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American convicted of spying in Russia, gets 16 years

A Russian court convicted an American corporate security executive Monday of espionage and sentenced him to 16 years in prison after a closed trial that the U.S. denounced as a “mockery of justice,” and it angrily said his treatment in jail was “appalling.”

12 inmates, 4 employees at Coyote Ridge prison test positive for COVID-19

In response, the Department of Corrections is shutting down the food factory at Coyote Ridge, where inmates produce meals for the entire prison system and dozens of external customers. All of the prison’s inmates will be quarantined in their units for 10 days starting Tuesday. All classes and other programming will be suspended.

AP source: Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be released from prison

President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen will be released from federal prison Thursday and is expected to serve the remainder of his sentence at home, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

Idaho inmates sue, claiming overcrowding at state prison

A group of inmates at Idaho’s largest prison is suing the state for overcrowding, saying cell blocks are so packed that the prison department can’t maintain sanitary toilets, putting them at risk during the coronavirus outbreak.

Man convicted for son-in-law’s murder in Spokane Valley dies in prison at 89

Morris “Mel” Goldberg and his ex-wife, JoAnn Peterson, were convicted of first-degree murder for the Nov. 18, 1991 killing of Peter Zeihen. Peterson shot Zeihen in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun outside his Spokane Valley apartment. Goldberg helped plot the attack and drove the getaway car.

Over 70% of tested inmates in federal prisons have COVID-19

The response from the federal Bureau of Prisons to the growing coronavirus crisis in prisons has raised alarm among advocates and lawmakers about whether the agency is doing enough to ensure the safety of the nearly 150,000 inmates serving time in federal facilities

Prisoners riot in Iran; Netanyahu goes into self-quarantine

Prisoners in southern Iran broke cameras and caused other damage during a riot, state media reported Monday, the latest in a series of violent prison disturbances in the country, which is battling the most severe coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.

Ex-California Rep. Duncan Hunter gets 11 months in prison

Former California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced Tuesday to 11 months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing campaign funds and spending the money on everything from outings with friends to his daughter’s birthday party.

Prison riots hit Italy amid virus; 6 die in overdose

Tensions in Italy’s overcrowded prisons erupted Monday over new coronavirus containment measures, with riots in at least two dozen lock-ups and the deaths of six inmates who broke into an infirmary and overdosed on methadone.

U.S. prisons, jails on alert for spread of coronavirus

The nation’s jails and prisons are on high alert, stepping up inmate screenings, sanitizing jail cells and urging lawyers to scale back in-person visits to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading through their vast inmate populations.

Bill would ban private prisons in Washington

Washington has no private prisons and a bill being considered by the Senate would keep it that way, banning private detention facilities even when they have contracts with federal agencies.