| Jan 7, 2015
| 6:12 PM
Bucks County authorities say a former prison guard forced inmates to undergo strip-searches, watched them use the bathroom and made sexual comments to "harass, demean and humiliate them."
Joseph Ronald Mullen, 28, was charged Wednesday with official...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 2:32 PM
Scott Rothstein's former right-hand woman Debra Villegas should get her federal prison term cut in half — to five years — as a reward for her extensive cooperation with investigators, prosecutors are recommending.
Prosecutors say her help,...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 1:27 PM
A court-appointed panel will now be asked to monitor the use of force by sheriff's deputies in Los Angeles County jails, part of a far-reaching settlement to a lawsuit alleging brutal beatings of inmates.
Approved Tuesday by county supervisors, the...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 6:33 PM
After three years of turmoil arising from abuse of jail inmates, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to outside monitoring of nearly all aspects of its jail operation.
The settlement of a class-action lawsuit, known as the...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 11:34 AM
One of two former correctional officers indicted on felony charges in connection with the death of a Lake County Jail inmate in 2012 has died while awaiting trial.
Officials confirmed Wednesday morning that Robert Schlesser, 49, of Round Lake Beach,...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 3:55 PM
The U.S. government will sue New York City over widespread violations of civil rights of teenage inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex, the Justice Department said on Thursday, raising the prospect of years of federal oversight of the troubled jail....
| Dec 19, 2014
| 3:09 PM
A 24-year-old Muslim woman has filed a lawsuit against an Ohio jail after Cuyahoga County corrections officers allegedly ordered her to attend Christian prayer services or face solitary confinement, according to court filings made public Thursday....
| Dec 22, 2014
| 10:02 AM
For $1,000, one inmate said, you could get a carton of cigarettes smuggled into the federal prison in Sumter County.
All you had to do, the inmate told federal officials, is get the money wired into an account for an Orlando man — a corrections...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 4:06 PM
Two weeks after Northampton County Council slashed the funding for a controversial drug treatment program in the prison, County Executive John Brown said he had no choice but to end it.
Brown this week sent a 30-day notice to end the $3.8 million drug...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 5:00 PM
A New York man who spent 18 years in prison for murder he did not commit will receive a $4.75-million settlement from the state, the largest award for a wrongful conviction in New York history.
Fernando Bermudez was arrested in a 1991 shooting and...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 5:20 AM
GUANTANAMO NAVY BASE, Cuba This base with the most expensive prison on earth is getting one of the world's priciest schools a $65 million building with classroom space for, at most, 275 kindergarten through high school students.
Do the math: That's...