Latest Prison riots News

Advocate: Shootout in Venezuelan prison kills 11

May. 18, 2018 7:28 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Human rights advocates say 11 people died in a prison riot sparked by inmates who wrestled a gun from jailers, prompting an exchange of gunfire. A Window on Liberty prisoner rights group reported Friday that two guards and nine inmates died Thursday in the city of Barquisimeto; 28...

Utah man jailed in Venezuela pleas for freedom in video

May. 16, 2018 11:46 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Utah man imprisoned in Venezuela for two years without a trial is making an emotional plea for Americans' help getting out of a Caracas jail, saying Wednesday in a clandestinely shot video that his life was threatened during a riot in the country's most-notorious prison. In two...

Another inmate sues after South Carolina prison riot deaths

May. 16, 2018 8:04 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Another inmate stabbed during a prison riot that left seven inmates dead is suing the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Media outlets reported 21-year-old Reakwon Latray Watson sued this week, about four weeks after the deadly riot at the Lee Correctional Institution in...

Warrant: Prison guard stomped handcuffed S Carolina inmate

May. 11, 2018 4:07 PM EDT

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a South Carolina prison guard has been charged with assault and battery after he stomped on a handcuffed inmate. An arrest warrant said Antonio Burns attacked the inmate April 28 at Lee Correctional Institution — the same prison where seven inmates died in a...

Islamic militant, officer killed after Indonesia prison riot

May. 11, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A suspected Islamic militant fatally stabbed a police officer at a police detention center near Indonesia's capital before being shot and killed by another officer, police said Friday. The attack occurred late Thursday at the headquarters of the elite Mobile Brigade police in...

Report: Prison riot began after encounter with drunk inmate

May. 10, 2018 7:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities investigating a riot two months ago at a southern Arizona prison that left one inmate dead have concluded the violence was triggered by perceptions that corrections officers had used excessive force in dealing with another inmate who was intoxicated and combative. A contributing...

Prison chief says he will try to accept anonymous complaints

May. 10, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A state senator plans to travel across South Carolina with a special committee to hear from prisoners and employees about problems in prison, following a deadly riot last month that killed seven inmates and injured 22 others. Democratic state Sen. Karl Allen of Greenville said...

Militants surrender to end Indonesia detention center riot

May. 10, 2018 5:16 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Dozens of Islamic militant prisoners who took over a police detention center near Indonesia's capital and killed five officers surrendered to police Thursday, the country's top security minister said. The riot erupted late Tuesday at the headquarters of the elite Mobile Brigade...

5 police, inmate dead in Indonesia prison riot; hostage held

May. 9, 2018 12:38 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A riot at a police detention center near Indonesia's capital left five officers and a prisoner dead and another officer held hostage Wednesday. The Islamic State group said its fighters were involved in the violence, which officials said was triggered by a dispute over food....

The Latest: 6 killed in Indonesia prison riot

May. 9, 2018 2:42 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a prison riot in Indonesia (all times local): 1:35 p.m. Officials say five officers and one prisoner have been killed in a riot at a police detention center in a city near Indonesia's capital that authorities allege was earlier being targeted by Islamic militants....