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US keeping ex-prison chief as top adviser after rocky tenure

Aug. 04, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons is keeping its former director on the payroll as an adviser to his successor, rewarding him with an influential new role after concerns about his leadership — including from staff, inmates, Congress and the Biden administration — hastened his...

Garland swears in new US prisons chief in push for reform

Aug. 02, 2022 13:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland swore in the new director of the federal Bureau of Prisons Tuesday as the Biden administration looks to reform the beleaguered agency. Colette Peters was sworn in at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. The former director of...

US disrupts North Korean hackers that targeted hospitals

Jul. 19, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI and Justice Department recently disrupted the activities of a hacking group that was sponsored by the North Korean government and that targeted U.S. hospitals with ransomware, ultimately recovering half a million dollars in ransom payments and cryptocurrency, Deputy...

Justice Dept. taps reforming outsider to run federal prisons

Jul. 12, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Tuesday named Colette Peters, the director of Oregon’s prison system, to run the federal Bureau of Prisons, turning to a reform-minded outsider as it seeks to rebuild the beleaguered agency. Peters, who championed steeply reducing the...

Impassioned Biden signs order on abortion access

Jul. 08, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the “extreme” Supreme Court majority that ended a constitutional right to abortion and delivered an impassioned plea for Americans upset by the decision to “vote, vote, vote vote” in November. Under mounting pressure from fellow...

Oregon's prison chief in lead for top federal prisons job

Jun. 15, 2022 20:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Colette Peters, the director of Oregon’s prison system, has now emerged as the leading contender to run the federal prison system, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Peters, who has run the state’s corrections department...

No charges for agents in botched Larry Nassar probe

May. 26, 2022 22:54 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it will not pursue criminal charges against former FBI agents who failed to quickly open an investigation of sports doctor Larry Nassar despite learning in 2015 that he was accused of sexually assaulting female gymnasts. The...

Former Ohio prisons chief top contender to run US prisons

May. 21, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former director of the Ohio state prison system has emerged as a leading contender to run the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Gary Mohr, who has also worked in the private prison...

Former Ohio prisons chief top contender to run US prisons

May. 20, 2022 20:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former director of the Ohio state prison system has emerged as a leading contender to run the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Friday. Gary Mohr, who has also worked in the private...