• An inmate practices the violin during a music workshop at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. After a weeklong workshop with the Decoda chamber ensemble, several dozen inmates will perform original music in a concert for the larger incarcerated community, staff, officers, and local and state officials. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

    Carnegie Hall brings more than musical harmony to SC prison

    BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) — One of South Carolina’s most dangerous prisons is also home to beautiful music, occasions when gate alarms and tower sirens are replaced by guitar riffs, beat box rhythms and the strains of Vivaldi.

  • Feds accuse prison guards of taking bribes, drug trafficking

    ATLANTA (AP) — Dozens of Georgia prison guards agreed to protect drug smuggling operations for a high-level trafficker, believing their status as correctional officers would protect them from a vehicle search if they were stopped by police, authorities said Thursday. In exchange, they received thousands of dollars in bribes.

  • Inmates stand on the rooftop of the Topo Chico prison as police stand guard on the perimeters, after a riot broke out around midnight, in Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Dozens of inmates were killed and several injured in a brutal fight between two rival factions at the prison in northern Mexico, the state governor said. (AP Photo/Emilio Vazquez)

    Fire breaks out at northern Mexico prison; deaths reported

    MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country’s deadliest prison melee in years.

  • The Latest: Ex-sheriff’s attorney to ask for no prison time

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca’s agreement to plead guilty to lying during a federal probe of corruption at the jails he ran (all times local):

  • New Mexico prison guards caution against tougher sentences

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico corrections officers and their union leaders are concerned that a slate of legislative proposals for tougher criminal sentencing could aggravate safety problems at understaffed state prisons.

  • Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, left, and his wife, Carol leave U.S. Court House building in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Baca signed a plea agreement that said he ordered deputies to intimidate an FBI agent and "do everything but put handcuffs on her." Baca later lied to federal prosecutors and the FBI that he wasn't privy to discussions about trying to derail the investigation. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Prosecutor: Ex-LA sheriff to plead guilty in corruption case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that was gaining momentum when he abruptly retired two years ago.

  • New Mexico prisons cut visiting hours due to staff shortage

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State officials say they are cutting visiting hours at New Mexico prisons as the Corrections Department continues to grapple with low staffing levels.

  • Budget bill considered in New Mexico Legislature

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Republican-led House of Representatives voted to approve a $6.3 billion budget that increases spending on Medicaid health care, early childhood education and prisons while cutting funding to state colleges and universities.