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Guard, 11 inmates hurt in Corrections Department bus crash

Oct. 30, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

CONEWAGO, Pa. (AP) — A state Department of Corrections bus that was carrying 38 inmates was involved in a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Friday, leaving a corrections officer and 11 inmates with minor injuries. State police said the crash in the turnpike's eastbound lanes in Conewago Township...

Idaho AG office joins investigation into 2018 inmate death

Oct. 30, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — The office of Idaho's Attorney General has joined an investigation into the Dec. 2018 death of an inmate at a county jail. Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh said Wednesday that he has asked for assistance from an investigator with the state attorney general's office in an...

More cases of virus reported among Nebraska prisons staff

Oct. 30, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — More cases of coronavirus are being reported among Nebraska prison system staffers, according to information from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. The department said in a news release Thursday night that three staff members had tested positive — one each at the...

This photo provided by the Norton Telegram shows the Andbe Home, a privately owned nursing home facility in Norton, Kan., on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A coronavirus outbreak has killed 10 residents in the nursing home. The health department in Norton County reported Monday night that all of the remaining 52 residents and an unspecified number of employees had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. (Dana M. Paxton/Norton Telegram via AP)

Troubled Kansas nursing home removed from Medicare program

Oct. 29, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A nursing home where every resident has tested positive for the coronavirus in a rural Kansas county with the state’s highest infection rate has been warned that federal officials are moving to remove it from the Medicare program, putting its funding at risk. A scathing report...

Colorado inmate dies while being treated for virus symptoms

Oct. 29, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — An inmate at a prison in southern Colorado died while being treated at a hospital after showing symptoms of the coronavirus, the state corrections department said Thursday. The 58-year-old man, who had been held at the Fremont Correctional Facility near Canon City, died Tuesday at Littleton...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo, a correctional officer closes the main gate at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. Hundreds of California prison inmates at the highest risk from the coronavirus have refused to be moved to safer cells, confounding officials who want to transfer thousands to locations where they are less vulnerable to airborne virus transmission. The unexpected development leaves corrections officials in a quandary as they consider how to avoid a repeat of deadly outbreaks like those at San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco, where 75% of inmates were sickened and 28 died this summer. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

We won't go: California inmates refuse move to safer cells

Oct. 29, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

More than 200 California inmates at the highest risk from coronavirus won’t move to safer cells, confounding officials who want to transfer thousands of prisoners to locations where they are less vulnerable to infection. The unexpected development leaves corrections officials in a quandary as they...

Afghan officials: 8 inmates dead after prison riot in Herat

Oct. 29, 2020 3:25 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Rioting at a prison in western Afghanistan has left at least eight inmates dead, provincial officials said Thursday. The violence erupted on Wednesday night at the prison in the city of Herat, the capital of western Herat province, according to Mohammad Rafiq Shirzai, a spokesman...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 28, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Oct. 25 The Sun Sentinel on COVID-19 deaths in Florida prisons: Florida used to confine its road-gang prisoners in old wooden barracks that it intended to replace sooner or later. On July 16, 1967, that became too late for 38 men who died when flames swiftly devoured...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo, a correctional officer closes the main gate at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. California prison officials did a poor job requiring inmates and staff to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and even

Inspector says lax prison enforcement increased virus risk

Oct. 26, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prison officials did a poor job requiring inmates and staff to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and even “perplexingly loosened” their policy just as cases were spiking, the state's inspector general said Monday. More than 15,500 inmates...

Fake psychologist who treated dozens gets 11 years in prison

Oct. 24, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — A judge in Virginia has sentenced a woman to 11 years in prison for pretending to be a psychologist and treating more than 100 patients, most of whom were children. The prison sentence that Stafford County Circuit Court Judge Charles Sharp handed down Friday to Sharonda Avery, 44, was...