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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...

Chauvin Is Isolated in Prison
Chauvin Is
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Chauvin Is Isolated in Prison

Convicted killer is being kept from other inmates for his safety, officials say

(Newser) - Derek Chauvin will await sentencing in solitary confinement at a Minnesota prison, allowed out of his cell for an hour a day for exercise. The former Minneapolis police officer, convicted Tuesday of murder in the death of George Floyd, will be kept away from other inmates for his safety, the...

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,...

Ghislaine Maxwell's Brother: Her Conditions Are Torture

Says she has access to 'brown' water and 'inedible' food in jail

(Newser) - The brother of Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell said Wednesday she should be released on bail from jail and claimed that she was being held in "degrading" conditions that amount to torture. Her brother Ian Maxwell told the BBC Wednesday he was worried about her health and...

'Detachment From Reality' Keeps QAnon Shaman in Jail Til Trial

Judge Royce Lamberth rules Jacob Chansley has shown no remorse or regret over Capitol attack

(Newser) - Jacob Chansley, aka Jake Angeli, aka the "QAnon Shaman," will now have plenty of downtime to reflect on what name he'd like to stick with for the long term. Per WSOC , a DC federal judge on Monday ruled the 33-year-old Arizona man must stay behind bars until...

14 Years Ago, Comedian Mocked Paris Hilton. Now, an Apology

Sarah Silverman sorry about 2007 jokes

(Newser) - A recent podcast by Paris Hilton dredged up old hurts , with herself as the subject of jokes by prominent comedians, including David Letterman and Sarah Silverman. Now, the latter is offering an apology that goes back all the way to 2007, when the now-40-year-old Hilton was in her mid-20s. That...

Navalny to Serve Time in a Rough Penal Colony

European Union imposes sanctions on Russian officials

(Newser) - After emerging from a coma and recovering from a poisoning, Alexei Navalny has another difficult stretch ahead of him. News reports in Russia said Monday that the opposition figure is being sent to a prison infamous for its treatment of inmates. Navalny will avoid Siberia or the Arctic, sites of...

Allies Have No Idea Where Alexei Navalny Is
Alexei Navalny Is Missing

Alexei Navalny Is Missing

He's been moved from Moscow prison, may be in a camp

(Newser) - The jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been moved from a Moscow prison to an undisclosed location, according to aides, who think he may have been sent to a prison camp. Navalny lawyer Vadim Kobzev arrived at the Moscow prison to meet with his client but was told he...

Ghislaine Maxwell Really Does Not Want to Be in Jail

In 3rd try for bail, Epstein associate's attorneys say she'll give up UK, French citizenships

(Newser) - Ghislaine Maxwell has been in jail since last July, and her trial on charges she aided in Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking of minors won't begin until this July. That means she's got at least four months, if not more, to wait things out behind bars—a prospect...

Judges Overturn Music Ban for Jailed Mafia Boss

Law can't take away that 'residual personal freedom,' judges in Italy say

(Newser) - Even Mafia bosses have the right to music, judges in Italy have ruled. Domenic Strisciuglio, who has been in prison since 1999 for crimes including murder, has won a legal fight to be allowed to listen to music in his solitary prison cell, the Guardian reports. Judges in Sardinia ruled...

America's Oldest Juvenile Lifer Freed After 68 Years

Joe Ligon, 83, was sentenced to life at 15

(Newser) - At 83, Joe Ligon is now a free adult for the first time in his life. The Pennsylvania man, America's longest-serving prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment as a juvenile, was released last week after 68 years in prison, CNN reports. He had been behind bars since February 1953, when...

Fake Heiress Says Prison Is 'Pointless'

Anna Sorokin is writing a book about her experience

(Newser) - Convicted fraudster Anna Sorokin is out of prison —and she does not have many positive things to say about the experience. The German woman, who served 19 months at Rikers Island and 21 months at the Albion Correctional Facility in upstate New York, tells Insider that prison wasn't...

'Long and Ugly History' at Women's Prison Gets Uglier

2 sergeants, correctional officer at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility facing charges

(Newser) - Two sergeants and a correctional officer at what the New York Times calls a "notorious" women's prison in New Jersey are facing charges after an inmate was allegedly repeatedly punched, leaving her with a broken eye socket and concussion. Sgts. Amir Bethea and Anthony Valvano had ordered a...

In Hong Kong, a 'Crisis for the Judiciary'

Pro-democracy advocate Jimmy Lai back in prison after being released on bail

(Newser) - Media mogul Jimmy Lai, the most prominent person to be charged under Hong Kong's broad new national-security law, was released from prison last week on $1.3 million bail to await his trial in April. On Thursday, however, the city's highest court delivered some bad news to the...

Teen Gets 4 Months for COVID Violation

Skylar Mack is imprisoned in the Cayman Islands

(Newser) - A Georgia teen has been sentenced to four months in prison in the Cayman Islands for violating strict COVID-19 restrictions there, the AP reports. Skylar Mack, 18, pleaded guilty to breaking quarantine to watch her boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet, a professional jet ski racer from the Cayman Islands, compete at an...

Feds: Guy Ran 'Virtual Kidnapping' Scam From Prison

Reyes Zuniga has pleaded not guilty to 31 counts

(Newser) - A California man imprisoned in Mexico ran a "virtual kidnapping" scheme that duped dozens of Americans into paying ransoms to free family members who were never actually kidnapped, according to federal prosecutors, per the AP . Julio Manuel Reyes Zuniga, 48, appeared in a Los Angeles court on Thursday after...

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...

'Golden State Killer' Welcomed to His New Home

Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, arrived at Calif. state prison Tuesday

(Newser) - A former police officer who eluded authorities for years as the "Golden State Killer" arrived in state prison Tuesday to begin serving multiple life sentences for rapes and murders that terrorized much of California in the 1970s and 1980s. Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, arrived at North Kern State Prison,...

Court: San Quentin Prison Population Must Be Halved

Prison had one of nation's worst COVID outbreaks

(Newser) - A California appeals court has ordered state corrections officials to cut the population of one of the world's most famous prisons to less than half of its designed capacity, citing officials' "deliberate indifference" to the plight of inmates during the coronavirus pandemic. State officials said Wednesday that they...

Thousands Die in Jail Without Getting to Court
Why Thousands of Jail
Inmates Meet a Grim Fate
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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...

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