Latest Correctional systems News

Wisconsin man who kidnapped Jayme Closs gets life in prison

May. 24, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents after the girl told the judge she that wanted him "locked up forever" for trying to steal her. Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional...

Official: 29 inmates killed in Venezuelan jail riot

May. 24, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A showdown between armed inmates and guards in an overcrowded cellblock of a Venezuelan jail Friday left at least 29 prisoners dead, an official said. The clash started when inmates, many armed, refused to let authorities enter, fearing they would be robbed, said Humberto Prado of...

Wisconsin man will spend rest of life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her parents

May. 24, 2019 4:30 PM EDT
BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin man will spend rest of life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her parents.

A host of celebrities speak out on criminal justice reform

May. 23, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Kardashian West isn't the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It's a topic that was also very important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, and to Common, Kevin Hart and a host of others who consider the criminal justice system often unfair and dehumanizing. Hussle served time...

Kim Kardashian West locks arms with prison reform warriors

May. 23, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody are warrior attorneys with a mission: freeing drug offenders serving life in a federal system they're working to reform. When it comes to the cause, their energy is boundless, Barnett through her Buried Alive Project and Cody as founder of The...

Prisoner charged in cellmate's death has killed twice before

May. 23, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prisoner recently charged with murder in the death of a cellmate last April killed another inmate 17 years ago and was sent away for life for the fatal stabbing of his roommate in 1999. William Edward Tillman, 54, kicked Carl Pollen Jr. several times in the head and...

Inmate acquitted of guard's slaying in Delaware prison riot

May. 23, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — An inmate accused of leading a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison during which a guard was killed and other staffers taken hostage was acquitted of all charges Thursday and will soon be freed. A jury deliberated about nine hours over two days before declaring Roman...

The Latest: Inmate's wife says she knew he'd be acquitted

May. 23, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Latest on the acquittal of an inmate accused of leading a fatal riot at Delaware's maximum security prison (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The wife of an inmate accused of leading a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison during which a guard was killed and other staffers taken...

Jury acquits inmate accused of leading Delaware prison riot that left guard dead; charges included murder, kidnapping

May. 23, 2019 2:55 PM EDT
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Jury acquits inmate accused of leading Delaware prison riot that left guard dead; charges included murder, kidnapping.

Bureau of Prisons confirms release of 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh, captured on Afghanistan battlefield in 2001

May. 23, 2019 9:32 AM EDT
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Bureau of Prisons confirms release of 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh, captured on Afghanistan battlefield in 2001.