LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A prison transport driver convicted last year of sexually assaulting two female inmates was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus five years.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian held without charge by Israeli authorities is in “extremely dangerous” condition more than three months into a hunger strike to protest his detention, a group representing detainees said Thursday.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi prisons will reopen to visitors on Nov. 1 after being closed in late July when the state was seeing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain said Thursday.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A western South Dakota inmate who walked away from a minimum-security facility was arrested Wednesday, corrections officials said.
Inmate Timothy Mitchell had been on escape status since Oct.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Offenders at North Carolina’s 55 state prisons won't get cards, photos or handwritten letters anymore. Instead, officials said they will receive a printed-out versions of digital scans.
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Five corrections officers at a state prison in Georgia are accused in two incidents in which inmates were injured last month.
Warrants show four officers at Rutledge State Prison in Columbus are accused of beating a handcuffed inmate or standing by while the man suffered substantial injuries Sept.
BANGKOK (AP) — Crowds gathered Tuesday outside prisons around Myanmar, waiting for at least a glimpse of friends and relatives who were being freed under an amnesty for people arrested for protesting against military rule.
GIRARD, Kan. (AP) — A Crawford County jail inmate has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of another inmate, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Monday.
Gavin P. Wood, 25, of Arma was charged after inmate Dante Martinez, 20, of Pittsburg died on Saturday, the KBI said.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's court system agreed to release a nonprofit group's analysis of state criminal justice data after the governor's office refused to release the information.
The state's judicial branch released almost 100 pages of reports the nonprofit Crime and Justice Institute has presented to a group of officials who are trying to decide how to address Nebraska's prison overcrowding.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two men who had escaped from an Oklahoma county jail and a state prison in separate incidents have been found and returned to the facilities where they were being held, according to authorities.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana prison system will again start allowing people to visit inmates, nearly three months after the visits were stopped because of the state's surge in COVID-19 cases.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California judge tentatively ruled Friday that state prison officials acted with deliberate indifference when they caused a deadly coronavirus outbreak at one of the world’s most famous prisons last year.
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan must serve kosher meat, dairy and cheesecake to prisoners observing the Jewish Sabbath and holidays, a federal appeals court said, rejecting arguments that a special menu would be too costly and disruptive.
GENEVA — The World Health Organization says the number of global coronavirus cases fell in the last week, continuing a downward trend that began in late August.
In its latest weekly assessment of the pandemic published on Wednesday, the U.N.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday blocked an order due to take effect this week that required California prison employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's prison workforce shortage has become so severe that two facilities have cut back on the hours when they're fully operational and a third will do the same starting next week, the state corrections director said Wednesday.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A male corrections officer at New Jersey's long-troubled and only women's prison has been charged with sexually assaulting an inmate and official misconduct, the state's top law enforcement official said Wednesday.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — At least 250 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel have begun a hunger strike to protest their relocation to isolated cells, officials said Wednesday.
The hunger strike, led by the militant Islamic Jihad group, comes amid heightened tensions in Israeli detention facilities following the escape of six prisoners from a high-security prison last month.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two inmates were killed within a week in reported assaults in Alabama prisons, a system that is facing a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit over excessive violence.
Kristi Simpson, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Corrections, confirmed the deaths and said they are under investigation.
A Jewish death row inmate who was part of the so-called “Texas 7” gang should get a new capital murder trial because the judge who presided over his case held anti-Semitic views, a state district judge said Monday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge said prison staffing levels can remain an issue in the U.S. Department of Justice's lawsuit against Alabama, but said federal officials must provide more details behind some of their allegations.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada inmate who escaped by cutting off his ankle monitor is back in custody.
KLAS-TV in Las Vegas reported Monday 33-year-old Tyler Kennedy returned to Westcare Harris Springs Ranch Rehabilitation Center in Clark County to seek shelter from the weather.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Correction now has a suicide prevention hotline which friends and family of inmates can call if they are concerned about their loved one, the department announced.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are refusing to release presentations the state has received from a nonprofit group that is analyzing criminal justice data to help the state deal with severe overcrowding in its prison system.
HOUSTON (AP) — Executions in the nation’s busiest capital punishment state face delays amid legal questions over Texas’ refusal to allow spiritual advisers to touch inmates and pray aloud as condemned individuals are being put to death.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to two life prison terms in the beating and stabbing deaths of a Topeka woman and her cousin.
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio told the director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons he's “deeply concerned" over the failure to protect inmates at a federal prison in Florida.
In a letter to director Michael Carvajal, the Florida senator also inquired about the Federal Correctional Complex Coleman's handling of a recent audit that reviewed how incidents of rape behind bars are handled.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Staffing shortages have gotten so bad at a Kansas prison that has been the scene of past unrest that inmates are spending more time confined to their cells, officials say.
Kansas Department of Corrections spokesperson Carol Pitts said in an email that staffing is a problem across the prison system but that the “greatest challenge" is at the El Dorado Correctional Facility.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison guard killed himself after reporting corruption and harassment to authorities and cooperating with attorneys suing the state, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina corrections officials will move forward with $92 million in improvement projects at prisons statewide after lawmakers' approval.
The Joint Bond Review Committee's Tuesday approval marks the state's largest one-year investment in prison improvements, The Post and Courier reported.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two Nebraska inmates have died in as many days, including one who had test positive for COVID-19 prior to his death, prison officials said.
An inmate in his 40s died at a Lincoln hospital Tuesday night after testing positive for the virus, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said in a news release.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is again extending its contract for another year to house about 150 inmates at a private Mississippi prison, the state Department of Corrections said Tuesday.
It's the last extension allowed under the original contract signed with CoreCivic in 2018, the department said.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama intends to move quickly on building new prisons under a plan that taps pandemic relief funds and could skip the normal bidding process for the construction of two supersize facilities.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Amid a national debate over the use of pandemic relief funds, Alabama lawmakers swiftly approved a plan to tap $400 million from the American Rescue Plan to help build two super-size prisons, brushing off criticism from congressional Democrats that the money was not intended for such projects.
LEESBURG, N.J. (AP) — A corrections officer at a state prison in southern New Jersey was arrested Friday on charges he beat and humiliated inmates without provocation or justification, according to federal prosecutors.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Maryland are recommending 25-year prison sentences for two neo-Nazi group members, calling them domestic terrorists who prepared for a civil war, discussed how to break racist mass killer Dylann Roof out of death row and talked about assassinating a Virginia lawmaker.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's president has declared a state of emergency in the prison system following a battle among gang members in a coastal lockup that killed at least 118 people and injured 79 in what authorities say was the worst prison bloodbath ever in the country.
RALEIGH, N.C (AP) — Four North Carolina state prisons and a drug addiction treatment facility for probationers are getting their names changed because of histories connected to racism or slavery, the Department of Public Safety announced Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) — When Democrats passed President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, Republicans called it liberal “pet projects” disguised as pandemic aid.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Thursday continued to advance a $1.3 billion prison construction plan that would be partly funded with pandemic economic relief dollars, saying they are comfortable that the expenditure is allowed.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Corrections has been more successful getting inmates immunized against the coronavirus than it has for its own employees, vaccination rates show.
DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — The warden of a federal prison in California has been charged with sexually abusing an inmate, authorities said Wednesday.
Ray J. Garcia, 54, of Merced, allegedly groped at least one of his female wards, asked at least two inmates to strip naked for him and took and stored photographs of a naked inmate in a cell at the Federal Correctional Institute Dublin in California's San Francisco Bay area, according to a statement from the U.S.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A battle between gangs in a prison killed at least 116 people and injured 80 in what authorities are calling the worst penitentiary massacre in Ecuador's history. At least five dead were reported beheaded, officials said Wednesday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday headed toward swift approval of a prison construction package that would tap $400 million of the state’s pandemic relief funds to help pay for building three new lockups.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is letting men on death row get together regularly for recreation, talk, worship and to share at least one of their daily meals, settling a 2017 lawsuit alleging that solitary confinement in tiny cells was inhumane.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a minimum security inmate at the South Dakota State Penitentiary walked away from a community service work assignment on Wednesday.
Eric Blue Bird, 29, was placed on escape status after leaving the Sioux Falls Community Work Center.
EATONTON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia prisoner found guilty of murder in the 2017 killings of two guards on a transport bus was sentenced Wednesday to serve life in prison without parole.
After taking only a few hours last week to convict Donnie Rowe of malice murder and other crimes, jurors could not agree on whether he should be sentenced to death, news outlets reported.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Federal prosecutors assert that everybody who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 should be evaluated individually when deciding whether a prison sentence is warranted. On Wednesday, a judge accepted the Justice Department's assessment that two friends from Ohio fall into a category of rioters who deserve to be incarcerated.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Failing security cameras in federal prisons have allowed inmates to escape undetected and were at the center of the investigation when wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself behind bars in 2019.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A riot in a penitentiary in coastal city of Guayaquil killed 24 inmates and injured 48 more Tuesday, Ecuadorian officials said.
A police and military operation managed to regain control of the Guayaquil prison after five hours, according to a statement from Ecuador’s prison service.