| Mar 9, 2015
| 7:01 PM
An Allentown man who pointed a gun at police officers during a chase, but then tripped and dropped the weapon, was sentenced Monday to five to 10 years in a state prison.
Thomas Emmanuel Washington, 29, also was charged with ramming a police cruiser with...
| Mar 8, 2015
| 8:32 PM
More Pennsylvania counties with jails are limiting their cooperation with federal immigration authorities following a court decision last year in favor of an Allentown man wrongly held in Lehigh County Jail on suspicion that he was in the country...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 4:21 AM
Viewers who miss Diane Sawyer anchoring the evening news will want to catch her special "20/20" report on Friday.
She looks at "A Nation of Women Behind Bars" at 10 p.m. on ABC (WFTV-Channel 9 locally).
Sawyer and her team visited the Lowell...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 1:04 PM
In times of fiscal crisis, elected leaders realize they can't keep doing things the same way they always have. Those relatively expensive options are no longer affordable. Facing the high cost of Illinois' corrections system, Gov. Bruce Rauner says it's...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 3:00 AM
In the wrong writer's hands, an obituary can be a dull collection of biographical facts, the type of article that journalism professor William Drummond calls the "lowest common denominator" of newspaper writing.
But on this day, he hoped for something...
| Apr 10, 2015
| 6:39 PM
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation plans to appeal a federal judge’s order that an inmate be allowed to undergo gender reassignment surgery, according to documents filed Friday.
In addition, the prison system has requested...
| Apr 10, 2015
| 5:06 PM
The FBI is investigating allegations that San Francisco sheriff's deputies arranged and gambled on fights between jail inmates and told the inmates to lie if they needed medical attention.
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced the independent probe Friday,...
| Apr 10, 2015
| 2:29 PM
Richard Lapointe, a mentally impaired dishwasher convicted of murder after a dubious confession, was granted bail and released from prison Friday to a cheering crowd of supporters, another milestone in a 26-year effort to prove his innocence....
| Mar 3, 2015
| 9:33 AM
A transgender woman plans to appeal a $40,000 final judgment against the Orange County Jail, for being raped in a general-population cell in 2008.
The federal civil judgment became final on Feb. 27, but the woman’s attorney said he considers the...
| Apr 9, 2015
| 4:16 PM
Beset by claims of barbarism after a gruesome botched execution last year and fearful that a U.S. Supreme Court decision could ban its execution drug of choice, Oklahoma would be the first state in the nation to execute inmates with nitrogen gas under a...
| Apr 8, 2015
| 5:32 PM
The creation of a minimum security facility has been discussed as a possible solution to the steadily increasing inmate population at the Carroll County Detention Center.
Sheriff Jim DeWees and Warden George Hardinger said the commissioners need to...