- Illinois prisons director resigns 2 months after taking job Updated: May-22-15 12:24 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's choice for state prisons director has resigned just two months into the job.
- Former Fargo jail nurse accused of sex with inmate pleads Updated: May-22-15 11:59 am
FARGO, North Dakota - A former nurse accused of having sex with a male inmate at the Cass County Jail in Fargo has changed her plea.
- Michigan reviewing prison food service contract costs Updated: May-22-15 5:41 am
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan is reviewing contract costs related to prison food service by Aramark Correctional Services.
- Justice Department cites Hinds County over jail conditions Updated: May-21-15 9:12 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Federal officials say faltering efforts to improve conditions at Hinds County's two jails have been far inadequate to overcome decrepit physical conditions, rampant violence and poor staffing.
- Appeals court delays transgender California inmate's surgery Updated: May-21-15 9:12 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A federal appeals court delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California on Thursday, hours after a state panel recommended that she be paroled.
- Additional charges filed against man who escaped from jail Updated: May-21-15 9:01 pm
LAFAYETTE, Indiana - Additional charges have been filed against a man who escaped custody by overpowering a sheriff's deputy and stealing her police cruiser while being moved from a hospital back to jail.
- Ex-jail guard cites poor legal help, gets sentencing delayed Updated: May-21-15 8:28 pm
NEW YORK - A former jail guard convicted of ignoring the pleas of a dying inmate made a last-minute claim that his legal representation had been insufficient, leading a federal judge to postpone his sentencing on Thursday.
- New report on Attica prison riot reveals inmates were beaten Updated: May-21-15 7:19 pm
ALBANY, New York - More than 40 years after the nation's bloodiest prison rebellion, newly released documents contain accounts, some never before seen publicly, from National Guardsmen and a doctor who said they saw injured inmates beaten with clubs and others with wounds indicating they were tortured as state police and guards retook control of Attica.
- Bentley signs Alabama prison overcrowding legislation Updated: May-21-15 7:01 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Thursday signed into law sweeping changes to sentencing and probation standards aimed at relieving severe overcrowding in the state prison system.
- Report: Denver sheriff's problems endanger inmates, deputies Updated: May-21-15 6:22 pm
DENVER - The safety of inmates and deputies in Denver jails is at risk because of problems at nearly every level of the Sheriff's Department, according to a report that the mayor ordered after several deaths and beatings.
- Beijing court jails 2 over drag-racing supercar smashup Updated: May-21-15 8:31 am
BEIJING - A court on Thursday sentenced two young men to up to five months in jail for dangerous driving after they crashed a Lamborghini and a Ferrari in a late-night race through Beijing.
- Lawsuit claims inmates receive inadequate medical care Updated: May-21-15 8:22 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Angola prisoners have sued Warden Burl Cain and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, alleging substandard medical care at the state penitentiary.
- 2 Hinds County detention officers fired for inmate escapes Updated: May-21-15 6:47 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - Two Hinds County detention officers were arrested after being accused of helping three juveniles escape.
- Study: Local lockups can be more pricey to run than thought Updated: May-21-15 12:10 am
NEW YORK - It turns out running a jail can be even more expensive than previously thought.
- Jail inmate finds solace in art, makes do with supplies Updated: May-20-15 2:04 pm
BREMERTON, Washington - After eight months in the Kitsap County Jail, Sally Birge could have taken a turn for the worse.
- Illinois prison medical report cites murder convict's case Updated: May-20-15 12:35 pm
CHICAGO - A former street gang member sentenced for murder is among the Illinois inmates a new report cites in concluding medical care at state prisons is inadequate.
- Fight over sale of state prison heard at Ohio Supreme Court Updated: May-20-15 11:25 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The status of the nation's first privately-owned state prison was debated in Ohio on Wednesday, as litigation brought on behalf of union workers displaced by the historic sale was argued before the state's high court.
- Escaped Alabama inmate captured in Florida Panhandle Updated: May-20-15 8:55 am
YOUNGSTOWN, Florida - Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a work center near Birmingham was arrested on a DUI charge in the Florida Panhandle.
- Authorities seek 2 escaped inmates in Billings Updated: May-20-15 5:06 am
BILLINGS, Montana - Authorities are looking for two people who walked away from correction centers in Billings.
- A dozen inmates to donate handmade quilts Updated: May-20-15 4:49 am
JESSUP, Maryland - A dozen inmates at Patuxent Institution in Jessup are donating handmade quilts to St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth and Families.
- Use of video visits for inmates grows, along with concerns Updated: May-20-15 3:40 am
RICHMOND, Texas - Four-year-old William Cole saw his father's face and reached out to touch it during a jail visit. But he could only feel a video screen.
- Study finds lingering spike in car theft after prison change Updated: May-20-15 12:08 am
SACRAMENTO, California - A new study says California continues to see a spike in auto thefts since a change in prison policy four years ago forced many local jails to release more inmates early.
- Expert panel criticizes medical care at Illinois prisons Updated: May-19-15 11:58 pm
CHICAGO - A scathing new report by court-approved researchers paints a bleak picture of medical care in Illinois prisons, describing treatment delays, haphazard follow-up care, chaotic record keeping and a litany of other problems that may have cut short the lives of some inmates.
- Budget committee approves more spending for prison beds Updated: May-19-15 7:47 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget committee has approved spending an additional $5 million above previous estimates to pay for housing inmates in the state prison system.
- Air still smells of soot at damaged Nebraska prison Updated: May-19-15 7:28 pm
TECUMSEH, Nebraska - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on Tuesday toured a prison for the first time since an inmate revolt caused up to $500,000 damage, with officials showing him a shattered door to a gymnasium, charred remains of a plaster and wood wall, and trash strewn on a housing unit floor from the May 10 disturbance that left two sex offenders dead.