Remember meForgot password?
    Log in with Twitter

Mythbusters News

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.

Peru guerrilla group leader freed after 25 years

- The notorious former number two of a Peruvian guerrilla group that achieved international infamy when it stormed a Japanese ambassador's residence was released from prison after serving 25 years.

Dutch not open yet to U.S. request on Guantanamo inmates

Den Haag - The Netherlands will only consider a US request to take in two detainees from Guantanamo Bay once Washington has taken "meaningful steps" to close the notorious military jail, the Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said Monday.

Taliban storm Afghan prison, free hundreds of inmates

Ghazni - Taliban insurgents in military uniform stormed an Afghan prison Monday, freeing hundreds of inmates after detonating a car bomb and killing four policemen in the country's largest jailbreak in years.

Rebels storm Syria's largest prison near Damascus: Monitor

Birut - An Islamist rebel group stormed Syria's largest prison on Friday, seizing two buildings in the complex near Damascus amid heavy fighting, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Chile's post-dictatorship 'luxury jail' nearly full

Metropolitana - Twenty years after it was built to hold those convicted of committing atrocities during Chile's dictatorship, Punta Peuco prison is nearly full and increasingly under attack as a "luxury jail.

French prison official freed after hostage drama

Lille - The deputy governor of a high-security prison in northern France was taken hostage by a "particularly dangerous inmate" Wednesday but was later released unharmed, officials said.

Mexico charges four with helping drug lord 'El Chapo' flee

- A court in Mexico formally charged four criminal justice workers for their alleged role in the July prison escape of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Prison fire kills 17 in Venezuela

Caracas - A fire at a prison in northern Venezuela has killed 17 people and injured another 11, prosecutors said Monday.The fire at the Tocuyito facility in Carabobo state overnight left nine men and eight women dead, the prosecutor's office said.

MythBusters proves the 'Breaking Bad' gun can really work

Fans of the Breaking Bad have debated whether Walter White's booby trap car trunk machine gun could actually work, and now there is a definite answers, thanks to MythBusters.

South Africa sets date for Pistorius parole review: Family

Johanesburg - The South African review board that will decide on the release of Oscar Pistorius is to meet on September 18, his family said Thursday, after the Paralympian's parole was delayed last week.

Seven inmates' bodies found in trash at Guatemala jail

Guatemala City - The bodies of seven inmates at a maximum-security prison in Guatemala were found stuffed inside garbage bins Wednesday, their remains showing signs of torture, authorities said.

Freed Belarus opposition leader unbroken after 'slow murder' in jail

Minsk - Jailed for daring to stand against authoritarian Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko in 2010 elections, Mikola Statkevich walked free this month after five years behind bars, most of it in solitary confinement.

El Salvador prison gang violence kills 14

Sansalvador - At least 14 inmates were killed in an El Salvador jail when violence erupted between two factions of a notorious gang, an official said.

Inmates lift hunger strike at Bolivian prison

La Paz - Inmates at one of Bolivia's most dangerous prisons called off a hunger strike Thursday after reaching a deal with authorities over their food allowance, an official said.

Bolivia inmates on hunger strike for better food

La Paz - Inmates at one of Bolivia's most violent prisons have gone on hunger strike demanding they be fed at least as well as police dogs and horses, their leaders said Wednesday.

Australian uses bed sheets to escape maximum security jail

Sydney - Red-faced Australian authorities Wednesday vowed to review security after a prisoner used bed sheets and a pillow to scale a wall topped with razor wire and escape from a maximum security jail.

Acid-throwing Italian mum to see baby in prison after outcry

Rome - A woman jailed in Italy for throwing acid on her ex-boyfriend will be allowed to see her baby once a day following a public outcry, according to media reports Tuesday.

Italy outcry over baby removed at birth from prison mum

Rome - An Italian woman jailed for throwing acid on her ex-boyfriend had her prison-born baby taken away from her immediately after the birth in a legal decision that, despite her notoriety, has sparked an outcry.
  1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 16 Next»

Set up a news alert for


Mythbusters Image

Wire surrounding a prison
Wire surrounding a prison
Yulia Tymoshenko
Yulia Tymoshenko
PPW Power & Politics World
Mythbusters host Jamie Hyneman in Monterey Bay during an episode shoot
Mythbusters host Jamie Hyneman in Monterey Bay during an episode shoot
Discovery Channel
The prison cell where Ashley Smith committed suicide.
The prison cell where Ashley Smith committed suicide.
Screen Capture
Daniel Chong  forgotten in a San Diego prison cell.
Daniel Chong, forgotten in a San Diego prison cell.
Video screen capture
The Alcatraz prison off the California coast
The Alcatraz prison off the California coast
Prison in Lisbon  Portugal
Prison in Lisbon, Portugal
Paulo Juntas
Heavy artillery tweet
Heavy artillery tweet
Grant Imahara
Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi in the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca  2012.
Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi in the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca, 2012.
Michael Cooper
Two Florida inmates smuggle gun into prison.
Two Florida inmates smuggle gun into prison.
Video screen shot
San Quentin state prison sign
San Quentin state prison sign
San Quentin state prison sign
San Quentin state prison sign
Joyce Mitchell is led into court June 12  2015 in Plattsburgh  New York  where she pleaded  not guil...
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
Eric Thayer, Getty Images/AFP
CASE: American Amanda Knox (left) is driven away from court in Perugia  Italy  during her murder tri...
CASE: American Amanda Knox (left) is driven away from court in Perugia, Italy, during her murder trial in 2011. Knox was acquitted by an appeals court on Friday.
Scott335 / Wikimedia
A jail
A jail
Prison cell.
Prison cell.
Michael Coghlan

Latest News
Top News