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National bail fund exits Georgia over new law that expands cash bail and limits groups that help

Jun. 10, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Bail Project, a national nonprofit that aids thousands of low-income people who are behind bars, announced Monday that it has closed its Atlanta branch due to a new Georgia law that expands cash bail and restricts organizations that post inmates’ bonds as they await trial. ...

A report says women were abused in Nigerian military cells after fleeing Boko Haram captivity

Jun. 10, 2024 11:38 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Dozens of women and young girls have been unlawfully detained and abused in Nigerian military detention facilities after escaping captivity by Boko Haram extremists in the country’s northeast, Amnesty International said in a new report on Monday. Some of the...

Who are the 4 hostages rescued by Israeli forces from captivity in Gaza?

Jun. 08, 2024 15:19 PM EDT

The four captives rescued by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Saturday had been abducted from a desert rave near the border during Hamas' wide-ranging assault into Israel on Oct. 7. One had emerged as an icon of the agonizing hostage crisis that is still far from over. Noa...

Bill requiring safe storage of firearms set to become law in Rhode Island

Jun. 07, 2024 14:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would require the safe storage of firearms in Rhode Island has been approved by lawmakers and is awaiting the governor's signature. The bill, which won final approval from lawmakers on Thursday, would require all firearms, when not in use by the owner or...

Trump tries to move past his guilty verdict by attacking the criminal justice system

May. 31, 2024 19:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump sought to move past his historic criminal conviction on Friday and build momentum for his bid to return to the White House with fierce attacks on the judge who oversaw the case, the prosecution’s star witness and the criminal justice system as a whole. ...

A German court will try a far-right politician next month over a second alleged use of a Nazi slogan

May. 29, 2024 10:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A prominent member of the far-right Alternative for Germany party who was fined for knowingly using a Nazi slogan in a speech will go on trial again next month for allegedly using the slogan a second time, a court said Wednesday. The state court in Halle scheduled the...

'Son of Sam' killer Berkowitz denied parole in 12th attempt

May. 28, 2024 10:33 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — “Son of Sam” killer David Berkowitz, who set New York City on edge with late-night shootings in the 1970s, was denied parole after his twelfth board appearance. Berkowitz, 70, was rejected after a Board of Parole prison interview on May 14, according to...

American is flying home after getting suspended sentence for ammo possession in Turks and Caicos

May. 25, 2024 00:20 AM EDT

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands (AP) — An American arrested in the Caribbean for illegally carrying ammunition received a suspended sentence Friday, according to a spokesperson for the Turks and Caicos Islands, and his spokesman said he was flying back to the United States. ...

Governor appoints Jared Hoy as the new leader of Wisconsin's prison system

May. 24, 2024 12:06 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday that he is promoting a deputy secretary at the embattled Wisconsin Department of Corrections to be the new leader of the state's prison system that has been plagued by overcrowding and understaffing. Jared Hoy will take over...

Wisconsin criminal justice groups argue for invalidating constitutional amendments on bail

May. 22, 2024 16:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin criminal justice advocates argued in court Wednesday that Republican-backed cash bail constitutional amendments approved by voters last year should be invalidated over procedural flaws, a case that elections officials and the Legislature call a cynical attempt to...