Latest Prison violence News

Guard linked to beating had been subject of complaints

Nov. 2, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A guard accused in a lawsuit of beating a female inmate so severely she was left paralyzed had previously been accused of trading cigarettes for sex, insubordination, harassing inmates and other actions at a Florida prison, according to a news report. Despite the long history of...

Records show Closs kidnapper fought New Mexico inmate

Oct. 30, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The man who kidnapped Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs and killed her parents got into a fight in a New Mexico prison with an inmate who asked about the case, showing how word of his crimes has spread and raising questions about whether moving him to an out-of-state lockup accomplished...

Inmate accused of trying to kill officer escapes from jail

Oct. 28, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate with a violent history of eluding law enforcement is on the run again. The Morgan County Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old John Kaleb Gillespie escaped from the jail in Decatur on Sunday. Sheriff's officials say another inmate helped Gillespie climb over a recreation...

Inmates say man who died of heart attack beaten by guards

Oct. 24, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Inmates at an upstate New York prison are contradicting an official report that a fellow inmate, who would soon be eligible to be released on parole after spending 25 years behind bars, died of a heart attack in January while being restrained by guards. In a report published by The New York...

Inmate convicted of murder in deadly prison breakout attempt

Oct. 21, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina inmate was found guilty Monday of murdering four prison workers during a failed escape attempt two years ago. Jurors deliberated for about half an hour before convicting Mikel Brady, 30, of four counts of first-degree murder in the state's deadliest attempted prison...

Plan to close notorious Rikers jail complex by 2026 approved

Oct. 17, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers voted Thursday to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect, and replace it with four smaller jails intended to be more modern and humane. The City Council voted 36-13 to replace the complex with four...

Missouri executes killer despite concern about painful death

Oct. 1, 2019 11:40 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri inmate was executed Tuesday for killing a man in 1996 in a string of violence that included several other crimes, despite concerns that the prisoner's rare medical condition would cause a gruesome lethal injection. Russell Bucklew was put to death at the state prison in Bonne...

Texas inmate executed for stabbing deaths of 2 stepsons

Sep. 25, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who claimed he was intellectually disabled was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in which his wife also died. Robert Sparks received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the slayings of 9-year-old...

Inmate sentenced in fatal 'Angel of Death' prison beating

Sep. 24, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio inmate has been handed a life sentence after pleading guilty to the fatal 2017 prison beating of a serial killer dubbed the "Angel of Death." James Elliott had been serving time for a series of burglaries. He admitted in court Tuesday that he fatally beat Donald Harvey at the...

Weapons, phones, drugs found after Oklahoma prison fights

Sep. 18, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials said Wednesday that numerous weapons, cellphones and drugs have been found by investigators following a series of apparently coordinated fights at six state prisons that left one inmate dead, dozens injured and prisons statewide locked down....