Latest Correctional systems News

Vietnam jails activist for anti-government posts on Facebook

Sep. 25, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in southern Vietnam has sentenced an activist to 27 months in prison for Facebook posts that judges say insulted the ruling Communist Party and government and called for anti-government protests. Doan Khanh Vinh Quang, 42, was convicted "abuse of democratic freedom to infringe...

Virginia prisons to ban tampons for female visitors

Sep. 24, 2018 4:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Women who visit inmates at Virginia prisons will be barred from wearing tampons or menstrual cups under a new policy stemming from concerns about contraband, the state Department of Corrections said Monday. A spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections said the policy set to become...

Texas prisons often deny dentures to inmates with no teeth

Sep. 24, 2018 1:48 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Inmates without teeth in Texas are routinely denied dentures because state prison policy says chewing isn't a medical necessity because they can eat blended food. Texas prisons' medical providers approved 71 dentures to a state inmate population of more than 149,000 in 2016, the Houston...

Man to return to Louisiana prison after escape 15 years ago

Sep. 22, 2018 4:47 PM EDT

CLINTON, La. (AP) — It's been 15 years since inmate Lonnie Payne called Louisiana's East Feliciana Parish Prison his home, but a sheriff's official says that's about to change. Criminal Deputy Greg Phares said late Friday that Payne escaped the prison in Clinton in 2003 while serving time for burglary. He...

Records: Suspect in golfer's death struggled after prison

Sep. 21, 2018 1:13 PM EDT

Police in an Iowa college town had repeated interactions with a troubled drifter in the weeks between his departure from prison and his alleged killing of a star golfer from Spain, records show. Ames police reports show that 22-year-old Collin Richards struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, mental health problems...

Lawsuit challenges policy of denying inmates addiction meds

Sep. 20, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts jail's policy of denying inmates access to opioid addiction medication violates constitutional rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act, according a lawsuit filed in federal court this week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. In a lawsuit...

Vietnam jails teacher to 14 years over attempted subversion

Sep. 20, 2018 12:47 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in northern Vietnam has sentenced a former primary schoolteacher to 14 years in prison after finding him guilty on charges of attempting to overthrow the communist government. Dao Quang Thuc, 58, was convicted of posting on his Facebook page articles with "reactionary...

The Latest: Smart won't live in fear after kidnapper release

Sep. 19, 2018 8:57 PM EDT

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — The Latest on the release of a woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart in Utah (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Elizabeth Smart says she's moving forward with her life and trying not to live in fear now that one of her kidnappers has been released from prison. Smart gave a speech Wednesday...

Lee: Faith-based group could reduce TN prison population

Sep. 18, 2018 4:14 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee on Tuesday pointed to a Nashville faith-based halfway home as a possible model for reducing Tennessee's recidivism rate. Lee told reporters that organizations like Men of Valor —where he has served as a board member for several...

Murderer due for release next year is captured after escape

Sep. 18, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A convicted murderer who escaped for a third time from prison has been captured, law enforcement authorities said Tuesday. A sheriff's deputy found 65-year-old Arnold Nash walking along a road Tuesday morning in Dover-Foxcroft, in Piscataquis County, state police spokesman Steve...