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Man Going to Prison for Post About COVID, Grocery Stores

He falsely said an infected person was licking groceries

(Newser) - A Texas man who posted a COVID-19 hoax on social media in the weeks after the pandemic was declared will spend the next 15 months in federal prison. FBI agents in San Antonio launched an investigation in April 2020 after authorities were sent a screenshot of a Facebook post in...

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...

Dustin Higgs Asks Trump Not to Put Him to Death

His lawyers call the sentencing 'arbitrary and inequitable'

(Newser) - A federal death row inmate who is due to die on Jan. 15 has petitioned President Trump for clemency. The Guardian explains the case Dustin Higgs is trying to make: Essentially that it was "arbitrary and inequitable" to sentence the man who murdered three woman who had been abducted...

Feds Plan 3 Executions During Transition Period

They will be the last for at least 4 years

(Newser) - The Justice Department plans to go ahead with three executions during the presidential transition period, including one scheduled for Thursday, despite President-elect Joe Biden's opposition to the death penalty. A federal appeals court cleared the way Wednesday for the Thursday execution of 49-year-old Orlando Hall, who raped and murdered...

Inmate 77827-112 Starts Her Sentence Early

Lori Loughlin reports for two-month sentence in college admissions scandal

(Newser) - Lori Loughlin, inmate 77827-112, has begun serving her two-month prison sentence in the college admissions bribery scandal. The Full House actress, who wasn't due at the federal prison in Dublin, California, until Nov. 19, turned herself in Friday, NBC News reports. Her term is to begin with a coronavirus...

Native American's Last Words: 'No, I'm Good'

Lezmond Mitchell has died by lethal injection in Indiana

(Newser) - The only Native American on federal death row was put to death Wednesday, despite objections from many Navajo leaders who had urged President Trump to halt the execution on the grounds it would violate tribal culture and sovereignty, the AP reports. With the execution of Lezmond Mitchell for the grisly...

Inmates Warned of Alarming Conditions. Now, an Outbreak

More than 500 test positive for COVID-19 at Texas federal medical prison

(Newser) - More than 500 women at a federal medical prison in Texas have tested positive for the coronavirus, in one of the largest confirmed outbreaks at a federal prison, the Bureau of Prisons said. The number of confirmed cases at the Federal Medical Center-Carswell in Fort Worth jumped to 510 on...

Report: Feds Are Working Hard to Prevent Maxwell Suicide

Sources say she has had bedsheets taken away

(Newser) - After the death of Jeffrey Epstein in federal custody last year, authorities don't want to be be embarrassed by another high-profile suicide—and they don't want Ghislaine Maxwell to escape justice. A source tells the AP that after Epstein's former girlfriend was moved to a federal detention...

Former Trump Lawyer Goes Home After a Year in Prison

Michael Cohen is released to home confinement because of the pandemic

(Newser) - After serving just over a year in a federal prison, Michael Cohen was released Thursday and returned to his home in New York City. After winning his release because of concern he'd contract the coronavirus in prison, President Trump's former lawyer will serve the rest of his three-year...

Lawyers: Sending Manafort Home Is 'Imperative'

They request move to home confinement for Trump's former campaign manager

(Newser) - Paul Manafort, currently serving a 7.5-year sentence for tax evasion, fraud, and other crimes, wants to go home early—and stay there. Lawyers for President Trump's former campaign chairman have asked the Bureau of Prisons to transfer their client to home confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic, USA ...

146K Inmates to Spend at Least 2 Weeks in Cells

Federal prison lockdown begins Wednesday

(Newser) - Federal prisons are officially under lockdown. In an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, 146,000 federal inmates in 122 facilities will be confined to their cells for the next two weeks beginning Wednesday, per Politico and USA Today . "Limited group gathering will be afforded to the extent...

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2 Jeffrey Epstein Guards Are Charged

They're accusing of falsifying records after failing to check on the prisoner

(Newser) - Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself have been charged with falsifying prison records, per the AP . A grand jury indictment made public Tuesday accused guards Toval Noel and Michael Thomas of failing to perform checks on Epstein every half hour, as required, and...

Chelsea Manning Freed, but Maybe Not for Long

She has been ordered to appear before a new grand jury May 17

(Newser) - Chelsea Manning has been freed after 62 days in jail—but she might be returning soon. Manning was sent to jail for contempt of court in March for refusing to testify in front of a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Her lawyers say that grand jury's term has now expired,...

Report: 'Pharma Bro' Now in Solitary Confinement

Move follows claims Shkreli was still running a business

(Newser) - "Pharma bro" Martin Shkreli is no longer calling the shots at drug company Phoenixus AG—unless he's managed to smuggle a cellphone into solitary confinement. Sources tell Forbes that Shkreli, who is serving a seven-year sentence in federal prison for defrauding investors, was moved to the Special Housing...

Guzman Likely Bound for 'Escape-Proof' Prison

'He'll never be allowed on the yard,' former warden says

(Newser) - Joaquin Guzman has a history of spectacular prison breaks—but this time, he's not going to be able to climb through an escape hatch in his shower and ride away on a motorbike. Experts say "El Chapo," who faces a mandatory life sentence after being found guilty...

Senate Passes Sweeping Criminal Justice Overhaul

Trump says he looks forward to signing it

(Newser) - The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. Senate passage of the bill by a vote of 87-12...

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...

Martin Shkreli Is Now in Federal Prison

'Pharma bro' wanted to go to minimum-security camp but was denied

(Newser) - Martin Shkreli wanted to serve out the remainder of his seven-year sentence at a minimum-security federal camp, but that request was denied and the 35-year-old "pharma bro" was transferred Tuesday to a federal prison in New Jersey. Shkreli, the infamous former pharmaceuticals company head convicted of defrauding hedge-fund investors...

After 2-Year Mystery, Location of Colo. Theater Shooter Revealed

James Holmes is being held at federal prison in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Aurora theater shooter James Holmes is being held at a high-security federal prison in Pennsylvania, the Colorado Department of Corrections has announced following a nearly two-year effort by victims and family members to get the information. Months after Holmes was assaulted in October 2015, he was moved from Colorado State...

Pork Off the Menu in All Federal Prisons

It wasn't that popular, Bureau of Prisons says

(Newser) - Life in federal prison now means life without bacon—or pork chops, or ham, or any other pork product. Pork was completely removed from the menu for all 206,000 federal prisoners with the beginning of the new fiscal year this month in a move that the Bureau of Prisons...

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