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Fire Marshal Quits Amid Horrific Spate of Wildfires

Meanwhile, tragedy strikes a family and their dog

(Newser) - Oregon's fire marshal has stepped down as a deadly rash of wildfires ravage his state, the Oregonian reports. Details remain foggy, but an insider suggests Fire Marshal Jim Walker wasn't up to the job. He allegedly handed over daily management of the crisis to his chief deputy, Mariana... More »

Connecticut Inmate Hangs Himself With Face Mask

Daniel Ocasio was found sitting on bunk

(Newser) - A Connecticut inmate used his prison-issued cloth face mask as a ligature to hang himself while sitting on his bunk, officials say. The death of 32-year-old Daniel Ocasio, who was found on his bunk at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center at 5:07am Wednesday, has been ruled a suicide by the... More »

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... More »

At One California Prison, a 'Devastating' COVID Outbreak

Nearly a third of the inmates at San Quentin State Prison have contracted the virus

(Newser) - One California correctional facility currently accounts for nearly half of the state's 2,000-plus prison cases of COVID-19, a fact that Gov. Gavin Newsom is now calling a "deep area of focus and concern." Citing data from the state's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation , USA Today... More »

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... More »

Dozens Dead, Warden Injured in Prison Riot

The upheaval at the Llanos Penitentiary Center in Venezuela included a grenade blast

(Newser) - A riot erupted at a prison in central Venezuela on Friday, killing at least 40 people and injuring 50 more, including a National Guard officer who was wounded by an explosion and the warden, who suffered a knife wound, authorities said. The upheaval at the Llanos Penitentiary Center started with... More »

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... More »

146K Inmates to Spend at Least 2 Weeks in Cells

Federal prison lockdown begins Wednesday

(Newser) - Federal prisons are officially under lockdown. In an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, 146,000 federal inmates in 122 facilities will be confined to their cells for the next two weeks beginning Wednesday, per Politico and USA Today . "Limited group gathering will be afforded to the extent... More »

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... More »

54K Inmates Get Released Because of Coronavirus

Iranian authorities claim they all tested negative

(Newser) - Iran's coronavirus crisis is now so severe that tens of thousands of prisoners are being released. Authorities said Tuesday that to combat the spread of the virus in crowded prisons, around 54,000 inmates have been temporarily released after posting bail and testing negative for COVID-19, the BBC reports.... More »

Jay-Z Sues Again: Life in Miss. Prison Is 'Barbaric'

Suit describes 'nonexistent' health care, food tainted with rat feces at Parchman in Mississippi

(Newser) - The reported last words of an inmate who died by suicide at Mississippi State Penitentiary last month were, "I'm tired of this s---. They don't care about me or my food." Now, 152 inmates are suing the state's only maximum-security prison for men, known as... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

2 Inmates Go Missing From Troubled Miss. Prison

1 is back in custody

(Newser) - One of two prisoners believed to have escaped from one of several Mississippi prisons recently rocked by violence is back in custody, authorities said early Sunday. The Mississippi Department of Corrections tweeted just before 3:30am that David May was in custody. Gov. Phil Bryant on Saturday said via Twitter... More »

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... More »

Brick Wall Couldn't Stop Inmate. His Dad Finally Did

Jace Martin Laws' Texas prison escape didn't last long after his father spotted him

(Newser) - A Texas inmate who authorities say carved his way through a brick wall to escape prison has been recaptured. Per KLTV , the Gregg County Sheriff's Office first made the announcement Thursday on 34-year-old Jace Martin Laws' prison break from the county's South Jail in Longview. In a Facebook... More »

Oops: Bloomberg Accidentally Used Prisoners for Campaign Calls

Candidate hastily cuts ties with contractor who employed prisoners in Okla.

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg hastily cut ties with a contractor that used prisoners to make calls for his presidential campaign, he said in a statement Tuesday. The former New York mayor said that his campaign was unaware of the arrangement until a reporter sought comment, reports the AP . Earlier Tuesday, the Intercept... More »

Scrawled in Girl's Christmas Card: 'Please Help Us'

Tesco is 'shocked' by apparent forced labor in Chinese prison

(Newser) - The UK-based grocery chain Tesco said it halted production at a factory in China on Sunday after a British newspaper reported the factory used forced labor to produce charity Christmas cards for the supermarket, the AP reports. Tesco said it also launched an investigation of the Chinese supplier it hired... More »

After 3 Years in Iran, 'Another American Is Coming Home'

Princeton grad student Xiyue Wang, 38, released as part of prisoner exchange

(Newser) - "Another American is coming home." That was the early Saturday tweet from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with good news for the family of Xiyue Wang, the Chinese American graduate student who's been held prisoner in Iran for more than three years. CNN and NBC News report... More »

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