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FILE - This file photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows Nicholas Sutton. Tennessee death row inmate Nicholas Sutton has chosen to die by the electric chair, making him the fifth inmate in a little over a year to choose electrocution over the state's preferred execution method of lethal injection. Sutton, sentenced to death in 1985 for stabbing fellow inmate Carl Estep after a confrontation over a drug deal,  is scheduled to be executed on Feb. 20.  (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

Fifth condemned Tennessee inmate opts for the electric chair

Jan. 22, 2020 4:59 PM EST

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate has chosen the electric chair for his scheduled execution next month, opting like four other inmates in little more than a year for electrocution over the state's preferred execution method of lethal injection. Nicholas Sutton, 58, is scheduled to be put to death...

Prisoner advocates hold signs supporting inmate rights at a protest outside the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. The protesters called on the federal government to investigate Mississippi's prison system for possible civil rights violations. They say five deaths in recent days highlights deliberate violations of inmates' constitutional rights. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Another inmate dies in a troubled Mississippi prison

Jan. 22, 2020 4:47 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi inmate died in a troubled state prison Wednesday, and state corrections officials said his death appeared to be a suicide by hanging. At least 10 inmates have died in the state's prisons since late December, most of them in outbursts of violence. Eight of the men...

Rhode Island to divest from private prisons, gun makers

Jan. 22, 2020 4:16 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island public pension fund will stop investing in companies that either operate private for-profit prisons or make assault-style weapons that are sold to civilians, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced Wednesday. “We don't want to be associated with businesses...

W.Va. inmate who walked out of jail gets 5 additional years

Jan. 22, 2020 2:12 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man who escaped a West Virginia jail and was later caught trying to flee into Mexico was sentenced to five additional years in jail Wednesday. Todd Boyes of Caldwell, Ohio, was sentenced in Kanawha County Circuit Court for his October 2017 escape from the South Central...

Eva Umlauf poses for a photo in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Umlauf was only two years old when she was liberated from Auschwitz. She does not have any conscious memories from her early childhood in the Nazi death camp, but even so the nightmarish experience has cast a dark shadow over her entire life. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Auschwitz survivor who was just 2 at liberation nurses scars

Jan. 22, 2020 8:51 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Only 2 years old and so ill she had to stay on for weeks after liberation, Eva Umlauf was one of the youngest prisoners to be freed from Auschwitz. Although she has no conscious memories stretching so far back, her early childhood in the Nazi death camp was to cast a dark shadow over her...

FILE - In this July 21, 2010, photo, employees leave the front gate of the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Miss. An inmate at the Mississippi prison that was a focus of recent deadly unrest was found hanging in his cell by two corrections officers over the weekend and pronounced dead, a coroner said Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Coroner: 2 new Mississippi inmate deaths were from beating

Jan. 21, 2020 7:41 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two inmates were beaten to death in a fight with other inmates in an understaffed Mississippi prison that has been shaken by other deadly violence in recent weeks, a coroner said. The state Department of Corrections on Tuesday confirmed the men died at Mississippi State Penitentiary...

Germany jails man for tricking women into electric shocks

Jan. 20, 2020 2:39 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A Munich court on Monday convicted a German man of more than a dozen offenses of attempted murder for tricking women and girls into giving themselves electric shocks while he watched over the internet. The regional court in the Bavarian capital sentenced the man, identified only as David G....

FILE - In this July 21, 2010, photo, employees leave the front gate of the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Miss. An inmate at the Mississippi prison that was a focus of recent deadly unrest was found hanging in his cell by two corrections officers over the weekend and pronounced dead, a coroner said Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Coroner: Inmate dies, found hanging at a Mississippi prison

Jan. 19, 2020 10:12 PM EST

PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — An inmate at a Mississippi prison that was a focus of recent deadly unrest was found hanging in his cell by two corrections officers over the weekend and pronounced dead, a coroner said Sunday. Coroner Heather Burton said she was called Sunday to the Mississippi State Penitentiary at...

At least 75 flee from Paraguay prison; many from Brazil gang

Jan. 19, 2020 3:24 PM EST

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — At least 75 inmates, many of them members of a notorious Brazilian gang, escaped from a Paraguayan prison in a border town on Sunday, according to authorities who said they immediately fired the prison's director. Officials said they discovered a tunnel and found cells filled with...

Dutch police arrest 4 after suspected failed prison breakout

Jan. 19, 2020 11:34 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police detained four suspects Sunday following a suspected failed attempt to break one or more prisoners out of a prison, authorities said. There were no reports of injuries and police said no prisoners escaped from the prison in the eastern city of Zutphen, close to the...