Latest Prisoners' health News

The Latest: Iran FM says US sanctions 'economic terrorism'

Jul. 17, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Iran's foreign minister is telling a United Nations gathering that U.S. sanctions against his country amount to what he calls "economic terrorism."...

British-Iranian woman held in Iran moved to psychiatric ward

Jul. 17, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Iran has been transferred to a hospital mental health facility, her husband said Wednesday. Richard Ratcliffe said in Britain that his wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has been moved to the mental health ward of Iman Khomeini hospital under the control of...

Ex-US airman in Oklahoma pipe bombing released from prison

Jul. 12, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Air Force airman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the bombing of an Air Force recruiting office in Oklahoma is being released from prison. Federal court records in Tulsa show that 30-year-old Benjamin Roden was granted his conditional release Friday from a federal...

Inmates, staff at Florida jail fall ill to unknown substance

Jun. 26, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say at least 10 people at a South Florida jail have been hospitalized after falling ill. The Miami Herald reports seven inmates in the Miami-Dade County Jail were hospitalized from inhaling an unknown substance over the last five days. Officials say three corrections staff members...

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,...

AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

Jun. 18, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

Over 25 hours, one inmate begged for a doctor, screamed "help me," tore a blanket into strips and then killed herself. A guard, nevertheless, reported in a log that all was fine. Another inmate, locked up on a probation violation and suffering from mental illness, threatened to choke herself. A guard told her to...

AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

Jun. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

The last time Tanna Jo Fillmore talked with her mother, she was in a Utah jail, angry, pleading and desperate. She'd called every day that past week, begging for help. I need my medicine, she demanded. I have to get out of here! she screamed. Fillmore was in the Duchesne County Jail on a charge of violating...

Q&A: A look at the issue of mentally ill inmates in jails

Jun. 18, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

The nation's jails face increasing pressures as they house large numbers of mentally ill and addicted inmates. But the policies that contributed to this problem are decades in the making. Here's a look at why the population of troubled inmates has increased in jails and what's being done to address the problem:...

Pakistan's top court halts execution of mentally ill inmate

Jun. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A rights group says Pakistan's Supreme Court has halted the execution of a mentally ill prisoner. In a statement, the Justice Project Pakistan said Monday's court order halting the execution of Ghulam Abbas, 36, was announced by the Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa. The development came a...

Rights group: Pakistan shouldn't execute mentally ill man

Jun. 16, 2019 1:53 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A rights group has urged the Pakistani government not to execute a prisoner with "clear symptoms of mental illness" scheduled to be hanged in two days. Sarah Belal, executive director of Justice Project Pakistan, which campaigns against the death penalty, said Saturday that the...