Latest Prison riots News

5 stabbed in ongoing riot at juvenile detention in Australia

Jul. 22, 2019 2:42 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Police say several inmates have been injured during a riot at an Australian juvenile detention center that was continuing after starting the previous night. A New South Wales state Police statement said the riot broke out at Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Center at Kariong north of Sydney at...

Prosecutors seek prison terms for Virginia rally attackers

Jul. 17, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

Hatred for Jews, blacks and feminists motivated three members of a white supremacist group to attack counterprotesters at a rally for far-right extremists in Virginia, federal prosecutors argue in seeking stricter sentences for the men this week. Justice Department prosecutors recommend prison sentences ranging...

New leader confirmed for Delaware's troubled prisons

Jun. 26, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm Democratic Gov. John Carney's nominee to lead the state's corrections system, which in recent years has faced a fatal prison riot, lawsuits alleging mistreatment of inmates and chronic staffing and morale problems. Claire DeMatteis...

Overcrowding, abuse seen at Mexico migrant detention center

Jun. 17, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — The 36-year-old Cuban mechanic's eyes glazed over as he recalled his time at the Siglo XXI holding facility: 50 people sleeping in 9-by-12-foot pens, feces overflowing the latrines, food and water always scarce. Women slept in hallways or in the dining hall among rats, cockroaches...

Protesters demand that embattled Hong Kong leader resign

Jun. 17, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Demonstrators in Hong Kong gathered Monday outside the office of the city's leader, demanding that she step down in the crisis over a highly unpopular extradition bill that has tested the durability of China's promises to respect the former British colony's quasi-autonomy. The mostly young...

Hong Kong protesters vow to keep fighting extradition law

Jun. 12, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Following a day of sit-ins, tear gas and clashes with police, Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed Wednesday to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the former...

Prosecutors give up on more trials in Delaware prison riot

Jun. 12, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — After a series of trial losses against inmates accused in deadly rioting at Delaware's maximum-security prison in 2017, authorities said Wednesday that they will not pursue any more prosecutions. The decision comes less than three weeks after former inmate Roman Shankaras, who was...

Attorney tapped to lead troubled Delaware corrections system

Jun. 4, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — An attorney who helped lead prison reform efforts after a deadly inmate riot has been tapped by Delaware Gov. John Carney to head the state's corrections system. Carney announced Tuesday that he is nominating Claire DeMatteis to replace Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps....

Special prosecutors to review prison riot where 7 killed

May. 31, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Two retired prosecutors have been hired to review the criminal investigation into the April 2018 prison riot where seven inmates were killed. Corrections Department Director Bryan Stirling said Friday that former prosecutor and judge Knox McMahon and former Richland County...

Brazil officials admit knowing prison clash was 'imminent'

May. 30, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian families on Thursday buried victims of prison riots that left 55 inmates dead, as authorities confirmed they had received warnings of an "imminent confrontation" days before clashes in the northern state of Amazonas began. Dozens of relatives could be seen grieving, crying...