Months after being sent to prison for a fraud conviction, Iowa businessman Clarence Rice began experiencing severe stomach pains that required extended hospital visits. Then came the diagnosis of bile duct cancer -- and, with it, the painful acceptance that he'd have just months to live.
But this wasn't a Hollywood movie; it was a real-life breakout that left authorities struggling to find three escapees -- one an alleged killer -- and put together the pieces of how they managed to thwart security at a Southern California maximum-security jail.
While big-city jails get most of the attention, lockups in small and medium-sized counties have actually driven the overall explosion in the U.S. inmate population, according to a new analysis of 45 years of jail statistics.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie teamed up with former Governor Jim McGreevey at the Hudson County jail today, to meet and speak with more than two dozen female inmates participating in a substance abuse rehabilitation program.