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Trial begins over Arkansas' use of sedative in executions

Apr. 23, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An attorney for a group of death row inmates challenging Arkansas' use of a sedative in executions told a federal judge Tuesday that the state's lethal injection process with the drug causes condemned inmates to feel as though they're being lit on fire. An attorney for the state...

Transgender inmate sues corrections over lack of treatment

Apr. 23, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A transgender inmate has filed a federal lawsuit against the Connecticut prison system for denying her transitional care and for housing her with male inmates. The Hartford Courant reports that Veronica May Clark says Department of Corrections officials have denied her medical and...

Judge orders more sleep for San Francisco area jail inmates

Apr. 23, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered more sleep and fewer nighttime interruptions for county jail inmates in one San Francisco Bay Area county after a group of inmates sued, saying lack of sleep amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. Alameda County jails will no longer be allowed to make...

Wisconsin governor will veto Republican-backed abortion bill

Apr. 23, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers promised to veto a Republican-authored bill that could send doctors to prison for life if they fail to give medical care to babies born alive after a failed abortion attempt. Republicans are sending similar bills in other states to liberal-leaning...

The Latest: Buttigieg: It's clear Trump deserves impeachment

Apr. 23, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on a series of town halls with five 2020 Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): Midnight South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says President Donald Trump has "made it pretty clear that he deserves impeachment," but he will "leave it to...

Austrian prison escapee returns, fed up of life in the sun

Apr. 22, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A man who says he fled an Austrian prison over a decade ago has turned himself in to police in Salzburg, telling them he was fed up with living in Spain's Canary Islands. Police said the 64-year-old, carrying two suitcases, went to police at Salzburg's railway station Saturday night and told...

Arkansas faces new court fight over sedative for executions

Apr. 20, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after the state raced to put eight convicted killers to death in 11 days before a previous batch of the drug...

Pope washes inmates' feet, says bishops must be servants

Apr. 18, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners Thursday and urged them to serve one another as brothers, as he ushered in the solemn pre-Easter rituals made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Francis travelled to a prison in Velletri, outside...

Legionnaires' disease found in adjacent California prisons

Apr. 17, 2019 9:27 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legionnaires' disease bacteria that killed one inmate and sickened another is more widespread than expected in a California state prison, officials said Wednesday, citing new test results. Preliminary results found the bacteria in the water supply at a prison medical facility in...

For-profit jail, family settle Arkansas inmate death lawsuit

Apr. 17, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — Lawyers reached an undisclosed settlement Tuesday in a federal lawsuit in which the family of an Arkansas man alleged employees of a for-profit jail left the man to die in his cell as his health deteriorated. Representatives for Michael Sabbie's family and LaSalle Corrections, which...