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Stories tagged: prison

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.

Autopsy set for Oregon inmate serving time in Montana prison

Officials say an autopsy will be performed on a Montana State Prison inmate who died at a hospital in Missoula.

President Obama adds to historic number of federal prisoners granted clemency

President Barack Obama pardoned 78 people and also granted commutations to 153 nonviolent drug offenders who were sentenced under harsh and outdated laws and would have received lighter sentences if …

Aryan Brotherhood Mississippi leader gets life sentence

A member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Mississippi has been sentenced to life in prison, months after a federal jury convicted him of helping kill a man over an unpaid …

Man who stole $1.4M to pay online romance scam faces prison

A man federal prosecutors say was victimized in an overseas, online romance scam faces sentencing for stealing more than $1.4 million from two Pittsburgh-area companies whose funds he controlled.

Oregon lawmakers reject request for funding for women’s prison

A plan to open a second women’s prison in Oregon is facing a major setback as lawmakers have rejected a request for funding for the project.

California man steals $5 million, spends $1 million on cellphone game

$5 million. Everyone has thought about it – what to do with such a sudden windfall of money. From purchasing a luxurious yacht to relieving one’s family of financial strain …

Idaho Board of Correction appoints new director

The Idaho Board of Correction has appointed Henry Atencio as the new director of prisons two days after his predecessor, Kevin Kempf, gave his resignation notice.

ACLU files lawsuit over juvenile solitary confinement

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state says it’s suing Grays Harbor County for records related to its juvenile detention facility, following reports that a 15-year-old boy was placed …

Appeals court overturns third-strike conviction

The state Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a former state prison inmate who attacked a corrections officer in 2012.

Idaho to request $11 million for parolee mental health services

Idaho health officials plan to ask lawmakers for about $11 million annually to provide mental health and drug abuse services to the state’s parole offenders who are at the highest …

Obama shortens sentences of 79 more people for low-level drug offenses

President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentences of 79 more individuals he determined were serving “harsh” sentences under “outdated” laws.

Benton County sheriff’s deputies stop shaving to help families in need

Scruffy, unshaven deputies are patrolling Benton County and raising funds for people in need during Christmas.

Sheriff’s deputy recovering after assault by inmates

Officials say that a sheriff’s deputy was assaulted by two inmates at the Marion County jail.

Man serves nearly 40 years; police now say he’s not guilty

A South Carolina man who served 39 years in prison for a homicide that he says he didn’t commit has been freed from prison.

Oregon man sentenced to 13 years for sex trafficking

A Eugene, Oregon, man has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for sex trafficking.

Oregon man sentenced to death for jailhouse killing

A white supremacist gang member has been sentenced to death for the fatal stabbing of an inmate at the Marion County Jail.

Prison officials softening terms used to label inmates

The Washington Department of Corrections is changing the language it uses to describe Washington’s nearly 19,000 people behind bars.

Obama orders 98 more prisoner releases, the most ever in a year

President Barack Obama has now ordered more prisoners released early from federal penitentiaries in a single year than any of his predecessors, after commuting the sentences of 98 people on …

Low IQ could mean new sentence for death row inmate

A death row inmate convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend could get a new sentencing trial based on his possible intellectual disability.

Prosecutors drop charges in juvenile inmate sex abuse case

A former Idaho juvenile corrections nurse accused of having sex with inmates has had all charges against her dropped.

U.K. to pardon thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

Thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished British laws against homosexuality are to receive posthumous pardons, the government announced Thursday. Those who are still alive can will be eligible …

Yakima County jail uses segregation to keep gangs separate

As authorities step up the prosecution of gang members, the Yakima County jail is using segregation techniques to keep inmates safe in jail.

Corrections chief defends housing adults at youth prisons

Montana corrections officials intend to go before the Legislature to sort out the legal issues of housing adult offenders in two youth prisons, which the head of the state Department …

Montana violates law by housing adults in youth prisons, audit says

An audit says the Montana Department of Corrections is breaking the law by housing youth and adult offenders in the same facility and by contracting to send girl offenders to …