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US court: Media should be able to hear Arizona executions,

Sep. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Journalists are entitled to hear and not just see the entire process of executing condemned inmates in Arizona, a U.S. appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling that criticized Arizona's "checkered past with executions." In the case stemming from what a lawyer called a botched execution, the...

Hundreds of Oklahoma inmates may be released under new law

Sep. 17, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New criminal justice guidelines will likely make hundreds of Oklahoma inmates eligible for accelerated release from prison, according to the executive director of the state Pardon and Parole Board. The board's staff is working with the Department of Corrections to ensure a single-stage...

Oklahoma prison violence appears gang-related, coordinated

Sep. 16, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Weekend fights at six Oklahoma prisons that left one inmate dead and more than a dozen others injured were apparently coordinated and the result of race-based gang tension inside the facilities, the head of a prison workers association said Monday. The first fight erupted Saturday at...

Virginia jails struggle to screen inmates, prevent suicide

Sep. 15, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Benjamin Wash had a long history of drug addiction and had tried to kill himself at least once before he was booked into the Riverside Regional Jail in Virginia on Nov. 28, 2017. But somehow, he was able to hang himself with a bedsheet two days after he was detained. Wash was one of 51...

Delaware inmates sentenced in guard's killing during riot

Sep. 13, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Three convicted killers already serving life terms were sentenced Friday for their roles in a deadly riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison, bringing a close to a lengthy, costly and mostly failed prosecution. The self-proclaimed mastermind of the February 2017 riot, Dwayne...

Tip leads to arrest of 2 who escaped prison van last month

Sep. 12, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Sixteen days of chasing countless leads about husband and wife fugitives who escaped a prison transport van taking them to face allegations of killing a man ended when a tip led authorities to a house in a remote Arizona community. In Punkin Center, whose 1,500 residents live spread out...

The Latest: Officers surrounded house to capture fugitives

Sep. 12, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on husband and wife fugitives accused of murder who were captured in Arizona (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Federal authorities say about 50 officers surrounded a remote Arizona house and arrested a couple accused of murder who had escaped a prison transport van and been on the run...

Ex-ICE agent accused of impersonating officer to free inmate

Sep. 12, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been accused of impersonating an immigration officer during a foiled attempt to help an inmate escape from a local jail in Kansas. A criminal complaint made public Thursday charges Andrew J. Pleviak, 41, with attempted...

Lawyer says guards intimating witnesses to inmate beating

Sep. 11, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A lawyer for a female inmate who claims in a lawsuit that she was left paralyzed from a beating by four Florida prison guards says other corrections officers are trying to intimidate inmates who witnessed what happened. Attorney Ryan Andrews says in an emergency motion filed Wednesday...

Official: Texas violated settlement over hot prisons

Sep. 10, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The head of Texas' prison system acknowledged during a court hearing Tuesday that state officials violated the settlement of a lawsuit over oppressive heat faced by some prisoners. Bryan Collier, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, testified that mistakes were...