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Kitsap County prosecutor declines charges in jail death

Jun. 22, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — The Kitsap County prosecutor said he won't file charges against corrections officers involved in last year's death of a mentally ill murder suspect at the jail. Prosecutor Chad Enright wrote in a memorandum that Sean Howell’s death could not...

Australian prison to be evacuated after mice move in

Jun. 22, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A plague of mice that has ravaged vast swathes of eastern Australia has forced the evacuation of a prison while authorities repair gnawed electrical wiring and clear dead and decaying mice from walls and ceilings. Around 200 staff and 420...

Suu Kyi tells lawyers trial testimony against her is wrong

Jun. 21, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Lawyers for Myanmar's ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said Monday she told them some of the testimony against her was wrong in her trial on criminal charges that could send her to prison and end her political career. In the trial, now in its second week....

6 inmates injured in van crash on Florida highway

Jun. 20, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

BELLEVIEW, Fla. (AP) — Six inmates were hospitalized after a transport van crashed on a Florida highway, authorities said Sunday. A box truck rear-ended the van on 1-75 near Belleview. The van was driven by U.S. Corrections, a private inmate services company, according...

2 ex-Oklahoma County jail employees charged with felonies

Jun. 18, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors charged two former employees of the Oklahoma County Jail in separate cases in which they are accused of allowing inmates to severely injure each other. Michael Thomas Hughes, 25, is charged in Oklahoma County District Court with one...

Biden's silence on executions adds to death penalty disarray

Jun. 18, 2021 06:05 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Activists widely expected Joe Biden to take swift action against the death penalty as the first sitting president to oppose capital punishment, especially since an unprecedented spate of executions by his predecessor ended just days before Biden took office. ...

Migrants will replace inmates in a South Texas prison

Jun. 17, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas is transferring inmates from a state prison to make room for migrants detained by state authorities, a prison system spokesman said Thursday. The prison system began moving inmates from the Dolph Briscoe Unit prison in Dilley to other prisons...

Alabama asks court to dismiss part of suit over prisons

Jun. 17, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Justice Department lawsuit challenging sanitation and safety concerns in Alabama's men's prisons is too vague and should not be allowed to go forward, the state said in asking a court to dismiss part of the case. The federal government has not...

Faster jail transfers to California mental hospitals upheld

Jun. 17, 2021 01:17 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California can't lock up people for months in jails after they have been found mentally incompetent to stand trial, a state appeals court said. In a 3-0 ruling Tuesday, a panel of the First District Court of Appeal upheld a 2019 lower court order...

2 South Carolina executions halted until firing squad formed

Jun. 16, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the planned executions of two inmates by electrocution, saying they cannot be put to death until they truly have the choice of a firing squad option set out in the state's newly revised capital punishment law. ...