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  • Things to know about inmate homicides in Maryland prisons

    A U.S. Justice Department report shows Maryland's rate of state prison homicides — killings by and of inmates — was almost triple the national average from 2001 to 2012. Maryland had 11 such homicides per 100,000 inmates, compared to four...
  • Prison officials move to quell riot at federal facility in south Texas

    Prison officials move to quell riot at federal facility in south Texas
    Prison officials were trying to get control over a riot at a federal correctional facility in southern Texas, after as many as 2,000 prisoners became involved in the violence late Friday. The disturbance began Friday morning when inmates at the...
  • Investigator: Prison medical records may have been destroyed

    Reports from a state investigator and three staffers at an Idaho prison suggest that inmates' medical records may have been intentionally changed or destroyed in violation of a federal court order. The reports surfaced in connection with a...
  • Priest to go on trial on charges he passed on messages from Chicago mobster

    Priest to go on trial on charges he passed on messages from Chicago mobster
    The Catholic priest and the childhood friend of imprisoned Outfit hit man Frank Calabrese Sr. allegedly met at a low-key Italian restaurant tucked in a strip mall in Lake Barrington, a place with the usual dark wood and quiet booths, Sinatra crooning...
  • Bill would restrict solitary confinement in Montana prisons

    The use of solitary confinement in Montana prisons would be banned for some prisoners and restricted for others under a bill introduced Thursday. Democratic Rep. Jenny Eck of Helena said House Bill 490 is about humane treatment in prisons and other state...
  • APNewsBreak: Outgoing Gov. John Kitzhaber commutes sentence

    As one of his final acts in office, Oregon's outgoing governor, John Kitzhaber, commuted the prison sentence of a young inmate convicted of attempted murder. Sang Dao, 25, sentenced to more than 12 years in prison, will be released next month, at least...
  • Some things to know about protective housing in prisons

    California began identifying certain vulnerable inmates as needing special protective housing starting in the late 1990s and created so-called Sensitive Needs Yards for those inmates beginning in early 2002. However, an Associated Press investigation...
  • Funding short for Indianapolis-area jail literacy program

    A program that provides literacy instruction to inmates in Indianapolis-area jails is having funding problems and organizers of the nonprofit Indy Reads have said its future is uncertain. Indy Reads had to eliminate classes at Marion County Jail I in...
  • State prison guard gets 10 years behind bars for trafficking teens with inmate boyfriend

    A former prison guard was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years behind bars for forcing two teens into prostitution with the help of her boyfriend, whom she met when he was an inmate. Poshauntamarin Walker, 35, who last lived in Coatesville, near Philadelphia,...
  • Former gang leader at center of jail scandal sentenced

    Former gang leader at center of jail scandal sentenced
    Tavon White, described by authorities as a calculating gang leader who essentially took over the Baltimore jail to smuggle drugs in cahoots with corrections officers, drew compliments from a federal judge and prosecutor at his sentencing Monday. U.S....
  • Inmate killed in Cook County Jail shouldn't have been locked up there

    Inmate killed in Cook County Jail shouldn't have been locked up there
    Tony Purnell, who survived Chicago's tough Henry Horner Homes to serve in the Army and earn a college degree, had struggled for years with mental illness by the time he wound up in Cook County Jail early last year on a minor charge, unable to post the...