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UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017

State pays former inmate $175,000 settlement in sex abuse claim

The state of Oregon has agreed to pay $175,000 to a former inmate who claimed she was sexually abused by a prison doctor during a 2013 gynecological exam.


Transgender California inmates could have bras, cosmetics

Transgender California prison inmates would be allowed to have bras, cosmetics and other personal items corresponding to their gender identities under proposed rules filed with state regulators on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017

Spokane Valley man uses experience to coach incoming inmates how to cope with prison and accountability

Daniel Wise turned his experience inside a federal prison into an opportunity to help those who are facing the same consequence.


America’s prison population is getting whiter

In a new report, economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton document that non-Hispanic whites who have a high school education or less have experienced reduced life expectancy and increased rates …


UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017

Idaho inmates: Prison violations led to amputations, death

Idaho inmates are asking a federal judge to penalize the state after saying prison officials repeatedly violated a settlement plan in a long-running lawsuit over health care, leading to amputations …


Latest Rikers brutality case fuels debate over jail’s future

The latest in a string of brutality cases against Rikers Island guards has added fuel to a growing debate on whether New York City’s notoriously violent jail complex has become …


Prosecutors work out deal to release man convicted in 1996

An Idaho man is expected to be released from prison after spending nearly half his life in a cell.


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017

Spokane man faces life term for child rape

A Spokane man was sentenced to up to life in prison for raping a 4-year-old LaCrosse boy. Joshua J. Lewandowski, 36, was sentenced late last week to a minimum prison …


Jail inmate charged with assaulting 2 corrections officers

A jail inmate in Yakima is facing new charges in connection with assaults on two corrections officers last week.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

Company that operated Idaho prison violated inmates’ rights, but no need to pay

A federal jury says private prison company CoreCivic had a long-standing custom of understaffing an Idaho prison, and that the company was deliberately indifferent to the risk of serious harm …


U.S. to continue use of privately run prisons, AG Jeff Sessions says

Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government’s continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stock prices …


Idaho man gets 7 years in accidental shooting of 10-year-old

An Idaho man involved in a shooting that injured a 10-year-old girl struck by a stray bullet has been sentenced to at least seven years in prison.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

Man sentenced to 112 years for Seattle Pacific shooting in 2014

A mentally ill man who killed one student and wounded two others at Seattle Pacific University in 2014 – a shooting inspired by the Columbine High School massacre a decade …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

Federal judge scolds state for treatment of mentally ill

A federal judge has blasted the Washington state agency responsible for providing competency services to mentally ill people in jail, saying the agency doesn’t appear to understand that these individuals …


Sheriff: 12 inmates charged after vicious jailhouse death

Twelve inmates in Louisiana are facing murder charges after a man who was jailed on a probation violation was beaten to death in what other inmates described as a “shark …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017

Montana examines death penalty after judge blocks executions

Montana legislators are taking another look at whether to abolish the death penalty after a judge blocked the state from carrying out executions because it has no access to a …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017

Trump, education top Delaware inmates’ reasons for hostage situation

Inmates at a Delaware prison took five corrections department workers hostage Wednesday, a move the inmates told a local newspaper was due to concerns about their treatment and the leadership …


Standoff at Brazil prison where 26 killed over weekend

Inmates armed with knives and cell phones are holding their ground at a prison in northeast Brazil where 26 were killed.


Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he’s …


Billings man gets 40 years in prison for beating 4 women

A 31-year-old Billings man with a long history of violence against women has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.


Charles Manson back at Central California prison after hospital stay

Cult leader Charles Manson is back in a Central California prison after a reported hospital stay for an unspecified medical problem.


Inmates involved in Brazil prison massacre to be transferred

Brazilian authorities said Tuesday that the inmates responsible for the killings of 56 rivals at a prison in the Amazon will be transferred to high security federal institutions in addition …


Death row inmate who killed two women in Spokane Valley dies of cardiac arrest

A man who killed two women in a Spokane Valley mobile home and spent nearly 20 years on Washington’s death row has died of cardiac arrest.


At least 56 inmates killed in prison riot in northern Brazil

An attack by members of one crime gang on rival inmates touched off a riot at a prison in the northern state of Amazonas, leaving at least 56 dead, including …


New Idaho director of Correction to further prison reforms

Amid a two-year flurry of prison reform in Idaho, Henry Atencio faces the challenge of maintaining that momentum within the Idaho Department of Correction.


Walla Walla prison restrictions in place after inmate brawls

A unit at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla remains on restricted movement following three recent inmate fights.


Inmate pleads guilty to beating Twin Falls murder suspect

A Buhl, Idaho, man has pleaded guilty to beating a Twin Falls murder suspect in the Twin Falls County Jail.


Cop guilty in wife’s death serving time at women’s prison

A former Gladstone cop sentenced to life in prison without parole in the death of his wife has been permanently assigned to the state’s prison for women – despite identifying …


Prison unit on lockdown after 2 fights; 1 inmate injured

Two large fights led to a lockdown at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.


Reports: Four inmates sought after Christmas jailbreak

Authorities in Tennessee are searching for four inmates who broke out of jail on Christmas.