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Immigrant detentions soar despite Biden’s campaign promises

Aug. 05, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Alexander Martinez says he fled from homophobia, government persecution and the notorious MS-13 gang in El Salvador only to run into abuse and harassment in America’s immigration detention system. Since crossing the border illegally in April, the...

Mississippi sheriff dies after testing positive for COVID-19

Aug. 04, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The sheriff of Mississippi's largest county has died, almost two weeks after he tested positive for COVID-19 amid an outbreak of the illness at a jail he oversaw. The Hinds County Sheriff's Department said an ambulance was sent to the home of...

Jail officer, inmates became ill after someone spiked water

Aug. 04, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — An officer and a few inmates at a Flint-area jail became sick when a pot of water was spiked by other inmates, the sheriff said Wednesday. The substance was described only as a “non-narcotic.” The incident at the Genesee County jail occurred last...

US judge may require vaccines for California prison staff

Jul. 29, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday said he will consider ordering all California prison employees and inmate firefighters to be vaccinated as the state tries to head off another coronavirus infection surge driven by the more contagious delta variant. ...

Is Biden overlooking Bureau of Prisons as reform target?

Jul. 29, 2021 06:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden took quick action after his inauguration to start shifting federal inmates out of privately run prisons, where complaints of abuses abound. “It is just the beginning of my administration’s plan to address systemic problems in...

Groups say Myanmar journalists in peril amid crackdown

Jul. 28, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Journalists in Myanmar face extreme peril as the military-controlled government cracks down on independent reporting, human rights and media advocates say. The government installed by the military in a Feb. 1 takeover has criminalized many aspects of...

Germany charges Syrian doctor with crimes against humanity

Jul. 28, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Syrian doctor has been charged in Germany with crimes against humanity for allegedly torturing people in military hospitals in his homeland and killing one of them, German federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The Federal Prosecutor's Office in Karlsruhe...

Prosecutor: No charges in jail death due to poor training

Jul. 26, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor decided Monday not to charge two jail employees who stunned a mentally ill Black man 10 times and kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing, calling the guards' videotaped actions “damning,” but not against the law. ...

Youth inmates' attitudes worsening, staff feels 'defeated'

Jul. 26, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Children held at Wisconsin's troubled youth prison are growing more frustrated with their treatment and staff seem defeated, according to a court-appointed monitor's latest appraisal of conditions at the facility. The state Department of Corrections...

The Latest: Oklahoma new virus cases top 1,000 for third day

Jul. 23, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The number of newly reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma topped 1,000 for a third consecutive day on Friday and the seven-day average of new cases has nearly quintupled in less than a month, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health figures. The...