Latest Prison violence News

Plan to close notorious Rikers jail complex by 2026 approved

Oct. 17, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers voted Thursday to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect, and replace it with four smaller jails intended to be more modern and humane. The City Council voted 36-13 to replace the complex with four...

Missouri executes killer despite concern about painful death

Oct. 1, 2019 11:40 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri inmate was executed Tuesday for killing a man in 1996 in a string of violence that included several other crimes, despite concerns that the prisoner's rare medical condition would cause a gruesome lethal injection. Russell Bucklew was put to death at the state prison in Bonne...

Texas inmate executed for stabbing deaths of 2 stepsons

Sep. 25, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who claimed he was intellectually disabled was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in which his wife also died. Robert Sparks received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the slayings of 9-year-old...

Inmate sentenced in fatal 'Angel of Death' prison beating

Sep. 24, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio inmate has been handed a life sentence after pleading guilty to the fatal 2017 prison beating of a serial killer dubbed the "Angel of Death." James Elliott had been serving time for a series of burglaries. He admitted in court Tuesday that he fatally beat Donald Harvey at the...

Weapons, phones, drugs found after Oklahoma prison fights

Sep. 18, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials said Wednesday that numerous weapons, cellphones and drugs have been found by investigators following a series of apparently coordinated fights at six state prisons that left one inmate dead, dozens injured and prisons statewide locked down....

Oklahoma prison violence appears gang-related, coordinated

Sep. 16, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Weekend fights at six Oklahoma prisons that left one inmate dead and more than a dozen others injured were apparently coordinated and the result of race-based gang tension inside the facilities, the head of a prison workers association said Monday. The first fight erupted Saturday at...

Texas executes man who killed woman during spate of crimes

Sep. 10, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate was executed Tuesday for fatally shooting a 61-year-old grandmother at her North Texas home nearly a decade ago during an eight-day spate of crimes that included thefts and another killing. Mark Anthony Soliz, 37, received a lethal injection at the state...

Coroner: Inmate's mysterious death was from natural causes

Sep. 5, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

A 21-year-old inmate in Pennsylvania whose death under mysterious circumstances sparked weeks of protest succumbed to natural causes, the coroner said Thursday. Ty'rique Riley had swelling in his brain and blood vessels, clots in his lungs and a failing kidney, ailments that likely progressed over days or weeks,...

Texas inmate executed for killing 2 women in 2003

Sep. 4, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing an 89-year-old woman and her daughter more than 16 years ago after entering their Fort Worth home under the pretense of doing some work for them. Billy Jack Crutsinger, 64, received a lethal injection Wednesday...

The Latest: Texas executes man for killing 2 women

Sep. 4, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Texas inmate (all times local): 6:50 p.m. A Texas death row inmate has been executed for fatally stabbing an 89-year-old woman and her daughter more than 16 years ago after entering their Fort Worth home under the pretense of doing some...