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Suit: Jail Staff Ignored Pleas of Woman in Labor, to Tragic End

Tiana Hill says her infant died 4 days after birth due to sheriff's, prison medical staff's negligence

(Newser) - A Georgia mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Clayton County after she gave birth while in jail there and her baby died. The New York Times reports that the federal complaint by Tiana Hill accuses Sheriff Victor Hill (no relation) and the medical staff at the Clayton County...

ISIS Stormed a Prison. There Are Hundreds of Boys Inside

Siege on Gweiran Prison shines a light on the children's plight

(Newser) - A distressing series of voice notes sent by an Australian teen from a prison in northeast Syria underscores the plight of thousands of forgotten children who remain trapped in detention facilities in Syria and Iraq. Hundreds of minors (Human Rights Watch estimates 600 boys) are believed to be holed up...

The Town Is Built on Prisons. What Happens If One Shuts?

A look at the situation in Susanville, California

(Newser) - The husband of Susanville, California's mayor is a corrections officer. It's a place where plenty of people are married to a corrections officer, or one themselves, or the child of one. Roughly 1 out of every 2 adults in the town are employed by the two prisons there,...

Denmark Plans to Ban Lifers From Starting New Romances

They're worried about prison 'groupies,' including a teen who fell for Peter Madsen

(Newser) - Peter Madsen, the Danish man serving a life sentence for torturing, killing, and dismembering journalist Kim Wall on his submarine in 2017, apparently has a busier love life than many people on the outside—and the country's lawmakers want to put an end to it. A new bill introduced...

One 'Vulnerable Community' Isn't Prepared for Rising Temps

They're a particular threat for our incarcerated population

(Newser) - A heat index—meaning how hot it feels—of 103 can cause heat stroke. In a piece for Fast Company , Kristin Toussaint explains that a 2014 study out of Texas found the heat index in Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) facilities could hit 149 degrees. "They’re built...

His Case Helped Oust a President. Now He's Free on Parole

Samsung's Lee Jae-yong out of prison after 18 months of 30-month sentence

(Newser) - Samsung leader Lee Jae-yong walked out of prison Friday a year early, in a parole decision showing the conglomerate's outsize influence in South Korea. Lee left the prison near Seoul to a barrage of camera flashes and bowed in apology over the anger ignited by his case, related to...

State Makes Prison Phone Calls on the House

Connecticut is the first state to remove the barrier to families keeping in contact

(Newser) - Connecticut has gone from charging some of the highest rates in the nation for prison phone calls to providing them free of charge. A vendor with the state contract has been charging as much as $5 for a 15-minute call, WTNH reports. Inmates, including juveniles, will now be entitled to...

Inmate at DC Jail Wins Local Election
DC Jail Inmate
Elected to Office

DC Jail Inmate Elected to Office

Joel Caston's case may be a US first

(Newser) - Joel Caston has become an elected official in Washington, DC, after an extremely unusual election—Caston, the four candidates he defeated for an Advisory Neighborhood Commission seat, and almost all the voters are inmates at the DC City Jail. The Ward 7 seat he won has been vacant since it...

DOJ Report: Federal Prison Camp Security Is a Joke

Guards were fooled by dummies left in beds

(Newser) - The fact that four inmates could leave a low-security federal prison camp in Texas to pick up whisky and have their escape undetected for more than 12 hours is a sign of major flaws in the system, according to a report from the Department of Justice. The report states that...

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
Isolated
in Prison

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...

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