Prisons

April 17, 2019 - 1:29 pm
TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — Lawyers reached an undisclosed settlement Tuesday in a federal lawsuit in which the family of an Arkansas man alleged employees of a for-profit jail left the man to die in his cell as his health deteriorated. Representatives for Michael Sabbie's family and LaSalle...
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This undated photo released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department shows Ike Souzer, a 15-year-old accused of killing his mother who has escaped a Southern California jail. Probation officials say Souzer escaped from the Orange County Juvenile Hall and jumped a perimeter fence just after midnight, Friday April 12, 2019. The 6-foot-tall, 200-pound teen was wearing red pants and a white shirt and may have an injured leg. (Orange County Sheriff's Department via AP)
April 13, 2019 - 1:02 am
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the escape of a 15-year-old inmate charged with killing his mother (all times local): 11 p.m. A law enforcement official said a "very good lead" led authorities about 9 p.m. Friday to a McDonald's restaurant in Anaheim, where officers recaptured a 15-year-old boy...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2013, file photo, the Huntsville "Walls" Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit, where the death chamber is located, is shown in Huntsville, Texas. Since 2011, the rate of attempted suicide in the prisons of Texas, one of America's most heavily incarcerated states, has steadily risen, records show. The rate of actual suicides has been more sporadic, although it was higher on average in the last five years than the five before that. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
April 12, 2019 - 9:41 am
DALLAS (AP) — The number of suicide attempts among Texas prisoners logged by authorities has nearly tripled in the last decade. That's according to documents The Associated Press obtained from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The suicide attempts rose from less than 700 in 2009 to nearly 2...
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In this March 29, 2018, photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. New Zealand’s official privacy watchdog has described Facebook as “morally bankrupt” and suggested his country follow neighboring Australia’s lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch mosque shootings. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 08, 2019 - 4:49 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — New Zealand's official privacy watchdog on Monday described Facebook as "morally bankrupt" and suggested his country follow neighboring Australia's lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch mosque shootings. Privacy...
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In this undated photo provided by the Prison Law Office, a non-profit public interest law firm that provides free legal services to prison inmates, is a dining hall where damaged ceiling tiles have been removed at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, Calif. California is spending $260 million over four years to repair leaking roofs and clear dangerous mold that imperils more than two dozen deteriorating prisons. An inmate lawsuit over the conditions says the repairs aren't moving fast enough. (Prison Law Office via AP)
April 06, 2019 - 3:55 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Maggots and mice have fallen onto inmates' dining tables at a California state prison where holes in the roof also allow rain and bird droppings to seep through and streak the walls, according to an inmate lawsuit that charges the state isn't moving fast enough to repair...
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Attorney General William Barr attends the 2019 Prison Reform Summit and First Step Act Celebration in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 05, 2019 - 6:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has ordered the FBI and the Bureau of Prisons to investigate allegations of discrimination against LGBTQ employees, he said in a letter released Friday. The announcement came in response to concerns from DOJ Pride, a group that represents thousands of...
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This image provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows part of the wanted poster for Frederick Darren Berg. Federal agents believe Berg, the man who masterminded a $100 million Ponzi scheme and escaped from a federal prison in California, may have fled to South America. Court records reviewed by The Associated Press detail the investigation into the 2017 escape of Berg. The documents say the U.S. Marshals Service has named Berg’s former boyfriend, Darrell Ray Blankenship, as a “person of interest” in connection with the escape. Blankenship has not been charged with a crime. (U.S. Marshals Service via AP)
April 04, 2019 - 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who masterminded a $100 million Ponzi scheme and escaped from a federal prison in California may have fled to South America and federal officials have named his boyfriend as a person of interest in the case, according to court records reviewed by The Associated Press on...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Patrick Murphy. Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of Murphy who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn't accompany him. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says Wednesday, April 3, 2019, effective immediately it will only permit security staff into the death chamber because of the high court's ruling staying the execution of Murphy, a member of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP, File)
April 04, 2019 - 12:42 am
DALLAS (AP) — Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn't accompany him. Effective immediately, the Texas Department...
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FILE- In this June 18, 2015 file photo, prisoners stand in a crowded lunch line during a prison tour at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Ala. he Justice Department has determined that Alabama's prisons are violating the Constitution by failing to protect inmates from violence and sexual abuse and by housing them in unsafe and overcrowded facilities, according to a scathing report Wednesda, April 3, 2019, that described the problems as "severe" and "systemic.". (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
April 03, 2019 - 8:53 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has the nation's deadliest prisons, where violence is "too common, cruel, of an unusual nature, and pervasive" the Department of Justice found Wednesday in a scathing report that said male inmates are housed in unconstitutional conditions. During a single week in...
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April 01, 2019 - 9:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday that Missouri can execute an inmate who argued his rare medical condition will result in severe pain if he is given death-causing drugs. The justices split along ideological lines in ruling 5-4 against inmate Russell Bucklew (BUCK-loo), who is on...
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