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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 »

Jeff Sessions Pushes Back at New Fiery Trump Tweet

'Your personal feelings don't dictate who Alabama picks as their senator, the people of Alabama do'

(Newser) - They're at it again. The longtime battle between President Trump and his former attorney general, Jeff Sessions, continues this week as the latter keeps up his run for a US Senate seat out of Alabama, while the former carries on his attack. Trump has already thrown his support behind... 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 »

Bad News on 2 Fronts for Michael Cohen

Trump's ex-lawyer wasn't released from prison, though it's murky; plus, pushback on his tell-all

(Newser) - Friday was supposed to be the day when Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President Trump, was to be released early from prison, allowed to spend the rest of his sentence in home confinement instead of remaining behind bars until November 2021. Now, sources tell ABC News that Cohen... More »

Federal Inmates Test Positive at a Rate of 70%

Prisons battle the spread in a place where social distancing won't work

(Newser) - Just 2% of the inmates in federal prisons have been tested for the coronavirus. But 71% of them tested positive, the Wall Street Journal reports—at least 1,928 inmates out of 153,000. Corrections officials expect the number of cases to climb as testing expands. The difficulties in preventing... More »

He Refused Parole to Finish Sentence, Died of COVID-19

Michigan inmate William Garrison was set for release on May 6

(Newser) - From the ages of 16 to 60, William Garrison spent his day inside a Michigan prison. It was all leading up to May 6, when the convicted murderer who repented "over and over again" for the crime of killing a 50-year-old man during a 1976 robbery was set to... More »

One Inmate Not Getting Released: R. Kelly

Judge denies request a 2nd time, citing flight risk

(Newser) - R. Kelly has been denied release from prison for the second time amid the coronavirus pandemic. A federal judge acknowledged Tuesday that the virus was spreading in Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center, where Kelly is awaiting trial for alleged sex crimes. Kelly's lawyers noted an inmate on his floor... More »

Judge Lets Goodfellas Mobster Go Free

Vinny Asaro is allowed to go home

(Newser) - Goodfellas wiseguy Vinny Asaro got a break Friday when he was released from prison over concerns about the coronavirus, the New York Post reports. The thinking: He's 85 and suffered a stroke just last year. "If Asaro were to contract COVID-19, given his age and current state, it... More »

State Prison Erupts After 6 Inmates Test Positive

Hundreds of minimum-security inmates joined protests

(Newser) - Pepper spray and "sting balls" were used to quell a disturbance involving hundreds of inmates at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington state Wednesday night. The state Department of Corrections says the disturbance in a recreation yard, in which inmates allegedly set off fire extinguishers and threatened to take... More »

Harvey Weinstein Tests Positive for Coronavirus

New York prison puts former producer in isolation

(Newser) - Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, New York prison officials said. He's in isolation at Wende Correctional Facility, the Niagara Gazette reports. Another inmate at Wende also has tested positive. Weinstein was transferred there Thursday from Rikers Island; new state prisoners are sent to... More »

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... 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 »

Insider: Weinstein's Cell Will Be Like 'Little Hotel'

Inmate No. 06581138Z won't be mixing with the general population

(Newser) - To the state of New York, Harvey Weinstein is now Inmate No. 06581138Z. Weinstein, who was convicted of sex crimes on Monday, was taken to a prison ward at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital Center after the verdict. His next stop is expected to be the notorious Rikers Island jail. Lawyers... More »

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... More »

Feds Investigate Troubled Mississippi Prison System

Move follows string of inmate deaths

(Newser) - The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the Mississippi prison system after a string of inmate deaths in the past few months, officials said Wednesday. Federal prosecutors are looking into conditions at four state prisons after the deaths of at least 15 inmates since late December. The... More »

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... More »

2 More Inmates Die in Violence-Plagued Mississippi Prison

That brings total number killed since Dec. 29 to 5 at this prison, 7 total

(Newser) - Two inmates were beaten to death in a fight with other inmates in an understaffed Mississippi prison that has been shaken by other deadly violence in recent weeks, a coroner said. The state Department of Corrections on Tuesday confirmed the men died at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman and said... More »

Rappers Take Action After 5 Die in Mississippi Prisons

Jay-Z and Yo Gotti are suing on behalf of 29 inmates

(Newser) - Five inmates have died in Mississippi's prisons since Dec. 29, and now two rappers are suing the state over the deaths. Specifically, Jay-Z and Yo Gotti filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of 29 of the state's inmates, who say correctional officials aren't doing enough to... More »

Loughlin Gets 'Worst' Advice From Prison Coach

The 'Fuller House' actor is learning about survival behind bars, in case she's found guilty

(Newser) - Facing a stint in the big house? You might want to learn the ropes first. That's what Lori Loughlin is thinking, based on two reports about expert advice she's getting on prison survival—including a few martial-arts techniques. "She has someone who is advising her what to... More »

Girl Visiting Dad in Jail Had to Do 'Traumatizing' Thing First

Civil rights activists are outraged 8-year-old was strip-searched at Virginia correctional facility

(Newser) - An 8-year-old who visited her dad in a Virginia prison received an unpleasant surprise there that has civil rights activists outraged. The Virginian-Pilot reports on Nov. 24, the father's girlfriend, Diamond Peerman, took the girl to Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn. Once there, a drug-sniffing dog focused on Peerman,... More »

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