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Rapper Kanye West performs for Texas jail inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:42 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Kanye West has followed the Johnny Cash route and performed for inmates at a Houston jail. In secret from the public, the star rapper-turned-gospel singer performed songs Friday from his new gospel album “Jesus is King.” He and his choir performed for more than 200 male inmates...

Haiti to investigate alleged rapes of 10 female inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:37 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Authorities in Haiti say they are investigating allegations that a group of male inmates raped 10 women in a makeshift jail in the city of Gonaives. Prosecutor Sérard Gazius told The Associated Press Friday that more than 50 men broke out of their cells last week and...

Private prison firm preps for 2020 ‘worst case scenario’

Nov. 15, 2019 5:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The head of a giant private prison company says his firm is prepared for the “worst case scenario” should a Democratic presidential candidate win the 2020 election and attempt to abolish private involvement in the prison sector. CoreCivic CEO Damon Hininger addressed...

Patients received fake breast implants, doctor imprisoned

Nov. 15, 2019 3:20 PM EST

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A judge has sentenced an Idaho doctor to seven months in prison for receipt and delivery of misbranded breast implants given to patients. Prosecutors announced Thursday that 55-year-old Temp Ray Patterson was also sentenced to one year of supervised release after his prison...

Ex-prison system nurse sentenced for giving drugs to inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 2:06 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former nurse at a Massachusetts state prisons system facility has been sentenced for distributing drugs to inmates. Federal prosecutors say 40-year-old Julie Inglis-Somers, of Kingston, was sentenced Friday to three years or probation, the first three months of which must be served in home...

Ex-officer admits smuggling drugs to federal prison inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:10 AM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former corrections officer has admitted smuggling drugs and other contraband to inmates at a federal prison in return for cash bribes. Paul Wright pleaded guilty Thursday to a bribery charge. The 34-year-old Berlin man now faces up to 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced Feb....

Documents reveal sexual abuse at California women’s prisons

Nov. 14, 2019 8:25 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A state prison inmate incarcerated at the Central California Women’s Facility was awaiting her group therapy session on Aug. 23, 2017. She stepped backward in her cell toward the door, where Correctional Officer Israel Trevino waited with waist restraints. As he attached the...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Nov. 13, 2019 3:53 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Poor condition of many state dams should worry every Pennsylvanian The York Dispatch Nov. 13 Infrastructure isn’t the most scintillating topic. For most folks, it probably rates somewhere between researching tax deductions...

Rapper Kodak Black gets prison sentence in weapons case

Nov. 13, 2019 12:34 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Rapper Kodak Black was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to weapons charges stemming from his arrest just before a scheduled concert performance in May. The 22-year-old Black admitted in August that he falsified information on federal forms to...

Ex-inmate loses lawsuit filed over handling of prison riot

Nov. 13, 2019 12:25 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former inmate who accused the state of negligence has lost the lawsuit he filed after a Nebraska prison riot left two inmates dead in 2015. The judge said in a ruling filed Friday that John Wizinsky didn’t provide enough evidence to prove he had been injured, the state...