Latest Treatment of prisoners News

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

Jul. 17, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence's visit...

The Latest: Iran FM says US sanctions 'economic terrorism'

Jul. 17, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Iran's foreign minister is telling a United Nations gathering that U.S. sanctions against his country amount to what he calls "economic terrorism."...

British-Iranian woman held in Iran moved to psychiatric ward

Jul. 17, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Iran has been transferred to a hospital mental health facility, her husband said Wednesday. Richard Ratcliffe said in Britain that his wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has been moved to the mental health ward of Iman Khomeini hospital under the control of...

Venezuelan government, opposition resume talks in Barbados

Jul. 15, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government and the opposition are resuming talks aimed at ending the political crisis in their country, the country's information minister said Monday. Jorge Rodríguez said on Twitter that he and the rest of the government's delegation have arrived for...

Police: 69-year-old man dies after attacking migrant jail

Jul. 14, 2019 6:34 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 69-year-old man armed with a rifle threw incendiary devices at an immigration jail in Washington state early Saturday morning, then was found dead after four police officers arrived and opened fire, authorities said. The Tacoma Police Department said the officers responded about 4...

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...

Officials: Progress made in talks on ending Venezuela crisis

Jul. 11, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Officials in both Venezuela's government and opposition reported Thursday that advances have been made in negotiations on breaking the country's political standoff and said further talks will be held next week. The upbeat assessment came after a third round of talks between the...

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...

Venezuela officials bury navy captain over family protests

Jul. 10, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan navy captain who died of suspected torture while in state custody was buried by authorities Wednesday against the family's wishes after refusing to return his body to loved ones, an attorney for relatives said. Officials quickly interred Capt. Rafael Acosta at a...

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...