Latest Prisoners' health News

Lawsuit says woman gave birth alone on Maryland jail floor

Sep. 27, 2022 22:25 PM EDT

A woman who said she was left to give birth to her baby alone on the dirty, concrete floor of her jail cell in Maryland filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging that jail nurses ignored her screams and pleas for help for six hours. Jazmin Valentine alleges some nurses working for...

Trial of corruption case against California sheriff to begin

Sep. 21, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A longtime San Francisco Bay Area sheriff heads to trial on public corruption allegations involving her office’s granting of concealed-carry weapons permits and costly jail mismanagement. The unusual case against Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith is a...

California may allow more ill, dying inmates to leave prison

Aug. 25, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would allow more ill and dying inmates to be released from state prisons under legislation that cleared the state Senate without opposition on Thursday and heads to the Assembly for final approval. It would ease the current standard, which...

NC transgender inmate's suit may be likely to proceed

Aug. 24, 2022 21:45 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge indicated Tuesday that the case of a transgender inmate suing North Carolina for gender affirming medical care may be likely to proceed. Kanautica Zayre-Brown sued North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety in April, claiming the prison...

Texan gets 6 months for threats to Maryland vaccine advocate

Aug. 24, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Texas man was sentenced to six months in federal prison Tuesday for threatening a Maryland doctor who has been a prominent advocate for COVID-19 vaccines, a federal prosecutor said. Scott Eli Harris, 52, of Aubrey, Texas, pleaded guilty in February to threats...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Aug. 24, 2022 01:11 AM EDT

Champaign News-Gazette. August 21, 2022. Editorial: Courts not impressed by state’s failure to do its job Performing difficult jobs appears to be too much to ask. The state of Illinois recently suffered another in a series of black eyes when its...

Data on California prisons' visitors, staff, inmates exposed

Aug. 22, 2022 16:41 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California corrections officials said Monday that there has been a potential exposure of medical information for employees and visitors who were tested for the coronavirus, although they have not found any improper use despite the data breach. The data was...

California court overturns 3 deputies' murder conviction

Aug. 02, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — An appellate court has reversed the murder convictions of the three Northern California deputies convicted in the 2015 jail beating death of a mentally ill inmate after a judge ruled that the primary legal theory prosecutors cited was invalidated by recent changes in state...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 21, 2022 03:19 AM EDT

Philadelphia Daily News/Inquirer. July 15, 2022. Editorial: With democracy at risk, some Pa. GOP leaders wisely break with one of their own Nine Republican leaders from across the state are supporting Democratic nominee Josh Shapiro. They recognize the threat posed...

Report: Deadly heat remains concern at Texas prisons

Jul. 14, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Amid a summer heat wave that has pushed temperatures in some Texas prisons without air conditioning to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius), many inmates fear dying or falling gravely ill from the hot weather and believe actions taken by officials to mitigate the dangerous...