Prisons

September 06, 2019 - 5:24 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Corrections has agreed to policy changes to accommodate Muslim inmates who wish to practice their religion, settling a lawsuit brought last year. A federal judge Friday signed the agreement in a case brought on behalf of two Muslim inmates by the...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 20, 2018 file photo, the website of the Telegram messaging app is displayed on a computer screen in Moscow, Russia. Russian opposition supporters in this summer’s anti-government protests are increasingly relying on an encrypted messaging app. Although officially banned in Russia, Telegram is still running, and experts say it’s harder to hijack than other popular platforms. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
September 06, 2019 - 6:38 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Anti-government protesters in Russia are increasingly relying on an encrypted and officially banned messaging app to pass on information in critical situations, from dodging riot police to giving those arrested a line to the outside. Although officially banned in Russia, Telegram is...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Billy Jack Crutsinger. Texas death row inmate Crutsinger is facing execution Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, for fatally stabbing an 89-year-old woman and her daughter more than 16 years ago after entering their Fort Worth home under the pretense of doing some work for them. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
September 03, 2019 - 9:09 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate is set to be executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing an 89-year-old woman and her daughter more than 16 years ago in their Fort Worth home. Billy Jack Crutsinger, 64, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Wednesday evening for the 2003 killings...
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August 29, 2019 - 2:55 pm
DENVER (AP) — A woman who gave birth alone in her jail cell in Denver is suing the city after deputies and nurses allegedly ignored her pleas for help during about five hours of labor. Clips of silent surveillance video released by her lawyer show Diana Sanchez eventually lying down on a narrow bed...
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Educator, author and businessman Stedman Graham speaks to inmates at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Graham, the longtime partner of Oprah Winfrey, spoke about leadership and finding your purpose at a special Academy of Hope program at the prison where seven inmates were killed in an April 2018 riot. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
August 28, 2019 - 2:14 pm
BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Before meeting his longtime partner, megastar Oprah Winfrey, Stedman Graham worked as a guard in a Chicago prison — and on Wednesday, for the first time in about 40 years, he entered prison again to speak to inmates about finding your purpose no matter where you are. Graham...
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August 21, 2019 - 10:08 am
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's largest prison faces "alarming" conditions driven by staffing shortages, record overtime and inmates who are secretly using synthetic drugs and contraband cellphones, according to the state's watchdog for correctional services. The state's Inspector General of...
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FILE - In this July 19, 2019, file photo, acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons Hugh Hurwitz speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. Hurwitz has been removed from his post more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody. Attorney General William Barr announced Hugh Hurwitz’s termination Monday, Aug. 19. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 19, 2019 - 1:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr removed the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons from his position Monday, more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody. Hugh Hurwitz's reassignment comes amid mounting evidence that...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders listens to a question for the audience during the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
August 18, 2019 - 6:35 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders listens to a question for the audience during the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
August 18, 2019 - 6:34 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat...
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August 16, 2019 - 12:38 pm
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California man who previously escaped from jail and was on the run for a week was convicted Friday of kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary owner who he mistakenly believed had buried large sums of money in the desert. A jury in Newport Beach found Hossein...
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