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Why Thousands of Jail Inmates Meet a Grim Fate

Reuters takes an in-depth look at jail deaths

(Newser) - Harvey Hill was acting a little crazy that night. The Mississippi man was laughing in the rain outside his former boss' house in May 2018 and wouldn't leave, so he was arrested, charged with trespassing, and tossed in jail—where he started a fight with guards that ended in... More »

Report Digs Up Sad Fact for Voting Inmates

The Prison Policy Initiative takes a closer look at voting from jail

(Newser) - Most of the three-quarters of a million people held in US jails have the right to vote. But many of them are unable to, stymied by misinformation, limited access to registration, and ballots and confusion from the officials in charge. The result is widespread voter disenfranchisement, say experts with the... More »

Wedding Reception Leads to 147 Infections, 3 Deaths

The CDC says it is still tracing cases to the Maine event

(Newser) - A wedding reception in Maine has apparently triggered at least 147 cases of COVID-19, including three deaths—a spreading of the virus that one health official likens to "a giant tube of glitter." The CDC says the August 7 event in Millinocket spread the disease to a prison... More »

Minority Officers Allege Discrimination Over Chauvin

They file racial discrimination charges in Minnesota

(Newser) - Eight minority corrections officers who work at the jail holding a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd allege that they were barred from guarding or having contact with the officer because of their race, the AP reports. Floyd died on May 25 after... More »

Guards Fail to Notice Inmate Giving Birth

Texas inmate gives birth in jail cell

(Newser) - A woman managed to go into labor and give birth alone in a Texas jail cell without any corrections officers noticing until after she had delivered the child, a sheriff's official said Thursday. The woman had the baby in a Fort Worth jail cell on May 17, according to... More »

Officials Reveal New Element in Tennessee Man's 'Evil Plan'

Alexander Friedmann allegedly had concrete room built to practice jailbreak

(Newser) - A longtime prison reform advocate accused of preparing to stage an escape at a Tennessee jail that's under construction had a builder create a concrete room in his condominium's basement so he could learn how to break into the walls, authorities say. The room built in a storage... 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 »

Next Possible Epicenter for Virus: America's Prisons

Correctional facilities 'completely unequipped' to handle pandemic, one ex-NYC official says

(Newser) - The next potential epicenter for America's coronavirus pandemic: prisons and jails, per health experts. They're little cities hidden behind tall fences where many people share cells, sit elbow-to-elbow in dining areas, and are herded through halls to the yard or prison industry jobs. They say it's nearly... More »

Lawyers: Chelsea Manning Tries to End It All

The former intelligence officer has been in jail for refusing to testify

(Newser) - Chelsea Manning's legal team said Wednesday that the former intelligence analyst tried to take her own life Wednesday, but was transported to a hospital where she is recovering, the AP reports. Manning has been in jail since May 2019 for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.... More »

Guy Asks Jail Guard to Charge His Phone, Gets 12 Years

Willie Nash calls the sentence 'grossly disproportionate to the crime'

(Newser) - A man arrested on a misdemeanor charge in Mississippi has been sentenced to 12 years for carrying a cellphone in jail, NBC News reports. Willie Nash was found guilty of carrying the contraband in August 2018, and didn't appeal the verdict, but called the sentence "grossly disproportionate to... More »

Report: Rikers Guards Watched Suicide Attempt, Failed to Act

3 officers and a captain have been suspended

(Newser) - Guards at one of America's most notorious jails watched for several minutes without intervening as a young inmate tried to hang himself, sources say. Insiders tell the New York Times that at least four corrections officers at the Rikers Island complex failed to act as 18-year-old Nicholas Feliciano, who... More »

Epstein's Guards Were Allegedly Shopping, Sleeping

AG Barr describes 'perfect storm of screw-ups'

(Newser) - Enough with the conspiracy theories, says Attorney General William Barr, asserting that a "series" of mistakes allowed Jeffrey Epstein to take his own life at a Manhattan jail in August. "I can understand people … whose minds went to sort of the worst-case scenario because it was a... More »

She Was Let Go After the First 3 Arrests. Not So for the 4th

Jane Fonda spent night in jail after her latest climate change protest in DC

(Newser) - Jane Fonda has spent the past four Fridays getting arrested in the nation's capital, as per her plan , but this time around, she faced a more serious consequence. The 81-year-old actress has been protesting climate change on Capitol Hill, inspired by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg , and her first... More »

'Torture Island' Gets a Death Date

Rikers Island complex to be replaced with 4 smaller jails by 2026

(Newser) - Rikers Island's death sentence will come in 2026, according to an $8 billion plan approved by New York City lawmakers on Thursday. There are roughly 7,000 inmates currently held at the island complex in the East River, sometimes referred to as "Torture Island" or "the Guantá... More »

CEO, Wife Get Jail Time in College Admissions Scandal

Gregory and Marcia Abbott to each spend month in prison after paying $125K to fix daughter's tests

(Newser) - As Felicity Huffman prepares for her 14-day stay behind bars at the end of the month, more sentences are rolling in for the college admissions bribery scandal—and this time, it's both members of a couple who will see jail time. Gregory Abbott, the CEO of International Dispensing Corp.... More »

He Got 10 Days in Jail for Missed Jury Duty. Now, Redemption

Florida judge wipes any criminality from record of 21-year-old Deandre Somerville

(Newser) - Deandre Somerville doesn't think he should've gotten 10 days in jail and a record for oversleeping and missing jury duty. Many agreed, and the resulting backlash over his Florida case may have led to a judicial retraction. Somerville, 21, has already served his jail time after sleeping late... More »

No-Show for Jury Duty Faces Surprising Consequences

21-year-old Deandre Somerville is thrown in jail for 10 days after oversleeping, not calling in

(Newser) - A 21-year-old Florida man made three mistakes when he got picked to serve on a jury: he overslept the next morning, he decided not to bother going in at all, and he never called anyone at the court to let them know what was going on. That last error appears... More »

'Thoroughbred White Girl' Gets Sweet Deal in Court

Lauren Cutshaw, 34, avoids jail in DUI charge

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman who called herself a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl" during a DUI arrest has gotten what she asked for—no jail time, Metro reports. Turns out Lauren Cutshaw, 34, pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor DUI in what Inside Edition calls "a sweet deal.... More »

Woman Sues Over Terror-Filled Birth at Denver County Jail

Diana Sanchez says she was forced to labor and deliver alone in her cell

(Newser) - A Colorado woman says she was forced to give birth alone without medical assistance in a dirty cell at the Denver County Jail, even as nurses milled about. Diana Sanchez's lawsuit claims she delivered a baby boy at 10:44am on July 31, 2018, nearly six hours after alerting... More »

Ex-Epstein Cellmate: Guards Are Warning Me Not to Talk

Nick Tartaglione says he wants to be relocated

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein's old cellmate says he's living under threatening conditions in a Manhattan jail and wants to be relocated, LoHud reports. Nicholas Tartaglione—an ex-cop awaiting trial on a quadruple homicide —said via his lawyer Tuesday that Metropolitan Correctional Center guards are issuing dire warnings if either... More »

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