Latest Prison violence News

Death of Illinois inmate restrained by cops deemed homicide

Jun. 13, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The death of a 39-year-old inmate restrained by Sangamon County correctional officers and shocked with Tasers has been classified as a homicide, according to authorities. Jaimeson Daniel Cody died April 28 as he was being restrained and...

Deaths of 2 inmates at NW Indiana prison being investigated

Jun. 12, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

WESTVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the recent deaths of two inmates at a northwest Indiana prison, state correction officials said. Richard L. Canada, 39, died Wednesday at the Westville Correctional Facility, while Daniel R. Todd, 36, died May 29 at...

Prisoner stabbed, killed after fight in breakfast line

Jun. 11, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan prison inmate died Friday after being stabbed during a fight, authorities said. The fight involved more than a dozen inmates and occurred at the Cotton prison near Jackson, said Brianna Brugel, a spokeswoman at the state Corrections...

California prisoner stabbed to death; 2 inmates suspected

Jun. 11, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

DELANO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison inmate was stabbed to death Friday and two other men were identified as suspects, authorities said. Artemio Gomez, 40, was attacked at around 8:15 a.m. at Kern Valley State Prison, north of Bakersfield, according to a statement...

Overcrowding at W.Va. jail being investigated after fight

Jun. 10, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A fight that broke out at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville, West Virginia, involved makeshift weapons and left three inmates injured. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is investigating overcrowding issues at the...

7 people charged in fatal beating of man at jail

Jun. 09, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — At least seven people have been charged with murder in the fatal beating of an inmate at the Marion County jail. Martin Cruz, 38, died in October while in custody on child molestation charges, allegations that might have fueled the attack by other...

Embattled New Jersey corrections commissioner to resign

Jun. 08, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's embattled corrections commissioner announced his resignation Tuesday, a day after Gov. Phil Murphy said the state would shutter its long-troubled and only women’s prison. Marcus Hicks had faced sharp criticism in recent months from...

Murphy says he plans to close NJ's only women's prison

Jun. 07, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's long-troubled and only women's prison faces closure as details of “horrific attacks” by guards against inmates emerged in a new report, the state's governor said Monday. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy reached the decision to close the...

Inmate gets 8 years, plus 10 suspended, for prison killing

Jun. 07, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — An inmate at a prison farm was sentenced to 8 years in prison, plus an additional 10 years suspended sentence, for killing his cellmate in an argument over cigarettes. A judge in Knox County Superior Court sentenced Zachary Titus, 36, on Friday...

Report: Inmate's death at Ohio prison ruled a homicide

Jun. 03, 2021 10:50 AM EDT

ORIENT, Ohio (AP) — The death of an inmate who died in his cell at an Ohio prison earlier this year has been ruled a homicide. Michael McDaniel, 55, died Feb. 6 after he became combative and injured two guards who had tried to remove him from his cell at the...