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    By EVENS SANON, Associated Press CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti (AP) — At least seven people were killed and one injured on Thursday after several inmates tried to escape from a prison in Haiti’s capital, witnesses said. The incident occurred in northeast Port-au-Prince at the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison, which is known for a 2014 breakout in which more than 300 inmates escaped. Residents in the area who declined to be identified out of concern for their safety told The Associated Press that they observed a group of heavily armed men start shooting at prison guards before the inmates began to flee. One escapee, 37-year-old Jhon Hippolyte, was shot in the back. He told the AP that he was serving a sentence for murder and was in the infirmary when he noticed everybody running and decided to join them. AP journalists saw the bodies of at least seven men along streets near the prison....
    CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti (AP) — At least seven people were killed and one injured on Thursday after several inmates tried to escape from a prison in Haiti’s capital, witnesses said. The incident occurred in northeast Port-au-Prince at the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison, which is known for a 2014 breakout in which more than 300 inmates escaped. Residents in the area who declined to be identified out of concern for their safety told The Associated Press that they observed a group of heavily armed men start shooting at prison guards before the inmates began to flee. One escapee, 37-year-old Jhon Hippolyte, was shot in the back. He told the AP that he was serving a sentence for murder and was in the infirmary when he noticed everybody running and decided to join them. AP journalists saw the bodies of at least seven men along streets near the prison. They had been shot....
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The number of inmates who have died in riots at multiple prisons in Ecuador this week increased to 79 on Wednesday after authorities regained control of the facilities in three cities. Hundreds of police officers and military personnel converged on the prisons after apparently coordinated fights broke out in the maximum security wings as rival gangs fought for leadership within the detention centers. Authorities have said the clashes that began Monday night were precipitated by a search for weapons carried out at the facilities in the South American nation. The national agency responsible for the prisons said 37 inmates died in the Pacific coast city of Guayaquil, 34 in the southern city of Cuenca and eight in the central city of Latacunga. Some 70% of the country’s prison population lives in the centers where the unrest occurred. On Tuesday, television footage showed some prisoners jumping from...
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The number of inmates who have died in riots at multiple prisons in Ecuador this week increased to 79 on Wednesday after authorities regained control of the facilities in three cities. Hundreds of police officers and military personnel converged on the prisons after apparently coordinated fights broke out in the maximum security wings as rival gangs fought for leadership within the detention centers. Authorities have said the clashes that began Monday night were precipitated by a search for weapons carried out at the facilities in the South American nation. The national agency responsible for the prisons said 37 inmates died in the Pacific coast city of Guayaquil, 34 in the southern city of Cuenca and eight in the central city of Latacunga. Some 70% of the country’s prison population lives in the centers where the unrest occurred. On Tuesday, television footage showed some prisoners jumping from...
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Sixty-two inmates have died in riots at prisons in three cities in Ecuador as a result of fights between rival gangs and an escape attempt, authorities said Tuesday. Prisons Director Edmundo Moncayo said in a news conference that 800 police offices have been helping to regain control of the facilities. Hundreds of officers from tactical units had been deployed since the clashes broke out late Monday. Moncayo said that two groups were trying to gain “criminal leadership within the detention centers” and that the clashes were precipitated by a search for weapons carried out Monday by police officers. Photographs and videos on social media show alleged inmates decapitated and dismembered amid pools of blood. Deadly prison riots have happened relatively frequently in recent years in Ecuador, whose prisons were designed for some 27,000 inmates but house about 38,000. President Lenín Moreno tweeted that he has ordered...
    More than 50 inmates have been confirmed dead following a series of riots at three prisons in Ecuador, authorities announced. The uprisings were reported Tuesday morning after several criminal groups battling for control inside the penitentiary systems clashed, the Ecuador National Police said via a statement.  Images from the bloody carnage that were posted on social media showed several prisoners posing with the severed heads of their rivals while several bodies of dead inmates were lying on top of each other. A video recorded by a detainee also captured the gruesome moment a prisoner repeatedly stabbed another inmate with a butcher's knife.  At least 38 prisoners died during a rebellion in the B wing of the Turi Social Rehabilitation Center in the southern city of Cuenca, according to Ecuador's Attorney General's Office.    WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT  The body of an inmate lies inside a cell at one of the three prisons...
    JEFFREY Epstein was suicidal in prison overs fears the government wanted him dead as other inmates extorted cash from him, it is claimed. Fellow prisoners have revealed the hellish conditions which the sex trafficker faced inside before he was found dead in his cell in August last year. 4Jeffrey Epstein was left 'suicidal' in prison after being shaken down by fellow inmates and being treated like 'crap' by guards, it is claimedCredit: AP:Associated Press The multi-millionaire pedophile became suicidal after being shaken down by other criminals and being abused by staff at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, a report says. It is claimed prison guards made Epstein sleep on the floor and served him burnt food which was infested with bugs. One inmate told the New York Daily News: "He was saying he’s going to kill himself because the government is trying to kill him anyway." Angelique Lopez, the...
    GREENWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — One of two inmates who died of a suspected overdose had been incarcerated for less than a day, authorities said. Three inmates were found unresponsive Saturday in a quarantine cell at the North Central Regional Jail, said Lawrence Messina, a spokesman for the state Department of Homeland Security. Two of the inmates were pronounced dead about an hour later. Messina said David Eugene Smith, 40, had been jailed Friday evening on charges out of Marion County including forgery, uttering, possession with intent and conspiracy, The Exponent Telegram reported. The second inmate, Jeremy Imani Carter, 31, had been incarcerated since July 22 on an alleged parole violation from a Harrison County grand larceny conviction, Messina said. The third inmate was treated at a hospital before being returned to jail. The incident is under internal review as well as being investigated by State Police, Messina said. Copyright 2020...
    Prison guards opened fire on inmates to control a riot in Sri Lanka Sunday, leaving more than 50 injured and 8 dead. The riot broke out after inmates with COVID-19 were transferred into the Mahara prison from other facilities, according to the New York Post. Sri Lanka has seen a surge in coronavirus cases, and prisons have reported thousands of new cases, according to The Express Tribune. Inmates destroyed much of the property while attempting to take over the prison and break free. Hundreds of police arrived to help the guards, reported the New York Post. (RELATED: Over 100 Prisoners Riot After Coronavirus Outbreak At Washington Correctional Center) Family members of the prisoners argue with a police officer following unrest at Mahara Prison, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka November 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte A majority of the injured prisoners were in critical condition, said the director of the...
    A handful of prisoners in Sri Lanka were killed during a riot, calling for increased coronavirus protection measures. The clash, which left eight dead and more than 50 injured, happened on Sunday at the Mahara prison located on the outskirts of Colombo, according to CNN. It started when some of the prisoners began protesting against COVID-19 positive inmates getting transferred from other facilities to their own. Inmates set fire to the kitchen after escaping from their cells and took two guards hostage, Al-Jazeera reported. Hundreds of additional officers were dispatched to the prison to quell the unrest. "We can't say it for certain, but most of the deaths and injuries appear to be due to gunshots," Ajith Rohana, a senior police official tracking the incident, said. Rohana also noted that “The unrest situation turned into a prison riot,” with inmates trying to take over the prison with hundreds attempting to...
    At least eight inmates were killed and more than 50 injured when guards opened fire to control a riot in a Sri Lankan prison, officials said. The unrest broke out Sunday over inmates infected with COVID-19 being transferred from other facilities to the prison in Mahara, which is on the outskirts of the capital of Colombo. Prisoners have held protests in recent weeks at several facilities to demand more COVID-19 testing and separate isolation facilities for sick inmates. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said “the unrest situation turned into a prison riot,” with inmates on Sunday attempting to take over the prison and hundreds trying to break free. The detainees “reportedly destroyed most of the property, including offices inside the prison,” Rohana said. Hundreds of additional police came to provide reinforcement for the guards and strengthen the security at the prison. “A majority of prisoners injured in the Mahara jail clashes...
    Colombo, Sri LankaAt least eight prisoners were killed and more than 50 injured in clashes with guards at a Sri Lankan prison, officials said on Monday, as authorities tried to quell a protest over rising corornavirus infections in the country's crowded jails.Sri Lanka has witnessed an upsurge in coronavirus cases in the past month and over-congested prisons across the country have reported thousands of fresh infections.Inmates have staged protests in recent weeks demanding an increase in coronavirus testing and new isolation facilities for infected prisoners.The latest clash at Mahara prison situated on the outskirts of the capital Colombo started on Sunday when some inmates protested against prisoners infected by the Covid-19 virus being transferred from other facilities to Mahara.Prison inmates are twice as likely to die of Covid-19 than those on the outside, new report finds"We can't say it for certain but most of the deaths and injuries appear to...
    COLOMBO (Reuters) - At least eight prisoners were killed and more than 50 injured in clashes with guards at a Sri Lankan prison, officials said on Monday, as authorities tried to quell a protest over rising corornavirus infections in the country's crowded jails. Sri Lanka has witnessed an upsurge in coronavirus cases in the past month and over-congested prisons across the country have reported thousands of fresh infections. Inmates have staged protests in recent weeks demanding an increase in coronavirus testing and new isolation facilities for infected prisoners. The latest clash at Mahara prison situated on the outskirts of the capital Colombo started on Sunday when some inmates protested against prisoners infected by the Covid-19 virus being transferred from other facilities to Mahara. "We can't say it for certain but most of the deaths and injuries appear to be due to gunshots," said Ajith Rohana, a senior police official tracking the...
    COLOMBO – Six inmates were killed and 35 others were injured when guards opened fire to control a riot at a prison on the outskirts of Sri Lanka's capital, officials said Monday. Two guards were critically injured, they said. Pandemic-related unrest has been growing in Sri Lanka’s overcrowded prisons. Inmates have staged protests in recent weeks at several prisons as the number of coronavirus cases surges in the facilities. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said inmates created “unrest” Sunday at Mahara prison, about 15 kilometers (10 miles) north of Colombo, and officials attempted to control the situation. But “the unrest situation turned into a prison riot,” he said, adding that prisoners tried to take control of the prison and hundreds attempted to escape. The inmates “reportedly destroyed most of the property including offices inside the prison,” Rohana said. The guards opened fire, and the clash left six inmates dead and...
    By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI, Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Six inmates were killed and 35 others were injured when guards opened fire to control a riot at a prison on the outskirts of Sri Lanka's capital, officials said Monday. Two guards were critically injured, they said. Pandemic-related unrest has been growing in Sri Lanka’s overcrowded prisons. Inmates have staged protests in recent weeks at several prisons as the number of coronavirus cases surges in the facilities. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said inmates created “unrest” Sunday at Mahara prison, about 15 kilometers (10 miles) north of Colombo, and officials attempted to control the situation. But “the unrest situation turned into a prison riot,” he said, adding that prisoners tried to take control of the prison and hundreds attempted to escape. The guards opened fire, and the clash left six inmates dead and 35 injured, he said. Two prison officers were...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least one inmate was killed and three others injured on Sunday when inmates clashed with the prison officers at a facility on the outskirt of the capital Colombo, officials said. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said inmates created “unrest” on Sunday at the Mahara prison located about 15 kilometers north of Colombo and prison officials took steps to control the situation. In the ensuing commotion, one inmate died and three others have been hospitalized, he said, adding that additional police teams have been deployed to help the the prison officers. He said police will launch an investigation on the incident. Sunday’s incident comes as pandemic-related unrests have been growing in Sri Lanka’s overcrowded prisons. Inmates have staged protests in recent weeks in several prisons as the number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases surge in the overcrowded facilities. In a similar unrest last week, an inmate...
    Disturbing new images show Texas inmates loading dozens of bodies into refrigerated trucks behind an overflowing El Paso morgue amid a new surge in coronavirus cases. The photos show a half dozen prisoners from the county jail — all wearing striped jailhouse uniforms — stacking bodies three and four high, and loading them into trailers lined up in the parking lot of the El Paso County Medical Examiner’s Office on Saturday. The inmates, who are paid $2 an hour to be part of the grim detail, are seen wheeling body after body to the trailers, where they are stacked on shelves. In one particularly haunting image, the prisoners are seen on the back of a trailer waiting to load another body, just on the other side of a chain-link fence from a cemetery. Between four and 10 prisoners volunteered for the task and were given masks, gloves, and other protective...
    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...
    Nine inmates were killed Friday when members of rival gangs in an overcrowded Philippine prison attacked each other using improvised knives, an official said, in one of the deadliest jail clashes in years. The pre-dawn fight broke out in suburban Manila's New Bilibid Prison, the country's largest, which holds more than 28,000 convicts in a complex designed for around 6,000. 'We counted nine bodies,' said Gabriel Chaclag, spokesman for the Bureau of Corrections, after guards restored order. 'They stabbed each other using improvised sharpened objects.' Prisoners gather outside their cells inside the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines in October last year. Nine inmates were killed at the New Bilibid prison early this morning after a fight broke out between rival gangs RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Philippines President Duterte pardons US marine, 25, who... 'Most...
    North Korean prisoners are forced to drink river water tainted with the ashes of their dead fellow inmates – and all for the crime of watching a foreign soap opera. The horrific reality of life within Kim Jong-un's gulags was exposed by former prisoners who survived the living nightmare of Chongori concentration camp. It's a camp where North Koreans can find themselves locked up for acts as innocuous as watching South Korean TV or following the Christian faith.  One former prisoner recalled: 'Every Monday, we burned the corpses… there's a place that looked like a house, and we piled the corpses in the round tank in it.  The Kyo-hwa-so (reeducation camp) No. 12 – is in North Hamgyong Province, in North Korea's far northeast. The size of the facility is around six acres and it is estimated the 4,000 men and 1,000 women are detained there  A map...
    Prisoners incarcerated in a notorious North Korean gulag camp have been forced to drink river water tainted with the ashes of their dead fellow inmates, according to a report. Those who survived the Chongori concentration camp in the northeastern reaches of the Hermit Kingdom exposed the nightmarish realities of being locked up under the repressive regime of Kim Jong Un, the Mirror reported. North Koreans can land in the hellhole for transgressions including watching South Korean TV and practicing Christianity, according to the outlet, which cited a new report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. Chongori has a high mortality rate due to “injury, illness, or physical and mental abuse by prison officials,” according to the report. “Every Monday, we burned the corpses… there’s a place that looked like a house, and we piled the corpses in the round tank in it,” a former prisoner said. “The...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico announced Monday it will close the “Puente Grande” federal prison made famous by the 2001 escape of convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The prison was known for such lax standards that it earned the nickname “Puerta Grande,” or “Big Door.” The federal Public Safety Department did not give a specific reason for the closure, but said it was part of a modernization effort aimed at ensuring prisoners’ rights and rehabilitation. The department said Monday all inmates currently at the prison will be transferred to other facilities. The complex, near the western city of Guadalajara, also houses at least one other state prison; it was not clear if that would remain open. Guzman was serving a 20-year sentence when he escaped from the prison in 2001, purportedly in a laundry cart. According to other versions, he simply paid off prison staff...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Two inmates have died in as many days from coronavirus at the federal prison complex where the U.S. government plans to carry out two executions next week. The virus deaths are likely to raise alarm with advocates and lawyers for the condemned men over the spread of coronavirus at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. As of Tuesday, more than 40 inmates had confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the agency’s statistics. The executions of Christopher Andre Vialva and William Emmett LeCroy are scheduled to be carried out at the prison complex next week. The government carried out three executions in July and two executions in August. The Bureau of Prisons said a 53-year-old inmate, Tim Hocutt, died Monday at the Terre Haute facility. Hocutt, who was serving a 13-year sentence for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, had reported that he...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two inmates have died in as many days from coronavirus at the federal prison complex where the U.S. government plans to carry out two executions next week. The virus deaths are likely to raise alarm with advocates and lawyers for the condemned men over the spread of coronavirus at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. As of Tuesday, more than 40 inmates had confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the agency’s statistics. The executions of Christopher Andre Vialva and William Emmett LeCroy are scheduled to be carried out at the prison complex next week. The government carried out three executions in July and two executions in August. The Bureau of Prisons said a 53-year-old inmate, Tim Hocutt, died Monday at the Terre Haute facility. Hocutt, who was serving a 13-year sentence for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, had reported that he was suffering...
    SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County inmate who was found dead in July overdosed on methamphetamine, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. The agency released the findings on the death of Eric McCuiston, 41, on Friday. The cause of death was determined to be methamphetamine toxicity, and the death has been ruled an accident. McCuiston was pronounced dead around 1:45 a.m. on July 5. According to a facility incident report obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders, a Bexar County detention officer was delayed in reporting the emergency when McCuiston was found unresponsive due to his radio dying. The report indicates that two inmates serving meals discovered that something was wrong with McCuiston around 1:15 a.m. “Hey boss, I think we have a dead body,” one of the inmates told the detention officer responsible for the report. The officer wrote that he then ran upstairs to McCuiston’s cell and found him...
    A Connecticut prison inmate was found dead this week with a cloth mask intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus tied around his neck. His death was ruled as a suicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, CNN reported. Daniel Ocasio, 32, was found early on Wednesday with a ligature around his neck, the state's Department of Correction (DOC) spokesman Andrius Banevicius said in a statement. "The ligature was made from the cloth mask issued to the offender population to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus," the statement added. Prison staff tired to help Ocasio by giving him medical attention before he was sent to a hospital and pronounced dead. Ocasio was a resident of Windsor, Ct. He had been an inmate at the prison facility since August 5 over charges of third-degree burglary, the DOC said. His bond was set at $10,000, and it is unclear...
    By MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Two lawsuits have been filed in federal court in Columbus regarding a county jail near the southern tip of Ohio where four inmates escaped last year and where families of inmates who have died or been injured have criticized treatment. The ex-wife of a man who died at the Gallia County Jail in December 2018 said in her lawsuit that corrections officers and sheriff's deputies ignored her ex-husband's serious medical condition and refused to let him go to a hospital despite a recommendation from emergency medical technicians two days before he died. A female corrections officer at the jail in Gallipolis claims in her lawsuit, also filed last month, that Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin and others ignored policies that resulted in her being injured and traumatized when she was assaulted and overpowered by four male inmates who escaped in September 2019....
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Two lawsuits have been filed in federal court in Columbus regarding a county jail near the southern tip of Ohio where four inmates escaped last year and where families of inmates who have died or been injured have criticized treatment. The ex-wife of a man who died at the Gallia County Jail in December 2018 said in her lawsuit that corrections officers and sheriff’s deputies ignored her ex-husband’s serious medical condition and refused to let him go to a hospital despite a recommendation from emergency medical technicians two days before he died. A female corrections officer at the jail in Gallipolis claims in her lawsuit, also filed last month, that Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin and others ignored policies that resulted in her being injured and traumatized when she was assaulted and overpowered by four male inmates who escaped in September 2019. Corrections officer Debra Smith said...
    Child killer John Beames was pronounced dead on Tuesday following complications from COVID-19. He was 67 Child killer John Beames was pronounced dead on Tuesday following complications from the coronavirus, the latest Californian death row inmate to die from COVID-19.  The 67-year-old was pronounced dead at an outside hospital and his exact cause of death will be determined by a coroner, CBS San Francisco reports. Beames was convicted in 1994 of the torture and beating death of a a 15-month-old daughter of his girlfriend, who was living with him at the time.  He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in Tulare County in 1995.  An autopsy revealed that small child died from a fierce blow to the abdomen that nearly severed her liver. The girl's mother was sentenced to 25-years-to-life for allowing the abuse.  So far, eight other inmates at San Quentin have died of confirmed...
    SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County detention officer who found an inmate unresponsive early Sunday was delayed in reporting the medical emergency because his handheld radio was not charged, a facility incident report obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders confirms. The inmate, 41-year-old Eric McCuiston, was pronounced dead around 1:45 a.m. Sunday. The report indicates that two inmates serving meals discovered that something was wrong with McCuiston around 1:15 a.m. “Hey boss, I think we have a dead body,” one of the inmates told the detention officer responsible for the report. The officer wrote that he then ran upstairs to McCuiston’s cell and found him on the floor, unresponsive and in the fetal position. The officer “attempted to initiate a Code One Blue via and held radio, but it had no charge,” the report states. Bexar County Jail inmate found dead overnight identified, may have been waiting for COVID-19 test...
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