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Delaware inmates sentenced in guard's killing during riot

Sep. 13, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Three convicted killers already serving life terms were sentenced Friday for their roles in a deadly riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison, bringing a close to a lengthy, costly and mostly failed prosecution. The self-proclaimed mastermind of the February 2017 riot, Dwayne...

Outlawed app emerges as key tool for Russian protesters

Sep. 6, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Anti-government protesters in Russia are increasingly relying on an encrypted and officially banned messaging app to pass on information in critical situations, from dodging riot police to giving those arrested a line to the outside. Although officially banned in Russia, Telegram is still...

Stedman Graham visits prison for leadership talk to inmates

Aug. 28, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Before meeting his longtime partner, megastar Oprah Winfrey, Stedman Graham worked as a guard in a Chicago prison — and on Wednesday, for the first time in about 40 years, he entered prison again to speak to inmates about finding your purpose no matter where you are. Graham...

Hong Kong leader Lam says priority is to stop violence

Aug. 9, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Friday her priority is to "stop the violence" rather than make political concessions as the city's 2-month-long protest movement pressed on with a demonstration at the airport. Lam said traffic disruptions and confrontations between police and protesters...

Sheriff: Inmate with 10 cellphone violations planned killing

Aug. 2, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina inmate serving a murder sentence who was also convicted of running a drug ring from behind bars on contraband cellphones orchestrated the killing of a woman from his cell last month, a sheriff said Friday. Michelle Dodge, 27, was kidnapped and shot in the back of the...

In Brazil, tough-on-crime approach packs prisons

Aug. 1, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Another burst of violence at an overcrowded Brazilian prison where dozens of inmates died has prompted promises of more prison cells and more guards, despite expert warnings that the strategy has been failing for decades. A tough-on-crime vow last year helped Jair Bolsonaro win the...

4 more inmates die in Brazil following deadly prison clash

Jul. 31, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Four inmates allegedly involved in deadly clash between prison gangs have died of asphyxiation while being transferred to a safer lockup, authorities said Wednesday, as families of victims began to bury their relatives. The Para state public security office said the four were...

The Latest: 4 more prisoners die in Brazil after gang clash

Jul. 31, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the deadly prison riot in Brazil (all times local): 11 a.m. Security officials in Brazil say four of the inmates allegedly involved in a deadly prison riot have died of suffocation while being transported to a different lockup. The Para state public security office says...

Relatives collapse identifying beheaded inmates in Brazil

Jul. 30, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Relatives of inmates killed during a prison riot in northern Brazil gathered in the coroner's office Tuesday to identify the 58 victims, with some passing out at seeing the beheaded corpse of a loved one. Seeking to prevent further violence at the Altamira prison in Para state, where...

Officials say 57 dead in Brazil prison riot; 16 decapitated

Jul. 29, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — At least 57 prisoners were killed by other inmates during clashes between organized crime groups in the Altamira prison in northern Brazil Monday with 16 of the victims being decapitated, according to prison officials. Para state prison authorities said a fight erupted around 7 a.m....