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Locals on Edge as Prisoner Goes Missing—Again

Calvin Adams escaped an Arkansas prison in 2009 and may have just done so again

(Newser) - "We'll get him." That's the determined response of a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Corrections, which has pulled out all the stops to look for a convicted murderer who either managed to bust out of a state prison or is hiding very well somewhere on... More »

Man to Be Freed After Serving 36 Years for Stealing $50

Alabama man was sentenced to life without parole

(Newser) - An Alabama man who has served close to 36 years in prison for robbing a bakery with a pocket knife will be free within days. Alvin Kennard was 22 when he was sentenced to life without parole for the 1983 crime, in which nobody was injured and he made off... More »

'More Information Needed' After Epstein Autopsy

Cause of death still pending, medical examiner says

(Newser) - An autopsy has been completed on Jeffrey Epstein—but the cause of death is still "pending further information," according to the New York City medical examiner's office. Barbara Sampson, the city’s chief medical examiner, says a private pathologist observed the autopsy Sunday at the request of... More »

Human Rights Official on Morsi Death: 'Entirely Predictable'

Family, other critics: Mohamed Morsi's demise hastened by harsh treatment in prison

(Newser) - The cause of death of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who died Monday after collapsing in court during his espionage trial: perhaps a heart attack or stroke, the Washington Post reports, citing local media and Egyptian authorities. The take of a Human Rights Watch official, however: "entirely predictable."... More »

Judge Decides: No Earplugs or Outdoor Exercise for El Chapo

Lawyers called prison conditions cruel and unusual

(Newser) - Prison conditions will not be improving for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a federal judge has decided. The Mexican drug lord had asked for at least two hours of outdoor recreation per week, access to the main commissary, the ability to buy six bottles of water a week, and earplugs... More »

Family of Inmate Who Died of Dehydration Will Get $6.75M

Jail staff cut water to Milwaukee man's cell

(Newser) - The family of an inmate who died a slow death from dehydration after water to his cell was cut off has received one of the largest settlements for a jail death in American history. Terrill Thomas, 38, died in solitary confinement in April 2016, seven days after water was cut... More »

American in Russian Prison: I'm Being Abused

'This is typical,' Paul Whelan tells reporters

(Newser) - A Russian court on Friday extended the arrest for a former US Marine charged with espionage, who complained in court about abuse in custody. Paul Whelan was arrested at the end of December in a hotel room in the Russian capital of Moscow where he was attending a wedding. He... More »

Pam Anderson Visits the World's Most Wanted Man

Julian Assange receives his first social visit at London prison

(Newser) - Julian Assange received a visit from an old friend on Tuesday—none other than actor and model Pamela Anderson, CNN reports. "He does not deserve to be in a super max prison," said Anderson after seeing the WikiLeaks founder at Belmarsh high-security prison in London. "He has... More »

Here's What Michael Cohen's Prison Life Will Be Like

He begins 3-year sentence at a white-collar facility in Otisville, NY

(Newser) - Michael Cohen begins a new, unwanted phase of his life on Monday: prisoner. President Trump's former attorney reports to the federal correctional institute in Otisville, NY, about 90 miles north of New York City, to start serving his three-year sentence for misdeeds including tax evasion and lying to Congress.... More »

Prison System Spent $670K on Slushie Makers for Guards

New Zealand's DOC defends the move

(Newser) - New Zealand has about 9,000 people behind bars and another 9,000 staff members manning the prisons, and the country's department of corrections was fearful yet another hot summer could fuel an increase in violence between the two groups. Its solution? A whole lot of slushie machines. The... More »

Lawsuit Describes Stomach-Churning Conditions at Calif. Prison

Inmate says mice, maggots fell onto table

(Newser) - Maggots and mice have fallen onto inmates' dining tables at a California state prison where holes in the roof also allow rain and bird droppings to seep through and streak the walls, according to an inmate lawsuit that charges the state isn't moving fast enough to repair deteriorating prisons.... More »

Inmate's Wife Killed After He Attacks Guards During Visit

French authorities believe she smuggled in a knife

(Newser) - A woman's visit to her Islamist husband in a French prison ended in a bloodbath that sparked walkouts in prisons around the country. Authorities say inmate Michael Chiolo attacked and seriously injured two guards with a ceramic knife that his wife had apparently smuggled in Tuesday, the BBC reports.... More »

Last Island Penal Colony in the Americas Is Closing

Mexico's Islas Marias will become a cultural center

(Newser) - Mexico is closing its infamous Isla Marias prison, the last island penal colony in a hemisphere once dotted with remote island jails like the one depicted in the movie Papillon. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that Mexico will relocate about two-thirds of the 659 remaining inmates and free... More »

Ex-Cop Who Shot Chicago Teen Beaten in Prison: Lawyer

Jason Van Dyke's wife: 'We are all petrified and in fear for Jason's life'

(Newser) - The former police officer who killed Chicago teen Laquan McDonald just started serving time in his almost seven-year sentence, but he's already run into trouble. Jennifer Blagg, one of Jason Van Dyke's defense lawyers, tells USA Today her client was assaulted by other inmates after being moved from... More »

Protesters Storm Federal Jail, Get Pepper-Sprayed

The detention center is lacking heat and electricity

(Newser) - Some demonstrators protesting the lack of heat and electricity at a federal detention center in New York City attempted to enter the facility Sunday, and witnesses said guards drove them back with pushes, shoves, and pepper spray, the AP reports. A reporter and photographer for the AP were at the... More »

Iowa Inmates Fight Pornography Ban

They say it also includes fine art, literature

(Newser) - Inmates in an Iowa state prison are fighting a new regulation that declares no nudes are good nudes. The inmates, who are suing the state, say a policy banning pornography is too broad and violates their constitutional rights. The statute states that Iowa Department of Corrections funds should not be... More »

'The Situation' Wants Prison Mail, and Your Support

'Free Sitch' T-shirts for sale for $24.99

(Newser) - Prison bars aren't about to keep Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from a moneymaking opportunity. The 36-year-old star of MTV's Jersey Shore is hawking "Free Sitch" T-shirts featuring his face for $24.99 as he prepares to report to federal prison in Otisville, NY, on Tuesday, reports... More »

Navy Retires 'Anachronistic' Punishment

Confinement with only bread, water to eat will be history as of New Year's Day

(Newser) - Navy captains can still dock the pay or shore leave of misbehaving sailors under new rules take effect on New Year's Day—but they won't be able to chuck them in the brig with nothing to eat but bread and water. One of dozens of changes in a... More »

My Daughter Got 5 Years. And Trump's Boys Get What?

Reality Winner's mother has something to say

(Newser) - "I am writing now because I am outraged: While my daughter languishes in prison, those actually responsible for threatening our election continue to get off easy." So writes Billie Winner-Davis in an Intercept article about her daughter, Reality Winner. A 27-year-old US Air Force veteran, Winner got five... More »

Man on 'Scared Straight' Tour Was Dragged to Inmates' Cell

Canadian was raped during prison tour

(Newser) - A man who was raped during a "scared straight" prison tour in the late 1970s will get at least $131,000 for his pain and suffering—even though "the money's nothing," he tells the CBC . "It's not going to fix anything." Identified in... More »

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