Romania probes hundreds of books written by prisoners
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Romania probes hundreds of books written by prisoners

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s crackdown on corruption and fraud in recent years has created a sudden and unexpected literary boom, as prisoners publish hundreds of non-fiction books on subjects as varied as soccer, real estate, God and gemstones. It’s quite a feat for inmates with no access to books or the Internet, often without … Continue reading

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Ex-Subway pitchman Fogle gets more than 15 years in prison
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Ex-Subway pitchman Fogle gets more than 15 years in prison

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on Thursday for trading in child pornography and having sex with underage prostitutes, with the judge describing his “perversion and lawlessness” as “extreme.” Judge Tanya Walton Pratt disregarded prosecutors’ recommendation that Fogle get 12½ years behind bars, opting … Continue reading

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Woman sentenced to prison for stealing from Norfolk firm

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former bookkeeper has been sentenced to 2½ years for embezzling almost $470,000 from her Norfolk employer. The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1NzOpSo ) that court documents say 37-year-old Katherine Albert-McNaughton also stole $520 that her co-workers tried to donate to children’s charities. U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen said that “takes it … Continue reading

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Ex-Va. Wesleyan student sentenced for identity theft

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former student at Virginia Wesleyan College student has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in federal prison for identity theft. The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1EvpU4h) reports 29-year-old Katecha Thomas was sentenced Monday for her guilty plea last year to aggravated identity theft and misrepresentation of a Social Security number. Court records show Thomas … Continue reading

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Former owner of Norfolk store sentenced in food stamp scheme

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The former owner of a convenience store in Norfolk will spend more than two years in prison for participating in a food stamp scheme. According to court documents, James Robert Carter allowed food stamp recipients to trade their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for cash. The 75-year-old Carter gave the recipients about half … Continue reading

Misery, tuberculosis in prisons of war-torn east Ukraine
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Misery, tuberculosis in prisons of war-torn east Ukraine

ZHDANIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — The colony of cats living on the grounds of the Zhdanivka penitentiary disappeared when battles in east Ukraine peaked. Talk in the prison is that inmates ate them when food deliveries stopped. Medical supplies have also been in short supply, threatening the lives of nearly 400 prisoners who need treatment. The … Continue reading

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Texas prison agency replenishes execution drug supply

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas prison officials have acquired a small supply of pentobarbital to replenish their dwindling inventory of the execution drug so lethal injections set for next month in the nation’s most active death penalty state can be carried out, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Wednesday, March 25. Four prisoners already have … Continue reading

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Young African American men more likely to be imprisoned than employed

by T’ney Stallings The United States has the highest rate of incarcerated juveniles verses other nations. According to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, about 70,000 juvenile criminal offenders live in detention facilities and about 68 percent are racial minorities. For every 100,000 African American juveniles in the United States, 521 are in a residential facility, compared … Continue reading