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Man Goes to Prison for Threatening Eric Cantor on YouTube

A man named Norman LeBoon is headed to prison after making threats to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a video posted to YouTube. In the clip, the 38-year-old LeBoon called the Republican "a liar" and "a Lucifer," and promised to shoot him. LeBoon pleaded guilty to the charges in November, and, on Thursday, was sentenced to two years in prison, along with an additional three years of supervise...

Hacker Goes to Prison for Broadcasting Porn on Moscow Billboard

Last year, a hacker named Igor Blinnikov infiltrated a video billboard, and used it to broadcast porn above a busy road in Moscow. Though the 40-year-old prankster eventually confessed to the crime, calling it a "bad joke," he wasn't able to avoid his legal comeuppance. Today, Blinnikov was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Blinnikov reportedly hijacked the billboard from the comfort of his ...

South Carolina Might Ban Facebook in Prisons

South Carolina Democrat Wendell Gilliard has introduced a bill that, if passed, would bar the state's prisoners from using Facebook, or any other social networking site. The bill would penalize offenders with a $500 fine, and an extra 30 days in jail. According to GIlliard, social media allow some prisoners to continue criminal operations from behind bars, thereby putting others at risk. "The inma...

Prisons Testing Computers Capable of Detecting, Defusing Riots

Part of any prison guard's job involves breaking up fights or riots that invariably erupt when you put a bunch of convicts in close physical contact with each other. Defusing these spats can be a messy, and sometimes dangerous task, but it may be getting slightly easier, thanks to new computer vision systems that can automatically detect brewing violence from above. As the New York Times explai...

Prison Guard Arrested for Posing as His Boss on Facebook

Share A prison guard in Rhode Island has been arrested after he admitted to posing as his boss on Facebook. The guard, 27-year-old Matthew Lacroix, reportedly created the fake profile using a computer at his neighbor's house. Authorities first discovered the page in August, and eventually tracked the IP address to the home. Eventually, Lacroix pleaded guilty to "use of fraudulent information," an...

Georgia Inmates Use Cell Phones to Stage Nonviolent Prison Protest

A group of inmates serving time at a Georgia corrections facility recently orchestrated a major, nonviolent strike in protest of state prison policy. And they did it with their contraband cell phones. The strike officially got underway on Thursday, and involved inmates from at least seven Georgia prison facilities. Prisoners abruptly refused to perform their daily chores, until authorities met...

Chinese Citizen Faces a Year in 'Reeducation' Prison Camp for Single Retweet

Another Chinese Twitter user has fallen prey to the nation's stringent stance against free speech. Last month, Cheng Jianping re-tweeted a message from her fiance that referenced a recent territorial dispute between China and Japan. The original tweet satirically implored freedom-fighters to "immediately fly to Shanghai to smash the Japanese Expo pavilion," but -- in her retweet -- Jianping inclu...

GPS Sex Offender Tracking System Shut Down Because of Data Overload

A major data system used to keep track of sex offenders shut down Tuesday morning, after unexpectedly reaching its storage limit. The blackout, which lasted about 12 hours, prevented law enforcement authorities in 49 states from keeping track of some 16,000 sex offenders, parolees and other marked citizens. Although tracking devices continued to record movements of known offenders, authorities at ...

Lil Wayne Stuck in Solitary Confinement Because of an iPod

Up until now, Lil Wayne has been something of a model citizen at Riker's Island, where he's spent the past 11 months serving a one-year jail sentence. He's been playing Uno, updating his blog, and has even found time to keep other inmates from killing themselves. With his globally anticipated November 4th release date within sight, it's been safe to say that Weezy's time behind bars has been a ro...

Inventive Inmates Smuggle Cell Phones With Bows and Arrows

There are plenty of ways to get a cell phone into prison, and not all of them involve shoving them in uncomfortable places. Inventive Brazilian inmates have already trained pigeons to sneak the mobile devices through the bars, but the latest innovation in cell phone smuggling is by far the most badass... and dangerous. According to the AP, criminal associates on the outside have started strapping ...

Pew Pew! 'Assault Intervention' Laser Burns Your Brawling Inmates Into Submission

Burning-laser tag, anyone? At the Pitchess Detention Center on Friday, guards from the Castaic complex of the Los Angeles County Jail demonstrated their very own Assault Intervention Device, a 7.5-foot-tall laser weapon that produces burning pain at whomever it's directed. The beam emitted by the device can reach up to 100 feet, and is about as big around as a CD. Prison officials hope that the l...

Bernie Kerik Tweets Against Ground Zero Mosque from Prison

Joining the ranks of Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and New York gubernatorial candidates Rick Lazio and (the unlikely) Carl Paladino, former NYC Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik has also come out in opposition of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque. That's great news for the anti-mosque organizers, but we must remind ourselves that Kerik is also a convicted felon currently serving time in Cumberland, ...

Prisoners May Lose Their Cell Phone Privileges, If Congress Has Its Way

America's killers and drug dealers might soon find themselves without even a cell phone to distract them from the everyday rigors of federal penitentiaries. As of right now, cell phones and wireless gadgets aren't classified as contraband by federal law, and prisoners found in possession of them are hardly ever punished. In a vote yesterday, though, the House of Representatives decided to close th...

DIY Prison Tattoo Gun Made From a Sony PlayStation

When there's a will for a hideous piece of skin art, there's a way. A detainee at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre in West Sussex, Britain was recently caught with one of the most inventive PlayStation hacks we've ever seen. After gutting the console, the prisoner attached the motor to a ballpoint pen with a sharpened tip. Et voilà! A DIY tattoo machine! Sadly, the prisoner's gadget w...

Facebook Catches Prisoner Abuse After Guards Brag Online

When will people learn what is and isn't appropriate to post on Facebook? Judging by the news we see on a daily basis, probably never. According to the Omaha World-Herald, three Nebraska state prison guards have been suspended this week after posting comments on Facebook about beating up an inmate. Caleb Bartels posted on his wall on February 8th: "When you work in a prison a good day is get...