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Tekashi 6ix9ine, Michael Cohen, and other high-profile convicts are asking for early release because of coronavirus fears

COVID-19 has infected at least 500,000 people worldwide and is currently spreading in prisons and jails across the US.
Daniel Hernandez, aka, Tekashi 69, aka 6ix9ine, appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine is requesting home confinement over coronavirus fears, arguing that his asthma puts him ‘at very high risk of death’...

The rapper, sentenced to two years in prison last December, has asthma, which his lawyer says could put him at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.
Former UConn Huskies player Maya Moore is honored before the game against the UConn Huskies and 2020 USA Womens National Team at XL Center.

A judge overturned a man’s 50-year conviction after WNBA’s Maya Moore stepped away from the court to focus on his case

Maya Moore announced in January that she would be missing a second WNBA season to focus on Jonathan Iron's case. His conviction was just overturned.
Mississippi State Penitentiary is one of four prisons being investigated by the Justice Department's civil rights division.

2020 may be the ‘bloodiest year in recent memory’ for Mississippi’s state prisons, but the state’s criminal justice system has...

Since December, 24 inmates have died under the watch of Mississippi's Department of Corrections — at one point, five inmates died in just two weeks.
Harvey Weinstein exits a Manhattan court house as a jury continues with deliberations in his trial on February 20, 2020 in New York City

Harvey Weinstein fell down and hit his head while in jail at Rikers Island, his publicist says

Harvey Weinstein's spokesperson, Juda Engelmayer, told CNN that Weinstein felt dizzy and fell at Rikers Island on Sunday, and he hit his head.
Death row inmate Nathaniel Woods is seen in Atmore, Alabama.

Alabama executed Nathaniel Woods for killing 3 cops — even though his co-defendant confessed to shooting them

Nathaniel Woods' co-defendant who admitted to killing the police said Woods didn't have a gun on him and had run away when shots rang out.
Doherty Tim, senior officer specialist, Federal Bureau of Prisons, chats with Ben Lupo, 64, from Youngstown, Ohio, at Devens federal prison in Massachusetts, on Tuesday, April 22, 2015.

US jails and prisons are ‘fertile grounds for infectious disease’ and preventing the spread of coronavirus behind bars will be a challenge...

Like the flu, coronavirus prevention is dependent on isolating from people who are sick. In jails and prisons, that may be a challenge.

Brazilian pro gamer turned influencer sentenced to 116 years in prison on fraud charges

Shayene "shAy" Victorio left an esports career to be a social-media influencer. Now, she's facing 30 years in prison — the maximum allowed in Brazil.
Guards by a hole where prisoners in a gallery for members of Brazil's First Capital Command gang broke out, in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay, January 22, 2020.

3 jailbreaks in 3 countries reveal ongoing problems in fight against Latin America’s most powerful gangs

2020 is only two months old, but Latin America has already seen three jailbreaks by the region's most powerful criminal groups.
Weinstein arrives at New York City Criminal Court for the continuation of this trial on January 24, 2020 in New York City.

Prison consultants say Harvey Weinstein should keep his head down and stay away from other sex offenders when he gets to jail

Harvey Weinstein is expected to be housed at the notorious Rikers Island as he waits to be sentenced following his rape conviction.