• Defense attorneys clash with prison over recorded meetings

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Defense attorneys who represent inmates at a privately run federal prison in Kansas were livid after learning that their meetings with clients had been recorded on video, despite repeated assurances from the penitentiary that the conversations were private.

  • New Mexico senators seek more time for prison contract

    GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s two U.S. senators are asking the federal Bureau of Prisons to extend its contract with the operator of a private prison in Cibola County so workers have adequate time to find new jobs before the lockup closes.

  • In this Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 photo, handcuffed to another prisoner, Marvin Quintanilla Ramos, center, an evangelical pastor accused by El Salvador Police to be the financier of Mara Salvatrucha gang, is walked out after a court hearing in San Salvador, El Salvador. Prosecutors allege that Ramos used his pastoral credentials to access prisons so he could conspire with jailed leaders of the gang. Religion, they say, was a facade to mask his real work: helping run Mara Salvatrucha’s street operations and directing its finances at a key moment when gangs are facing a tough crackdown by the government and are moving to diversify their criminal operations and become more corporate in makeup and structure. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

    In El Salvador, ‘gang pastor’ alleged to be crime financier

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Walking out of prison three years ago, Marvin Ramos Quintanilla seemed to turn over a new leaf after a life of crime and gangland violence.