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  • 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....
  • New commander for prison at US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

    A new commander has been selected to run the detention center at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Navy announced that Rear Adm. Fernandez Ponds will be the next commander of the task force in charge of the prison where the U.S. holds 122...
  • 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...
  • Nevada homicide raises questions of guards' use of guns

    The Nevada prison where a handcuffed inmate was killed by a guard with a shotgun during what a lawsuit calls a "gladiator-style" prisoner fight staged by guards has an unusually high number of incidents of corrections officers firing guns, despite most...
  • Oklahoma bill on use of nitrogen gas in executions goes to governor

    Oklahoma bill on use of nitrogen gas in executions goes to governor
    Beset by claims of barbarism after a gruesome botched execution last year and fearful that a U.S. Supreme Court decision could ban its execution drug of choice, Oklahoma would be the first state in the nation to execute inmates with nitrogen gas under a...
  • Homicides in El Salvador reach record as gang violence grows

    El Salvador had more homicides in March than any other single month in a decade, a dark milestone that some attribute to the collapse of a gang truce and one that could mark a trend of greater violence to come. Data from the National Civil Police show...
  • 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...