Latest Prisoners' health News

Arizona abortion providers halt procedures after Roe ruling

Jun. 25, 2022 00:30 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Abortion providers across Arizona halted procedures Friday while they try to determine if a law dating to pre-statehood days means their doctors and nurses could face prison time now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that abortion rights are not protected by the Constitution. ...

Abortion bill, confederate holiday removal signed by Edwards

Jun. 21, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a bill that would make doctors who perform abortions subject to prison terms of one to 10 years — a measure that would take effect when and if the 1973 Supreme Court decision establishing abortion rights is overturned. The...

Nevada mom to plead guilty in crash involving 2 schoolgirls

Jun. 07, 2022 20:04 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman who had been accused of trying to kill two schoolgirls she blamed for fighting with her daughter at a Las Vegas-area high school plans to plead guilty to a reduced reckless driving charge, her attorney said Tuesday. Fatima Maria Mitchell, 36, remained...

Lawyers: Georgia prisoner killed guards but is mentally ill

Jun. 02, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) — Lawyers for a Georgia prisoner on trial for murdering two prison guards admit that Ricky Dubose killed the pair aboard a prison bus but say an abuse-filled childhood left him mentally ill. “Ricky Dubose is guilty and intellectually disabled,” defense...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

May. 24, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

Anderson Herald Bulletin. May 23, 2022. Editorial: Outbreak of Legionnaires’ may be costly to state Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in prisons are occasionally downplayed by the officials in charge of penal institutions. Earlier this year, it was...

Bill pushes feds to notify families of sick, dying inmates

May. 20, 2022 07:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New legislation introduced in the Senate would require the Justice Department to establish guidelines for the federal Bureau of Prisons and state correctional systems to notify the families of incarcerated people if their loved one has a serious illness, a life-threatening...

NC state employees getting extra day off for booster shot

May. 05, 2022 08:27 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state employees will get an extra day of vacation for receiving a COVID-19 booster, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday as state government uses a new incentive to increase vaccination rates. Cooper signed an executive order that provides the...

Judge finds Arizona prisoner mentally fit to be executed in the 1978 killing of university student

May. 04, 2022 11:27 AM EDT
PHOENIX (AP) — Judge finds Arizona prisoner mentally fit to be executed in the 1978 killing of university student.

Judge mulls Arizona prisoner’s mental fitness to be executed

May. 03, 2022 20:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge plans to issue a ruling Tuesday night on a request by an Arizona prisoner to stop his May 11 execution on the grounds that his psychological problems keep him from rationally understanding why the state wants to end his life. Lawyers for Clarence Dixon, who...

California inmate overdoses plummet under drug program

Apr. 26, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The spiraling number of overdose deaths and hospitalizations among California prison inmates fell dramatically during the first two years of a program that uses prescribed drugs to treat more incarcerated addicts than any such program in the country, officials said...