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California's top cop to probe troubled sheriff's office

Jan. 19, 2022 19:28 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general on Wednesday announced a civil rights investigation into the office of Santa Clara Sheriff Laurie Smith, a polarizing figure who is fighting formal public corruption accusations following a no-confidence vote by the county's board of...

Felony charges recommended against ex-Arizona prisons boss

Jan. 19, 2022 18:07 PM EST

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Police on Wednesday said they are recommending felony charges against former Arizona Corrections Director Charles Ryan in an encounter at his Tempe home nearly two weeks ago in which he was accused of pointing a gun at officers. Investigators recommend that...

NJ requires shot for health care workers, ending test option

Jan. 19, 2022 17:06 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will require health care workers and employees in nursing homes and prisons to get fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, dropping an option to either get the shot or be tested, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday. Murphy announced the new...

Fourth Calif. federal prison worker charged with sex abuse

Jan. 19, 2022 15:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fourth worker at a federal women’s prison in California has been charged with sexually abusing an inmate. His arrest comes months after the prison's warden was arrested on similar charges. James Theodore Highhouse, a corrections worker and chaplain at FCI...

US judge dismisses lawsuit filed by Whitey Bulger's family

Jan. 19, 2022 13:22 PM EST

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by family members of Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger Jr., who was beaten to death in a federal prison in West Virginia. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling granted the government's...

Police: 3 teens who escaped detention facility recaptured

Jan. 19, 2022 10:59 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police have recaptured three teens who escaped from a detention facility in Nashville, Tennessee, authorities said. Two of the teens were captured Tuesday in Cheatham County and will face charges for their alleged involvement in a carjacking, a statement...

Pope on prisons: No inmate should ever be deprived of hope

Jan. 19, 2022 08:46 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a plea on behalf of prison inmates Wednesday, saying they should never be deprived of hope and always be given the opportunity to redeem themselves. In remarks at his weekly public audience at the Vatican, Francis told the faithful that “we...

Ivey calls special session on relief funds

Jan. 18, 2022 18:39 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday announced a midweek launch of a special session on how to use $771 million in pandemic relief funds, with lawmakers set to consider a plan to steer large sums to water and sewer projects, broadband expansion and healthcare costs. ...

Freed Missouri inmate sues over medical care in prison

Jan. 18, 2022 13:23 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man released from prison after serving more than 40 years for a wrongful conviction is suing the company that provides medical care for Missouri prison inmates. Kevin Strickland alleges in his lawsuit that medical care provided by Corizon LLC...

Police search for 3 teens who escaped detention facility

Jan. 16, 2022 14:16 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police were searching Sunday for three teens who escaped from a detention facility in Nashville, Tennessee, authorities said. The group of teens reportedly overpowered a guard at the Youth Opportunity juvenile detention facility Saturday night and left on...