California prison riot leaves nearly 60 injured
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A riot at a central California prison Wednesday morning injured nearly 60 people and sent eight of them to the hospital, authorities said.
In Brazil, tough-on-crime approach packs prisons
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Another burst of violence at an overcrowded Brazilian prison where dozens of inmates died has prompted promises of more prison cells and more guards, despite expert warnings...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Four inmates allegedly involved in deadly clash between prison gangs have died of asphyxiation while being transferred to a safer lockup, authorities said Wednesday, as...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the deadly prison riot in Brazil (all times local):
Security officials in Brazil say four of the inmates allegedly involved in a deadly...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Relatives of inmates killed during a prison riot in northern Brazil gathered in the coroner's office Tuesday to identify the 58 victims, with some passing out at seeing the...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — At least 57 prisoners were killed by other inmates during clashes between organized crime groups in the Altamira prison in northern Brazil Monday with 16 of the victims being...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two lawsuits filed Tuesday allege that South Carolina corrections officials violated prisoners' constitutional rights by failing to prevent a riot in which seven inmates were...
COALINGA, Calif. (AP) — A riot involving dozens of inmates at a Central California prison has ended with three injuries.
State corrections officials say about 41 inmates were involved in...
New leader confirmed for Delaware’s troubled prisons
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm Democratic Gov. John Carney's nominee to lead the state's corrections system, which in recent years has faced a fatal...
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Prosecutors will press no further charges after a series of trial losses against inmates accused in deadly rioting at Delaware's maximum-security prison in 2017.
BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Two retired prosecutors have been hired to review the criminal investigation into the April 2018 prison riot where seven inmates were killed.
MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian families on Thursday buried victims of prison riots that left 55 inmates dead, as authorities confirmed they had received warnings of an "imminent confrontation"...
BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors are still working on their review of an investigation of a riot at a South Carolina prison that left seven inmates dead.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The latest on deadly violence at prisons in northern Brazil (all times local):
Brazilian authorities say 42 inmates have been found dead at three...
Prison guards injured in prison riot in Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) — Dozens of inmates in a Ukrainian prison rioted, set a fire and took guards and nurses hostage in an hours-long standoff on Monday that left four guards injured, officials...
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — An inmate accused of leading a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison during which a guard was killed and other staffers taken hostage was acquitted of all charges...
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Jury deliberations are set to begin in the trial of an inmate accused of leading a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison during which a guard was killed and other...
- Norfolk Daily NewsState senators criticize Corrections Director Scott Frakes for withholding report on deadly riotDecember 12, 2018
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — An inmate being tried for the murder of a correctional officer during a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison was the "puppet master" of the uprising, a convicted...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the takeover of a prison wing at an Alaska prison (all times local):
The Alaska Department of Corrections says prisoners caused an...
FRAIJANES, Guatemala (AP) — Gunfire during a riot in a Guatemala prison Tuesday left at least seven inmates dead and 10 wounded, authorities said.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial in a prison riot case amid allegations the Idaho Department of Correction withheld some evidence and may have altered a report.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Jurors in the trial of one of three remaining inmate defendants in a deadly riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison should use their common sense in deciding guilt or...
SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — Officials say nine inmates were injured during a riot at a North Carolina prison.
The N.C. Department of Public Safety says the riot occurred around 2:15 p.m. on...
BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A year after seven South Carolina inmates died in an insurrection, myriad security measures are in place to crack down on the illegal cellphone use that facilitated the...
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware prosecutors dismissed all but three remaining cases Friday against inmate defendants charged in a deadly riot at the state's maximum-security prison.
Trial over Delaware prison riot ends with no convictions
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The trial for four inmates charged with murder in a 2017 Delaware prison riot ended Monday with no convictions.
The Latest: DOC chief disappointed in prison riot verdict
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Latest on the verdicts of four inmates charged in the prison riot at Vaughn Correctional Center in February 2017 (all times local):
The commissioner of Delaware's Department of Correction says he's disappointed that a jury delivered no guilty verdicts against four inmates charged in the fatal prison uprising in February 2017.
Commissioner Perry Phelps said in news release Monday that the department is disappointed but respects the jury's decisions.
Jury begins deliberations in deadly prison riot trial
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A jury has begun deliberations in the second in a series of trials for inmates charged in a deadly Delaware prison riot.
News outlets report jurors began deliberations Tuesday afternoon. The four defendants in this trial — Obadiah Miller, John Bramble, Kevin Berry and Abednego Baynes — are charged with first-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, riot and conspiracy in the 2017 riot. Prison guard Steven Floyd was killed, and three other staffers were taken hostage.
Defense attorney questions evidence against his client
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The defense attorney for one of four inmates charged in a deadly Delaware prison riot has argued the evidence against his client is the product of lying "snakes."
Prosecutors calls inmates on trial ‘soldiers’ in deadly riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A prosecutor called on jurors in the second in a series of trials for inmates charged in a deadly Delaware prison riot to find the four men on trial guilty of murder.
News outlets report that in closing arguments Monday, Deputy Attorney General John Downs characterized the 2017 riot as a "violent takeover, not a protest" gone wrong. Prison guard Steven Floyd was killed, and three other staffers were taken hostage.
20 inmates charged in November Larned prison riot
LARNED, Kan. (AP) — Twenty inmates at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility face felony charges after a riot at the prison in November.
Pawnee County Attorney Doug McNett charged the inmates after a state prison official completed an investigation of the Nov. 6 uprising. McNett said in a news release Wednesday the 20 inmates were primarily responsible for the riots.
Second trial begins for inmates in Delaware prison riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The second in a series of trials for 18 inmates charged in a deadly Delaware prison riot began Monday with defense attorneys telling jurors that prosecutors will rely on testimony from convicted criminals who can't be trusted.
Execution date set for inmate convicted in prison riot
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date nearly five years in the future for an inmate sentenced to die in the slayings of fellow inmates during a 1993 prison riot.
Keith LaMar was convicted of aggravated murder in 1995 for the deaths of five inmates during a riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution in Lucasville. He received the death penalty for four of the killings.
Senators criticize handling of Nebraska prison-riot report
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers blasted state corrections officials for withholding a less-than-flattering report about the causes of a deadly 2015 prison riot, even though one of the report's authors acknowledged Tuesday that it contained no sensitive information.
Bert Useem, a Purdue University sociologist who co-authored the report, told a legislative committee that he didn't understand why the report wasn't disclosed until last month, during a civil trial related to the riot.
2 inmates stabbed during Southern California prison riot
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say two inmates have been stabbed during a riot at a Southern California prison.
California correction officials say 20 to 25 prisoners began rioting late Monday morning in a yard at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego.
Officials confirm suicide in death of prison riot suspect
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials have confirmed that the death last month of an inmate who was charged in a fatal prison riot last year was a suicide.
Delaware's public safety department confirmed in an email Friday that 30-year-old Kelly Gibbs killed himself on Nov. 22, just days after pleading guilty to rioting, kidnapping and conspiracy in the February 2017 riot. Officials refused to disclose how Gibbs died.
Prison riot erupts in eastern Yemen
CAIRO (AP) — Riots have broken out in a government-run prison in Yemen's eastern city of Mukalla.
Gunfire rang out Tuesday from the Central Prison of Mukalla, where more than 100 inmates had been transferred from a detention center run by the United Arab Emirates at the nearby Riyan airport. The Associated Press has documented rampant abuses at the Riyan detention center.
Lawyer: Death of inmates in riot trial due to ongoing abuse
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A lawyer suing Delaware prison officials says ongoing abuse and neglect is to blame for the recent deaths of two inmates who witnessed a fatal prison riot last year.
Judge has conflict in Nebraska riot case, declares mistrial
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Testimony in a trial for a former Nebraska inmate's lawsuit against the state over a 2015 prison riot was cut short Wednesday, when a judge declared a mistrial after recusing himself.
Another inmate involved in Delaware prison riot has died
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Department of Correction says another inmate involved in a fatal prison riot last year has died.
The News Journal of Wilmington reports an agency statement that says 30-year-old Kelly Gibbs died Thursday morning. The statement says foul play isn't suspected. No other details have been released.
1 inmate found guilty of murder in Delaware prison riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — One of three inmates on trial for a deadly Delaware prison riot was found guilty of murder Tuesday, the first verdicts in a case that will involve 17 inmates over the next several months.
A New Castle County jury found Dwayne Staats, 37, guilty of felony first-degree murder, first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, two counts of assault, four counts of kidnapping and second-degree conspiracy.
Jury deliberations set in trial over fatal prison riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Jurors are set to begin deliberating Friday in the trial of three Delaware inmates charged in a deadly prison riot.
The jury heard closing arguments Thursday in the trial of Jarreau Ayers and Dwayne Staats, both 37, and Deric Forney, 29. The three are the first among 17 inmates charged in the February 2017 riot to be tried. The others will be tried in groups over the next several months.
Inmate charged in fatal riot denies committing violence
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware inmate charged in a deadly prison riot testified Tuesday that he did not assault or kill anyone, and that he was expecting inmates to stage a peaceful protest about prison conditions.
Jarreau Ayers, who is acting as his own attorney, took the stand to give his account of what happened during the February 2017 riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison, where a guard was killed and three other staffers taken hostage.
Man called ‘mastermind’ of prison riot severed from trial
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware inmate accused by prosecutors of being the "mastermind" behind a deadly prison riot last year has been dismissed from a trial at which he and three other inmates were facing murder and kidnapping charges, a judge told jurors Tuesday.
Prison riot trial temporarily halted because of legal issues
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A judge has temporarily halted the trial of four inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes after a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison that left a guard dead.
The trial was to have resumed Monday with testimony from a convicted murderer who defense attorneys say played a key role in the February 2017 uprising but was allowed to plead guilty to a single count of riot after agreeing to testify for the prosecution.
Defense says witness played major role in prison riot
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The star prosecution witness in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes after a fatal prison riot played a key role in the disturbance and likely ordered the killing of a prison guard, a defense attorney claimed during opening statements Monday.
Jury selection complete in fatal prison riot prosecution
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Jury selection is complete in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes following a fatal prison riot.
With the process of picking jurors completed Thursday, opening statements and initial testimony are slated for Oct. 22.
The four defendants are among 18 inmates charged in the riot. One inmate has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the others, who will be tried in five separate groups.
APNewsBreak: Prison riot defendant pleaded guilty months ago
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware inmate who is a key prosecution witness in a deadly prison riot entered a guilty plea almost a year ago to charges stemming from the uprising, but the plea was not noted in court records until this week.
South Carolina editorial roundup
Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers:
The Post and Courier of Charleston on the deadly prison riot in April:
It's been more than five months since seven inmates were killed and 22 were injured in rioting at Lee prison, but no charges have been filed and there's not even an agreement on who will prosecute the cases. That's unacceptable.