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Don't mess with Texas, where law is hard, mistakes common

Washington - Among the 3,000 counties that make up the United States, there is one in Texas where it's best not to mess with the law, because justice is hard and mistakes are common.

Air India bomber released from Canadian prison

Ottawa - Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only person ever to be convicted in the 1985 Air India bombings, was released from a Canadian prison Wednesday after serving two decades behind bars.

U.S. hunts for three in California after brazen jailbreak

Los Angeles - US authorities hunted Sunday for three California prisoners, including a man charged with murder, who staged a brazen jailbreak that reportedly involved rappelling from the roof of a maximum-security facility using bed sheets.

Inmates blow open Brazil prison wall in mass breakout

Rio De Janeiro - Inmates in one of Brazil's roughest prisons used explosives to destroy a wall and escape en masse into surrounding streets, prompting a frantic manhunt.

Dog tastes Mexican drug lord Guzman's jail food for poison

- Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has had a rocky return to prison: He arrived depressed, officials gave him "Don Quixote" to read and a dog tastes his food for poison.

Escaped Al-Qaeda death row prisoner held in Guinea

Nouakchott - A Mauritanian Al-Qaeda jihadist, on death row until his escape on New Year's Eve, was re-arrested on Tuesday night after crossing the Guinea-Bissau border into Guinea, security sources said Wednesday.

10 Yemeni ex-Guantanamo inmates arrive in Oman: Ministry

Muscat - Ten former inmates at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay arrived in Oman Thursday for a "temporary stay" as Washington vies to close the notorious prison, Muscat's foreign ministry said.

Guatemala prison gang battle leaves six dead

Guatemala City - A battle between rival gangs in an overcrowded prison near Guatemala's capital left six inmates dead and another six wounded, officials said Tuesday.

Last Kuwaiti Guantanamo inmate returns home

Kuwait City - The last Kuwaiti prisoner in the US Guantanamo Bay prison returned home Saturday to a family reception after 14 years of detention, the head of a detainee group said.

Op-Ed: 10 of the most epic criminal punishments

Our already unfair, slightly convoluted and definitely interesting criminal justice system continually sentences wrongdoers to punishments suitable for their crimes. However, these 10 punishments are too epic not to reveal.

Breivik's trial against state to take place in prison

Oslo - Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik's court case against the Norwegian state over his prison conditions, which he likens to "torture", will take place in the jail where he is being held, a court ruled on Monday.

King of Mandela's clan jailed for 12 years in S.Africa

Johanesburg - A South African traditional king from Nelson Mandela's Thembu ethnic group began a 12-year prison sentence Thursday for arson, kidnap and assault of his subjects, after a long battle to stay out of jail.

Jailed Cuban dissident in 'grave' condition: Family

Havana - A jailed Cuban dissident who is staging a hunger strike is in "grave" condition, his family said Wednesday, a day after the United States called for his release.

Bali police seize spears, machetes after deadly prison brawl

Denpasar - Police on Indonesia's Bali island said Friday they had seized hundreds of spears, machetes and arrows after fighting between gangs inside a prison and on the streets outside left four dead.

'Love & Hip Hop NY' star sentenced to 8 years in prison

Rochester - On Tuesday, Mendeecees Harris, star of the reality show 'Love & Hip Hop New York', was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess heroin and cocaine.

Shorter stretch for Indian prisoners who pass yoga exam

Mumbai - Prison officers in western India have come up with a novel way for convicts to secure early release -- master some yoga poses and pass an exam, an official said Wednesday.

Costa Rica bid to end prison overcrowding sparks fears

San Jos - An effort in Costa Rica to end prison overcrowding by transferring 600 convicts to semi-open facilities has sparked heated debate in the country, with media and some judges fearing an ensuing crime wave.

Seventeen killed in Guatemala prison fight: official

Escuintla - Seventeen people have been killed in fighting inside a maximum security prison in Guatemala, officials said Monday as hundreds of police moved to take control of the facility.

Treatment of Norway mass murderer Breivik worrying: Ombudsman

Oslo - The solitary confinement of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik risks turning into "inhumane treatment", Norway's parliamentary ombudsman said in a report published Wednesday.

U.S. police chiefs call for reducing prison population

Washington - A group of 130 police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs from around the United States called for reforms that would to reduce the US prison population.

Traveller community in southeast France riots after jail request denied

Lyon - A traveller community in southeast France launched violent protests while inmates at a jail in the region rioted Tuesday after authorities refused a request for prison leave, concurring sources said.

Obama urges reform of 'unfair' U.S. criminal justice system

Washington - President Barack Obama urged reform of the US criminal justice system Saturday, saying much of it "remains unfair" and that punishments should correspond to the severity of crimes.

Mass murderer Breivik sues Norwegian state over prison conditions

Oslo - Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik will take the Norwegian state to court in March over his prison conditions, which he likens to "torture", Norwegian legal sources said Friday.

Dream turns sour for Ethiopian migrants jailed in Malawi

Monkey Bay - The dream of a new life in South Africa has turned into a nightmare for hundreds of Ethiopian migrants held in overcrowded Malawian jails despite having served their sentences for illegal entry."This prison is hell on earth.

Britain withdraws bid for Saudi penal system contract

London - Britain said Tuesday it had abandoned a bid to provide training in Saudi Arabia's penal system, as it raised concerns with Riyadh over a 74-year-old Briton facing a flogging.

Nine dead, one missing after Philippine jail fire

Abuyog - Nine prisoners were killed when fire ripped through the psychiatric ward of a provincial jail, Philippine authorities said Friday, adding the facility was operating at more than double its capacity.

EU court backs ban on prisoners voting

Luxembourg - The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that countries can ban prisoners from voting in elections if they have been convicted of a serious crime, in a case Britain was watching closely.

Mass murderer Breivik threatens hunger strike 'until death'

Oslo - Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has said he is ready to go on hunger strike until death if he is not better treated in prison.

Pope greets inmates at Philadelphia prison

Philadelphia - Pope Francis on Sunday visited the largest prison in Philadelphia, shaking the hands of 100 inmates and offering them words of comfort in a speech focused on hope and rehabilitation.

Pope shines light on U.S. prison crisis

Washington - When he visits a Philadelphia jail on Sunday, Pope Francis will offer the world a glimpse into America's broken prison system, where overcrowding and long-term solitary confinement have become commonplace.
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