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Woman who helped in Dannemora prison break is denied parole

Jun. 13, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The upstate New York prison tailor who helped two killers escape has been denied parole for a third time. A parole board decision released Thursday says Joyce Mitchell will remain behind bars for at least two more years. She's serving 2 1/3 to seven years for helping Richard Matt and...

'Texas 7' death row inmate claims judge was anti-Semitic

Jun. 11, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Jewish death row inmate who was part of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners has filed an appeal claiming the former county judge who oversaw his trial was anti-Semitic and frequently used racial slurs. Randy Halprin alleges in his federal appeal that ex-Dallas County Judge Vickers...

"El Chapo" mother says US approved visa to visit drug lord

Jun. 1, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The mother of convicted drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán said Saturday that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City granted her a visa so she can visit her son in prison. Sitting in a wheelchair in front of the embassy, Consuelo Loera said she and two daughters were both approved...

Brazil authorities transfer inmates after rioting kills 55

May. 28, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian officials said Tuesday up to 29 inmates blamed for killing sprees in several prisons will be transferred to stricter federal facilities, after two days of unrest left 55 prisoners dead and authorities rushing to prevent the violence from spreading. Fighting between inmates...

Wisconsin man who kidnapped Jayme Closs gets life in prison

May. 24, 2019 10:38 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...

Inmate escapes from jail where 5 broke out in March

May. 14, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An inmate has escaped from the same North Carolina jail where five inmates broke out in March. The Nash County Sheriff's Office says on its Facebook page that 29-year-old Terrell Gailand Miles escaped from the Nash County jail Tuesday morning. Deputies think Miles stuffed some items...

Families weep as trial opens in California warehouse fire

Apr. 30, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A prosecutor on Tuesday painted an emotional and dramatic picture of three dozen partygoers dying in a fast-moving fire during an unpermitted music concert in a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse more than two years ago, as trial started for two men each charged with 36 counts of...

California program aims to help inmates, brings more escapes

Apr. 26, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attempt to ease inmates back into the community is coming at a price: more prisoners, some with violent convictions, walking away before their time is up. Fifty of the state's more than 126,000 prisoners absconded last year, almost half of them from a program that...

Austrian prison escapee returns, fed up of life in the sun

Apr. 22, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A man who says he fled an Austrian prison over a decade ago has turned himself in to police in Salzburg, telling them he was fed up with living in Spain's Canary Islands. Police said the 64-year-old, carrying two suitcases, went to police at Salzburg's railway station Saturday night and told...