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Spain king's brother-in-law starts jail term for embezzlement

Madrid - The Spanish king's brother-in-law began a six-year jail sentence on Monday, drawing a line under a long-running corruption scandal that enraged the public and brought shame on the royal family.

Spanish king's brother-in-law jailed over graft conviction

Madrid - The Spanish king's brother-in-law was jailed Monday after losing an appeal against a graft conviction, the prison authorities said.

Once a symbol of Somoza-era torture, Nicaragua prison holds protesters

Managua - For days, Maria Magdalena Saldana has hooked a gold chain encircling her waist to the gate bulwarking one of Nicaragua's most notorious prisons.

Russia orders Gulag records destroyed: researcher

Moscow - A Russian researcher said Friday he has discovered that Moscow has ordered the destruction of prison records including those relating to the Soviet Gulag, alarming historians and prompting a rights body to intervene.

To isolate, or not, Kosovo's returning jihadists

Pristina - One of Europe's smallest countries, Kosovo has produced more than its fair share of battle-hardened jihadists whom it is now trying to rehabilitate after their return home from Syria and Iraq.

Peru gets out of jail to win prisoners 'World Cup'

- It sounds like a punchline: how does a team of prisoners win the World Cup? On penalties!That's how Peru did it, getting out of jail to beat Russia in a tense final at the giant Lima Stadium last week.

Venezuela says group of Maduro opponents released from jail

Caracas - A group of jailed opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, including a former mayor of the city of San Cristobal, have been released, the leader of the pro-Maduro Constituent Assembly announced Friday.

Venezuela says group of Maduro opponents released from jail

Caracas - A group of jailed opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, including a former mayor of the city of San Cristobal, have been released, the leader of the pro-Maduro Constituent Assembly announced Friday.

Muslim inmates in Alaska fed pork during Ramadan: activists

Los Angeles - A federal judge granted a restraining order Thursday forcing prison guards in Alaska to stop giving Muslim inmates pork as they break their fasts during Ramadan, rights campaigners said.

Prison riot in Venezuela leaves 11 dead, 28 wounded

Barquisimeto - A prison riot in northern Venezuela has left at least 11 people dead and 28 others wounded, a rights group said Friday, the latest tragedy to hit the country's desperately overcrowded detention facilities.

Prison riot in Venezuela leaves 11 dead: rights group

Caracas - A prison riot in northern Venezuela has left at least 11 people dead and 28 others wounded, a rights group said Friday, the latest disaster to hit the country's desperately overcrowded detention facilities.

Police hostage crisis at Indonesia jail over: officials

Kampungsengon - A hostage crisis involving Islamist prisoners at a high-security jail outside Jakarta has been resolved nearly two days after a deadly riot broke out at the prison, Indonesian officials said Thursday.

Brazilian prisoners get fashionable in couture project

S - Never mind running away -- these Brazilian prisoners prefer the fashion runway.

Thousands rally for ETA prisoners in Basque city

Bilbao - Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Bilbao in northern Spain on Saturday, urging better conditions for jailed members or collaborators of ETA just weeks before the Basque separatist group is due to disband.

Gang clashes in South Carolina prison leave seven dead, 17 injured

Bishopville - Seven inmates were killed and 17 injured in clashes between rival gangs over "contraband and territory" at a maximum security prison in South Carolina, in the deadliest outbreak of prison violence in the United States in a quarter century.

At least 21 killed in Brazil prison breakout bid: officials

Rio De Janeiro - At least 21 people died Tuesday in an attempted breakout from a prison in northern Brazil aided by an armed group on the outside trying to blow up a wall, officials said.

Brazil's Lula has TV in prison, but prefers to read: reports

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva could be watching television and sunbathing but so far prefers staying in his prison cell with a book, local media reports said Tuesday.

Supporters prevent Brazil's Lula from surrendering

S - A crowd of supporters prevented Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from leaving to surrender to police and begin his prison sentence for corruption Saturday, an AFP journalist said.

Brazil's Lula to get cell with private shower, toilet

Curitiba - Brazil's leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva might have a feeling of deja vu as he's led into the cell awaiting him in the city of Curitiba -- in happier times as president his name was inscribed on the building's entrance.

At least six police killed in Mexico prison riot: officials

Coatzacoalcos - Seven people including at least six police were killed Sunday in a prison riot in eastern Mexico, authorities said, the latest outburst of deadly violence in the country's jails.

Sri Lanka prison chief arrested over 2012 massacre

Colombo - Sri Lankan police Thursday arrested a top prison official over a massacre of 27 inmates that became an icon of grave rights abuses under former president Mahinda Rajapakse.

Death toll in Bolivia prison raid rises to eight

La Paz - The Bolivian government said Thursday the death toll among inmates at a riot-torn prison stormed by police had risen to eight, including two foreign nationals -- a Brazilian and a Paraguayan.

Seven inmates killed in Bolivia as police storm prison

La Paz - Police stormed a riot-torn prison in Bolivia early Wednesday, killing six inmates in an operation that also left two dozen people injured, authorities said.

Dead environmentalist's son tells of 'chaotic' flight from Iran

Ottawa - The son of an Iranian-Canadian environmentalist who died in prison recounted Friday his and his brother's "chaotic" departure from Tehran while their mother was barred from leaving at the airport.

Macron lays out court revamp to tackle prison overcrowding

Agen - French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled Tuesday a series of court overhauls aimed at finding alternatives to jail, a bid to tackle chronic overcrowding at the country's prisons.

Guantanamo could take two dozen new inmates: US admiral

Washington - The Guantanamo Bay detention center could easily accommodate "a couple dozen" more inmates should the Trump administration decide to send new prisoners to the much-maligned facility, a top US officer said Monday.

Guantanamo could take two dozen new inmates: US admiral

Washington - The Guantanamo Bay detention center could easily accommodate "a couple dozen" more inmates should the Trump administration decide to send new prisoners to the much-maligned facility, a top US officer said Monday.

US top court rules immigrants can be held indefinitely

Washington - The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that immigrants can be detained indefinitely without bond hearings, in a setback for immigrant rights.

Iran's ex-intelligence minister slams handling of prison death

Tehran - An ex-intelligence minister in Iran on Sunday criticised the handling of an environmentalist's death in prison, saying the public would not believe he was a spy unless the case was handled by a "competent agency".

'Never again': Salvador woman released from prison after stillbirth

Sansalvador - "The law needs to change so this happens never again." With those words, a Salvadoran woman who spent 11 years in prison after suffering a stillbirth challenged the authorities who locked her up."I don't want to see more women like me enter that place....
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Members of the notorious Barrio 18 gang inside El Salvador's Cojutepeque prison.
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Two Florida inmates smuggle gun into prison.
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Joyce Mitchell is led into court June 12, 2015 in Plattsburgh, New York, where she pleaded not guilty to allegedly helping two convicted killers in New York state escape by smuggling tools to them
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Part of Old South mural in Jefferson Co. Courthouse, Alabama
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Daniel Chong, forgotten in a San Diego prison cell.
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Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi in the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca, 2012.
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Mythbusters host Jamie Hyneman in Monterey Bay during an episode shoot
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