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Official: Nevada prison inmate, 55, dies at Vegas hospital

Oct. 15, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A prison official says a 55-year-old state inmate from Las Vegas who had several convictions on drug charges and was serving up to four years on a probation violation and weapon charge has died in custody. The Nevada Department of Corrections said Monday that Tony Lewis Traylor died Friday...

Kanye West to visit Trump, discuss prison reform, violence

Oct. 9, 2018 9:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rapper Kanye West has been invited to the White House. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says West is scheduled to have lunch with President Donald Trump on Thursday and meet with Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Sanders said on Tuesday they'll talk about manufacturing,...

Authorities investigating Marion County Jail inmate's death

Oct. 8, 2018 9:35 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate who was found unresponsive in his Marion County Jail cell. Thirty-three-year-old Joshua Ellis was found unresponsive by jail staff Saturday afternoon and was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later. He was arrested in July and was...

5 corrections officers hurt in assaults at Minnesota prison

Oct. 6, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say five corrections officers were injured by inmates at a Minnesota prison during two assaults within 35 minutes, the second of which prompted a temporary lockdown at the maximum-security prison. All personnel were treated at area hospitals and later released...

Rare death row slaying at California's San Quentin prison

Oct. 5, 2018 9:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — One condemned inmate killed another Friday, the first slaying of a death row inmate in California in more than 20 years, officials said. Jonathan Fajardo, 30, was stabbed in the chest and neck with an inmate-made weapon in a recreational yard of the cell house that holds the bulk...

Judge disturbed by string of deaths in county jail system

Oct. 4, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Six inmates have died in more than three months in the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County jail system prompting a Cleveland judge to stop sending people charged with non-violent crimes there. Cleveland Municipal Judge Michael Nelson said Tuesday the first thing he did after learning of the...

Manufactured weapons used in large fight at state prison

Sep. 30, 2018 3:18 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California prison officials say weapons manufactured by inmates were used in a "large scale incident" that injured several inmates. Vicky Waters with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation tells the Fresno Bee that inmates at two of Avenal State Prison's general...

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...

Authorities investigate death of Wyoming inmate in boot camp

Sep. 27, 2018 10:46 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a Wyoming inmate incarcerated in a boot camp program in Newcastle. The Casper Star-Tribune reports 22-year-old Tyler Lane was pronounced dead Thursday at the Weston County Health Services hospital. Authorities have not released his cause of...

4 inmates charged with killing prisoner in California

Sep. 25, 2018 9:18 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against four inmates accused of beating to death another man at a federal prison in California. Authorities say the indictment unsealed Tuesday charges the men with first-degree murder and conspiracy in the 2013 killing of a 38-year-old inmate at the...