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Deputy sheriff, prisoner shot at Boston hospital

BOSTON (Reuters) - A deputy sheriff was shot in the leg and a prisoner he had been transporting to a Boston hospital for treatment was in critical condition on Wednesday after the prisoner grabbed the deputy's gun and fired, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said. Full story

Guantanamo prisoners clamor for 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

(Reuters) - The "Fifty Shades of Grey" series of erotic novels are the favorite reading material among "high-value" prisoners at the Guantanamo detention camp in Cuba, a U.S. congressman said. Full story

American held in North Korea tells family his health is failing

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Letters sent home by Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea for alleged crimes against the state, show a "new note of desperation," his sister said, as the United States seeks to prevent the Christian missionary from becoming a high-profile diplomatic bargaining ch Full story

House fails to restrict NSA’s surveillance

   The House came within twelve votes of passing legislation that would have limited the capabilities of the NSA’s massive surveillance program. Women for Women International’s Zainab Salbi and the Center for Constitutional Rights’ Say-Na Kadidal join the NOW panel to discuss.

Parents booked after visiting son in jail

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Two Florence residents are making themselves at home behind bars after a recent visit to a prisoner in the Florence County Detention Center. Full story

Myanmar frees 73 political prisoners: government committee member

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's government is releasing another 73 political prisoners and more could be freed in coming months to honor a commitment made by the president during a recent trip to Europe, a member of a government body looking into the process said on Tuesday. Full story

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  Prisoners at Guantanamo may see process

Rachel Maddow reports on the news that some prisoners held at Guantanamo are now eligible for “parole-board-style hearings” to decide whether or not it is necessary to keep them in prison.

  200 prisoners escape after Indonesian riots

Indonesia’s army has retaken control of a maximum security prison where more than 200 prisoners escaped, including convicted terrorists.

  Negotiating Ramadan in Guantanamo Feedings

Gitmo prison spokesman announced that officials will take special care to time prisoners' force-feedings to honor Ramadan. Chris Hayes shares his opinion on the matter.

  Judge points to Obama on ending Guantanamo force feeding

Rachel Maddow reports on a hunger strike by California prison inmates over solitary confinement issues, and a judge pointing to President Obama to end the force feeding of hunger striking inmates at the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

  Sister Helen Prejean on her influential activism against the death penalty

Sister Helen Prejean, anti-death penalty advocate and author of “Dead Man Walking,” talks with Rachel Maddow on the 20th anniversary of the publication of "Dead Man Walking" about the impact of the book and movie, the "weird relationship" Americans have with the death penalty, and the challenge of g

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A Massachusetts State Police trooper guards the entrance to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, Massachusetts July 31, 2013. A deputy sheriff was shot in the leg and a prisoner he had been transporting to the Boston hospital for treatment was in critical condition on Wednesday after t

Boston Police Commissioner Davis briefs reporters outside the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston
Boston Police Commissioner Davis briefs reporters outside the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis briefs reporters outside the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, Massachusetts July 31, 2013. A deputy sheriff was shot in the leg and a prisoner he had been transporting to a Boston hospital for treatment was in critical condition on Wednesday after th

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An officer from the Middlesex Sheriff's Office walks towards the entrance of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston

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Policemen and prison guards wait to escort the families of inmates at the gate of Um Alluol prison in Mafraq

Policemen and prison guards wait to escort the families of inmates at the gate of Um Alluol prison in the city of Mafraq, northeast of Amman July 30, 2013. The Um Alluol prison allows prisoners to take their iftar meals with their families during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Muhammad