Latest Correctional systems News

California prison employees suspended over racist remarks

May. 29, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prison officials said Friday that they suspended multiple employees who made racist jokes about the death of an African American man in police custody in Minneapolis, a disclosure that came amid protests across the state and nation. The Department of Corrections and...

Ex-Indiana prisons worker charged with murder in stabbings

May. 29, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former Indiana Department of Correction worker is charged with murder and other offenses in the stabbing earlier this month of three people, two of them fatally, according to documents released Friday during a hearing. Kristen L. Wolf, 28, of Madison, is charged with murder in the May...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, an employee checks a visitor outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.  A doctor who performed a court-authorized inspection of the federal detention center in Manhattan where financier Jeffrey Epstein died last summer says symptoms indicating an outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility were neglected and ignored. Dr. Homer Venters spoke to over a dozen inmates as he toured the Metropolitan Correctional Center earlier this May 2020.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Fed lockup where Epstein died gets harsh coronavirus review

May. 29, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prisoners with COVID-19 symptoms were neglected and ignored as the outbreak rippled through the federal detention center in Manhattan where financier Jeffrey Epstein died last summer, according to a doctor who performed a court-authorized inspection of the facility this month. Social...

Texas jail says guards didn't notice inmate giving birth

May. 28, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A woman managed to go into labor and give birth alone in a Texas jail cell without any corrections officers noticing until after she had delivered the child, a sheriff's official said Thursday. The woman had the baby in a Fort Worth jail cell on May 17, according to Tarrant County...

Roger Stone, center, departs federal court in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. President Donald Trump loyalist and ally, Roger Stone was sentenced to over three years in federal prison, following an extraordinary move by Attorney General William Barr to back off his Justice Department's original sentencing recommendation. The sentence came amid President Donald Trump's unrelenting defense of his longtime confidant that led to a mini-revolt inside the Justice Department and allegations the president interfered in the case. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump ally Stone won't need to go to prison quarantine site

May. 28, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — By the end of June, he’ll be Inmate No. 19579-104. But Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, will start his prison sentence without needing to comply with a Bureau of Prisons directive that newly sentenced inmates be sent to a federal quarantine site. Just...

Escaped Colorado inmates pretended to be immigrants

May. 28, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

SELLS, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says two men who escaped from a Colorado prison said they were Mexican immigrants who wished to be deported when agents patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border found them. After some more questioning, agents discovered the men were 35-year-old Jose Rodriguez and...

In this Jan. 29, 2009, photo, Sean Murphy, alleged mastermind behind a $2 million jewelry heist from the E.A. Dion jewelry manufacturing company in 2008, in Attleboro, Mass., listens to a list of charges brought against him during arraignment in Attleboro District Court. At right is court officer Howie Werman. In a February 2020 letter to The Associated Press, the career criminal said he is hoping to catch a break on his prison sentence from burglarizing a Brink’s warehouse in Columbus, Ohio, during which he accidentally set millions of dollars on fire. (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

'Master Thief' burglar hopes to catch break on sentence

May. 28, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A self-described “master thief” career criminal is hoping to catch a break on his prison sentence from burglarizing a Brink’s warehouse during which he accidentally set millions of dollars on fire. Sean Murphy and two other men were convicted of breaking into the...

This booking photo provided by Metro Nashville Police Department shows Alexander Friedmann.  Friedmann, the longtime prison reform advocate accused of preparing to stage an escape at a Tennessee jail that's under construction had a builder create a concrete room in his condominium's basement so he could learn how to break into the walls, authorities say, Tuesday, May 26, 2020.      (Metro Nashville Police Department via AP)

Officials: Prison reform advocate rehearsed jail break plans

May. 27, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A longtime prison reform advocate accused of preparing to stage an escape at a Tennessee jail that's under construction had a builder create a concrete room in his condominium's basement so he could learn how to break into the walls, authorities say. The room built in a storage...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2010, file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick attends a court hearing in Detroit. Kilpatrick, who has served seven years of a 28-year sentence for corruption, has been turned down for home confinement during the coronavirus pandemic and won't be leaving prison early, the government said Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said it “reviewed and denied” Kilpatrick for the early release program. He remains at the federal prison in Oakdale, La. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Detroit ex-mayor Kilpatrick won't be leaving prison early

May. 27, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has served seven years of a 28-year sentence for corruption, has been turned down for home confinement during the coronavirus pandemic and won't be leaving prison early, the government said Tuesday. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said it...

Pedestrians pass a street crossing Friday, May 22, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo is still under a coronavirus state of emergency until the end of May though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

May. 25, 2020 1:09 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan set to remove state of emergency from Tokyo, 4 other...