Into Ceiling. It Didn't End Well

Ohio inmate's prison escape plan foiled after ceiling gives way

(Newser) - WOIO calls it a botched prison escape in Ohio that ended in "embarrassing fashion." ABC7 calls it an "epic fail"—or should it be "epic fall"? It was all of these things for Jessica Boomershine, who was caught on surveillance camera determinedly trying...

Bernie Madoff: I Don't Have Much Time Left to Live

The disgraced Ponzi schemer says he has kidney disease

(Newser) - Epic Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff asked a federal judge Wednesday to grant him a "compassionate release" from his 150-year prison sentence, saying he has terminal kidney failure and less than 18 months to live, the AP reports. Madoff's attorney filed court papers saying the 81-year-old has end-stage kidney...

Amid 'Trying Times,' a New Problem for Prison Officials

After 5 inmate deaths since Sunday in Mississippi, 2 more inmates have now gone missing

(Newser) - A search is underway for two inmates who are missing from a state penitentiary, officials in Mississippi said Saturday. The Department of Corrections said in a Facebook post that David May, 42, and Dillion Williams, 27, were discovered missing from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman during an emergency count...

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