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Brown moves forward with closing 3 prisons in Oregon

Jan. 17, 2021 8:16 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown is closing three Oregon prisons, a decision authorities say would save the state more than $44 million. The governor said she believes the money could be better invested elsewhere, such as early childhood education. The prison closure plan was included in the budget...

3 inmates die, many more ill in COVID-19 prison outbreaks

Jan. 16, 2021 6:41 PM EST

UMATILLA, Ore. (AP) — Two inmates at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla and another at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras have died in the past week after testing positive for COVID-19. That makes it at least five Oregon prisoners who have died since the new year in the latest...

3 inmates escape from southeast Missouri jail

Jan. 16, 2021 4:27 PM EST

IRONTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say three men escaped from a southeast Missouri jail after removing a large block from a cell wall. Iron County Sheriff Jeff Burkett said the escape happened around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. Ironton police said in a news release that they are armed and that authorities...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump trial pending, McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience'

Jan. 16, 2021 12:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is likely to start after Joe Biden's inauguration, and the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is telling senators their decision on whether to convict the outgoing president over the Capitol riot will be a “vote of conscience.” The...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. All federal prisons in the United States have been placed on lockdown, with officials aiming to quell any potential violence that could arise behind bars as law enforcement prepares for potentially violent protests across the country in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Federal prisons on lockdown in run-up to Biden inauguration

Jan. 16, 2021 11:58 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — All federal prisons in the United States have been placed on lockdown, with officials aiming to quell any potential violence that could arise behind bars as law enforcement prepares for potentially violent protests across the country in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump trial pending, McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience'

Jan. 15, 2021 6:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is likely to start after Joe Biden's inauguration, and the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is telling senators their decision on whether to convict the outgoing president over the Capitol riot will be a “vote of conscience.” The...

Court: Law that reduced drug sentences not retroactive

Jan. 15, 2021 5:08 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 2015 Connecticut criminal justice reform law that reduced prison time for certain drug possession crimes does not apply retroactively, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision affecting some convicts seeking to have lengthy drug-related sentences cut short. Justices said...

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...

Doctor gets 7 years behind bars for prescription scheme

Jan. 15, 2021 4:15 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A doctor has been sentenced to seven years in prison for her role in a scheme to prescribe Adderall to people without a legitimate medical purpose. Leslie Caraceni, 58, of Uxbridge, was also sentenced Wednesday in federal court to three years of probation, federal prosecutors said in a...

Killer who became mentor in prison has sentenced reduced

Jan. 15, 2021 3:45 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut inmate who helped start a mentoring program for younger prisoners has had his sentence reduced and could be released next year. Clyde Meikle, 49, who was convicted of murder in the shotgun slaying of a cousin in 1994, was granted a sentence modification Friday from 50...