Latest Prisons News

Search for escaped inmate expands beyond Louisiana

Nov. 28, 2021 17:30 PM EST

JACKSON, La. (AP) — Louisiana prison officials say they believe a man who escaped from a Jackson prison on Thursday may have left the state. The Advocate reports that a search for Shwilliam Cheevis in the Baton Rouge area has been expanded. ...

Changing prisoner count could boost cities' political power

Nov. 28, 2021 12:09 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s urban centers could gain more political power under a new state policy that changes how prisoners are counted when it comes to drawing maps for congressional and legislative districts. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sunday that...

Report: Vegas police quietly give jailed immigrants to feds

Nov. 27, 2021 13:14 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police in Las Vegas help federal officials capture undocumented immigrants jailed for nonviolent crimes, a shift in practice that critics say was never made public. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department also has instructed jail officials not to...

Russia jails 5 people over coal mine disaster that killed 51

Nov. 27, 2021 11:42 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Saturday ordered five people to remain in pre-trial detention for two months pending an investigation into a devastating blast in a coal mine in Siberia that resulted in dozens of deaths. Russian authorities reported 51 deaths after a...

Alabama prisons to resume visitation after 20 months

Nov. 27, 2021 10:42 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama prison inmates will soon be allowed personal visitors for the first time in 20 months, but there will be a number of restrictions. The Alabama Department of Corrections said in a news release that visitation will resume Dec. 4. Visitation...

Court blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for California prisons

Nov. 26, 2021 22:31 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked an order that all California prison workers must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or have a religious or medical exemption. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a...

Manhunt underway for escaped inmate in Louisiana

Nov. 26, 2021 17:47 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities searched Friday for an inmate who escaped from a south Louisiana prison. The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections said a manhunt is underway for 23-year-old Shwilliam Cheevis, who is serving 15 years for sentences out of...

DOJ: Alabama prisons unimproved, remain violent and deadly

Nov. 24, 2021 15:33 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says conditions in Alabama prisons have not improved since the federal government warned the state of unconstitutional conditions three years ago and that male inmates continue to live in deadly and dangerous conditions. ...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Nov. 24, 2021 14:14 PM EST

South Florida Sun Sentinel. November 18, 2021. Editorial: Three days in Tallahassee we could easily have lived without The show’s over. It was brief, three days. The plot was predictable. It played to a near-empty house with as...

Connecticut inmate dies from COVID-19

Nov. 24, 2021 13:04 PM EST

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A 62-year-old Connecticut inmate has died from complications from the coronavirus, the 22nd state prisoner death related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began last year, state officials said Wednesday. The man was serving a sentence for driving...