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Prisoners' Use of Smuggled Cellphones on the Rise

They're hidden in babies' diapers, ramen noodle soup packages, footballs, soda cans and even body cavities.<p>Not drugs or weapons, but cellphones. They're becoming a growing problem in prisons across the country as they are used to make threats, plan escapes and for inmates to continue to make money …

William Beavers Sentenced: Ex-Cook County Commissioner Gets 6 Months In Prison For Tax Evasion

Ex-Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was sentenced Wednesday morning to serve six months in prison and pay tens of thousands of dollars in fees and restitution for campaign funds he was convicted of not reporting on his taxes.<p>The often-colorful Beavers -- who previously proclaimed himself as …

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When will the US stop building more prisons?

America's prison crisis isn't about a lack of space; it's a systematic lack of opportunity in poor communities. We have failed as a society to understand what it takes for previously incarcerated people to live meaningful, productive lives – and to keep them out of prison in the first place.<p>It …

1 In 3 Black Males Will Go To Prison In Their Lifetime, Report Warns

One in every three black males born today can expect to go to prison at some point in their life, compared with one in every six Latino males, and one in every 17 white males, if current incarceration trends continue.<p>These are among the many pieces of evidence cited by the Sentencing Project, a …

Federal Prison Workers Dismayed By Government Shutdown

While the partial government shutdown continues, some federal workers are showing up for work because they are required to. Phil Glover is with the Council of Prison Locals, a federal prison employee union. Glover talks to Morning Edition's David Greene about how the government shutdown is …

The Ex-Con Who Wants to Explain Prison to Kids

Anthony Curcio was football star in high school with a charmed life, but got addicted to pills so bad that he tried to rob an armored car through an elaborate heist. Five years later, he's out of prison and creating children's books.<p>For all the true crime junkies out there, the name Anthony Curcio …

Prisoners’ Families Say They Have Video of Brutal Beating by Guards (GRAPHIC)

The families of two Georgia prison inmates have posted online video they say shows a brutal beating at the hands of detention officers.<p>The families of Miguel Jackson and Kelvin Stevenson say they want justice for the alleged beating they say took place in December 2010 at Smith State Prison outside …

Corporations Are Cashing in on California's Prison Overcrowding Crisis

California is being forced by the courts to move inmates out of its overcrowded prison system, which is just another opportunity for the people who make money from incarceration to cash in.<p><i>San Quentin, one of the many California state prisons the government has been forced to move inmates out of.</i> …

Hunger strike in California prisons is a gang power play

A few hundred inmates are continuing to take part in a<p>hunger strikein California prisons. Some prisoners claim this strike is about living conditions in the Security Housing Units, commonly called SHUs, which house some of the most dangerous inmates in California. Don't be fooled. Many of those …

Depressed Man Calls Judge & Threatens to Shoot Any Deputy Who Stops His Suicide

A suicidal Augusta man with marital problems was arrested this week for threatening to shoot any deputy who tried to stop him from killing himself on …

Sex Inside a Dumpster? Teen Couple Arrested for Lewdness

A teenage couple in Augusta were arrested yesterday after a resident of Wylds Woods Apartments saw them having sex in the breezeway of the complex, a …

Augusta Mom Arrested for Dropping Off 10-Year-Old Son at Chuck E. Cheese's

An Augusta mother was arrested Sunday for dropping off her 10-year-old son at the front entrance of Chuck E. Cheese's and then leaving, authorities …

Operation Clean Slate: Surrender Now & Avoid Jail

<i>Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt in conjunction with Aiken County Magistrates is sponsoring a unique opportunity for all individuals that have an</i> …

Surveillance video: Scuffle between guards, inmate at Monroe County Correctional Facility

The 12 Best Federal Prisons to Do Time - TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime

• FPC Montgomery (AL): Inmates can work outside the camp on the military base as gardeners and landscapers. They can also take correspondence courses …

Why Scandinavian Prisons Are Superior

'Open' prisons, in which detainees are allowed to live like regular citizens, should be a model for the U.S.<p>“Is this the prison?” asks a 40-something American woman wearing cargo pants and a floral sleeveless blouse.<p>Linda, my guide and translator, pauses beside me between the posts of an open …

US criminal justice system: Turning a profit on prison reform?

A little more than two million people in the United States - that's one out of every 140 - are locked up, making the US the biggest jailer in the world.<p>Some hope that this obscenerate of human incarceration might begin to decline as reform of mandatory sentencing laws is close at hand. Last month, …

Time to free those who’ve been jailed too long

No one in this country should be required to serve a prison sentence that is unfair, arbitrary, or racially discriminatory<b>.</b> This week, the United …

Tutwiler Women’s Prison Is a Hothouse of Sexual Violence

One night in June of 2008, James Sutton—not a guard but a nurse at the prison—ordered an inmate, Felicia Dixon, to go into the showers (nobody really showers at night) and asked her to sit down on a bench. According to court documents, he then stood in...<p><i>Photo via Wikipedia Commons</i><p>One night in June …

Movement to End Solitary Confinement Gains Force

In the small, dark world of solitary confinement, an inmate's basic needs can go neglected for months — and many are starting to wonder for what purpose.<p>For Jan Green, 52, who spent eight months sleeping on a thin mat on the floor of a New Mexico jail cell about 7 feet wide and 7 feet long, being …

Missouri executes Herbert Smulls as appeals fail

Missouri has executed a man convicted of killing a jewellery store owner during a 1991 robbery after the US supreme court denied last-minute appeals that in part challenged the drug used in the execution.<p>“After the United States supreme court vacated three separate stays of execution on January 29 …

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Tearful woman smiles at her friends as she's executed in Texas for torturing and beating mentally disabled man to death

• <b>Suzanne Basso, 59, was convicted in 1999 of being ringleader of a group of people who tortured and murdered Louis 'Buddy' Musso</b>• <b><br>Musso's body was found</b> …

Crime

Record number of people exonerated of crimes in US in 2013

The number of people exonerated after they were falsely convicted of crimes in the US has reached an historic high, with 87 walking free last year.<p>A new report from the National Registry of Exonerationsfinds that almost a third of the people in 2013’s unprecedented crop of exonerations were …