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    R. Kelly was removed from suicide watch after the disgraced R&B superstar's attorney said he was subjected to the 'harsh conditions' of isolation as a form of punishment. Kelly, 55, was returned to normal incarceration this morning at the Brooklyn prison where he is being held, according to a statement from the United States Attorney Eastern District of New York.  The statement did not address Kelly's state of mind or make any mention of why he was removed from suicide watch. Kelly was placed on watch on July 1 'for his own safety,' according to the US Attorney's office. His attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, filed a lawsuit requesting he be removed from watch hours later. 'MDC [Kelly's prison] has a policy of placing high profile individuals under the harsh conditions of suicide watch whether they are suicidal or not. MDC Brooklyn is being run like a gulag,' Bonjean wrote in the lawsuit.  The motion was rejected on July 2, and authorities said Kelly would be 'clinically assessed' throughout his watch. Though intended to preserve the lives of high-risk inmates, suicide watch can...
    A Minnesota transgender woman who is serving prison time on a drug charge is suing the state Department of Corrections for discrimination after she was incarcerated in a men's facility where she has faced sexual and verbal abuse. Christina Lusk, 56, has filed a lawsuit against the state corrections department seeking $50,000 in financial compensation because she was assigned to the men's prison and denied gender-affirming surgery. Lusk, who is legally recognized as a female, has asked to be moved from the men's facility in Moose Lake to the women's prison in Skakopee.   Lusk, of Minneapolis, came out as transgender 14 years ago, started human therapy, and legally changed her name in 2018. The following year she pleaded guilty to a felony drug possession charge. Jess Braverman, an attorney for the group Gender Justice, which is representing Lusk along with the Minneapolis law firm of Robins Kaplan, said her client is unsafe in Moose Lake. 'She's a woman, and suddenly she's placed in a men's facility. She's in a locked cell with a number of men, and she's really...
    DALLAS (AP) — Officials: Fugitive who escaped from prison bus killed by law enforcement south of San Antonio after exchanging gunfire. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CBS DETROIT) — A woman convicted of embezzling money from a 90-year-old woman in Montcalm County faces an additional charge and prison time for resisting arrest. According to the Michigan Department of Attorney General, Teri Miller was charged and pleaded guilty to resisting or obstructing a police officer. She received a one-year incarceration sentence with credit for 29 days served stemming from her arrest in the embezzlement case. READ MORE: Drivers Have Mixed Feelings Over Proposed Automated Speed Enforcement In Construction Zones“Those who attempt to harm law enforcement or evade justice in the course of officers executing their duties will be held accountable,” said Attorney General Dana Nessel. Officials say in March, Miller and her co-defendants were sentenced for stealing thousands of dollars from the 90-year-old woman who Miller was hired to care for. Officials say she accessed the woman’s bank account and used a credit card to obtain cash advances without the woman’s consent. READ MORE: Several Drownings Reported In Michigan Over Memorial Day WeekendIn that case, she received 57 months to 15 years in prison for the embezzlement...
    Details about the death of an inmate at a central Pennsylvania prison have been released by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Joel Vanderpool, 39, of Towanda, was found unresponsive in his cell during staff rounds at State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill on Wednesday, May, 4, according to Superintendent Laurel Harry. "Emergency personnel were notified and CPR was administered until Lower Allen EMS arrived," Harry says. Vanderpool was pronounced dead at 3:27 a.m., but the official cause of death will be determined by the Cumberland County Coroner's Office. Vanderpool was serving a 1-to 6-year sentence for Drug-Manufacture/Sale/Deliver or Possess with Intent To out of Bradford County, according to a release by the DOC. He was a father to three young girls according to his Facebook profile. He had been at SCI Camp Hill since April 12, officials say. Pennsylvania state police continue to investigate.
    (CNN)A convicted murderer who escaped from a Mississippi prison Saturday was captured Tuesday after he ran out of gas, according to prison officials.Michael Wilson was captured by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department after escaping from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County, Burl Cain, commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, said at a news conference Tuesday.Police captured Wilson after the 2007 blue Buick LeSabre he allegedly carjacked ran out of gas.Wilson initially fled the prison foot after being mistakenly held in minimum security custody instead of the maximum security, Cain said.The fugitive hopped over a 12-foot razor wire fence early Saturday morning and cut himself in the process. He then solicited an ambulance and "told the guy there that he was an FBI agent, and he wrecked his motorcycle, and he was bleeding," Cain said. He was then transported to a hospital.Read MoreAfter he left the hospital, Wilson went to an auto parts store, where Cain said he was bleeding profusely, prompting employees to call the police. Wilson used an alias and told police he had been in...
    By Mary Chappell CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for illegally possessing a loaded handgun used in the attempted murders of three people in Humboldt Park, officials said Thursday. Chicago Police officers responded June 5, 2020 to the 800 block of North Homan Avenue after hearing the sound of gunshots and found Eddie Jones, 28, running along the street. Jones tossed the gun — equipped with a laser scope and multiple rounds of ammunition — in a vacant lot, officials said. Police later found in the investigation that three people were wounded by gunfire moments before police found Jones. Jones pleaded guilty earlier this year to a federal charge of illegal possession of a firearm, officials said. He had previously been a convicted felon in state court for firearm-related offenses, and was prohibited by federal law from possessing the gun.
    ALEXEI Navalny has been rushed to hospital as his ongoing hunger strike sparks international fury over his welfare.     The Putin opposition leader is now on day 20 of his protest and could “die at any moment” if he is not given the urgent medical treatment for back pain and numbness in his legs and hand.   2Alexei Navalny is now fighting for his life after he was rushed to hospitalCredit: AP 2Vladimir Putin is now facing increasing international pressure over his welfare as US warns that there will be “consequences” if he diesCredit: Getty The news of his latest turn for the worst comes as the US warned that there will be “consequences” if he dies. Only on Saturday, the US President Joe Biden added his voice to the growing international chorus of protest at the treatment of the activist, describing his situation as "totally unfair.” The UK, France, Germany and the European Union have also expressed their concern over his treatment and have demanded his release. Navalny, 44, was imprisoned in February and is serving two-and-a-half years on...
    An Iranian man wearing a protective face mask waves an Iran flag. Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images Mohammad Mosaed is an Iranian reporter who has twice been arrested by the government. He fled Iran in January, following a prison summons for a five year sentence for "spreading propaganda."   The Committee to Protect Journalists awarded him its 2020 International Press Freedom Award. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Mohammad Mosaed, an Iranian freelance journalist who has twice been arrested by the government for his investigative reporting and criticism of Iranian officials, was detained by Turkish border officials earlier this year after fleeing Iran following a prison summons.  In January, Mosaed fled the country after he was summoned to begin a nearly five-year prison sentence. He told the Committee to Protect Journalists that he was detained by police at the Turkish border and feared he would be deported back to Iran. One Free Press Coalition reported that Turkish officials have promised Mosaed's lawyer he won't face deportation. Mosaed worked as a reporter for the Shargh Daily newspaper until July...
    SPRINGVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama prison inmate has died following an attack by a fellow prisoner, according to state corrections officials. St. Clair County Correctional Facility inmate Dexter Freeman, 38, died Monday from injuries sustained during an “inmate-on-inmate assault” at the Springville prison, according to the department of corrections. No additional details about the assault were released and the other inmate allegedly involved in the attack was not identified. Corrections spokeswoman Samantha Rose said the attack was being “thoroughly investigated.” An autopsy was set to be performed to determine Freeman’s cause of death, Rose said. The state inmate was serving a 15-year sentence for first-degree sodomy. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Alabama, Associated Press
    DETROIT — Families of men incarcerated at Michigan’s Kinross Correctional Facility believed its remote location would spare it from a deadly COVID-19 outbreak. For a while, they seemed to be right. Kinross, built on the grounds of a former Air Force base in the Upper Peninsula, is closer to Canada than it is to Detroit. Unlike most prisons in Michigan, Kinross had remained almost unscathed by the novel coronavirus with only one case between March and October. But on Oct. 28, corrections officials transferred nine prisoners to Kinross from Marquette Branch Prison, several hours west, where COVID-19 was running rampant. There were 837 confirmed cases by late October, 350 of which were still active when the men were transferred. Roughly three weeks later, Kinross had its first major outbreak, corrections department data showed. Though agency officials say it’s not because of the transfers, more than 1,100 prisoners have now been infected, at least seven have died and more than 100 guards have fallen ill. The prisoners who came to Kinross had been transferred twice, sent first to Marquette after...
    By CARY ASPINWALL of The Marshall Project and ED WHITE of The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Families of men incarcerated at Michigan’s Kinross Correctional Facility believed its remote location would spare it from a deadly COVID-19 outbreak. For a while, they seemed to be right. Kinross, built on the grounds of a former Air Force base in the Upper Peninsula, is closer to Canada than it is to Detroit. Unlike most prisons in Michigan, Kinross had remained almost unscathed by the novel coronavirus with only one case between March and October. But on Oct. 28, corrections officials transferred nine prisoners to Kinross from Marquette Branch Prison, several hours west, where COVID-19 was running rampant. There were 837 confirmed cases by late October, 350 of which were still active when the men were transferred. Roughly three weeks later, Kinross had its first major outbreak, corrections department data showed. Though agency officials say it’s not because of the transfers, more than 1,100 prisoners have now been infected, at least seven have died and more than 100 guards have fallen ill. The...
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Government officials say Australian academic freed from Iran prison after more than 800 days has arrived back home. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A convicted rapist has been arrested in Florida more than 40 years after skipping out on his Connecticut prison sentence and assuming a stolen identity, authorities said. Douglas Bennett, 76, was arrested Tuesday at his Clearwater home and charged with passport fraud and aggravated identity theft. He faces up to 12 years in federal prison, which would be served before any state sentence. A warrant for his arrest was still active from Connecticut. According to a criminal complaint, Bennett submitted a passport application in July 2016 using the name, date of birth and Social Security number of a person who was born in 1940 and died in 1945. Emergency contact information in the application led investigators to suspect Bennett’s true identity, which they confirmed with fingerprints after his arrest, the complaint said. Bennett was convicted in 1975 by a Connecticut jury of robbery, kidnapping, sexual contact, rape and deviate sexual intercourse. He was sentenced to nine to 18 years in prison but remained free on bail while he appealed. After losing his appeal, records showed Bennett...
    REPRESA (CBS13) — Corrections officials say about 20 inmates were involved in a riot at Folsom State Prison on Thursday morning. The incident happened just after 9 a.m. in one of the prison’s medium-security housing units while the inmates were in the middle of program activities. Correctional officers tried to break up the fight, but it took deploying chemical agents to stop the violence. After the fight, five inmates were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. No prison staff were hurt in the riot, officials say. More from CBS Sacramento: Stimulus Package Update: Why Testing Language Is Holding Up 2nd Checks Sacramento Downtown Businesses Complain Of ‘Severe And Worsening Conditions’ Sutter County Neighbors Complain About Smell Coming From Industrial Hemp Farm Exactly what led up to the fight is now under investigation. Officials say they have limited inmate movement as a result of the fight and to help investigate the incident.  
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Rioting at a prison in western Afghanistan has left at least eight inmates dead, provincial officials said Thursday. The violence erupted on Wednesday night at the prison in the city of Herat, the capital of western Herat province, according to Mohammad Rafiq Shirzai, a spokesman for the provincial health department. He said 12 others — eight inmates and four prison guards — were wounded in the outbreak at the facility, which holds around 2,000 prisoners. It wasn’t immediately known if there are any Taliban at the penitentiary. The rioting erupted after prison guards began clearing some partitions created by prisoners in the so-called Block 5 of the prison, said Jelani Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor. The police tried to collect “unnecessary items in the possession of the prisoners, which the prisoners resisted,” he said. One of the eight fatalities had gunshot wounds, Shirzai said, adding that the incident is under investigation. According to a provincial official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk...
    Convicted killer Erik Mendez is truly in a “high” security prison. The 49-year-old jailbird was sent to an isolation unit Monday after officials at the California prison intercepted a package of pot mailed to him, according to a report. Mendez — who slaughtered his millionaire parents in their Beverly Hills mansion in 1989 — was sent the special delivery while doing time at the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, TMZ reported. But the plan went to pot when prison workers discovered the weed, prompting officials to launch an investigation into whether Mendez was in on it, according to the outlet. Erik Menendez (left) and his brother Lyle at their retrial in 1995. AP Photo/Reed Saxon Road sign to R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility. Google Maps Ad Up Next Close China giving experimental COVID-19 vaccines to students studying abroad China is now offering an experimental “emergency-use” coronavirus vaccine that... 2 View Slideshow Back Continue Share this: Facebook Twitter Flipboard WhatsApp Email Copy October 14, 2020 Along with probing whether he knew about the half-baked...
    (CBSDFW.COM) – A Grand Prairie man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after officials said he pleaded guilty to drug crimes and then fled to Mexico, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday. Salvador Martinez, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine in January 2014. Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office said he then “failed to appear for sentencing.” After an investigation, Martinez was eventually found and captured in Mexico in December 2019. Officials said he was sentenced to 300 months in federal prison by a U.S. district judge. According to plea papers, Martinez admitted to conspiring with others to distribute meth in Texas and Mexico. A total of 23 people were indicted in the case, with 17 of them, including Martinez, who have pleaded guilty.
    ALBANY, New York -- The man who gunned down John Lennon outside his Manhattan apartment in 1980 was denied parole for an 11th time, state corrections officials said Wednesday.Mark David Chapman was denied after being interviewed by a parole board Aug. 19, according to corrections officials. Chapman, 65, is serving a 20-years-to-life sentence at Wende Correctional Facility, east of Buffalo.Chapman shot and killed the former Beatle on the night of Dec. 8, 1980, hours after Lennon autographed an album for him. He has said previously that he feels "more and more shame" every year for the crime."I was too far in," Chapman told a parole board in 2018. "I do remember having the thought of, 'Hey, you have got the album now. Look at this, he signed it, just go home.' But there was no way I was just going to go home."Chapman's next parole hearing is scheduled for August 2022.----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * Follow us on YouTube * More local news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts Submit a...
    Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin previews GOP coronavirus relief package Judge to order Michael Cohen be released from prison, returned to home confinement Michael Cohen book to allege Trump made racist comments about Obama, Nelson Mandela MORE was released from prison again on Friday to serve his three-year sentence from home a day after a judge ruled that prison officials had "retaliated" against the former lawyer to President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi says Trump decision to roll back fair housing rule is a 'betrayal of our nation's founding values' Trump says he would consider pardons for those implicated in Mueller investigation Fauci says that he and his family have experienced 'serious threats' during pandemic MORE. Cohen had been released to home confinement in May but was suddenly sent back to prison on July 9 over a dispute with corrections officials over the terms of his release. Cohen, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), sued for his release earlier this week, accusing prison officials of retaliating against him over his...
    Michael Cohen, the former lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives back at home after being released from prison during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., May 21, 2020.Brendan McDermid | Reuters President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen has been sent back to the same federal prison in New York from which he was released in May, a day after balking at a requirement that he refrain from speaking to the media or publishing a book while under home confinement. Cohen's lawyer Jeffrey Levine said in an interview that he is trying to speak with Bureau of Prisons officials to discuss what can be done to get him out of prison in Otisville. The attorney said Cohen is at risk of catching the coronavirus there because of pre-existing health issues. Cohen was released from Otisville in late May because of concerns he would become infected with the virus. Records show eight inmates and one staff member at Otisville currently have Covid-19.  Levine, who accused the BOP of issuing a...
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