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Inmates at Ohio prison secretly built a networked PC from old parts

April 12th, 2017

If you’ve ever seen MSNBC’s Lockup or the oft-overlooked Investigative Reports series on A&E, you’ve undoubtedly seen how enterprising prisoners often come up with ingenious ways to sneak in or build items they’re forbidden from possessing. Whether it’s creating jailhouse alcohol or fashioning deadly weapons from seemingly benign objects, I’ve long been fascinated by the resourcefulness of …

Inmates Escape Cell Save Guard

Inmates broke out of a cell to save the life of a dying prison guard

July 8th, 2016

Officers were probably preparing for the worst when hearing an increasing amount of noise coming from one of the floors of the Parker County jail on June 23rd. And at first it appeared as though their worst nightmares were coming true — camera footage showed inmates breaking out of a cell, with a security guard lying unconscious on …

Washington State Prison Software Glitch

Over 3,000 prisoners let out early thanks to software glitch

December 23rd, 2015

More than 3,000 prisoners in Washington State over the past 13 years have received the best Christmas gift they could have hoped for: Early freedom. The Seattle Times brings us word that an estimated 3,200 prisoners in Washington were let out early thanks to a software glitch that miscalculated the amount of time they had left to serve. …