Jul 19, 2014

U.S. moves to reduce sentences of 46,000 drug offenders

Tens of thousands of U.S. federal prisoners convicted of small-time drug offenses will be able to seek sentence reductions under a new reform adopted Friday. “This is a milestone in the effort to make more efficient use of our law enforcement resources and to ...

Jul 18, 2014

FBI didn't reveal 'tainted' death row evidence: report

Flawed forensic work uncovered 17 years ago was used in the “tainted” convictions of some 60 U.S. death row inmates, at least three of whom have since been executed, an FBI internal report said. The problems were detected by the FBI’s inspector general’s office, ...

U.S. jails struggle as stopgap asylums

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. jails struggle as stopgap asylums

Many of the 3,300 jails across the U.S. have seen a rise in the number of inmates with serious mental illnesses, most arrested for nonviolent crimes. They have become in many cases, treatment centers of last resort. And they are awash in a tide ...

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. man jailed for China espionage

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a California chemical engineer to 15 years in prison and fined him $28 million for selling China the technology that creates a white pigment. It was a rare conviction for economic espionage. U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White ...

Egypt under mounting pressure to free Al-Jazeera journalists

Jun 24, 2014

Egypt under mounting pressure to free Al-Jazeera journalists

Egypt was under mounting pressure Tuesday to pardon three Al-Jazeera journalists — including Australia’s award-winning Peter Greste — jailed in a ruling that sparked global outrage and fears of a growing media crackdown. Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy each got seven-year terms in ...

U.S. suspect's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

Jun 21, 2014

U.S. suspect's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

A mug shot of a handsome Californian arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 33,000 “likes” and drawing comments praising his chiseled face with high cheek bones and striking blue eyes. Jeremy Meeks, 30, a convicted felon, ...

Jun 20, 2014

California to investigate 39 female inmates sterilized without consent

The illegal sterilization of dozens of female prisoners in California demands an investigation, a report said Thursday. The state audit asked California’s medical board and the California Department of Public Health to look into 17 doctors and eight hospitals involved in 39 illegal sterilizations ...

Concerns aside, executions persist in some states

Jun 19, 2014

Concerns aside, executions persist in some states

With Florida carrying out America’s third execution in less than 24 hours, some states with the death penalty— particularly in the South — appear unfazed by the recent furor over how the U.S. performs lethal injections. A botched execution seven weeks ago in Oklahoma ...

Egypt releases hunger-striking Jazeera journalist

Jun 18, 2014

Egypt releases hunger-striking Jazeera journalist

Egypt on Tuesday released Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah al-Shamy, who has been on hunger strike for nearly five months in protest over his detention. al-Shamy, who works for the main Arabic channel of the Qatar-based network, was arrested on August 14 when police dispersed supporters ...