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UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017

Doctor: Aaron Hernandez’s brain was severely damaged by disease

A researcher says Aaron Hernandez suffered severe damage to parts of the brain that play an important role in memory, impulse control and behavior. The 27-year-old former New England Patriots …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017

Anthony Weiner reports to prison for sexting conviction

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner reported to prison Monday to begin a 21-month sentence for sexting with a 15-year-old girl.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017

Woman who bilked Oregon retiree out of $3M gets prison

A judge has sentenced a woman who helped dupe an Oregon man out of $3 million to 21 months in federal prison.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Manafort and Gates face decades in prison, millions in fines

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s business associate Rick Gates face decades in federal prison and millions of dollars in potential fines if convicted on all …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

Idaho inmate fighting California wildfires back in custody

An Idaho inmate who went missing for three hours Friday after authorities say he walked away from an inmate fire crew battling a California wildfire is back in custody.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

Man gets 300 years in prison for killing wife, 2 others

A Montana judge on Friday sentenced a 41-year-old man to 300 years in prison for the shooting deaths of his wife, her sister and his brother-in-law, a prosecutor said.


Idaho man arrested after release in murder case

Law enforcement officials say they have arrested an Idaho man who was recently freed from prison after experts said he was coerced into a false murder confession.


Woman could avoid bulk of prison time for fatal SUV crash

An Idaho woman could avoid most of her prison sentence for crashing an SUV while under the influence of methamphetamine and killing her 14-year-old stepdaughter.


2 prison workers killed in unsuccessful escape in North Carolina

Two North Carolina prison employees were killed and several others hurt after inmates at a sewing plant started a fire in an unsuccessful escape attempt Thursday, authorities said.


Congress calls on FCC to silence cellphones in prisons

More than 50 members of Congress are giving federal regulators a deadline for resolving how to prevent prisoners from using contraband cellphones behind bars.


O.J. Simpson: ‘Nothing has changed’ during prison stint

O.J. Simpson says “nothing has changed” in his life during the nine years he spent behind bars.