Maxwell Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison as Epstein Case Nears Its End

Prosecutors said the harm inflicted by Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-abuse scheme was “incalculable.” A victim said she was driven to attempt suicide. Ms. Maxwell did not apologize.

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Justice Dept. Orders Agents to Intervene if They See Police Violence

The changes, the first to the department’s use-of-force policy in 18 years, follow the murder of George Floyd and other incidents of policy brutality.

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How a Race-Based Medical Formula Is Keeping Some Black Men in Prison

The formula, which helps estimate kidney health, has been discarded by many hospitals. But some judges still use it to decide whether to release those potentially endangered by Covid-19.

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Fatal Gang Fight Spurs Nationwide Lockdown of Federal Prison System

The Bureau of Prisons’ unusual step indicated that it was concerned that the violence could have a ripple effect on other facilities.

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Judge Dismisses Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Filed by Whitey Bulger’s Estate

The lawsuit, which sought $200 million in damages, contended that prison officials had placed the notorious Boston mob boss in harm’s way when they transferred him to a federal prison where he was beaten to death in 2018.

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New Rule Makes Thousands of Federal Inmates Eligible for Release

The Justice Department issued guidelines that allow more prisoners to participate in a program to earn shorter terms under the 2018 bipartisan criminal justice law.

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Michael Carvajal Is Resigning After Rocky Tenure

Michael Carvajal took over the Bureau of Prisons in February 2020, just as the coronavirus began to sweep through the nation’s prisons.

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Justice Dept. Says Some Inmates Can Stay Confined at Home

The move reverses a Trump-era decision that would have sent nearly all of the thousands of inmates released to home confinement during the pandemic back to prison.

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What New Documents Reveal About Jeffrey Epstein’s Final Days

Newly released records show the disgraced financier living a mundane existence in jail before his suicide, while also spinning deceptions until the very end.

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On the Supreme Court, Religion and a Scheduled Execution

The Supreme Court routinely rejects death penalty appeals. But it halted an execution when religion became an issue.

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Biden Considers Clemency for Some Drug Offenders in Home Confinement

Biden officials are exploring what should be done with inmates in home confinement whenever the pandemic emergency ends.

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Justice Dept. to Close Troubled Jail Where Jeffrey Epstein Died

The 233 people being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center will be moved, at least temporarily, while officials address conditions there.

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Prisoners Sent Home Because of Covid May Have to Go Back

Criminal justice advocates say the pandemic offers a case study for a different type of punitive system in America, one that relies far less on incarceration.

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Sheldon Silver, Disgraced Assembly Speaker, Is Sent Back to Prison

Just two days after being furloughed, the once-powerful Democrat was headed back to prison to continue serving his sentence on corruption charges.

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Sheldon Silver, Disgraced Assembly Speaker, Is Furloughed From Prison

The longtime Democratic leader was released to home confinement after less than a year of a six-and-a-half year sentence on corruption charges.

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Vulnerable Inmates Left in Prison as Covid Rages

At a federal compound in Connecticut, inmates in precarious health “are like sitting ducks,” one lawyer said.

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9-Year Sentence for Man Who Threatened to Kill President Trump

Gary Joseph Gravelle, who has a history of mental illness, also targeted federal probation officers, mental health providers and a credit union, prosecutors said.

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U.S. Executes Dustin Higgs for Role in 3 1996 Murders

It was the 13th and final scheduled federal execution under President Trump. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has said he opposes the death penalty.

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U.S. Executes Corey Johnson for 7 Murders in 1992

Mr. Johnson’s execution, the 12th during the Trump administration, was carried out weeks after he found out he had the coronavirus.

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U.S. Executes Lisa Montgomery for 2004 Murder

She was the first woman to be put to death by the federal government since 1953 and had been the only woman on federal death row.

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Virus Hits Federal Death Row, Prompting Calls for Delays in Executions

At least 14 of the roughly 50 men held in the secure facility at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., have tested positive. Staff members involved in executions have also gotten sick.

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Ghislaine Maxwell Calls Jail Oppressive. Prosecutors Say She Has It Easy.

Ms. Maxwell, a longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein, has asked to be released on $28.5 million bond as she awaits trial on federal charges.

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The Man I Saw Them Kill

The Trump administration has resumed federal executions after a 17-year hiatus. I witnessed the latest one.

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Justice Department Executes Man for Murder Committed When He Was 18

Despite a high-profile clemency campaign by allies of President Trump, the administration executed Brandon Bernard by lethal injection for his role in the 1999 crime.

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Stop the Coronavirus Outbreak at Brooklyn’s Federal Jail

New York’s congressional representatives can make sure that prisoners are treated humanely.

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Justice Dept. Plans 3 Executions Before Biden’s Inauguration

The Trump administration is continuing to carry out capital punishment for federal crimes even though President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has signaled he will reverse the policy.

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Federal Prisons Will Let Inmates Have Visitors During Pandemic

Some workers and families say they fear that the coronavirus will spread after the nation’s largest prison system allows visitors beginning on Saturday.

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U.S. Backs Down, Allowing Michael Cohen to Write Trump Tell-All Book

Mr. Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, had been returned to prison in a dispute over the book, then released after a judge intervened.

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Government Denies Cohen Was Imprisoned to Stop Trump Book

The denial came in response to a lawsuit filed by Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, that said he was being punished for speaking out.

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Government Executes Wesley Ira Purkey, Second Federal Death Row Prisoner in a Week

Wesley Ira Purkey was killed by lethal injection at the penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., for killing a teenage girl more than two decades ago.

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Government Executes Second Federal Death Row Prisoner in a Week

Wesley Ira Purkey was killed by lethal injection at the penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., for killing a teenage girl more than two decades ago.

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Daniel Lewis Lee Executed: Government Carries Out First in 17 Years

Hours after a 5-4 vote by the Supreme Court, Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death by lethal injection in Terre Haute, Ind., for his role in the 1996 murder of a family of three.

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Government Carries Out First Federal Execution in 17 Years

Hours after a 5-4 vote by the Supreme Court, Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death by lethal injection in Terre Haute, Ind., for his role in the 1996 murder of a family of three.

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Court Clears Way for First Federal Execution in 17 Years to Proceed

Daniel Lewis Lee is set to be put to death after an appeals panel rejected a suit from his victims’ family members, who said the coronavirus prevented them from traveling to the execution.

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Federal Executions to Resume Amid a Pandemic and Protests

The administration is pressing ahead with the first federal execution in 17 years as demonstrators seek changes to the criminal justice system and lawyers have trouble visiting death-row clients.

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Judge Orders Roger Stone to Report to Prison Next Month

President Trump’s friend had sought a longer reprieve before he serves his sentence on seven felony convictions, citing the pandemic.

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The Coronavirus Crisis Inside Prisons Won’t Stay Behind Bars

Federal officials recognized the danger of the spread of coronavirus in prisons early, but have dragged their feet releasing at-risk inmates.

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Michael Cohen, Disgraced Ex-Trump Lawyer, to Be Released From Prison

Mr. Cohen had asked to be released over health concerns tied to the coronavirus.

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U.S. Prison Population Remained Stable as Pandemic Grew

The number of inmates in federal and state prisons in 44 states declined by 1.6 percent in the first three months of the year, even as prisons became hot spots for the coronavirus.

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Paul Manafort, Trump’s Ex-Campaign Manager, Released from Prison

Paul Manafort, who had been serving a seven-and-a-half-year sentence in Pennsylvania for fraud, is among the prisoners released over the spreading coronavirus.

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Prisoner With Coronavirus Dies After Giving Birth While on Ventilator

Andrea Circle Bear, the first female federal prisoner to die after getting the coronavirus, had just started serving a two-year drug sentence for selling methamphetamine.

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No Death Sentences for Minor Offenses

Releasing more inmates could help stem the spread of the coronavirus in and outside of prisons and jails.

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‘Something Is Going to Explode’: When Coronavirus Strikes a Prison

An oral history of the first fatal outbreak in the federal prison system, in Oakdale, La.

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Michael Cohen Is Among Prisoners to Be Released Because of Virus

President Trump’s former lawyer and other inmates at a minimum-security camp in upstate New York were told they would serve their sentences at home.

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