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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.


Ex-head of Russian prisons sentenced to 8 years for fraud

The former head of Russia’s penitentiary system has been sentenced to eight years in prison for defrauding the state.


Two men sentenced for delivering fatal dose of heroin

Two men who were involved in the delivery of a fatal dose of heroin to a young member of the Quileute Tribe were each sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.


UPDATED: Tue., June 13, 2017

Two guards killed by escaping inmates during Georgia transport

Two inmates are on the loose in Georgia after killing two prison guards during a bus transport Tuesday morning.


UPDATED: Sun., June 11, 2017

2 Washington inmates who fled over razor-wire fence captured

Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped from a minimum-security prison southwest of Olympia.


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.


Mexican prison riot brought under control, at least 7 dead

An hourslong rolling gunbattle at a northern Mexico penitentiary left seven dead and 13 injured, authorities reported Wednesday.


UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017

What can $75,560 get you in California? A prison cell

The cost of imprisoning each of California’s 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year, enough to cover the annual cost of attending Harvard University …


UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017

Woman’s struggle with mental illness, jail inspires bill

A new law, signed last month by Gov. Butch Otter, seeks to provide a more secure, more appropriate place to house people in her situation than jail or an unsecured …


Ex-son-in-law of John Gotti avoids prison in plea deal

A reputed member of the Gambino crime family and former son-in-law of John Gotti agreed to a plea deal that included a large fine but no prison.


Idaho officials say claims exaggerated in prison lawsuit

Attorneys for the Idaho Department of Correction say inmates exaggerated problems with the prison medical care system and waited too long to complain, and as a result, prison officials shouldn’t …


UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017

Chicago inmates can order fancy Italian pizza made in jail

Inmates in the jail’s medium-security Division 11 can now order pizzas made with the finest ingredients in the kind of ovens found in pizzerias. It’s all part of Sheriff Tom …


Carlyle Care Center in downtown Spokane to stop serving residents with severe mental illness

The Spokane area’s largest assisted-living facility is closing its doors to more than 100 residents with severe mental illness and complex medical problems, and social workers are scrambling to find …


Oregon took months to fix lead problems at juvenile prisons

Oregon officials knew in July 2016 that tap water in juvenile prisons had excessive levels of lead but took eight months to test the entire system and shut down bad …


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 …


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 …


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.


LA jail adapts amid meth-fueled rise in mentally ill inmates

Perhaps the largest group of mentally ill inmates in the U.S. resides in Los Angeles in one of the world’s largest jail complexes. Over the past seven years, the jail’s …


Venezuelans march to prison to demand freedom for activists

Hundreds of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are marching to a military prison outside Caracas to demand the release of Leopoldo Lopez and other jailed activists they consider political prisoners.


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017

Former WSU student sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on drug charges

A former Washington State University student was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene for possessing heroin and methamphetamine with the intent …


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.


Expedia IT worker gets 15 months for insider trading scheme

A former information technology worker at Expedia Inc. has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after admitting he accessed the email accounts of top executives and made lucrative illegal …


Oregon prison doctor hit with another sex abuse lawsuit

Three women have filed a federal lawsuit alleging they were sexually abused by a doctor while incarcerated at the state women’s prison.