Prison

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said continues Obama’s push to make the justice system fairer by reducing harsh sentences that were handed down under outdated guidelines.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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Man Who Sold House He Didn’t Own Sentenced

A man federal prosecutors say fraudulently sold a house owned by a man who was out of the country caring for his sick mother has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.

11/01/2014

Murder suspect Rodriquez Purnell, 30, was accidentally released Friday from the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore. (Photo from CBS Baltimore/WJZ-13)

Employee on Leave After Baltimore Murder Suspect Released

Corrections officials say a breach in protocol led to the accidental release of a murder suspect in Baltimore.

10/21/2014

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Colombian Man Gets 3 Years For Md., Va. Burglaries

A Colombian man in the U.S. illegally has been sentenced to three years in prison after prosecutors say he and his Houston-based crew burgled at least 12 homes in Virginia and Maryland.

10/03/2014

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

Prison Guards Face Suit for Pepper Spraying Inmate

A Maryland federal court case alleging excessive force by prison guards against an inmate has been revived by an appeals court.

09/13/2014

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