Latest Correctional systems News

Prison inmate death after run-in with staff ruled homicide

Nov. 18, 2018 4:07 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The death of an inmate following an "altercation with correctional staff" at Western Illinois Correctional Center in May has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy report provided to The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information request. Larry Earvin died from blunt...

Prison inmate death after incident with staff ruled homicide

Nov. 17, 2018 5:57 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The death of an inmate following an "altercation with correctional staff" at Western Illinois Correctional Center in May has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy report provided to The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information request. Larry Earvin died from blunt...

Attorney: Prosecutors stalled Kansas prison recordings probe

Nov. 16, 2018 11:30 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A court-appointed attorney investigating whether federal prosecutors in Kansas improperly listened to recorded conversations between prisoners and their attorneys testified Friday that he was stunned and disappointed when he realized months into the investigation that the U.S....

Witness: El Chapo got police escort after escape

Nov. 15, 2018 8:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was Mexico's most-wanted fugitive in 2001 following a prison breakout, he was startled to see a police motorcycle pull in front of a car carrying him as it reached the outskirts of Mexico City. A loyal drug cartel lieutenant behind the...

FBI re-creates decoy heads Alcatraz inmates used in escape

Nov. 15, 2018 8:05 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still captivates researchers and tourists. Authorities on Thursday unveiled 3D-printed copies of the decoys that...

Jury deliberations set in trial over fatal prison riot

Nov. 15, 2018 6:48 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Jurors are set to begin deliberating Friday in the trial of three Delaware inmates charged in a deadly prison riot. The jury heard closing arguments Thursday in the trial of Jarreau Ayers and Dwayne Staats, both 37, and Deric Forney, 29. The three are the first among 17 inmates...

Pancake stop snags inmate who fled jail with help from mom

Nov. 15, 2018 7:59 AM EST

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — An inmate fled a Georgia jail with the help of his mom and then went out for pancakes. News outlets report 27-year-old Joshua Gullatt and 54-year-old Kathy Lynn Pence were arrested Tuesday at an IHOP restaurant where they met with his children. Gullatt had slipped out a side door of the...

Trump backs 1st major rewrite of sentencing laws in decades

Nov. 14, 2018 7:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his support for the first major rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation, but it remains to be seen whether the proposal can pass Congress. Trump said the bill "will make our communities safer and give former...

Inmate's last words: 'Is it supposed to feel like that?'

Nov. 14, 2018 7:03 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A transcript from the recent execution of a South Dakota inmate who killed a prison guard shows the inmate asking after the lethal injection: "Is it supposed to feel like that?" Corrections officials released a transcript Tuesday from the Oct. 29 execution of Rodney Berget, who was...

The Latest: Lawyer: Execution violent act in 'vile' process

Nov. 14, 2018 7:01 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the release of a transcript from a recent South Dakota execution (all times local): 5:45 p.m. An attorney for a South Dakota inmate put to death for the killing of a prison guard says the execution of his client was yet another violent act in the "vile" death penalty...