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Texas executes inmate who fought prayer, touch rules

Oct. 05, 2022 21:35 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate whose case redefined the role of spiritual advisers in death chambers nationwide was executed Wednesday, despite the efforts of a district attorney to stop his lethal injection. John Henry Ramirez, 38, was executed at the state...

Inmates die after being attacked in California prison yards

Oct. 05, 2022 20:40 PM EDT

FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — Two inmates serving life sentences have died after being attacked at California prisons, corrections officials said Wednesday. Robert Tunstall, 64, died Wednesday morning after another inmate attacked him in the recreation yard at Salinas Valley State Prison,...

Drug capo among 16 dead in bloody Ecuador prison riot

Oct. 04, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The death toll from a bloody fight among inmates at a prison in central Ecuador rose to 16 Tuesday, and authorities said one of the dead was an alleged drug gang boss who had evaded charges in Peru by faking his death during the pandemic. Officials said the...

Ecuador prison clash leaves at least 15 dead, 20 injured

Oct. 03, 2022 23:20 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A clash between inmates armed with guns and knives inside the Latacunga prison in central Ecuador on Monday left at least 15 people dead and 20 injured, authorities said. Officials attributed the fighting to national and international drug trafficking groups...

14 guards indicted on misconduct charges at women's prison

Sep. 28, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey grand jury has indicted 14 corrections officers on charges stemming from what authorities said was a brutal attack in 2021 on inmates at the state's only prison for women. The grand jury handed up the indictments after a more than yearlong...

Staffing shortages, violence plague Oklahoma prisons

Sep. 24, 2022 08:04 AM EDT

HOLDENVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Working as a prison guard in Oklahoma is becoming an ever more dangerous job as the state, with one of the highest incarceration rates in the United States, struggles with violence and understaffing at detention facilities. Long hours, dangerous conditions and remote,...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Sep. 22, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

Albany Times Union. September 21. 2022. Editorial: High court secrecy The Court of Appeals’ refusal to reveal the vote for an acting chief judge is unbefitting an open justice system. Imagine if an election was held and a winner declared, but the...

4 Georgia guards sentenced for inmate assault, cover-up

Sep. 21, 2022 19:36 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Four former correctional officers at a Georgia prison were sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the beating of a handcuffed inmate and the subsequent cover-up, federal prosecutors said. U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson sentenced Sgt. Patrick Sharpe, 30, to four...

Video appears to show corrections officer beating inmate

Sep. 19, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama corrections officers has been placed on leave following a video that appears to show him beating a distressed inmate who had climbed to the edge of a roof. The video, circulating on social media, shows what appears to be a distressed inmate on...

Officials: Inmate killed in attack by prisoners at NC prison

Sep. 10, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An inmate at a North Carolina prison has been killed in an attack by other prisoners, authorities said. The News & Observer reports that the Central Prison in Raleigh was placed on lockdown on Friday while police investigated the death of the inmate,...