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Records: Ohio prison guards disciplined before inmate death

Sep. 15, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three of the Ohio prison guards involved in the February death of inmate Michael McDaniel were previously disciplined for excessive use of force or not intervening when inmates were in danger or guards used unjustified force, records show. The...

Second inmate gets life term for killing Iowa prison workers

Sep. 15, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — A second inmate received a life sentence Wednesday for the beating deaths of two Iowa prison workers during a failed escape attempt in March. Michael Dutcher, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Anamosa State...

Federal govt launches civil rights probe of Georgia prisons

Sep. 14, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday announced a statewide civil rights investigation into Georgia prisons, citing particular concern about violence. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, who oversees the department's civil rights division, said...

Ohio governor delays more executions over drug shortage

Sep. 10, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday postponed four additional executions in keeping with his contention that lethal injection is no longer an option in Ohio because of the ongoing lack of drugs with which to put inmates to death. DeWine, a Republican, said...

Miami Correctional Facility inmate stabbed, bled to death

Sep. 09, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

BUNKER HILL, Ind. (AP) — The death of a Miami Correctional Facility inmate found deceased in his prison cell has been ruled a homicide, Indiana State Police said Thursday. An autopsy conducted Tuesday determined 42-yeasr-old Matthew Koch of Vanderburgh County died from...

2nd inmate in 2 weeks killed at same Indiana federal prison

Sep. 06, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An inmate who was transferred to one of the most secure federal prison facilities in the U.S. was stabbed to death within hours of arriving, raising fresh questions about the government’s ability to keep prisoners safe amid severe understaffing and a myriad of crises...

Foul play is suspected in death of man at Indiana prison

Sep. 06, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

BUNKER HILL, Ind. (AP) — Investigators are treating the death of an Indiana prison inmate as a homicide, police said Monday. Matthew Koch, 42, died at the Miami prison in Bunker Hill. He was found unresponsive in his cell around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. ...

Violence complaints at prison spark calls for more oversight

Aug. 30, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some Massachusetts lawmakers want more oversight of the state Department of Correction amid concerns about allegations of violence against prisoners at the state's maximum security prison. Democratic Sen. Jamie Eldridge, who co-chairs the Legislature’s...

Bus carrying 27 inmates catches fire; 1 injured in fight

Aug. 28, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

FISHKILL, N.Y. (AP) — A bus carrying more than two dozen inmates caught fire Friday on its way to a state prison in southern Dutchess County. There were no serious injuries, but one inmate suffered head trauma from a fight that broke out at the scene, The Daily Freeman...

7 Ohio prison employees removed after Black inmate's death

Aug. 27, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's correctional agency terminated seven employees Friday after officials say prison guards used excessive and unjustified force against a Black inmate before he died in custody in February. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction...