Court OKs Automatic Solitary for Virginia Death Row Inmates

A divided federal appeals court has upheld Virginia’s policy of automatically holding death row inmates in solitary confinement.


File photo of a jail cell block. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Md., Va. Prison Populations Way Down

Maryland and Virginia are among nine states that saw their prison populations drop by more than 1,000 last year, which is indicative of a nationwide trend.


(File photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Jail Helps Inmates Vote, A Rarity Nationwide

There’s one polling place in Washington where all the voters are dressed alike. And when they finish casting their ballots, they head back to their cell block, not to work.


Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

Correctional Officer Accused Of Having Sex With Inmates In Exchange For Cigarettes

State officials say a correctional officer accused of having sex with Southern Regional Jail inmates has worked there since September 2008 and hasn’t worked at any other West Virginia jails.


File photo of a prison van. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Jail Van Carrying 12 Inmates Wrecks In Suffolk

A dozen inmates went to the hospital after a jail van they were riding in hit a tree in Suffolk.


File photo of prostitutes. (credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Military Contractor Sets Up Sexual Trysts Between Inmates, Prostitutes

A contractor employee at Fort Lee who allowed inmates he supervised to have sex with prostitutes will spend four months on probation.