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Cellmate Indicted in 2014 Asphyxiation of Md. Inmate

A state prison inmate is charged with first-degree murder in the asphyxiation last year of his cellmate at the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland.

04/13/2015

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Man Sentenced for Killing Murder Witness

A man convicted of killing a witness to a 2000 murder in Washington has been sentenced to 38 years to life in prison.

04/11/2015

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Senate: Life Without Parole Bill Needs More Work

A Maryland bill that would put prison sentences of life without parole in the hands of judges needs more time for consideration, lawmakers said.

04/08/2015

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Inmate Died From Steam, Burns After Damaging Heating Unit

Maryland’s prison agency says an inmate was accidentally scalded to death by steam and hot water after he damaged a heating unit in his cell at the Jessup Correctional Institution.

04/08/2015

An inmate talks to the press about the bad treatment they suffer inside the maximum security jail, Fraijanes II, located 36 km west of Guatemala City on April 23, 2010. Two guards of the prison system held hostage by prisoners demanding better care. In the detention center are held Mexican cartel members "Los Zetas" gang and the Mara 18.  AFP PHOTO Johan ORDONEZ. (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Commutes Sentences of 22 People in Federal Prison

President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentences of nearly two dozen drug convicts, including eight serving life in prison, in an act the White House said continues Obama’s push to make the justice system fairer by reducing harsh sentences that were handed down under outdated guidelines.

03/31/2015

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Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Take Step Forward in Senate

A bill is moving forward in the General Assembly that would restore an ex-felon’s voting rights while he is on parole or probation.

03/12/2015

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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.

03/10/2015

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Md. Lawmakers Consider Housing for Youth Charged as Adults

After 10 years as chief of the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, Capt. Michael Merican is in a situation he says isn’t just difficult, it’s impossible.

03/04/2015

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Police: Restraints, Taser Used on Va. Inmate Before Death

Police say an inmate who died in custody after a Taser stun gun was used on her had also been in restraints that included a lightweight mesh hood called a spit net.

02/19/2015

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Md. Inmate Convicted in Fellow Prisoner’s Killing

A state prison inmate is scheduled for a hearing in Hagerstown on allegations he fatally stabbed another inmate in a gang-related hit at the medium-security Maryland Correctional Institution.

12/01/2014

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