The New York State Police said the inmates, convicted murderers Richard Matt (48) and David Sweat (34), had escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility using power tools. Photographs: New York State Police via The New York Times.

Two convicted murderers serving life sentences in adjoining cells have staged an elaborate escape from New York’s largest state-run prison. The two f(...)

Attorneys for  Aisling Brady McCarthy said a doctor rewrote and revised his report on the death of  Rehma Sabir after another medical expert said the infant did not die from a rare genetic disorder. Photograph: Elise Amendola/AP

Attorneys for Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy have said a doctor rewrote and revised his report on the death of toddler Rehma Sabir after another (...)

Charles Manson and Afton Elaine Burton: granted licence to marry in prison. Photograph: tmz.com

Mass murderer Charles Manson has been granted a licence to marry a 26-year-old woman who has spent the past nine years trying to exonerate him.Afto(...)

Image shows Clayton D. Lockett (L) who, along with inmate Charles F. Warner (R), were scheduled to be executed two hours apart for unrelated murders at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Lockett died during a botched execution on Tuesday, minutes after a doctor had called a halt to the procedure. Photograph: EPA/ Oklahoma Department of Corrections handout 1:17

Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett died during a botched execution on Tuesday, minutes after a doctor had called a halt to the procedure, raising (...)

A prison guard outside a solitary confinement cell at Pelican Bay prison in California.  Since July 8th there has been widespread participation in a  hunger strike protest over indefinite solitary confinement. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Convicted killer Todd Ashker is the unlikely legal brain behind the largest prison protest in California’s history, a hunger strike which today enters(...)

As Colorado’s governor signed a hard-won package of gun-control measures yesterday, officials across the state were reeling from the shooting d(...)