Latest Prison riots News

Judge holds DC jail officials in contempt in 1/6 riot case

Oct. 13, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case involving a Jan. 6 Capitol riot defendant, a federal judge held the District of Columbia’s corrections director and jail warden in contempt of court Wednesday and asked the Justice Department to investigate whether inmates' civil rights are being abused. ...

Judge: Sentence in Capitol riot case should send message

Oct. 08, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

A federal judge said Friday he hopes a three-month sentence behind bars in a U.S. Capitol insurrection case will send a message to other defendants who don’t seem to be “truly accepting responsibility.” U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan spoke as he sentenced Robert...

South Carolina lawmakers OK $92 million in prison upgrades

Oct. 06, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina corrections officials will move forward with $92 million in improvement projects at prisons statewide after lawmakers' approval. The Joint Bond Review Committee's Tuesday approval marks the state's largest one-year investment in...

Ecuador declares prison emergency after 118 killed in riot

Sep. 30, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's president has declared a state of emergency in the prison system following a battle among gang members in a coastal lockup that killed at least 118 people and injured 79 in what authorities say was the worst prison bloodbath ever in the country. ...

At least 116 dead in gang battle at Ecuador jail; 5 beheaded

Sep. 29, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A battle between gangs in a prison killed at least 116 people and injured 80 in what authorities are calling the worst penitentiary massacre in Ecuador's history. At least five dead were reported beheaded, officials said Wednesday. President...

Friends from Ohio get 45 days in jail for Capitol riot

Sep. 29, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Federal prosecutors assert that everybody who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 should be evaluated individually when deciding whether a prison sentence is warranted. On Wednesday, a judge accepted the Justice Department's assessment that two friends from Ohio fall...

Gang clash at Ecuador prison kills 24 inmates and injures 48

Sep. 28, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A riot in a penitentiary in coastal city of Guayaquil killed 24 inmates and injured 48 more Tuesday, Ecuadorian officials said. A police and military operation managed to regain control of the Guayaquil prison after five hours, according to a...

Prison officials: Riot in Ecuador penitentiary leaves 24 inmates dead, 48 injured

Sep. 28, 2021 18:55 PM EDT
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Prison officials: Riot in Ecuador penitentiary leaves 24 inmates dead, 48 injured.

Sheriff: 12 inmates now charged in South Carolina jail riot

Sep. 22, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

A total of a dozen inmates are now facing charges after a South Carolina jail riot in which two guards were held hostage and injured. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced charges against 10 inmates during a news conference Wednesday in Columbia. Two other men were...

In edgy Washington, police outnumber Jan. 6 protesters

Sep. 18, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a city still on edge after the Jan. 6 insurrection, law enforcement bore down in large numbers on the Capitol on Saturday over concerns that a rally in support of the jailed rioters would turn violent. It didn’t. The crowd was sparse and incidents...