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  • Justice Department explores taking action on violent Illinois youth centers

    Justice Department explores taking action on violent Illinois youth centers
    Illinois' troubled residential treatment centers for children and teens are drawing the attention of federal authorities after the Tribune documented hundreds of rape and assault allegations and found that state officials kept sending juvenile wards to...
  • Behind bars, college is back in session in some prisons

    SEATTLE Every week, they slide books through the metal detectors novels by Virginia Woolf and Jane Austen, copies of the U.S. Constitution, texts on sociology, psychology and comparative religion. Then dozens of professors and instructors from Washington...
  • Supreme Court OKs inmate's half-inch beard

    WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously struck down an Arkansas prison ban on inmate beards, a remarkable legal victory for a habitual offender turned devout Muslim who started off representing himself. In an emphatic 9-0 decision, the court'...
  • Sheriff's Dept. higher-ups now appear to be targets in jails inquiry

     Sheriff's Dept. higher-ups now appear to be targets in jails inquiry
    Sheriff's officials convicted of obstructing a federal investigation into the Los Angeles County jails have been testifying before a grand jury as prosecutors set their sights on the highest echelons of the department, according to sources familiar with...
  • Will County inmate calls judge intimidating in lawsuit

    Will County inmate calls judge intimidating in lawsuit
    A Will County judge is being sued by a county prison inmate who claims she intimidated him during a court hearing. Donald Hudgens, who is representing himself, filed the lawsuit this month against Judge Sarah Jones. He is seeking in excess of $200,000...
  • Imprisoned Hamilton offers advice for McDonnell

    Imprisoned Hamilton offers advice for McDonnell
    RICHMOND — Former Virginia state delegate Phillip A. Hamilton, who got a prison sentence far harsher than the one imposed on former governor Robert McDonnell this week, has advice for anyone following the trail he blazed from the Capitol to...
  • Trial of 10-year-old accused of murdering 90-year-old bedridden woman moved to juvenile court

    HONESDALE — A 10-year-old boy accused of attacking and beating a 90-year-old woman, leading to her death last year, will be tried in juvenile court. The boy, Tristin Kurilla of Damascus Township, and his mother, Martha Virbitsky, both testified...
  • Police: Corrections officer used strippers, inmate work crew to smuggle contraband into prison

    It was a Florida prison inmate's escape that led investigators down a rabbit hole of sin involving a corrections officer and two strippers the sheriff says brokered deals for malt liquor, cigarettes and "conjugal visits in the woods." It all unfolded...
  • Hospital Or Jail -- Connecticut Mental Illness Care Lacking

    Hospital Or Jail -- Connecticut Mental Illness Care Lacking
    As someone who was involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment seven times in four years and served six years at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, I know every angle of commitment. The times I was taken to the hospital were like kidnappings;...
  • Chaos on streets, coughing guards, evacuations as prison burns

    Chaos on streets, coughing guards, evacuations as prison burns
    SUNBURY — The hundreds of onlookers lining city sidewalks couldn't believe what they were seeing Wednesday afternoon, the multi-colored fire hoses snaking along more than a square city block and leading to tankers positioned at Northumberland County...
  • On MLK birthday, Chicago 8th-graders rally for justice

    On MLK birthday, Chicago 8th-graders rally for justice
    Dozens of middle school students led a march Thursday night from a Near North Side school to the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center to protest police brutality and what they decried as a school-to-prison pipeline. The students from...