• lawsuit Nov 4

    Ex-Jail Employees Sued for Playing ‘Baby Shark' on Repeat

    Three people are suing Oklahoma County jail employees who investigators found forced them to stand handcuffed for hours and listen to the children’s song “Baby Shark” on repeat.

  • Maine Oct 12

    Jails Dealing With COVID-19 Outbreaks in Maine

    The Penobscot County Jail is only accepting people arrested for the most violent crimes during a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility. The jail closed to most new arrestees last week after the outbreak was detected, Sgt. Jason Raymond told the Bangor Daily News. Sheriff Troy Morton sent out an email midweek to all the law enforcement agencies in the county...

  • unemployment Apr 1

    Inmate Ran Unemployment Scheme From Jail, Attorney General Says

    Inside the Worcester County jail, it was a strange piece of returned mail that tipped investigators off to an unemployment fraud scheme, Sheriff Lew Evangelidis said. The letter, intercepted by staff, was filled with personal information about inmates at the facility. “It certainly made us think, ‘Why would somebody be sending out all this personal information regarding somebody?’” Evangelidis recalled….

  • coronavirus Apr 1

    Benefits Behind Bars

    As many desperately wait for unemployment checks, Massachusetts authorities are addressing allegations that inmates are fraudulently collecting benefits.

  • St. Louis Feb 7

    Inmates at St. Louis Jail Set Fires, Break Out Windows

    Inmates at a St. Louis jail set fires, caused flooding, broke out fourth-floor windows and tossed a stationary bike, chairs, mattresses and other things

  • coronavirus Jan 16

    Infectious Disease Doctors Make the Case for Inmates Being Vaccinated

    The coronavirus vaccine rollout in Massachusetts moves into the next step of Phase 1 on Monday. The next group includes congregate care settings like group homes, shelters and corrections facilities. “They are deserving of health care,” said jail doctor Alysse Wurcel. “Treating these people who are in jail and preventing COVID in them is going to benefit everyone.” Wurcel is…

  • coronavirus Jan 14

    Gov. Baker Defends Decision to Vaccinate Inmates Before General Public

    Massachusetts will start vaccinating individuals living and working in congregate care facilities and prisons on Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday. The facilities include residential congregate care programs, group homes, residential treatment programs, community-based acute residential treatment programs, clinical stabilization programs, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters and veteran shelters. There are about 94,000 individuals who will be eligible to receive…

  • Michael Cohen Jul 24, 2020

    Government Defends Imprisoning Ex-Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen

    Prosecutors say President Donald Trump’s ex-personal lawyer was returned to prison because he refused to sign an agreement describing terms of his home confinement, not because he planned to publish a book critical of Trump

  • Michael Cohen Jul 23, 2020

    Government Defends Imprisoning Ex-Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen

    Prosecutors say President Donald Trump’s ex-personal lawyer was returned to prison because he refused to sign an agreement describing terms of his home confinement, not because he planned to publish a book critical of Trump.

  • shooting Jul 14, 2020

    Ex-San Diego Deputy Charged With Murder in Escapee Shooting

    A former San Diego County Sheriff’s Department deputy accused of shooting and killing a mentally ill man who had escaped custody outside the downtown jail in May has been charged with second-degree murder, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office confirmed Monday.

  • coronavirus Jun 12, 2020

    Mass. Sheriff Concerned About Virus-Related Inmate Releases

    A Massachusetts sheriff is raising concerns about jail inmates who are being released early because of fears about coronavirus outbreaks behind bars. Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi said Thursday that inmates released from his facilities have re-offended, found themselves homeless and relapsed into drug use. “This is literally a circus and it’s unfolding right before my very eyes. This...

  • coronavirus Mar 29, 2020

    Locked Up: No Masks, Sanitizer as Virus Spreads Behind Bars

    Health experts say prisons and jails are considered a potential epicenter for America’s coronavirus pandemic.

  • coronavirus pandemic Mar 22, 2020

    38 Positive for Coronavirus in NYC Jails, Including Rikers

    Mayor Bill de Blasio says officials are reviewing 200 inmates that could be released from New York City’s Rikers Island due to the spread of COVID-19. The announcement comes one day after officials revealed that more than three dozen inmates and employees had tested positive on Rikers Island. De Blasio said 23 inmates over 50 years old and at “low…

  • coronavirus Mar 19, 2020

    Get Out of Jail? Inmates Fearful of Virus Argue for Release

    Coronavirus has become a “get out of jail” card for hundreds of low-level inmates across the country

  • Texas Mar 6, 2020

    Texas Ice Cream Licker Gets Jail Time for Walmart Stunt

    A 24-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail for posting on social media a video last August of himself removing an ice cream container from a Texas market freezer, licking the contents and returning the container to the freezer. D’Adrien Anderson, 24, also was sentenced to an additional six-month jail term probated for two years and ordered…

  • Michelle Carter Jan 23, 2020

    Michelle Carter Released From Jail

    Michelle Carter, the woman convicted of manslaughter for urging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in text messages was released from a Massachusetts jail Thursday.

  • Texting Suicide Case Jan 23, 2020

    PHOTOS: Michelle Carter Released From Jail Early

    After serving less than a year in jail for involuntary manslaughter, 23-year-old Michelle Carter walked free on Thursday following her early release. Sentenced to 15 months in jail for urging her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to take his own life, Carter was released three months early for good behavior. Carter was 17 at the time of 18-year-old Roy’s suicide. In the days...
  • Jeffrey Epstein Jan 16, 2020

    Virgin Islands Suit Alleges Decades-Long Abuse by Epstein

    A lawsuit filed by prosecutors in the Virgin Islands says multimillionaire sex offender Jeffery Epstein used two private islands in the U.S. territory to engage in a nearly two-decade conspiracy to traffic and abuse girls. At one point, the suit filed Wednesday alleges, Epstein and associates organized a search party to catch a 15-year-old victim trying to swim away,...

  • shooting Jun 19, 2019

    11th Suspect Arrested in Dominican Republic in Ortiz Case

    Authorities in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday announced the arrest of an 11th suspect in the attempted killing of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz. An official identified the suspect as Franklin Junior Meran. The official, who agreed to disclose the information only if not quoted by name because they weren’t authorized to discuss the case publicly, told The...

  • shooting Jun 19, 2019

    11th Suspect Arrested in Dominican Republic in Ortiz Case

    Authorities in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday announced the arrest of an 11th suspect in the attempted killing of former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz. An official identified the suspect as Franklin Junior Meran. The official, who agreed to disclose the information only if not quoted by name because they weren’t authorized to discuss the case publicly, told The...

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