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  • Arthur J. Walker dies at 79; sold classified documents to Soviets

    Arthur J. Walker, a conspirator in one of the biggest U.S. spy cases since World War II, was a surprisingly trusting soul. When FBI agents wanted to talk to him in 1985 after arresting his brother John on suspicion of espionage, Walker voluntarily...
  • Federal panel backs early release for drug inmates

    Federal panel backs early release for drug inmates
    A judicial panel voted Friday to slash prison time for thousands of inmates — hundreds of them from Maryland — a significant move toward softening the severe punishments for federal drug crimes. If the step by the U.S. Sentencing Commission...
  • Despite horrible childhood, U. Nazareth man gets prison for sex with girl

    By all accounts, Vincent Ritchie of Upper Nazareth Township endured a childhood of horrors. When he was about 6 years old, Ritchie was hungry and complained to his mother that the bread on his sandwich was stale. So, according to court records, she...
  • Roof collapse at Texas prison injures 19 inmates

    Roof collapse at Texas prison injures 19 inmates
    A roof collapse at a privately run Texas prison complex left 19 inmates injured Saturday, police officials said. The collapse occurred in the "inner portion" of the Diboll Correctional Center around 11:30 a.m., Diboll Police Sgt. Brandan Lovell told the...
  • Missouri executes convicted triple murderer

    Missouri executes convicted triple murderer
    After a nearly day-long delay amid a flurry of final appeals, Missouri put to death a triple murderer who had claimed both that he was innocent and that he suffered from mental incompetence. John Middleton, 54, was given a lethal injection and...
  • Who's in charge? [Commentary]

    Who's in charge? [Commentary]
    Back when Robert Ehrlich was governor of Maryland, I was interviewing men newly committed to state prison and suspected of gang affiliations. After years in denial, Maryland was just beginning to realize that gangs were very active behind the walls. Among...
  • John Oliver swipes 'Sesame Street' format to explain prison problem

    John Oliver swipes 'Sesame Street' format to explain prison problem
    John Oliver spent the second half of his show on Sunday discussing the woeful state of America's prisons, which have seen a ballooning population even while states are moving to privatize them to save money. How bad has the incarceration problem...
  • Fired Broward lieutenant imprisoned for five years in Rothstein scandal

    Fired Broward lieutenant imprisoned for five years in Rothstein scandal
    Fired Broward Sheriff's Lt. David Benjamin was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday for acting as Scott Rothstein's law enforcement muscle. He was handcuffed behind his back and taken into custody in the courtroom — about three feet...
  • Florida inmate attacks officer after being pepper sprayed

    Florida inmate attacks officer after being pepper sprayed
    Before he could even get into his holding cell, a Florida inmate being booked into jail attacked a law enforcement officer, according to Bay News 9. Xavier Washington, 43, was sent to the Marion County Jail on violation of probation and career...
  • Robert Downey Jr. 'grateful' for son Indio Downey's arrest

    Robert Downey Jr. 'grateful' for son Indio Downey's arrest
    Indio Falconer Downey was arrested Sunday afternoon on suspicion of cocaine and drug-paraphernalia possession, and Monday found his famous father Robert Downey Jr. thanking law enforcement for taking action. "We're grateful to the Sheriff's department...
  • STORY: How should drug court sanction time count?

    ++++++++++++++++++++ ||   || ||   || ++++++++++++++++++++ When defendants take part in local "drug court" programs, they can be sent off to jail for nights at a time should they test positive for drugs. But if those violations ultimately lead them...