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  • FCC right to scrutinize fees for prison phone

    FCC right to scrutinize fees for prison phone
    One out of 28 children in the U.S. has a parent in prison or jail, a rate so astonishing, and growing, that "Sesame Street" felt the need to add a fuzzy little blue-haired character, Alex, to talk about his locked-up dad. Keeping the Alexes of the...
  • Murder suspect remains at large after mistaken release from jail

    Murder suspect remains at large after mistaken release from jail
    Jacqueline Davis thought the man charged with killing her son was securely behind bars, awaiting a retrial. She was shocked when she heard Sunday that he had been seen in her neighborhood, riding in a white Buick and flashing his release papers. Davis...
  • Mistakenly freed murder suspect captured in Baltimore

    Mistakenly freed murder suspect captured in Baltimore
    A fugitive who was mistakenly released from a state detention center in Baltimore last week while awaiting trial for murder was caught Thursday, police said. Rodriquez Purnell, 30, was arrested about 6 p.m. in the 2800 block of Belmont Ave., less than...
  • California will end race-based punishment in state prisons

    When a group of prisoners attacked two guards at California's High Desert State Prison in 2006, the warden declared a full lockdown that confined African Americans in one wing of the prison to their cells, and kept them there for 14 months. No outdoor...
  • Officials Hope New Cold Case Playing Cards Generate Tips In Unsolved Crimes

    Officials Hope New Cold Case Playing Cards Generate Tips In Unsolved Crimes
    HARTFORD — Playing cards that feature the photos of victims in crimes that have gone cold are being distributed to inmates in the state prisons with the hope they'll generate tips that will help investigators solve some of the case. It's the third...
  • California prisons to end race-based policy for inmate violence

    A federal judge is expected to sign off on a decision by California corrections officials to give up its unique use of race-based punishment as a tool to control violence in its crowded prisons.  The decision comes out of a settlement between state...
  • Brown's fiscal fallacies

    Brown's fiscal fallacies
    After complaining about his Democratic opponent's repeated and disingenuous attacks on his plans to trim the state budget, Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan is engaging in exactly the same sort of cynical campaigning with his claims that Lt....
  • California prisons agree to end race-based lockdowns

    In settling a federal civil rights suit, California prisons agreed Wednesday to no longer base lockdowns on inmates' race or ethnicity. The suit, filed in 2008 on behalf of male prisoners, alleged that the California Department of Corrections and...
  • Convicted felon accused of burglarizing church

    Convicted felon accused of burglarizing church
    A convicted felon was arrested Wednesday after deputies said he broke into a Belle Glade church and stole copper pipe, according to a news release from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. Deputies said Jesse Dortch, 31, broke into the First Baptist...
  • Slipping through the cracks

    Slipping through the cracks
    Officials at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center say they still don't know why a man being held on murder charges was mistakenly allowed to walk out of the facility last week — or why it took authorities two days to discover...
  • San Bernardino inmates allege gay discrimination in jail

    San Bernardino inmates allege gay discrimination in jail
    San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies called gay, bisexual and transgender inmates "sisses" and "freak shows" and denied them access to services given to other inmates, civil rights attorneys alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Fifteen...