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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.


UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017

Charity worker freed from Cairo jail is back in U.S.

An Egyptian-American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the global face of Egypt’s brutal crackdown on civil society returned home to the United States …


Prison fight spurs lockdown at Oregon State Penitentiary

Oregon State Penitentiary officials say a brawl involving roughly 20 inmates caused a lockdown.


Authorities: 4 inmates found dead at a South Carolina prison

Four inmates were found dead Friday morning in a dorm at one of South Carolina’s maximum-security men’s prisons, authorities said.


Drunk driver receives shorter prison sentence for treatment

A judge has sentenced a nine-time DUI offender to one to two years in jail, intensive treatment and probation.


A ‘Goliath’ among Mexican drug traffickers is sentenced to life in U.S. prison

Alfredo Beltran Leyva, who with his brothers once ran one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels, appeared in federal court in Washington on Wednesday and asked for a chance to …


‘Angel of Death’ serial killer dies after attack in prison

A former nurse’s aide dubbed the “Angel of Death” after he admitted killing three dozen hospital patients in Ohio and Kentucky died Thursday, two days after he was attacked and …