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Congress, court pressure New York City to fix jails crisis

Sep. 24, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City faced mounting pressure Friday to solve its spiraling jail crisis, with members of Congress calling for a federal civil rights investigation and a court-appointed monitor blasting the city for a failure of leadership amid staggering violence, self-harm and the...

Former jail guard accused of violating inmate's civil rights

Sep. 24, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former corrections officer who fought with an inmate who tossed a banana peel at him has been charged with violating the inmates civil rights, according to federal prosecutors. The charge filed Thursday stems from an October 2018 brawl at the...

Ivey special session call focused on prison construction

Sep. 23, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday issued the call for next week’s special session that largely focuses on prison construction as the chief response to the state’s longstanding problems in corrections. Ivey is calling lawmakers back to...

Court acquits associate of Italy's ex-premier of Mafia deal

Sep. 23, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An appeals court in Palermo, Sicily, acquitted a close associate of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday of having negotiated with the Mafia during the 1990s. In 2018, a lower court convicted Marcello Dell’Utri, who had been a senator for...

The jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself is crumbling

Sep. 23, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Inside the notorious federal jail in Lower Manhattan, small chunks of concrete fall from the ceiling. Freezing temperatures force inmates to stuff old coronavirus face masks into vents to try to stop the cold air. One cell is off-limits because the door...

12th inmate dies as New York City's jail crisis intensifies

Sep. 22, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An inmate on a New York City jail barge died Wednesday after a medical emergency, the city’s Department of Correction said. It is at least the 12th death of a city inmate this year and the second this week amid what some elected officials and advocates have deemed a...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Sep. 22, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

Dothan Eagle. September 20, 2021. Editorial: A fast track for medical cannabis Certain Alabamians will be greatly pleased to learn that an initiative to provide medical cannabis in our state has been so productive that products may become available...

The Latest: Chinese city shuts down over new outbreak worry

Sep. 21, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

BEIJING — Officials in the northeast China city of Harbin say national level health officials have been sent to the city to deal with what may be a coronavirus outbreak. The city of 9.5 million people reported three infection cases Wednesday, a day after discovering a...

Rikers Island should close, say 4 House Democrats from NY

Sep. 21, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Four members of Congress from New York demanded the release of inmates and closure of New York City's troubled Rikers Island jail complex after another inmate was reported dead at the facility. Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jerry Nadler,...

Ivey promotes Alabama prison plan ahead of special session

Sep. 21, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday blamed crumbling infrastructure for the state’s prison problems as she prepares to call lawmakers back to Montgomery for a special session on prison construction. “The main issue contributing to these...