More than 450 Oklahoma inmates walking out of prison doors

U.S. 11/04/19, 18:16

More than 450 inmates walked out the doors of prisons across Oklahoma on Monday as part of what state officials say is the largest single-day mass commutation in U.S. history. The release of inmates, all with convictions for low-level drug and property crimes, resulted from a bill signed by new Republican ...

Death penalty and execution information 1976-Present

U.S. 07/26/19, 12:10

Criminal executions have been on the decline for decades in the United States, but the U.S. has not abolished executions. Currently, there are 57 countries that retain the death penalty for ordinary crimes. And there are 105 countries have abolished executions.  Death Penalty Information Center Yesterday, Attorney General William Barr reinstated the ...

Feds say 2 gang leaders ran drugs from California prison

U.S. 06/19/19, 14:26

Authorities are charging leaders of a prison gang with running a crime ring from behind bars.It comes two weeks after authorities accused suspected leaders of a different gang with organizing drug trafficking and murders from their California prison cells.U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Wednesday ...

Inmate fatally stabbed at state prison in south Alabama

U.S. 06/17/19, 13:48

One prison inmate was stabbed to death by another over the weekend, state officials said Monday in Alabama, where high rates of prison violence have recently been criticized by the U.S. Justice Department.Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said in a news release that 29-year-old Jeremy Reshad Bailey was ...

Woman who helped in Dannemora prison break is denied parole

U.S. 06/13/19, 14:42

The upstate New York prison tailor who helped two killers escape has been denied parole for a third time.A parole board decision released Thursday says Joyce Mitchell will remain behind bars for at least two more years.She's serving 2 1/3 to seven years for helping Richard Matt and David Sweat ...

Prosecutors give up on more trials in Delaware prison riot

U.S. 06/12/19, 14:01

Prosecutors will press no further charges after a series of trial losses against inmates accused in deadly rioting at Delaware's maximum-security prison in 2017.The state attorney general's office said Wednesday that prosecutors have notified court officials that they will not move forward with any other pending charges in connection with ...

‘Texas 7’ death row inmate claims judge was anti-Semitic

U.S. 06/11/19, 16:38

A Jewish death row inmate who was part of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners has filed an appeal claiming the former county judge who convicted him was anti-Semitic and frequently used racial slurs.Randy Halprin alleges in his federal appeal that ex-Dallas County Judge Vickers Cunningham referred to him ...

Attorney tapped to lead troubled Delaware corrections system

U.S. 06/04/19, 11:02

An attorney who helped lead prison reform efforts after a deadly inmate riot has been tapped by Delaware Gov. John Carney to head the state's corrections system.Carney on Tuesday announced the nomination of Claire DeMatteis to replace Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps.Phelps plans to retire July 15 following a ...

Lawyers for freed Navy SEAL want war crime case dismissed

U.S. 05/31/19, 07:26

Attorneys for a decorated Navy SEAL facing a murder trial in the death of an Islamic State prisoner will try again Friday to have the case dismissed after their client was unexpectedly freed from custody. A military judge released Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher from custody on Thursday, which drew gasps ...

Military judge frees Navy SEAL in advance of murder trial

U.S. 05/30/19, 20:53

A decorated Navy SEAL facing a murder trial in the death of an Islamic State prisoner was freed from custody Thursday after a military judge cited interference by prosecutors. The unexpected move drew gasps in a San Diego courtroom after lawyers for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher presented evidence to get ...

Prison guards injured in prison riot in Ukraine

Europe 05/27/19, 07:47

Dozens of inmates in a Ukrainian prison rioted, set a fire and took guards and nurses hostage in an hours-long standoff on Monday that left four guards injured, officials said.The incident took place in Odessa, a Black Sea port city, where black smoke was seen billowing over the prison compound ...

Update: Inmate’s wife says she knew he’d be acquitted

U.S. 05/23/19, 15:25

The Latest on the acquittal of an inmate accused of leading a fatal riot at Delaware's maximum security prison (all times local):3:45 p.m.The wife of an inmate accused of leading a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison during which a guard was killed and other staffers taken hostage says she was ...

Inmate acquitted of guard’s slaying in Delaware prison riot

U.S. 05/23/19, 14:58

A jury on Thursday acquitted an inmate accused of leading a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison during which a guard was killed and other staffers taken hostage.Jurors deliberated over two days before acquitting 32-year-old Roman Shankaras in the death of Steven Floyd. Shankaras recently completed a seven-year sentence for unrelated ...

A host of celebrities speak out on criminal justice reform

Entertainment 05/23/19, 11:09

Kim Kardashian West isn't the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It's a topic that was also very important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, and to Common, Kevin Hart and a host of others who consider the criminal justice system often unfair and dehumanizing.Hussle served time before he was ...

‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh to be released

U.S. 05/22/19, 11:04

John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison. But conditions imposed recently on Lindh's release, slated for Thursday, make clear ...

Arizona prisons ban book on black men in the justice system

U.S. 05/21/19, 11:47

Arizona has banned prisoners from reading a book that discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on black men, drawing outcry from First Amendment advocates who say the move is censorship.The American Civil Liberties Union called on the Arizona Department of Corrections this week to rescind the ban on ...

Jailed deputies allowed to attend Spanish Parliament session

Europe 05/21/19, 03:10

A fragmented Spanish Parliament has convened for the first time, including five Catalan politicians released from prison for the occasion and escorted there by police.Four separatists, on trial for Catalonia's 2017 secession attempt, were elected to the Congress of Deputies and one to the Senate last month.The Supreme Court has ...

‘3 strikes’ sentencing reform leaves out Washington inmates

U.S. 05/21/19, 00:13

A small group of inmates, disproportionately black, are set to stay in Washington state prisons for life — left out of the latest in a multi-year wave of reforms easing tough-on-crime "three strikes" laws around the U.S.At least 24 states including Washington passed such laws during the 1990s, embracing tough-on-crime ...

Lawyer: 17 wounded in prison where US-Nicaraguan man killed

America 05/17/19, 17:51

Seventeen people who were arrested in previous anti-government protests were wounded in a prison disturbance in which a 57-year-old Nicaraguan-American dual national was shot dead, a lawyer for several inmates said Friday. Attorney Yonarqui Martínez also said three student protest leaders were among those hurt, and alleged that Eddy Montes Praslin ...

Prison health care provider resolves disabilities lawsuit

Health 05/17/19, 13:27

Two companies that provide health care in jails and prisons across the United States have agreed to pay $950,000 to resolve a lawsuit that alleged it discriminated against employees with disabilities by failing to accommodate them, requiring them to be fully healed before they can return to work, and firing ...

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