| Mar 24, 2015
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.
| Mar 23, 2015
| 2:03 AM
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...
| Mar 23, 2015
| 5:53 AM
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...
| Mar 8, 2015
| 8:32 PM
More Pennsylvania counties with jails are limiting their cooperation with federal immigration authorities following a court decision last year in favor of an Allentown man wrongly held in Lehigh County Jail on suspicion that he was in the country...
| Mar 18, 2015
| 6:46 PM
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...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 2:06 PM
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...
| Mar 8, 2015
| 5:43 PM
Dozens stood singing Sunday in the shadow of the Baltimore City Detention Center, its stone walls and barbed wire fence representing a system the protesters said had oppressed them for too long.
"Well I walked down to that city jail, and I took back...
| Mar 17, 2015
| 3:18 AM
Barron Shannon left prison for the fourth time in less than a decade on a Greyhound bus. He had some photos and letters from home in a Manila envelope, a cigarette tucked behind his ear and a few dollars from the state of Illinois in his pocket. He was...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 8:02 PM
When Robert Durst spent more than two months in Northampton County Prison 14 years ago, Allentown attorney John Waldron got a front-row seat to what it's like to represent an eccentric client with unlimited means.
The Lehigh University alumnus didn't...
| Mar 13, 2015
| 4:58 PM
J.C.X. Simon -- one of the so-called "Zebra Killers" convicted of multiple murders of white San Franciscans in the 1970s -- has died, prison officials said Friday.
Simon, 69, was pronounced dead at San Quentin prison at 11:59 p.m. Thursday after being...
| Mar 14, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Imagine, for a minute, that you work in a prison.
Put yourself in the shoes of a young correctional officer. You suit up, say goodbye to your family for the day and head to work. You are charged with patrolling a packed ward of high-security inmates...