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More than 40 prison guards accused of taking bribes, drug trafficking

More than 40 prison guards and officers in Georgia have been indicted on charges of accepting bribes and drug trafficking, the latest in a federal effort to crack down on …


Inmate mistakenly released from Los Angeles jail recaptured

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says a murder suspect mistakenly released from jail last month has been captured in Nevada.


Couple accused of drug smuggling during Valentine’s Day prison visit

A man serving time at Airway Heights Corrections Center is accused of trying to smuggle marijuana into the prison with help from his fiancee.


Two men sentenced on manslaughter charges in separate slayings

Two men were sentenced to a total of more than 20 years in prison this week for a pair of unrelated slayings dating back to May 2012, according to the …


Ariel Castro, who held three women captive, commits suicide

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio corrections officials say Ariel Castro, who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade, has committed suicide at a state prison facility.


Judge rules for media in prison case challenge

BOISE – A federal judge has sided with a coalition of 17 Idaho news organizations, including The Spokesman-Review, in denying a request by the state’s only private prison contractor to …


40 indicted in drug ring run from Indiana prisons

INDIANAPOLIS — Two inmates housed at different Indiana prisons used cellphones smuggled in by guards to run a drug ring that distributed methamphetamine and heroin, according to a federal indictment …


Wash. effort seeks to identify veterans in prison

ABERDEEN, Wash. — More than 80 inmates shuffle into a large visitation room at Stafford Creek Correctional Center. All are military veterans, but not all of them realize it.


Escaped North Idaho inmate turns self in

A state prison inmate who walked away from a job site in Nampa is back in custody after turning himself in to authorities in Coeur d’Alene.


N Idaho firefighter pleads guilty to lewd conduct

COEUR d’ALENE — A North Idaho firefighter has pleaded guilty to a charge of lewd conduct after he was accused of having sex with a girl who was 13 and …


Bunking with cats, inmates learn value of teamwork

When Princess Natalie was still a kitten, before she was prison royalty, she was left in a cage with another cat for months. They were fed, given water and not …


Bail-jumping charge sends thief to prison

A Spokane man convicted of stealing money from a homeless woman who gave him her savings to rent a home is headed to prison. But it wasn’t the theft that …


Rathdrum man gets life sentence for lewd conduct

A 41-year-old Rathdrum man was sentenced Wednesday to serve up to life in prison for three counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 16.


Prank phone call sparked mistaken-identity nightmare

Be careful. On this day when friends often pull practical jokes, remember that sometimes things can backfire – terribly.


Corrections center staff fear budget cuts will reduce safety

A cold, damp picket line of state prison guards asked for safety and respect Wednesday in Airway Heights. The pickets got an occasional car-honk salute as they called attention to …


Strangling suspect got mixed reports

Eleven years before Byron Scherf became the chief suspect in the strangling of a Monroe, Wash., corrections officer, a psychologist had concluded Scherf was “unlikely to act out within the …


In brief: Allred filing to fix in-kind reporting error

BOISE – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred is amending his campaign’s financial disclosures to include an in-kind contribution worth $3,000 to $4,000 for work done by the Boise-based business consulting …


U.S. jail population drops

WASHINGTON – The nation’s local jail population is declining for the first time since the federal government began keeping count, reflecting what some experts say is a growing belief that …


Court: Wash. inmate denied Torah can sue

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit brought by a Washington inmate who was denied Jewish reading materials.


John Higgins

The Medical Lake City Council unanimously approved a resolution last week opposing any new jail in the city. City officials also have threatened legal action if Spokane County or the …


State ignoring own report on Pine Lodge issue

OLYMPIA – Last year, the Legislature spent $500,000 for a consultant to tell Washington state which prisons should close and which should stay open. The consultant released his study in …


Medical Lake leaders object

Medical Lake city officials said Friday they want the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women and no other prison. If state officials close Pine Lodge as suggested by Gov. Chris …


Prison to shrink by half

OLYMPIA – Citing a smaller population of female prisoners, state corrections officials plan to shutter one of two units at Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women, the only women’s prison …


Prison officials face escalating violence

As multi-agency gang task forces succeed in arresting and prosecuting gang members, the transfer of gangs from the streets to the state’s prisons is leading to more violence behind bars. …


Idaho prisons rife with gang violence

BOISE – Idaho’s prison population is getting more violent as gangs extend their reach throughout the prison system. “We are having many, many incidents with our gang members,” said Pam …


AT&T charged too much for prison calls

OLYMPIA – Friends and relatives of inmates at two Eastern Washington prisons have been overcharged tens of thousands of dollars for collect phone calls, state regulators said Thursday. In a …


Prison warehouse may house inmates

BOISE – Desperate for places to put its ever-increasing numbers of prisoners, Idaho is looking into converting a giant metal warehouse into prison beds for 304 inmates. The 42,000-square-foot warehouse …


El Chapo escaped two prisons in Mexico, but no one’s ever busted out of ‘the ADX’

There’s a supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, two hours outside Denver. It’s the highest-security penitentiary in the United States. Since opening in 1994, no prisoner has escaped from the Administrative …


Mcneil Island Gains Support As Site For Violent Sex Offenders

Washington’s civil-commitment program for violent sex offenders could be moved to the McNeil Island Corrections Center from Monroe, state officials say. “It has the capacity,” Mark Seling, director of the …


Inmate Attempts Escape Over Fence

An inmate at the Airway Heights Corrections Center tried to escape Thursday night by climbing a 12-foot-high fence topped with razor wire, officials said. John L. Gemmill, 29, was captured …