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Heavy police presence as protesters trickle in for DC rally

Sep. 18, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the shadow of a fortified Capitol, a few hundred demonstrators turned up Saturday for a rally to support those charged in January's riot, but were vastly outnumbered by the media and a heavy police presence. U.S. Capitol Police were taking no...

Virginia prisons seek to boost salaries amid staffing crisis

Sep. 18, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia prison officials say they are experiencing a severe staffing crisis and are seeking to increase starting salaries for correctional officers by about 25% in an attempt to recruit and retain officers. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that...

South Dakota inmates drive away from community project

Sep. 18, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota authorities are searching for two inmates who drove away from a community service project in Sioux Falls. Thomas Wilson, 32, and Peyton Laird, 22, were assigned to a community service project when they stole a car and drove away...

Unsupervised Rikers inmate crashes prison bus into wall

Sep. 17, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An inmate at New York City’s troubled Rikers Island jail complex hopped behind the wheel of a prison bus Thursday night and crashed it into a wall while guards weren’t looking, officials said. Two inmates were evaluated for minor injuries. One guard...

Protest for jailed Capitol rioters: Police ready this time

Sep. 17, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Burned before, Capitol Police say they are taking no chances as they prepare for a Saturday rally at the U.S. Capitol in support of rioters imprisoned after the violent Jan. 6 insurrection. Though it is unclear how big the rally will be, the Capitol...

Prison reform advocate calls solitary confinement revenge

Sep. 17, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A longtime prison reform advocate asked a federal judge on Thursday to move him out of solitary confinement, claiming the punitive treatment violates his Constitutional rights. Alex Friedman was arrested last year and accused of hiding loaded...

Ivey to call special session on prison construction

Sep. 17, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is calling lawmakers into special session later this month to vote on a prison construction plan that would use part of the state's virus relief funds to jumpstart the building of three new lock-ups. In a letter to...

Michigan lawmaker to get a mental health exam, stay jailed

Sep. 17, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who was jailed for violating his bond conditions in a drunken driving case must complete a mental health exam, a judge ordered Friday. Livingston County Judge Michael Hatty ordered the exam for state Rep. Jewell Jones, a...

Young adult prison suggested for youth center property

Sep. 17, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire could solve two problems at once by replacing its youth detention center with two much smaller facilities and using the sprawling juvenile campus to house young adult inmates instead, a former state official told lawmakers this week. ...

Justice Department reviewing policies on transgender inmates

Sep. 17, 2021 06:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is reviewing its policies on housing transgender inmates in the federal prison system after protections for transgender prisoners were rolled back in the Trump administration, The Associated Press has learned. The federal Bureau...