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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 »

Bulger's Transfer Was a 'Death Sentence'

Prison staffers say the move was obviously fatal

(Newser) - Whitey Bulger's prison transfer was a "death sentence," say people working in that world—so why did the notorious Boston mobster get moved? NBC News reports that prison files stated Bulger was done with his medical treatment at Coleman prison complex in Florida, meaning he could be... More »

Inmates Killed Bulger the Day After Prison Transfer: Report

Sources say he was beaten to death in cell

(Newser) - James "Whitey" Bulger was 89 years old and in poor health after multiple heart attacks—but he didn't die from natural causes. Sources tell the New York Times that the Boston mob boss, who was found dead in his cell early Tuesday, was beaten to death by at... More »

Anthony Weiner Eyes Shorter Prison Time

The ex-Congress member has been behaving well behind bars

(Newser) - Seems Anthony Weiner has been a good boy—for the first time in a while. The former Congress member is having his 21-month sentence for sexting with an underage girl reduced due to good conduct, the New York Post reports. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says Weiner's time at... More »

Here's Where Bill Cosby Will Serve His Sentence

SCI Phoenix opened in June

(Newser) - Inmate NN7687, otherwise known as Bill Cosby, spent his first night behind bars at Pennsylvania's State Correctional Institute at Phoenix on Tuesday. CNN takes a look at the maximum security prison, which opened in June in suburban Philadelphia some 20 miles from Cosby's home and has 3,830... More »

Prisoner Kills Cellmate in Way That Redefines Cruelty

Larry Mark's killer reportedly flouted his deed by wearing the man's ear

(Newser) - Truly horrific: A Florida prison inmate murdered his cellmate Thursday by strangling him, pulling out his eyes, and strolling into the prison chow hall wearing the guy's ear around his neck—a killing that highlights bigger problems at Columbia Correctional Institution, the Miami Herald reports. Officials have identified the... More »

Mississippi Prisons Ask for FBI Help After 15 Inmate Deaths

The fatalities occurred in August alone

(Newser) - The Mississippi Department of Corrections reported 15 inmate deaths in the month of August alone and the staggering number has families of the deceased demanding answers and the state reaching out to the FBI to help get them. Per CNN , commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said in a statement Friday that... More »

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