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Alabama prisons to resume visitation after 20 months

Nov. 27, 2021 09:11 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama prison inmates will soon be allowed personal visitors for the first time in 20 months, but there will be a number of restrictions. The Alabama Department of Corrections said in a news release that visitation will resume Dec. 4. Visitation...

Court blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for California prisons

Nov. 26, 2021 22:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked an order that all California prison workers must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or have a religious or medical exemption. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a...

Manhunt underway for escaped inmate in Louisiana

Nov. 26, 2021 17:47 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities searched Friday for an inmate who escaped from a south Louisiana prison. The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections said a manhunt is underway for 23-year-old Shwilliam Cheevis, who is serving 15 years for sentences out of...

Noem names new leadership at Department of Corrections

Nov. 24, 2021 16:35 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday appointed a new interim cabinet secretary overseeing the state's prison system, as well as named a warden for the State Penitentiary. The Republican governor said that the previous interim Secretary of...

DOJ: Alabama prisons unimproved, remain violent and deadly

Nov. 24, 2021 15:33 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says conditions in Alabama prisons have not improved since the federal government warned the state of unconstitutional conditions three years ago and that male inmates continue to live in deadly and dangerous conditions. ...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Nov. 24, 2021 14:14 PM EST

South Florida Sun Sentinel. November 18, 2021. Editorial: Three days in Tallahassee we could easily have lived without The show’s over. It was brief, three days. The plot was predictable. It played to a near-empty house with as...

Connecticut inmate dies from COVID-19

Nov. 24, 2021 13:04 PM EST

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A 62-year-old Connecticut inmate has died from complications from the coronavirus, the 22nd state prisoner death related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began last year, state officials said Wednesday. The man was serving a sentence for driving...

Speedy trial OK'd for murder suspect who fled transport van

Nov. 24, 2021 12:32 PM EST

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A murder suspect who escaped from a prisoner transport van last year when its driver stopped at a fast-food restaurant in northwest Indiana will stand trial in January in a Chicago man's slaying. A Lake County judge granted a motion for a speedy...

Judge convicts 2 Rotterdam rioters, sentences them to prison

Nov. 24, 2021 11:52 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A judge convicted a man and a woman Wednesday of involvement in rioting in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam last week and sentenced both to prison terms, prosecutors said. A demonstration against government coronavirus restrictions...

Tennessee corrections leader to join criminal justice group

Nov. 24, 2021 04:07 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker plans to join a nonprofit based on criminal justice reform next year after he leaves his state post. According to a 4th Purpose Foundation news release, Parker will join the...