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Jihadis attack jail in Nigeria's capital, 600 inmates escape

Jul. 06, 2022 07:05 AM EDT

KUJE, ABUJA (AP) — At least 600 inmates escaped in a jailbreak in Nigeria's capital city, officials said Wednesday, blaming the attack on Islamic extremist rebels. About 300 have been recaptured, authorities said. The “very determined” rebels attacked the Kuje...

Feds settle suit alleging abuse by men detained after 9/11

Jul. 05, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Tuesday settled a decades-old lawsuit filed by a group of men who were rounded up by the government in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and held in a federal jail in New York in conditions the department’s own watchdog called abusive and...

6 gang members killed in Honduras prison

Jul. 04, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Inmates from one of Honduras' powerful street gangs have killed six of their own inside a prison in northwest Honduras, authorities said Monday. Prison guards found the bodies of six inmates from the Barrio 18 gang piled in a hallway during a routine...

Virginia law stops early inmate releases, angering families

Jul. 04, 2022 08:26 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Christopher Ford was a baby when his father was sentenced to 28 years in prison for participating in a murder-for-hire scheme that led to the killings of two people at a car dealership. After serving 25 years, prison officials told Robert Glenn Ford he would...

Current and former Louisiana jail inmates earn diplomas

Jul. 03, 2022 01:05 AM EDT

GRAY, La. (AP) — Graduates’ caps and gowns replaced prison uniforms as 14 current and three former inmates at the Lafourche Parish jail received diplomas. Two graduated from college, one with a bachelor’s and the other with an associate’s degree. Fifteen others, including...

Judge: Arizona violates prisoners’ rights with poor care

Jul. 01, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge ruled Arizona has been violating the constitutional rights of incarcerated people in state-run prisons by providing them with inadequate medical and mental health care, saying the state has known about the problem for years but refused to correct its failures. ...

Execution dates scheduled for 6 Oklahoma death row inmates

Jul. 01, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday set execution dates for six death row inmates, just hours before an attorney filed a motion for a rehearing in one case. Execution dates for James Coddington, Richard Glossip, Benjamin Cole, Richard Fairchild,...

Californians won't weigh 'involuntary servitude' amendment

Jun. 30, 2022 20:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will not consider amending its constitution to eliminate indentured servitude as a possible punishment for crime after Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration predicted that it could cost the state billions of dollars to pay minimum wage to prison inmates. ...

Alabama bond sale for mega prisons falls $200 million short

Jun. 30, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials said Thursday that they will move forward with plans to build two supersize prisons despite a bond sale falling more than $200 million short amid a volatile market and pressure from activists. The Alabama Corrections Institution Finance...

80 people in Oregon’s federal prison go on hunger strike

Jun. 30, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

SHERIDAN, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s federal public defender says dozens of people inside the state’s only federal prison have been on a hunger strike protesting conditions inside the facility. “We heard last week that some incarcerated people had started a hunger strike, and the...