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13Jan

1 of 6 Inmates Who Used Handmade Rope to Escape California Jail Captured, Officials Say

MERCED CO, CA – One of six inmates who used a homemade rope to escape from a jail in central California was arrested Tuesday, authorities said. Some of those still on the loose have been charged with murder or attempted murder. Edgar Eduardo Ventura, 22, of Portland, Oregon, was captured in the Firebaugh area, about…

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Jan

Female Inmate Firefighters Build Character but Often Can’t Use Fire Skills After Release

PHOENIX, AZ – May Tiwamangkala remembers mornings at Perryville Prison west of Phoenix, when the Wildland Fire Crew members began chanting and stomping their feet on concrete to let the rest of the prison know it was 5 a.m. On their training runs, she recalls, one veteran on the all-women crew would shout, “Who are…

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12Jan

Female Inmate’s Execution on Hold; 2 More Halted Over COVID

TERRE HAUTE, IN – The U.S. government’s plans to carry out its first execution of a female inmate in nearly seven decades were on hold Tuesday after a judge ordered a competency hearing, and two other executions set for later this week also were halted because the inmates tested positive for COVID-19. The three executions…

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Jan

Inmates, Corrections Staff Express Reluctance to Take the COVID-19 Vaccine

OKLAHOMA – Oklahoma inmates are experiencing their own version of pandemic fatigue. The corrections department has limited inmate movement and enforced a mask mandate for staff and prisoners since April. A systemwide lockdown prompted by gang fights at the three male prisons in late November has added an additional layer of restrictions over the past several weeks. A successful…

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Jan

Overnight Escape Reveals Rule Against Prison Guards Disturbing Inmates’ Sleep

MERCED CO, CA – A manhunt is underway for six inmates who broke out of a California prison by climbing to the 20-foot-high roof, an escape that wasn’t discovered until the next morning. “They used a makeshift rope out of braided sheets and were able to come down the side of that building,” Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said of…

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08Jan

Drugs Keep Pouring Into a St. Louis Jail After Several Overdoses

ST. LOUIS, MO – In December, FOX 2 showed you a police report revealing a drug overdose death no one seemed to know about. Just a few weeks later, drugs apparently kept pouring into the jail leading to more medical emergencies. On Dec. 4, you could see the urgency from first responders and hear it…

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