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3rd worker at federal prison charged with sexual misconduct

Dec. 03, 2021 18:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal correctional officer at a women’s prison in California was charged Friday with sexually abusing an inmate, just months after the prison’s warden was arrested for similar conduct. The officer, John Russell Bellhouse, is the latest employee...

Alabama inmate captured after leaving work detail

Dec. 03, 2021 16:42 PM EST

STAPLETON, Ala. (AP) — An inmate who escaped from a work detail in southwest Alabama was captured, authorities said Friday. Jonathan Singleton was arrested in Baldwin County near the Styx River, news outlets reported. Details of how he was caught weren't immediately...

Indiana inmate dies amid prison Legionnaires disease cases

Dec. 03, 2021 15:53 PM EST

PENDLETON, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana prison inmate has died after being among those confirmed ill with Legionnaire’s disease amid an outbreak of the bacterial lung infection at the facility, state prison officials said. The inmate from the Pendleton Correctional...

California jail guard indicted for sex assaults on inmates

Dec. 02, 2021 18:41 PM EST

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A California correctional officer was indicted Thursday on multiple counts of sexually assaulting female inmates at the San Joaquin County Jail, just months after another officer at the same facility was convicted of rape and other sexual assaults on inmates. ...

Nurse gets 10 years for sex assault of incapacitated woman

Dec. 02, 2021 18:08 PM EST

A former Arizona nurse was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday for sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman at a long-term care facility where she later gave birth. Nathan Sutherland received the maximum punishment called for under his agreement to plead guilty...

Durbin: Prisons chief has 'no intention of reforming' system

Dec. 02, 2021 16:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee lambasted the director of the beleaguered federal prison system on Thursday, saying he has “no intention of reforming the institution” and reiterating his call for the director to be immediately fired. ...

3 detention officers attacked at North Carolina county jail

Dec. 02, 2021 12:41 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff's office says three of its jail officers have been attacked by inmates in an eight-day span, but all three are back at work after they were briefly hospitalized. Maj. George Moore, supervisor for the Guilford County...

Legionnaires outbreak reported at central Indiana prison

Dec. 02, 2021 12:37 PM EST

PENDLETON, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana prison is facing an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, with five inmates either testing positive for the bacterial lung infection or with probable cases, officials said. State correction and health officials are working to...

AP PHOTOS: Drama festival puts spotlight on Romanian inmates

Dec. 02, 2021 04:31 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Performing on the main stage of the Nottara Theatre in downtown Bucharest is a dream of every aspiring artist in Romania, where hundreds of prison inmates have gotten that lucky break. A drama festival organized by the National Penitentiary...

Gang rams vehicles into prison, springs 9 inmates

Dec. 01, 2021 19:54 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A gang rammed several vehicles into a prison in central Mexico and escaped with nine inmates Wednesday in one of the most dramatic breakouts the country has seen in recent years. Authorities in the state of Hidalgo, just north of Mexico City, said in...