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Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison

A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart and stood by as the Utah girl was sexually assaulted was released from prison Wednesday amid concerns that she remains a threat 15 …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 8:08 p.m.

Bill Cosby in cuffs: TV star gets 3 to 10 years for sex assault

His Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, an 81-year-old Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, becoming …


Lawmakers wrestle with prison increases, question policies

Idaho is one of just three states that provides its prison inmates virtually no way to earn time off for good behavior behind bars, and its “compassionate release” program for …


Drug courts and other special courts steer Idahoans away from prison

Ada County’s drug court is one of Idaho’s 71 problem-solving courts, which range from drug courts and DUI courts to mental health courts, veterans treatment courts, and child-protection drug courts, …


Inmates are training dogs at Airway Heights prison and helping themselves along the way

Dog training program at Airway Heights Corrections Center brings positive changes for inmates and shelter dogs.


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 7:12 p.m.

Many rooting for inmates after credit bug exposed on devices

Officials say it was “intentional exploitation,” while some inmates’ families described it as more of a “glitch.” Either way, reports that 364 Idaho inmates had a quarter-million dollars in credits …


Idaho prison officials: inmates hacked system to get credits

Idaho prison officials say 364 inmates hacked the JPay tablets they use for email, music and games and collectively transferred nearly a quarter million dollars into their own accounts.


An ‘inside’ look at food: Industrial-scale production in Washington’s prison system

Since 2003, food production within Washington’s Department of Corrections has shifted towards larger, industrial-scale operations. But while the move has generated cost savings, some inmates and their advocates also see …



Caldwell man to serve up to 37 years and 6 months in prison for trying to lure Twin Falls children

A Caldwell man will serve up to 37½ years in prison for trying to lure three Twin Falls children to his car.


UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 3:33 p.m.

Drones buzzed French prison months before helicopter escape

Drones seen buzzing above a French prison months ago may have been on a reconnaissance mission ahead of the helicopter escape of a notorious French criminal – his second breakout …


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

Inmate sues Department of Corrections over medical care

An inmate is suing the Washington State Department of Corrections for denying him gallbladder surgery because he was close to his release date.


Idaho looks at building new state prison, spending $500 million

With all of Idaho’s prisons above capacity, county jails packed full and hundreds of Idaho inmates being held temporarily at a private jail in Texas, what Idaho needs is a …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

Judge orders Washington prisons to provide Ramadan meals

A federal judge has ordered the Washington Department of Corrections to provide nighttime meals to Muslim inmates who have been fasting during the month of Ramadan, after several said prison …


Nanny who killed 2 kids gets life in prison without parole

A nanny who was convicted of brutally murdering two small children in her care while their parents were out was sentenced on Monday to life in prison without parole during …


Suspect in deputy’s killing held in maximum-security prison

A man accused of killing a sheriff’s deputy was held in the state’s maximum-security prison on Sunday pending his initial court appearance.


Idaho prison officers, others indicted in contraband case

Seven people, including four correctional officers, are facing federal charges after prosecutors say they conspired to traffic drugs and smuggle contraband into Idaho prisons.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.

DMX faces the music: serenaded by judge, gets year in prison

A judge heard a DMX rap song before adding his own lyrics to a court proceeding on Wednesday, ordering the rapper imprisoned for a year in a tax fraud case.


Arizona could face fines in lawsuit over prison health care

A judge overseeing a class-action lawsuit over the quality of health care in Arizona’s prisons will hold hearings this week to determine whether to fine the state for falling short …


Wireless industry: Court orders needed to block prison calls

As prison officials combat contraband cellphones in the hands of the nation’s inmates, a wireless trade group says court orders should be required to shut down the devices.


Oregon prisons face worker shortages as retirements loom

With a staff of 4,700, the Oregon Department of Corrections is struggling to attract new employees as almost one-fifth of its workforce becomes retirement eligible in 2018.


Prison sought for ex-Montana lawmaker, convicted meth dealer

Federal prosecutors are recommending a former Montana House majority leader be sentenced to 28 years in prison for operating a drug trafficking ring that brought large volumes of methamphetamine into …


Idaho inmate says 30 years is up, wants out of prison

A south-central Idaho man sentenced to life in prison in 1984 for kidnapping and raping a woman says he’s reached the 30-year release date and should be set free.


Layne Pavey is using her own experience as a felon to push ‘Ban the Box’ and give former prisoners a chance on the outside

The day after she was released from prison, Layne Pavey went to Target to buy makeup, where she encountered children for the first time in almost two years. “I was …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 8:29 p.m.

Celebrity publicist Clifford dies during sex crimes sentence

Disgraced celebrity publicist Max Clifford, a confidant to the stars who fell from grace amid Britain’s investigation of past sexual abuse, died Sunday after collapsing in prison. He was 74.


Missouri prison program recognized for veteran rehab

A new veterans ward in a Missouri prison is earning recognition for veteran rehabilitation.


‘Where’s Waldo?’ among list of banned books in Texas prisons

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice provided to the Dallas Morning News the list of banned publications and the more than 248,000 works that inmates are allowed to read.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Spokane City Council votes to ‘ban the box’ for private employers, fines delayed one year

A five-vote supermajority of the Spokane City Council voted Monday night to “ban the box” and potentially impose fines on noncompliant businesses beginning in 2019. The law will take effect …


Source: Gymnastics doctor facing at least 25 years in prison

A person with knowledge of the agreement said a former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor will plead guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault and face at least …


Woman gets prison for $900K theft from Zirkle Fruit

The ringleader behind a nearly $900,000 theft from Zirkle Fruit Company has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for a payroll scheme.