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Virginia jail ends 'God Pod' after Muslim inmates sue

Sep. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia jail has ended a program which inmates dubbed the "God Pod" after a lawsuit alleged the program provided favorable treatment to Christians and discriminated against Muslims. Court documents show the Riverside Regional Jail south of Richmond ended the program on the advice...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 20, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is a convicted felon...

Court: Jail's 3-book limit doesn't violate rights of inmates

Sep. 20, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago has ruled the confiscation by Cook County Jail guards of over 30 books from an inmate didn't violate his free-speech rights. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez agreed the First Amendment protected the right to read, not only...

Court calls US "enhanced interrogation techniques" torture

Sep. 19, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal court in San Francisco has taken the unusual step of using the word "torture" to describe the treatment of a Palestinian man while he was in CIA custody following the Sept. 11 attacks. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals used the word in a 2-1 ruling to describe the harsh...

Lawyers: Videos show inhumane treatment before jail death

Sep. 18, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Video clips show that a man who died in a Georgia jail suffered inhumane treatment in the final hours before he died from complications of dehydration while being held on misdemeanor charges, lawyers for his family said Wednesday. Shali Tilson, 22, was arrested in March 2018 on...

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...

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...

In Brazil, president's son questions democracy

Sep. 10, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like father, like son? A son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has caused a stir by questioning democracy in Latin America's biggest country, which emerged from a two-decade military dictatorship in 1985. "The transformation that Brazil wants will not happen at the speed we are...

ACLU: Kansas inmate could die without opioid-addiction meds

Sep. 9, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas and Missouri affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons on behalf of an inmate they claim could die without a drug used to treat his opioid addiction. After an emergency hearing Wednesday in Kansas City, Kansas, U.S. District...