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Death of Illinois inmate restrained by cops deemed homicide

Jun. 13, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The death of a 39-year-old inmate restrained by Sangamon County correctional officers and shocked with Tasers has been classified as a homicide, according to authorities. Jaimeson Daniel Cody died April 28 as he was being restrained and...

4 inmates may have contracted tuberculosis in Georgia prison

Jun. 12, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

ALAMO, Ga. (AP) — At least four inmates may have contracted tuberculosis at a privately run state prison in south Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health tells WMAZ-TV that one case has been confirmed and three are suspected at Wheeler Correctional Facility in...

Deaths of 2 inmates at NW Indiana prison being investigated

Jun. 12, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

WESTVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the recent deaths of two inmates at a northwest Indiana prison, state correction officials said. Richard L. Canada, 39, died Wednesday at the Westville Correctional Facility, while Daniel R. Todd, 36, died May 29 at...

Maryland inmates grow organic produce for local families

Jun. 12, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

WESTOVER, Md. (AP) — Their work begins just after 8 a.m. each day. Five or six men are assigned to tend to each of three gardens, where more than a dozen varieties of fruits and vegetables are grown. There’s no irrigation system. The men do it all...

Prisoner stabbed, killed after fight in breakfast line

Jun. 11, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan prison inmate died Friday after being stabbed during a fight, authorities said. The fight involved more than a dozen inmates and occurred at the Cotton prison near Jackson, said Brianna Brugel, a spokeswoman at the state Corrections...

California prisoner stabbed to death; 2 inmates suspected

Jun. 11, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

DELANO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison inmate was stabbed to death Friday and two other men were identified as suspects, authorities said. Artemio Gomez, 40, was attacked at around 8:15 a.m. at Kern Valley State Prison, north of Bakersfield, according to a statement...

Prison that housed Connecticut death row is closes early

Jun. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

SOMERS, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has closed the maximum security prison that once housed the state's death row. Gov. Ned Lamont announced Friday that the Northern Correctional Institution, the state's highest security prison, was taken out of service three weeks ahead...

Lawsuit over sexual misconduct reporting in jails settled

Jun. 11, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York state officials have agreed to settle a lawsuit that accused the Erie County Sheriff’s Office of improperly responding to reports of sexual misconduct involving staff and inmates at the county jails, Attorney General Letitia James said Friday. ...

Legislative session called 'historic' for justice reforms

Jun. 11, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers and civil liberties advocates are calling the 2021 state legislative session historic for criminal justice reform. Bills that passed during the session that ended Wednesday included allowing the erasure of many criminal...

Prison break: 29 inmates escape federal lockups in 18 months

Jun. 11, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the past 18 months, 29 prisoners have escaped from federal lockups across the U.S. — and nearly half still have not been caught. At some of the institutions, doors are left unlocked, security cameras are broken and officials sometimes don't notice an inmate is...