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Barr: Justice Dept. is 'all in' on criminal justice overhaul

Jul. 13, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Leroy Nolan has spent the last 26 years behind bars at a federal prison for a drug conviction. In the prison factory, he works making T-shirts, backpacks and other products that are later sold to government agencies, nonprofits and others. But what has become a decades-long routine...

Advocates hope Illinois private detention ban sparks change

Jul. 13, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Far from the southern border crisis, Illinois has launched a bullish effort to undercut the Trump administration's immigration detention practices, and politicians and activists are taking note. The state recently enacted a first-of-its kind ban on privately-run immigration detention, as...

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...

'Texas 7' inmate faces October execution for officer's death

Jul. 11, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — An inmate who was one of the "Texas 7" escaped prisoners blamed for the 2000 slaying of a Dallas-area police officer faces execution this fall. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says Randy Halprin is scheduled for execution Oct. 10. TDCJ spokesman Jeremy Desel, in an email Thursday to...

Colorado settles suit by transgender inmate who alleged rape

Jul. 10, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado reached a $170,000 settlement with a transgender woman who sued the state and alleged being raped, assaulted and harassed while held in a men's prison, state officials said Wednesday. Officials said the agreement does not force broad policy changes for transgender inmates in...

Report: More Tennessee private prison homicides than public

Jul. 10, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A majority of Tennessee's prisoners are held in state-run facilities, yet the state's privately run prisons have more inmate homicides, according to a new report by prisoner advocacy groups. There have been 10 homicides in the privately run state prisons from March 2014 through this...

Trump defends Acosta but will look 'closely' at Epstein deal

Jul. 10, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll be looking "very closely" at Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's handling of a sex trafficking case involving now-jailed billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein. But he also seemed to stand by his Cabinet official, praising Acosta's performance on the job and...

Tennessee jail inmate who escaped hospital back in custody

Jul. 8, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a Tennessee jail inmate who escaped custody at a hospital has been found. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter on Monday afternoon that 29-year-old Anthony Labron Bell has been arrested. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Bell escaped...

California inmates' removal to leave room for ICE detainees

Jul. 7, 2019 11:11 PM EDT

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) — The departure of California prison inmates from an Arizona correctional center is expected to leave more room for Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees. The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that up to 2,500 beds at the La Palma Correctional Center could be available for ICE detainees...

1 escaped Mississippi inmate is captured, 2 still sought

Jul. 7, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An inmate has been captured after escaping from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. A search continues for two others who escaped from Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. The Mississippi Department of Corrections says 59-year-old Benny Ray Blansett was caught late...