Prisons

In this April 14, 2009 photo, Fotios "Freddy" Geas appears for a court proceeding in his defense in the Al Bruno murder case, in Springfield, Mass. Geas and at least one other inmate are being investigated as suspects in the slaying of former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who was killed behind bars on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, less than 24 hours after being transferred to a federal prison in West Virginia, according to a former investigator briefed on the matter. The death of notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger marks the third inmate to be killed at a West Virginia federal prison in the last six months. (Don Treeger /The Republican via AP)
October 31, 2018 - 8:53 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A Mafia hit man who is said to hate "rats" is under suspicion in the slaying of former Boston crime boss and longtime FBI informant James "Whitey" Bulger, who was found dead hours after he was transferred to a West Virginia prison, an ex-investigator briefed on the case said Wednesday...
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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, then-Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. Five members of the Afghan Taliban who were freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured American army Sgt. Bergdahl have joined the insurgent group’s political office in Qatar, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. Bergdahl had been held in Taliban custody since 2009 when he wandered off a U.S. army base. In 2017, he was given a dishonorable discharge on charges of desertion.(AP Photo/Ted Richardson, File)
October 31, 2018 - 12:57 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Five members of the Afghan Taliban who were freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have joined the insurgent group's political office in Qatar, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. They will now be...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2011 file photo, Rodney Berget, who was convicted of killing a Sioux Falls prison guard during an escape attempt, is escorted to court in Sioux Falls, S.D. South Dakota has set Monday as the execution date for Berget. Berget is one of two inmates convicted in the 2011 killing of guard Ronald Johnson during a failed escape attempt at the state prison in Sioux Falls. The other inmate, Eric Robert was executed by lethal injection in 2012. (Elisha Page/Argus Leader via AP, File)
October 29, 2018 - 1:01 pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man who killed a South Dakota prison guard in a failed escape seven years ago is scheduled to be executed Monday after dropping his death penalty appeal. Rodney Berget, 56, will be put to death for the 2011 slaying of Ronald "R.J." Johnson, who was beaten with a pipe and...
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This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Greg Reinke. Prosecutors have charged two prison inmates, Reinke and Casey Pigge, in separate knife attacks at an Ohio prison that left a guard severely wounded and injured four prisoners unable to defend themselves because they were handcuffed to a table. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)
October 23, 2018 - 1:57 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors have charged two prison inmates in separate knife attacks at an Ohio prison that left a guard severely wounded and injured four prisoners unable to defend themselves because they were handcuffed to a table. The injured guard, Matthew Matthias, suffered 32 stab...
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October 22, 2018 - 3:51 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The young Joe Hunt once used his intelligence, a high-energy salesman's patter and powers of persuasion to get wealthy friends to invest in his Billionaire Boys Club to fuel an opulent lifestyle that abruptly ended with a first-degree murder conviction and a prison sentence of...
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014, file photo, prisoners from Sacramento County await processing after arriving at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California will reconsider life sentences for thousands of nonviolent third-strike criminals by allowing them to seek parole under a ballot measure approved by voters two years ago. Court documents obtained by the Associated Press on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 show Gov. Jerry Brown's administration will include the repeat offenders in Proposition 57's early release program. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)
October 18, 2018 - 2:25 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will reconsider life sentences for up to 4,000 nonviolent third-strike criminals by allowing them to seek parole under a ballot measure approved by voters two years ago, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday. The state will...
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Lavonia Fortner helps her father-in-law, John E. Fortner, search for memorabilia his wife collected, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. His wife died in 2010 but his home was destroyed by the storm. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
October 14, 2018 - 7:20 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on communities struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long is calling the damage left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he's ever seen. Long toured several towns in...
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FILE - This Jan. 14, 2000, file photo shows the exterior of the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown, Conn. Guards and inmates at the institution are on the same side of a legal fight against the state over radon. A ruling by federal judge last month will allow 13 inmates to move forward with a lawsuit that alleges the state confined them in inhumane conditions because of high levels of the radioactive gas. A group of 16 former guards and staff member sued in August. (Tom Kabelka/Republican-American via AP, File)
October 14, 2018 - 10:27 am
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Guards and inmates at a Connecticut prison find themselves same side of a legal fight against the state, which they say did not do enough to prevent their exposure to radon. A federal judge last month ruled against the state's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit by 13 inmates inside...
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Staff members of jailed councilman Fernando Alberto Alban Salazar embrace outside the Bolivarian National Security Service (SEBIN) headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek William Saab said Monday that Salazar, who was arrested on suspicion of involvement in a failed assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro, has died of suicide. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
October 09, 2018 - 10:28 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations said Tuesday it will investigate the death of an opposition councilman jailed by Venezuela's intelligence police on allegations that he plotted to kill President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuelan officials said that Fernando Alban killed himself by leaping from...
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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. Kanye West will visit the White House on Thursday to meet with President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner talk about manufacturing in America, gang violence, prison reform and Chicago violence. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
October 09, 2018 - 9:44 am
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...
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