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Jails and Prisons

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  • Female guards file discrimination complaints against Guantanamo judges

    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba Some female soldiers at the prison's secret lockup for former CIA captives have filed gender discrimination complaints against two military judges who are forbidding women from handling prisoners to and from legal meetings....
  • Complaints about jail food highlight debate over outsourcing public services

    ATLANTA One prisoner said he eased hunger pangs by eating toothpaste. One complained he got so little food that he trembled at night in his cell. Another filed grievance after grievance, each consisting of a single word: "Hungry." These complaints, all...
  • State keeps 1,250 parolees behind bars due to housing shortage

    State keeps 1,250 parolees behind bars due to housing shortage
    State prison officials hold close to 1,250 inmates beyond their release dates every year — not because they pose a threat to the public but because they cannot find a place to live that parole officers find suitable, according to court papers and...
  • Some correctional facilities treating addicts with medication

    Some correctional facilities treating addicts with medication
    As the state grapples with what many call a heroin epidemic, a growing number of correctional facilities are starting to treat addicted inmates with medication in an effort to prevent fatal overdoses. While many jails and prisons only offer counseling...
  • Justice Department explores taking action on violent Illinois youth centers

    Justice Department explores taking action on violent Illinois youth centers
    Illinois' troubled residential treatment centers for children and teens are drawing the attention of federal authorities after the Tribune documented hundreds of rape and assault allegations and found that state officials kept sending juvenile wards to...
  • Behind bars, college is back in session in some prisons

    SEATTLE Every week, they slide books through the metal detectors novels by Virginia Woolf and Jane Austen, copies of the U.S. Constitution, texts on sociology, psychology and comparative religion. Then dozens of professors and instructors from Washington...
  • Supreme Court OKs inmate's half-inch beard

    WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously struck down an Arkansas prison ban on inmate beards, a remarkable legal victory for a habitual offender turned devout Muslim who started off representing himself. In an emphatic 9-0 decision, the court'...
  • No Ruling Yet On Legally Insane Man Moved From Psych Hospital To Prison

    No Ruling Yet On Legally Insane Man Moved From Psych Hospital To Prison
    HARTFORD — Each day Francis Anderson spends locked up in Connecticut's super-maximum security prison is another day of "torture" for the criminally insane 45-year-old who has been in and out of jail since the age of 11, his attorney argued before...
  • 5 Guantanamo Yemeni detainees go to Oman, Estonia

    The United States released five more Yemeni detainees from the prison camps in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Wednesday to far-flung locations four to the Arabian Sea nation of Oman, and a fifth to Estonia in Northern Europe in continuing transfers that have...
  • Gang member gets state prison for shooting teen in botched drug deal

    Gang member gets state prison for shooting teen in botched drug deal
    An admitted gang member who shot a 16-year-old boy during a botched drug deal in east Allentown last summer was sentenced Monday to 61/2 to 20 years in state prison. Lehigh County Judge Maria L. Dantos told Ruben "P-Dot" Pichirilo, 20, he was lucky...
  • Prosecutors deny any mischief in early release of El Rukn hit man

    Prosecutors deny any mischief in early release of El Rukn hit man
    The surprise release of former El Rukn general Earl Hawkins from prison more than a decade sooner than had been expected was not the result of any conspiracy to reward Hawkins for his recent testimony in two civil proceedings involving a former gang...