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In this Wednesday March 4, 2020 courtroom sketch Joshua Schulte, center, is seated at the defense table flanked by his attorneys during jury deliberations in New York. Joshua Schulte, a former CIA software engineer charged with leaking government secrets to WikiLeaks says it's cruel and unusual punishment that he's awaiting trial in solitary confinement, housed in a vermin-infested cell of a jail unit where inmates are treated like “caged animals.

Ex-CIA engineer tells judge he's incarcerated like an animal

Jan. 24, 2021 11:23 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A former CIA software engineer charged with leaking government secrets to WikiLeaks says it's cruel and unusual punishment that he's awaiting trial in solitary confinement, housed in a vermin-infested cell of a jail unit where inmates are treated like “caged animals." Joshua Schulte,...

Anthony Martinez, left, embraces his niece, Kelly Brasier, at the Logan County Northeast Colorado Health Department building while trying to secure Anthony's birth certificate Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 in Sterling, Colo. Anthony Martinez, 84, suffering from dementia, was released from the Sterling Correctional Facility Friday after serving over 30-years in prison burglary and habitual offenses, Governor Polis commuted his sentence. Kelly is taking her uncle to Pennsylvania to take care of him. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP)

Lawmakers try to fix Colorado's special needs parole system

Jan. 23, 2021 10:10 AM EST

STERLING, Colo. (AP) — Kelly Brasier gripped the handles of the empty wheelchair in the Colorado prison parking lot as two corrections employees unloaded a frail man in a blue prison uniform with wispy white hair, then wheeled him toward her. Brasier quickly hugged her uncle in the wheelchair, Anthony...

NAACP files suit over virus outbreak at Georgia prison

Jan. 22, 2021 5:48 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The NAACP has filed suit against Georgia prison officials, blaming a lack of COVID-19 testing and insufficient safeguards for an outbreak that infected nearly 1-in-10 inmates with the coronavirus at one prison. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to order officials at Coffee Correctional...

3 more people in Oregon prisons infected with COVID-19 die

Jan. 21, 2021 5:09 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Three more people who were incarcerated in Oregon prisons have died after contracting COVID-19, state officials said. Two men lodged at Two Rivers Correctional Institution, who were both between 70 and 80 years old, died at a local hospital this week, the Oregon Department of...

Pima County jail inmate with COVID-19 dies at hospital

Jan. 21, 2021 12:48 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Pima County Sheriff's Department says a 47-year-old inmate being treated for COVID-19 complications died Wednesday at a hospital. The department did not release the inmate's identity but said the inmate had been in custody since January 2020 on charges of drug possession for sale,...

Transgender teen must use male name on offender registry

Jan. 20, 2021 3:03 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court rejected arguments Wednesday from a transgender teen who contended she shouldn't be forced to register as a sex offender because she has to use her male name on the registry in violation of her free speech rights. The teen, identified only as Ella in court...

FILE - In this May 27, 1956 file photo, French troops seal off Algiers' notorious casbah, 400-year-old teeming Arab quarter. French President Emmanuel Macron wants to take further steps to reckon with France's colonial-era wrongs in Algeria but is not considering an official apology, his office said. (AP Photo, file)

France to reckon with Algeria colonial past, won't apologize

Jan. 20, 2021 10:53 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron wants to take further steps to reckon with France’s colonial-era wrongs in Algeria but is not considering an official apology, his office said. A report commissioned by Macron, to be published later Wednesday, submits proposals to improve the complex...

Lawmaker wants task force to study COVID in prisons

Jan. 19, 2021 9:05 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A state lawmaker in Delaware said he plans to introduce a measure that would establish a task force to study how prison officials are handling the coronavirus pandemic. The Delaware State News reports that Rep. Sean Lynn hopes the measure will alleviate complaints and concerns...

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...

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...