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Stories tagged: prison

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017

Ex-Mafia hit man ‘Sammy the Bull’ Gravano now out of prison

Former Mafia hit man Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano has been released early from federal prison after serving most of a 20-year sentence for drug-related convictions in Arizona and New …

100 years ago in Spokane: Jailbirds fly free from Wallace prison

Three prisoners, including an accused murderer, overpowered the guard at the Wallace, Idaho, jail and escaped into the night.

Inmate becomes fifth man to ‘unexpectedly’ die at prison

A 23-year-old inmate at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution died suddenly, becoming the fifth unanticipated death at the state prison this year.

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017

Lectures ‘bring science and nature’ into prison

More than 20 inmates at the Snake River Correctional Institution minimum-security facility were given the chance to take part in some community education when two presenters from local wildlife and …

Montana prison program helping women recover from trauma

In a campus near the river, a program that focuses on helping women who have suffered trauma is seeing success a year and a half after its inception.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017

Babysitter sentenced to 23 years in prison for child rape

A man who raped two children he used to babysit was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison this week.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017

Analysis: Flight of ex-Thai prime minister boosts junta rule

As a prominent opponent of Thailand’s ruling junta, ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra would have been a thorn in the government’s side no matter how the country’s top court ruled …

With labor shortage, Idaho inmates learn farm work

Matthew Davidson could patch roads or do janitorial work during his time at the South Idaho Correctional Institution, but he’s decided to harvest fruit instead.

Thai court to issue arrest warrant after ex-PM doesn’t show

Thailand’s Supreme Court said it will issue an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after she failed to show Friday for a contentious trial verdict in which she …

Pierce County corrections deputy accused of sex with inmate

A Pierce County Sheriff’s Office corrections deputy has been fired after investigators accused him of having sex with an inmate.

Idaho inmate missing after attending funeral with permission

Idaho law enforcement officials are looking for an inmate who went missing after he was granted permission to attend a funeral.

UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

He was drunk when he climbed into the prison work release center in Kennewick

Nathaniel L. Whiteman, 38, had reportedly been drinking when he climbed over the fence into the state Department of Corrections work release site in Kennewick.

Alabama prison toll rises; 4 inmates killed, 6 officers hurt

Alabama’s Department of Corrections says an inmate found stabbed in a prison yard is the third prisoner to be slain at Elmore Correctional Facility this year.

Justice Dept. rules intensify crackdown on sanctuary cities

The Justice Department says it won’t give cities some law enforcement grant money unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails and alert them when someone facing deportation will …

Judge orders Texas to lower temperature in sweltering prison

A federal judge Wednesday gave state prison officials 15 days to come up with a plan to lower the temperature to 88 degrees inside a Southeast Texas prison where attorneys …

Hastert faces sex-offender treatment with prison release

Disgraced former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is far from putting his child-sex-abuse scandal behind him after being released from federal prison in Minnesota where he served a little over …

Steven Powell released from custody in Washington

Authorities in Washington say the father-in-law of a Utah woman who went missing in 2009 has been released early from prison after serving time for possession of child pornography.

UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Inmates take two guards hostage in Oklahoma prison riot

Authorities say hundreds of inmates rioted at an Oklahoma federal prison, taking two guards hostage and refusing to return to their cells.

Idaho man resentenced for 2011 killing of ex-wife

An Idaho man has been resentenced for killing his ex-wife in 2011.

South Carolina inmate captured in Texas after second escape

An inmate was recaptured in Texas early Friday after his second escape from a maximum security prison in South Carolina, prison officials said.

28 dead after fight among rival gangs in Acapulco prison

Fighting erupted between rival gangs inside a state prison before dawn Thursday, and 28 inmates were killed and three wounded, officials in the Pacific resort said.

Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for $70 million Ponzi scheme

A man accused of defrauding nearly 500 people in a $70 million Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $32 million …

Washington man convicted of 137 charges gets new trial

TUMWATER, Wash. – A Washington man who was sentenced to 76 years in prison after being convicted of 137 charges will be getting a new trial. The Olympian reported 38-year-old …

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 …

China sentences 3 Australian Crown Resorts staff to prison

Australian and Chinese employees of a casino company on Monday pleaded guilty to charges relating to gambling and the three Australians were sentenced to nine or 10 months’ imprisonment, an …

UPDATED: Sat., June 24, 2017

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 …

In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and U.S. interrogates

Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme – …

Former Vann’s CEO given 2 extra days to report to prison

The former CEO of a Montana appliance and electronics retailer must report to a federal prison in Oregon by Thursday to begin serving his sentence of five years and three …

UPDATED: Sun., June 18, 2017

State settles prison death lawsuit for $1.5M

The state Department of Corrections has agreed to pay $1.5 million to the family of a man who was stomped to death in state prison in Monroe.

UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017

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.