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Judge: Pre-trial inmates have same rights as other voters

Nov. 8, 2019 2:01 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ruled inmates awaiting trial must be given the same voting rights as other Ohio citizens. The Columbus Dispatch reports U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson ruled this week in a 2018 lawsuit filed against Ohio's secretary of state by two Montgomery County...

Montana, Jehovah's Witness settle discrimination complaint

Nov. 7, 2019 7:08 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has agreed to pay some of an inmate's attorney fees and have a prison warden undergo religion rights training to settle a discrimination complaint. The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday that the state Department of Corrections settled with Montana Women's...

Alabama board to resume parole hearings

Nov. 4, 2019 7:37 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles is resuming parole hearings after a two-month stoppage. The newly appointed director of the agency, Charlie Graddick, told a news conference Monday the board will hold regular hearings beginning Tuesday. The former state attorney general and...

Former Mississippi prison officer admits inmate assault

Nov. 4, 2019 5:27 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A woman who worked as an officer in a Mississippi prison has pleaded guilty to beating an inmate. A statement from federal prosecutors says 29-year-old Sharalyn McClain pleaded guilty Monday to violating the rights of a prisoner who was assaulted at the Central Mississippi...

Prosecutor reviewing Russia probe known for tenacity, ethics

Nov. 1, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The man leading the inquiry into the origins of the Russia probe is no stranger to politically sensitive investigations. In his 41-year career as a prosecutor, John Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, has led investigations into the FBI's cozy relationship with Boston mobsters...

Lawsuit filed over treatment of inmates with mental illness

Oct. 25, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Civil liberties advocates are suing the Rhode Island prisons department over its treatment of inmates with mental illness. The American Civil Liberties Union's Rhode Island chapter announced Friday it filed a federal class action lawsuit with Disability Rights Rhode Island and the...

42-year-old suit over Maricopa County jail conditions ends

Oct. 18, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has ended a 42-year-old lawsuit over conditions in the jails in metro Phoenix. The lawsuit was filed in 1977 amid allegations that the civil rights of inmates had been violated. It lingered for decades, and a judge concluded in 2008 that the county provided inadequate medical...

Amnesty International urges Malaysia to end death penalty

Oct. 10, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Amnesty International urged Malaysia's government on Thursday to keep its promise to abolish the death penalty, saying unfair trials and the use of harsh treatment to obtain confessions put people at risk of execution. The rights group released details of nearly two years of...

Federal judge weighs felon voting rights in Florida

Oct. 8, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge urged voter advocates and Florida officials Tuesday to resolve their dispute over the rights of felons to regain the vote, as he decides whether to temporarily block a state law requiring ex-prisoners to settle outstanding fines and other legal obligations before...

Correction: Prisoner Assault story

Oct. 8, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — In a story Oct. 8 about two former guards convicted of assaulting an inmate, The Associated Press reported erroneously reported that the guards worked at a prison. They were jail guards. A corrected version of the story is below: Former Missouri jail guards convicted of beating...