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Healthcare workers watch as Haitians who were deported from the United States deplane at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

30 deported to Haiti, but ex-strongman remains in US

May. 26, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Thirty people were deported to Haiti on Tuesday, but a former paramilitary leader accused of murder and torture was not among them as a result of recent discussions with U.S. officials, according to a Haitian government spokesman. The spokesman, Eddy Jackson Alexis, said...

Burl Cain responds to a reporter's question after being introduced by Gov. Tate Reeves as the new commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections during his daily coronavirus update for media in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Cain was warden at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, which is commonly known as Angola, for 21 years. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Mississippi prisons nominee faces Senate scrutiny

May. 24, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The nominee to lead Mississippi's troubled prison system, Burl Cain, spent 21 years as warden of Louisiana's Angola penitentiary, resigning in early 2016 amid ethics questions about how public money was spent during his tenure. Advocates for inmates' rights have also condemned his...

A crew equipped with electrostatic sprayers cleans a Goodwill store with a hydrogen peroxide disinfectant cleaner after several employees tested positive for COVID-19, on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The store is temporarily closed and no reopening date has yet been announced. But all of the other Goodwill Stores in area are reopened except the Austin Bluffs store here and the W. Colorado Ave. store. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)

Colorado: Keep virus measures in mind over holiday weekend

May. 20, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis and state health officials on Wednesday urged residents to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend responsibly by sticking to existing social distancing restrictions, wearing masks and staying in groups of 10 or fewer people to fight the coronavirus pandemic. “This...

Victims of Brothers Home Choi Seung-woo and Han Jong-sun, center left, hug each other after parliament passed a law for investigating past human rights violations at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. South Korea's parliament on Wednesday passed a law allowing new investigations into the country's past human rights atrocities, rewarding a years-long struggle for redemption by survivors of Brothers Home, a state-funded vagrants' facility where thousands were enslaved and abused in the 1970s and '80s. (Jin Sung-chul/Yonhap via AP)

New law paves way to reinvestigate abusive SKorean facility

May. 20, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s parliament on Wednesday passed a law allowing new investigations into the country’s past human rights atrocities, rewarding a years-long struggle for redemption by survivors of Brothers Home, a state-funded vagrants’ facility where thousands were...

Judge rules against Weld County in coronavirus jail dispute

May. 12, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — The Weld County jail violated inmates' constitutional rights in the way it handled the coronavirus, a judge ruled. Judge Philip Brimmer found Monday that Sheriff Steve Reams failed to take adequate measures to protect inmates and that they are entitled to a limited preliminary...

FILE - In this July 8, 2010 file photo, teenagers head toward the gym at Caddo Juvenile Detention Center in Shreveport, La. Fear and frustration is raging as fast as the coronavirus in some juvenile detention centers, with riots and escapes reported in hotspot facilities such as New York and Louisiana. (Val Horvath/The Shreveport Times via AP, File)

Riots, escapes and pepper spray: Virus hits juvenile centers

May. 2, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

Nicole Hingle wasn’t surprised when the call came. Frustrations had been building inside juvenile detention centers nationwide as the number of coronavirus cases continued to climb. Now, her 17-year-old son Jace, was on the phone telling her around 40 kids had rioted at his facility in Louisiana —...

COVID-19 brings challenges for Muslim inmates during Ramadan

May. 2, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The convergence of a global pandemic and the holiest month in the Muslim calendar has created new barriers for Muslims in custody who seek to observe their religious practices, according to advocates, current and formerly incarcerated people, and their families. Many Muslim people observe...

Venezuelan prison riot leaves dozens dead; warden injured

May. 1, 2020 10:55 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A riot erupted at a prison in central Venezuela on Friday, killing at least 40 people and injuring 50 more, including a National Guard officer who was wounded by an explosion and the warden, who suffered a knife wound, authorities said. The upheaval at the Llanos Penitentiary...

FILE - This is a July 12, 2002 file photo of the entrance to the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, Miss. The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the Mississippi prison system after a string of inmate deaths in the past few months, officials said Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis, File)

Mississippi inmates, prison staff get masks during pandemic

Apr. 27, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — All inmates and employees in Mississippi prisons have been given masks to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, the state Department of Corrections said Monday. Advocates have repeatedly raised concerns that the highly contagious virus is difficult to control in prisons,...

In this April 2, 2019, file photo, people walk past a photo of guards unloading children from a truck at the Brothers Home in Busan as it is displayed in front of National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's Supreme Court said Friday, April 17, 2020, it will re-open a case related to the enslavement and abuse of thousands of people at a vagrants' facility in the 1970s and 1980s, more than three decades after its owner was acquitted of serious charges. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

SKorean court to re-open case on abusive vagrant facility

Apr. 17, 2020 5:11 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Supreme Court said Friday it will re-open a case related to the enslavement and abuse of thousands of people at a vagrants' facility in the 1970s and 1980s, more than three decades after its owner was acquitted of serious charges. A finding that the government...