Latest Prison riots News

Jury selection complete in fatal prison riot prosecution

Oct. 12, 2018 8:44 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Jury selection is complete in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes following a fatal prison riot. With the process of picking jurors completed Thursday, opening statements and initial testimony are slated for Oct. 22. The four...

APNewsBreak: Prison riot defendant pleaded guilty months ago

Oct. 5, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware inmate who is a key prosecution witness in a deadly prison riot entered a guilty plea almost a year ago to charges stemming from the uprising, but the plea was not noted in court records until this week. Fifty-three-year-old Royal Downs, serving a life sentence for murder,...

South Carolina editorial roundup

Oct. 3, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Oct. 2 The Post and Courier of Charleston on the deadly prison riot in April: It's been more than five months since seven inmates were killed and 22 were injured in rioting at Lee prison, but no charges have been filed and there's not even an agreement on who...

9 inmates dead, 19 on the run in Brazil after prison break

Oct. 3, 2018 1:18 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Authorities in Brazil say nine prisoners have been killed and 19 are on the run after fleeing into a wooded area near a prison in the northern state of Tocantins. The state's Public Security Department said Wednesday that 28 inmates fled the Barra da Grota prison amid a riot that broke out...

Inmate convicted in Ohio prison riot fights execution date

Sep. 28, 2018 4:35 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An inmate sentenced to die in the slayings of five fellow inmates during a 1993 prison riot in Ohio is fighting a prosecutor's request to set his execution date. Lawyers for 49-year-old Keith LaMar told the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday the only evidence against him came from inmates...

Cascade County charges 14 inmates in regional jail riot

Sep. 25, 2018 9:57 AM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Cascade County prosecutors have filed charges against 14 inmates for a July riot that damaged the regional detention center in Great Falls. Officials say no one was injured during the four-hour riot on July 28, but inmates caused about $22,000 in damage to the building, including...

Execution date sought for convicted Ohio prison riot killer

Sep. 18, 2018 12:22 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to set an execution date for an inmate sentenced to die in the slayings of five fellow inmates during a 1993 prison riot in Ohio. Forty-nine-year-old Keith LaMar was convicted of aggravated murder in 1995 for the deaths of five inmates...

Judge lets ex-inmate's prison riot lawsuit proceed

Sep. 9, 2018 5:01 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a former inmate who says he was traumatized by a deadly Nebraska prison riot will be allowed to proceed. Judge John Colburn rejected a state bid to dismiss the lawsuit filed by John Wizinsky, according to Lancaster County District Court records. Colburn said in his...

Missouri prison recovering from riot

Sep. 9, 2018 11:32 AM EDT

CAMERON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri prison is struggling to recover from a riot and the following months-long lockdown. Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron is struggling to recover from the May 12 riot, the Kansas City Star reported . The facility houses about 1,500 medium and maximum security inmates....

Nebraska prison cell doors suddenly open, sparking fracas

Sep. 7, 2018 6:04 PM EDT

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — The doors on 16 cells at a prison that has a history of riots unexpectedly opened Friday, leading to one inmate being attacked and seriously injured and a fire set inside the prison, Nebraska prison officials said. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said in a statement...