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Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Dec. 01, 2021 14:03 PM EST

Dothan Eagle. November 27, 2021. Editorial: New penitentiaries, same old hellholes Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a report alleging constitutional violations in the Alabama prison system. DOJ cited overcrowding in the state’s...

California now limits medical parole to those on ventilators

Nov. 30, 2021 14:25 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new California policy could send dozens of quadriplegic, paraplegic or otherwise permanently incapacitated inmates from nursing homes back to state prisons. Prison officials say a change in federal rules led them to limit medical parole to...

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...

Army officer who reported prisoner abuses dies at age 42

Nov. 24, 2021 16:48 PM EST

NEWBERRY, Mich. (AP) — A former Army officer and Detroit native who reported in 2005 that military prisoners in the Middle East were being beaten and abused by U.S. soldiers has died. Major Ian Fishback of Newberry, Michigan, died suddenly Nov. 19, according to his...

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. ...

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...

Liberal Oregon resists dropping controversial investments

Nov. 23, 2021 20:19 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon residents are increasingly pushing for the state to divest from fossil fuel companies and other controversial investments, but the state treasury is resisting and putting the onus on the Legislature. In addition to fossil fuel companies whose...

COVID uptick at Connecticut prisons as worker vax rates lag

Nov. 23, 2021 17:01 PM EST

The Connecticut Department of Correction, which has the lowest employee vaccination rate among executive branch state agencies at 65%, has seen a recent uptick in COVID-19 infections among staff and inmates, according to new state data. As of Tuesday morning, 107 inmates...

Two Palestinians end hunger strike after deal with Israel

Nov. 22, 2021 14:57 PM EST

Two Palestinian hunger strikers, including one who went without food for 131 days, on Monday suspended their strikes against Israel’s controversial policy of detaining them without charge after reaching a deal that will allow them to go free in the coming months, a prisoner rights group...