Latest Prison overcrowding News

Inmate releases debated at Texas' biggest jail amid pandemic

Jan. 15, 2021 4:51 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday asked officials to review how more than 1,900 inmates in Texas’ largest county jail could be released to relieve overcrowding at a facility where officials worry about a potential COVID-19 outbreak. Earlier this week, attorneys for Harris County Sheriff Ed...

More than 40% of Alaska inmates have contracted coronavirus

Jan. 12, 2021 9:13 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Data from the Alaska Department of Corrections show that more than 40% of the people incarcerated in Alaska have been infected with the coronavirus. Case counts have exceeded 100 inmates in at least six Alaska prisons, Alaska Public Media reported Monday. Jeremy Hough, the...

Nebraska proposes $230 million new prison to fight crowding

Dec. 21, 2020 6:08 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's corrections department will propose to lawmakers a new, $230 million prison to reduce chronic overcrowding that's likely to get worse, the agency's director said Monday. Corrections Director Scott Frakes will present the plan in the upcoming legislative session with backing...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2012 file photo, a Pakistani paramilitary soldier stands guard on the rooftop as a police officer escorts prisoners at central prison on the outskirts of Rawalpindi, Pakistan. A joint human rights report by London-based Amnesty International and Justice Project Pakistan report released Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 harshly criticized Pakistan’s response to the coronavirus threat faced by tens of thousands of inmates living in overcrowded and often unsanitary prisons. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

COVID-19 runs unchecked in Pakistan's overcrowded prisons

Dec. 13, 2020 2:07 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A human rights report released Monday harshly criticized Pakistan’s response to the coronavirus threat faced by tens of thousands of inmates stuck in overcrowded and often unsanitary prisons. Instead of following through on promises to ease prison overcrowding made when the pandemic...

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, Sandy Ray, holds photos of her son, Steven Davis, during a press conference at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala. Davis died in 2019 after an altercation with corrections officers at the prison where he was incarcerated. Ray said she has received little information about his death. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, against Alabama over conditions in the state prisons, saying the state is failing to protect male inmates from inmate-on-inmate violence and excessive force at the hands of prison staff. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler, File)

Justice Department sues Alabama over prison conditions

Dec. 10, 2020 12:55 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Alabama over conditions in the state prisons, saying the state is failing to protect male inmates from inmate-on-inmate violence and excessive force at the hands of prison staff. The lawsuit alleges that conditions in...

Kentucky reopens former private prison closed after scandal

Dec. 5, 2020 12:20 PM EST

WHEELWRIGHT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Friday that the Department of Corrections has officially reopened a prison in Floyd County that closed in 2012 after sexual abuse allegations. The former Otter Creek Correctional Center was previously run by Tennessee-based private prison...

A family member of an inmate pleads to a policeman as she seeks information on the condition of her relative outside the Mahara prison complex following an overnight unrest in Mahara, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Sri Lankan officials say six inmates were killed and 35 others were injured when guards opened fire to control a riot at a prison on the outskirts of the capital. Two guards were critically injured. Pandemic-related unrest has been growing in Sri Lanka's overcrowded prisons. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Rights group asks Sri Lanka to probe deadly prison unrest

Dec. 1, 2020 10:35 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international human rights group has asked Sri Lanka to conduct an impartial investigation into prison unrest and the use of live ammunition by guards that resulted in the death of 11 inmates and injuries to more than 100 others. Amnesty International said authorities should...

A family member of an inmate pleads to a policeman as she seeks information on the condition of her relative outside the Mahara prison complex following an overnight unrest in Mahara, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Sri Lankan officials say six inmates were killed and 35 others were injured when guards opened fire to control a riot at a prison on the outskirts of the capital. Two guards were critically injured. Pandemic-related unrest has been growing in Sri Lanka's overcrowded prisons. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: 8 dead in pandemic unrest at Sri Lanka prison

Nov. 30, 2020 9:23 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Inmates unhappy about the coronavirus threat at an overcrowded prison near Sri Lanka's capital have clashed with guards who opened fire, leaving eight prisoners dead and 59 others injured, officials said Monday. Two guards were critically injured, they said. Pandemic-related...

A family member of an inmate pleads lying at the feet of a policeman demanding to know the condition of her relative outside the Mahara prison complex following an overnight unrest in Mahara, outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Sri Lankan officials say six inmates were killed and 35 others were injured when guards opened fire to control a riot at a prison on the outskirts of the capital. Two guards were critically injured. Pandemic-related unrest has been growing in Sri Lanka's overcrowded prisons. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lankan prison riot leaves 8 inmates dead, 59 injured

Nov. 30, 2020 9:20 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Eight inmates were killed and 59 others were injured when guards opened fire to control a riot at a prison on the outskirts of Sri Lanka's capital, officials said Monday. Two guards were critically injured, they said. Pandemic-related unrest has been growing in Sri Lanka’s...

COVID-19 in custody: Alabama ranks 9th for inmate deaths

Nov. 27, 2020 10:26 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — At the Bibb Correctional Facility in Alabama, the old prison chapel has been turned into a quarantine zone. The sound of coughing is constant. And some people appear afraid to enter the room. An inmate described life in the quarantine to The Associated Press, speaking anonymously...