Latest Treatment of prisoners News

Senators push new oversight to combat federal prison crises

Sep. 28, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation Wednesday to overhaul oversight and bring greater transparency to the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons following reporting from The Associated Press that exposed systemic corruption in the federal prison system...

Lawsuit says woman gave birth alone on Maryland jail floor

Sep. 27, 2022 22:25 PM EDT

A woman who said she was left to give birth to her baby alone on the dirty, concrete floor of her jail cell in Maryland filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging that jail nurses ignored her screams and pleas for help for six hours. Jazmin Valentine alleges some nurses working for...

Alabama prisoners refusing to work in 2nd day of protest

Sep. 27, 2022 19:25 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) — Alabama inmates were in their second day of a work strike Tuesday, refusing to labor in prison kitchens, laundries and factories to protest conditions in the state’s overcrowded, understaffed lock-ups. Prisoners including those who provide food, laundry...

UN rights team: Ukrainian POWs face systematic mistreatment

Sep. 27, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. human rights investigators say Ukrainian prisoners of war appear to be facing “systematic” mistreatment — including torture — both when they are captured and when they are transferred into areas controlled by Russian forces or Russia itself. The head of a...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Sep. 27, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Daily Herald Heights Daily Herald. September 25, 2022. Editorial: High court’s rejection of lawmakers’ pay raises is good news, but case comes with a cost There is much to be happy for about the state Supreme Court’s ruling last week that two Illinois lawmakers...

Lawsuit cites complaints about conditions at W.Va. jail

Sep. 26, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed against a West Virginia jail on behalf of current and former inmates who have described conditions at the facility as inhumane. The complaint filed last week about conditions at Southern Regional Jail in Beaver...

Alabama eyes fentanyl penalties; critics say they won't work

Sep. 26, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers may consider harsher penalties for traffickers and distributors of illicit fentanyl next year, but some say a comprehensive approach should also include more health services and helping drug users reduce overdoses. Republicans Reps. Matt...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 21, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

Philadelphia Daily News/Inquirer. September 18, 2022. Editorial: It’s time to repeal the Pa. law that allows the sale of municipal water systems Officials in Bucks County were absolutely right not to sell their system to a private company. Now, lawmakers must...

Trial of corruption case against California sheriff to begin

Sep. 21, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A longtime San Francisco Bay Area sheriff heads to trial on public corruption allegations involving her office’s granting of concealed-carry weapons permits and costly jail mismanagement. The unusual case against Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith is a...

France probes threats against Russian prison rights activist

Sep. 20, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities are investigating death threats against a Russian rights activist who exposes abuses in Russian prisons and says he was the target of a possible assassination attempt at his home in France. Vladimir Osechkin, founder of prisoners' rights group...