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Jails and Prisons

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  • NY state police investigating inmate death at state prison

    New York state police say they're investigating an inmate death at the maximum-security Sullivan Correctional Facility in Sullivan County, where troopers responded Monday following a report of an assault on staff. Corrections officials identified the...
  • Ex-NFL star Lawrence Phillips suspected of killing prison cellmate

    Ex-NFL star Lawrence Phillips suspected of killing prison cellmate
    Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate at a California state prison where he is serving a 31-year sentence, officials said Monday. Phillips, 39, is accused of killing 37-year-old Damion Soward, who was found...
  • Creation of minimum security facility considered

    Creation of minimum security facility considered
    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...
  • NYC official seeks rules to stop sexual assaults in jails

    New York City's public advocate is proposing tough new rules to crack down on sexual assaults in city jails, citing federal statistics that show two Rikers Island lockups have some of the nation's highest rates of reported attacks by both guards and...
  • Indiana bank robber who just wanted work finds it with help from others

    Indiana bank robber who just wanted work finds it with help from others
    Remember the Indiana man on parole who first lost his job, then his home, and finally his dignity? David Potchen ended up sleeping out in the woods. Desperate, he robbed a bank, using the back of his resume to write a robbery note to the teller. Once he...
  • Slain inmate's family: Guards created 'gladiator' scenario

    Nevada prison guards created a "gladiator-like scenario" to let two handcuffed inmates fight before a corrections officer trainee fired four shotgun blasts, killing one of the prisoners and wounding the other, according to a lawsuit. An attorney for...
  • Efforts to end prison abuse fall short

    Efforts to end prison abuse fall short
    The federal government should be leading the effort to end the abuse of isolating prisoners from meaningful social interaction and other basic needs. Instead, the federal system's practices are clearly contributing to the morally inexcusable overuse of...
  • Ohio prison workers face discipline for downloading music

    Workers at four Ohio prisons are facing possible disciplinary action over downloading and copying music for free from a pay service used by inmates. A report from the inspector general's office finds that 16 state prison employees downloaded hundreds...
  • State prison system to appeal order for inmate's sexual reassignment

    State prison system to appeal order for inmate's sexual reassignment
    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...
  • FBI to probe allegations of forced San Francisco jail fights

     FBI to probe allegations of forced San Francisco jail fights
    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,...
  • Richard Lapointe On Release From Prison: 'Wonderful'

    Richard Lapointe On Release From Prison: 'Wonderful'
    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....