Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

Aug 27, 2014

Colombian kingpin's former hit man leaves prison

A former hit man for Pablo Escobar, who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of the drug kingpin’s army of assassins, has been freed from a maximum security prison under heavy police guard. John Jairo Velasquez, better known by his nickname “Popeye,” was ...

Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law that halted Western aid

Aug 2, 2014

Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law that halted Western aid

Uganda’s constitutional court on Friday overturned an anti-homosexuality law that punished gay sex with long prison sentences and which drew stern criticism from Western and other donors, some of whom withheld aid. The new ruling, which can be appealed, voids a statute signed into ...

Jul 31, 2014

Drone carrying contraband crashes at U.S. prison

A drone carrying cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a U.S. maximum-security prison never made it inside the razor wire fence, and authorities said Wednesday they are looking for one of two people accused of trying to sneak it in. The search has been ...

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 ...