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Jails and Prisons

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  • Inmates who allege police abuse by Burge may get hearing on innocence claims

    Inmates who allege police abuse by Burge may get hearing on innocence claims
    "Girt" Burton was 21 when he alleged Chicago police detectives working under Cmdr. Jon Burge kept him in custody without charges for six days, beating him with a phone book, choking him until he passed out and torturing him until he finally confessed to a...
  • 'South Park' terror convict: My mother and the FBI violated my rights

    'South Park' terror convict: My mother and the FBI violated my rights
    Muslim convert Zachary Chesser of Virginia was very much on law enforcement's radar after posting threats against the creators of "South Park" for cartoons he thought insulted the Prophet Muhammad. Then he tried to join a terror group in Somalia, and...
  • Fla. House must buy into reform of state's prisons

    Fla. House must buy into reform of state's prisons
    Approaching the halfway point in the Florida Legislature's 2015 session, the House is at risk of becoming the chamber where good ideas go to die. House leaders are still balking at a bipartisan Senate plan that would provide access to private health...
  • Jury hears about Lehigh jail inmate's death

    Jury hears about Lehigh jail inmate's death
    Travis Magditch had never been in jail before. Weeping into a pay phone at the Lehigh County Jail, he begged his parents to bail him out. Edward and Rose Magditch loved their 27-year-old son, their lawyer said Tuesday, but they were frustrated with his...
  • APNewsBreak: Ex-Tamms inmate accused in prison stabbing

    APNewsBreak: Ex-Tamms inmate accused in prison stabbing
    A convicted murderer who was among the last inmates incarcerated at the now-closed Tamms supermaximum-security prison stabbed three prison guards at another penitentiary with a homemade knife Monday, the Illinois Department of Corrections said. The...
  • State prison inmates helping out endangered salamander

    Inmates at a women's prison in southern Indiana are helping in the battle to prevent North America's largest salamander from going extinct. Madison Correctional Facility inmates spent the winter building 100 nest boxes for hellbender salamanders, which...
  • VA Jail Release Program Provides Veterans With Housing, Health Care

    A month before he left prison, Jeffrey Murdock, a veteran who suffers from depression and multiple sclerosis, thought his future would entail living as a patient in a state mental hospital. But Murdock's outlook changed drastically after a Veterans...
  • Robert Durst's New Orleans charges could carry long prison sentence

    Robert Durst's New Orleans charges could carry long prison sentence
    When Robert Durst was arrested in New Orleans and charged with two crimes, a search of his room turned up a .38 revolver and about 5 ounces of marijuana, records show. For a first-time offender, the charge of illegally carrying a weapon in the...
  • Northampton County to start drug court

    Northampton County to start drug court
    Northampton County Prison is no longer dogged by overcrowding problems, but Judge Craig A. Dally still questions why so many cells have to be occupied by inmates whose primary problem is being hooked on drugs. Dally is hoping to begin reversing that...
  • Deaf immigrant jailed 6 weeks with no access to interpreter

    He knew he was in jail, but he didn't know why. Eventually, Abreham Zemedagegehu learned that he'd been accused of stealing an iPad — an iPad whose owner later found it. He spent the next six weeks in jail, unable to communicate with his jailers...
  • Cutting Illinois' prison population the right way

    Cutting Illinois' prison population the right way
    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...