| Mar 12, 2015
| 4:26 PM
PHILADELPHIA — The vast majority of federal correctional officers are being equipped with pepper spray, a tool their colleagues in a pilot program say has been a game-changer in prisons where inmates have long tilted the balance of order with...
| Mar 12, 2015
| 6:57 PM
Two former corrections officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center have been sentenced to prison terms for smuggling drugs and other contraband as part of the Black Guerrilla Family racketeering conspiracy at the jail, federal prosecutors announced...
| Feb 21, 2015
| 5:15 PM
Thousands of inmates at a federal correctional center in Texas are being moved to other federal prisons after a disturbance caused damage that left the facility “uninhabitable,” officials announced Saturday.
The process, which is being...
| Feb 20, 2015
| 11:13 PM
Prison officials were trying to get control over a riot at a federal correctional facility in southern Texas, after as many as 2,000 prisoners became involved in the violence late Friday.
The disturbance began Friday morning when inmates at the...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 5:17 PM
Analysts for the state Legislature determined the state could save $20 million in private prison costs due to Proposition 47, the statewide ballot initiative voters approved in November that makes drug possession and minor theft charges misdemeanor...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 4:21 AM
Viewers who miss Diane Sawyer anchoring the evening news will want to catch her special "20/20" report on Friday.
She looks at "A Nation of Women Behind Bars" at 10 p.m. on ABC (WFTV-Channel 9 locally).
Sawyer and her team visited the Lowell...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 9:33 AM
A transgender woman plans to appeal a $40,000 final judgment against the Orange County Jail, for being raped in a general-population cell in 2008.
The federal civil judgment became final on Feb. 27, but the woman’s attorney said he considers the...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 9:00 AM
I have no sympathy for Derrick Jones and other employees at The Baltimore City Detention Center who allowed themselves to be corrupted by the Black Guerrilla Family ("Jail supervisor, National Guardsman sentenced to 20 months in BGF case," Feb. 27).
| Jan 29, 2015
| 7:16 PM
The state's prisons and one of the most powerful politicians in the state Senate are arguing for a bill that critics say could keep any information about executions secret.
The bill also says information about the drugs and equipment used in...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 3:07 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Flush with a significant budget surplus, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday called on legislators to slash taxes, boost spending on schools, while also spending more on the state's troubled prisons system.
Many of the key...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 7:23 PM
Tony Purnell, who survived Chicago's tough Henry Horner Homes to serve in the Army and earn a college degree, had struggled for years with mental illness by the time he wound up in Cook County Jail early last year on a minor charge, unable to post the...