Latest Correctional systems News

El Salvador tells phone companies to block signals in jails

Jun. 21, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's government is demanding that telephone companies completely block cellphone signals inside the country's prisons, in a bid to stop gang leaders from ordering killings and other crimes from behind bars. President Nayib Bukele, who took office June 1, is moving...

Jury finds man guilty of break-ins at Wayne Newton home

Jun. 21, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada prison inmate was found guilty Friday of burglarizing the mansion of "Mr. Las Vegas" entertainer Wayne Newton twice a year ago and trying to break into a neighboring home. Weslie Hosea Martin, 22, didn't testify during the trial and didn't visibly react to the jury verdict in...

New York to curtail use of solitary confinement in prisons

Jun. 21, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is going to restrict the use of solitary confinement in state prisons, despite failing to pass legislation that would have prohibited putting a prisoner in isolation for more than 15 consecutive days. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly...

Inmates charged in prison officer attack, prisoner's death

Jun. 21, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two inmates in Tennessee face charges in an attack on a correctional officer, while authorities have charged a different inmate with first degree murder in another prisoner's death. A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation news release says 42-year-old Robert Rudolph and 41-year-old...

High court says sex offender law didn't violate Constitution

Jun. 20, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Congress didn't do anything improper when it gave the attorney general the ability to decide how to apply a sex offender registry law to more than 500,000 people convicted before the law was enacted. The court says Congress didn't violate separation of powers...

UN human rights chief makes first visit to Venezuela

Jun. 19, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official arrived in Venezuela Wednesday for a visit that comes amid heightened international pressure on President Nicolás Maduro for allegedly silencing opponents with jail, torture and excessive violence. On her first visit to the South...

US: Gang leaders ran killings, drugs from California prison

Jun. 19, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities charged leaders of a California prison gang Wednesday with orchestrating killings, drug sales and other crimes from behind bars in a case filed two weeks after a different prison gang was accused of organizing drug trafficking and killings from their state prison...

Government fails to release data on deaths in police custody

Jun. 19, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

More than four years after Congress required the Department of Justice to assemble information about those who die in police custody, the agency has yet to implement a system for collecting that data or release any new details of how and why people die under the watch of law enforcement. The information vacuum is...

Some of the stories behind those involved in jail suicides

Jun. 19, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

A Marine with PTSD, a schizophrenic father, a granddad struggling with depression: They are just some of the many who've taken their lives in U.S. jails — a problem experts say is preventable with more training and safeguards. Here are their stories: ___ DEVIN LYNCH - COOK COUNTY JAIL The inmate,...

Prosecutor: Navy SEAL bragged about killing captive in Iraq

Jun. 18, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL stabbed to death a wounded and captive teenage Islamic State fighter in Iraq and then bragged about it, a military prosecutor told jurors Tuesday during opening statements in a politically charged court-martial. Lt. Brian John projected photos of the dead prisoner in...