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Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, appears before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather and her lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman during a virtual hearing in federal court in Washington, D.C., February 23, 2021 in this courtroom sketch.Jane Rosenberg | Reuters

WASHINGTON – A federal judge ordered the wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to remain temporarily detained after she her arrest at Dulles International Airport on drug charges.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the United States.

She faces a minimum of 10 years in prison or a maximum of life in prison and a potential fine of $10 million dollars.

Aispuro, a former beauty queen, has two children with the Sinaloa cartel boss.

The Justice Department also accused her of running her husband's multibillion-dollar cartel. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, is escorted by security as she leaves federal court, July 17, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.Drew Angerer | Getty Images News | Getty Images

The Justice Department accused Aispuro of helping her husband pull off a Houdini-like escape from a Mexican prison in 2015.

The Sinaloa cartel boss escaped from a maximum-security prison in July 2015 after slipping through a hole in the shower area of his cell. The 1 1/2 foot by 1 1/2 foot gap in the shower floor led to a custom-built tunnel nearly 30 feet below underneath the Altiplano prison complex. The tunnel was 5 feet high and nearly 3 feet wide and equipped with a ventilation system.

Joaquin Guzman Loera, also known as "El Chapo" is transported to Maximum Security Prison of El Altiplano in Mexico City, Mexico on January 8, 2016.Daniel Cardenas | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

The 2015 escape was the second time Mexican authorities lost custody of Guzmán. The Mexican farmhand turned powerful cartel leader first escaped from prison in 2001. He managed to evade capture for 13 years.

After more than six months on the run, Guzmán was captured in 2016 by Mexican authorities. He initially escaped prison in 2001. A year later, he was extradited to the United States. After a three month trial in 2019, the narco kingpin was sentenced to life in prison.

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Idaho Will Pay People Wrongfully Convicted $62,000 For Each Year Spent In Jail

A bill signed into law by Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Friday will pay thousands of dollars to individuals wrongfully convicted and sentenced to prison.

The law, passed unanimously by Idaho’s House and Senate, will compensate wrongfully convicted inmates for time spent on parole, in prison, and on death row. The testimony of Chris Tapp, an Idaho man who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1997, was a key driver of the legislation, according to the Idaho Falls Post Register.

Happy to sign SB 1027 — Idaho wrongful conviction act alongside Chris Tapp and Senator Doug Ricks. #IDLeg #IDpol pic.twitter.com/mZauf9GLom

— Brad Little (@GovernorLittle) March 5, 2021

“I’m grateful knowing that in the future when someone is exonerated this law will be in place to help them when they need it the most,” Tapp said. He had previously told the Idaho legislature that when he was released from prison, he had only the clothes on his back and the support of his family to help him get back on his feet. (RELATED: Netflix’s ‘Making A Murderer’ Shows Grim Reality Of False Confessions, Dassey Lawyers Tell Supreme Court)

Under the Wrongful Conviction Act, individuals who have their convictions reversed due to a finding of actual innocence may receive $25,000 for every year spent on parole, $62,000 for every year spent in prison, and $75,000 for every year spent on death row.

“This is the right thing to do,” Little said of the legislation.

Americans, regardless of political party, are increasingly in favor of criminal justice reform. A 2020 Associated Press poll found that 95% of Americans favor some sort of reform, although they were not required to specify what reforms they supported exactly.

Former Obama-era White House official and CNN commentator Van Jones worked with the Trump Administration to pass the 2018 First Step Act, and repeatedly praised former President Donald Trump for his stance on the issue.

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