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Man back in immigration custody after claim of 2013 rape

A Mexican man who says he was raped in 2013 while detained by U.S. immigration officials will likely be in custody again for at least three months while a court …


Idaho jail eyed as federal site for immigration detainees

The Jerome County Jail in south-central Idaho would be an ideal location to house immigration detainees and could eventually be used for immigration hearings, federal officials said.


Oregon jail holding immigrants sued by property taxpayers

A jail in north-central Oregon has been sued by four people who contend the facility is violating state law by holding immigrants who are awaiting status hearings or deportation.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 8 p.m.

Wife of Princeton student urges Iran to release him

The wife of a Princeton University graduate student sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage in Iran said Tuesday he is innocent of the charges and urged his release.


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

1 year later, Utah man stuck in Venezuela jail amid unrest

The parents of a Utah man imprisoned in Venezuela one year ago as of Friday fear their son will die in a Caracas jail with no relief in sight and …


I strangled prisoners to try to land on death row, inmate confesses

One by one, Denver Simmons recalled, he and his partner lured inmates into his cell. William Scruggs was promised cookies in exchange for doing some laundry; Jimmy Ham thought he …


UPDATED: Sat., June 24, 2017, 10:45 p.m.

As groups chafe at pace of criminal justice reform, county administrator points to progress

It’s been a year since Spokane County was awarded a $1.75 million MacArthur Foundation grant to reduce its jail population. And while little has visibly changed since then, Jacqueline van …


Ally of Russian opposition leader sent to jail for 5 days

A Moscow court has sentenced an ally of the Russian opposition leader to five days in jail for organizing a webcast of massive anti-government protests earlier this month.


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

Escaped Georgia inmates caught in Tennessee after manhunt

Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a prison bus in Georgia were captured Thursday in Tennessee, authorities said.


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 5:34 p.m.

Sheriff: Escaped Georgia inmates still on the run, stole a pickup

Two Georgia inmates described as “dangerous beyond description” and wanted in connection with the deaths of two guards on a prison bus remained on the run early Wednesday as reward …


Ex-Milwaukee inmate who says officer raped her awarded $6.7 million

A federal jury awarded $6.7 million to former inmate who said a Milwaukee County jail officer raped her several times while she was pregnant in 2013.


Murder case dropped after man serves 25 years in prison

Prosecutors dropped all charges Thursday against a Detroit man who accused police of pinning a murder on him by seizing his mother’s gun and switching bullets in a case that …


Snohomish County to pay $600,000 in man’s jail death

Snohomish County has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a mentally ill man who died in jail in 2012.


DA: No deadly force used against inmate in Oregon jail death

Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow says police did not use deadly force against a man who died last week after seriously injuring two officers at a jail in Florence, …


Ex-supervisor pleads not guilty to sex with young offender

A former Oregon Youth Authority employee accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl he supervised in juvenile prison has pleaded not guilty to charges of official misconduct …


Inmates in Chicago jail can order hot pizza delivered to their cells

Life in Cook County Jail just got a little bit more like the college dorm experience, thanks to Sheriff Tom Dart. Inmates in the jail’s primarily medium-security Division 11 can …


Jewish Idaho inmates take legal action for kosher meals

The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections on behalf of four inmates seeking kosher meals for Jewish prisoners.


Accused of rebellion, Venezuelans are hauled into secret court

Hundreds of Venezuelans arrested in the past week have been tried in secretive military courts, a new maneuver by the government of President Nicolas Maduro as he fights to retain …


Israel says Palestinian hunger strike leader ate in secret

Israel’s Prison Service released footage on Sunday that it says shows the leader of a mass Palestinian hunger strike breaking his fast, a claim dismissed by the Palestinians as an …


Indonesia searches for scores of inmates after jailbreak

Indonesian authorities are searching for scores of inmates who escaped Friday from an overcrowded prison on Sumatra island.


Officials seek jail alternatives for low-level offenders

Washington officials are talking about converting a building for a new sobering center and pre-prosecution diversion program.


Second Idaho man who escaped Washington jail has been captured

Authorities say police have now captured both men who escaped from the county jail in Yakima earlier this month.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

Second Kootenai County Jail escapee found

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office has captured the second man who escaped from the Yakima County Corrections Center on April 4.


Inmates distributed child porn inside prison, prosecutors say

Prosecutors say five inmates serving sentences for child pornography used contraband cellphones and removable storage cards to share child pornography inside the prison.


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Judges block Arkansas from carrying out series of executions

A federal judge dealt a serious blow Saturday to Arkansas’ unprecedented plan to execute eight inmates in an 11-day period, saying the men have the right to challenge a drug …


Autopsy finds that Yakima jail inmate died of brain aneurism

An inmate found unresponsive in his cell at the Yakima County Jail later died of a brain aneurism.


Ex-corrections officers face charges in inmate’s death

Two former Island County Jail corrections officers have been charged with falsifying documents in connection with an inmate who died of dehydration and malnutrition.


Everett fighting inmate’s request for bikini barista videos

The city of Everett is suing to block a prison inmate’s request for copies of surveillance videos of bikini baristas.


UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

Two being held on Idaho charges escape Yakima jail

Jail authorities say two men being held on charges out of Idaho have escaped from the county jail in Yakima.


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 7:13 p.m.

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny gets 15 days in jail

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who organized a wave of nationwide protests against government corruption that rattled authorities, was jailed for 15 days on Monday by a Moscow court for …