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Former Oklahoma jailer pleads guilty over inmate assault

Jan. 19, 2022 17:50 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma jailer has pleaded guilty to violating an inmate’s civil rights by kicking and striking him in a 2020 assault, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Johnnie Drewery, 27, faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced in a few months, the...

Psychiatrist on Norway mass killer: 'You cannot trust him'

Jan. 19, 2022 10:57 AM EST

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A psychiatrist who has observed a Norwegian far-right extremist who killed 77 people in 2011 and is seeking an early release from prison said Wednesday that Anders Behring Breivik “has the same diagnosis that he has had all along.” Breivik is serving...

UK police asked to probe Indian officials’ role in Kashmir

Jan. 19, 2022 10:12 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A London-based law firm filed an application with British police Tuesday seeking the arrest of India's army chief and a senior Indian government official over their alleged roles in war crimes in disputed Kashmir. Law firm Stoke White said it submitted extensive...

Doctor goes on trial in Germany accused of torture in Syria

Jan. 19, 2022 06:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany began hearing a case Wednesday against a Syrian doctor accused of crimes against humanity for torturing and killing inmates at a government-run prison and two military hospitals in his home country. Federal prosecutors say the doctor, identified as...

Norway mass killer seeks parole 10 years after attacks

Jan. 18, 2022 13:21 PM EST

SKIEN, Norway (AP) — Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian far-right fanatic who killed 77 people in bomb-and-gun massacres in 2011, argued Tuesday for an early release from prison, telling a parole judge he had renounced violence even as he professed white supremacist views and flashed Nazi...

Murphy taps acting prisons head Kuhn to lead corrections

Jan. 13, 2022 14:30 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy nominated acting Corrections Commissioner Victoria Kuhn on Thursday to fulfill the role that's been empty since her embattled predecessor stepped down in June. Kuhn has worked at the department since 2007, serving most recently as...

Inmates sue prison, alleging unprovoked beatings by guards

Jan. 11, 2022 16:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Several current and former inmates of color at a maximum security prison in Massachusetts have filed a federal lawsuit alleging they were subjected to violent beatings by guards in retaliation for a previous assault on a corrections officer by prisoners. The lawsuit...

Israel weighs extending detention of sick Palestinian teen

Jan. 10, 2022 13:12 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is considering whether to extend the detention of a 17-year-old Palestinian with a rare neuromuscular disorder who has been held without charge for nearly a year in what authorities refer to as administrative detention, his father said Monday. The use of...

DOJ: Connecticut violates rights of youth inmates at Manson

Dec. 21, 2021 15:59 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that its investigation into Connecticut's Manson Youth Institution found the state's Correction Department has been violating the civil rights of incarcerated children. The investigation stemmed from a 2019 report by the state Office...

Japan hangs 3 in first use of capital punishment in 2 years

Dec. 21, 2021 04:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan hanged three death-row inmates on Tuesday, its first executions in two years, amid growing criticism by human rights groups of the country's use of the death penalty. One of the three, Yasutaka Fujishiro, was convicted of killing seven people and setting fire to...