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Last detainees moved out of troubled St. Louis jail

Jun. 17, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The last detainees held at a troubled jail in St. Louis were moved Thursday to the City Justice Center downtown, after years of criticism that the jail's conditions were inhumane. Mayor Tishaura O. Jones had promised to close the 56-year-old Medium...

Alabama asks court to dismiss part of suit over prisons

Jun. 17, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Justice Department lawsuit challenging sanitation and safety concerns in Alabama's men's prisons is too vague and should not be allowed to go forward, the state said in asking a court to dismiss part of the case. The federal government has not...

Faster jail transfers to California mental hospitals upheld

Jun. 17, 2021 01:17 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California can't lock up people for months in jails after they have been found mentally incompetent to stand trial, a state appeals court said. In a 3-0 ruling Tuesday, a panel of the First District Court of Appeal upheld a 2019 lower court order...

Man given rare medical release from Kansas prison has died

Jun. 16, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who was granted a rare medical release from a Kansas prison in April because he had terminal cancer has died, the American Civil Liberties Union said. Christopher McIntyre, 48, was released April 12 from the Lansing Correctional Facility and...

2 nurses who gave inmates COVID-19 vaccine overdoses fired

Jun. 15, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two nurses who gave coronavirus vaccine overdoses to 77 inmates at a state prison have been fired, corrections officials said. Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman Cord Overton confirmed to the Des Moines Register Monday that the nurses were...

11 Hilo inmates ask for early release amid virus outbreak

Jun. 15, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Eleven inmates at the Hilo jail have asked a judge to release them early for public health reasons amid a COVID-19 outbreak. Hilo Circuit Judge Peter Kubota granted five of the motions but denied or postponed the rest, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald...

California man gets prison for coercing women for sex films

Jun. 14, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A producer for a now-defunct California porn website was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Monday for coercing or tricking women into appearing in sex videos. Ruben Andre Garcia, 31, was sentenced for conspiracy and sex trafficking involving San...

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...

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...

Man gets $50k settlement for hand injuries at tribal jail

Jun. 10, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A northeastern Montana man has received a $50,000 settlement from the federal government in a lawsuit alleging staff at the Fort Peck tribal jail failed to protect him from being injured by another inmate and did not seek medical treatment for the severe hand injuries...