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Prison guards injured in prison riot in Ukraine

May. 27, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Dozens of inmates in a Ukrainian prison rioted, set a fire and took guards and nurses hostage in an hours-long standoff on Monday that left four guards injured, officials said. The incident took place in Odessa, a Black Sea port city, where black smoke was seen billowing over the prison...

Fighting among inmates at Brazil prison kills at least 15

May. 26, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fighting erupted among inmates at a prison in the northern state of Amazonas on Sunday, and at least 15 people died before the riot was brought under control, authorities said. The state prison secretary said in a statement that prisoners began fighting among themselves around noon,...

Prosecutor: Inmate's past motives linked to sexual advances

May. 26, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina inmate charged last month with killing his cellmate had two prior convictions for killing men over alleged sexual advances, according to a prosecutor and his own testimony at his trial. William Tillman, 54, was charged Wednesday with murder in the death of 45-year-old...

Missouri owes counties millions for housing state prisoners

May. 26, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Department of Corrections owes counties tens of millions of dollars for housing inmates before they're transferred to state prisons. The state is about nine months behind with reimbursements, Corrections spokeswoman Karen Pojmann told KCUR radio. Data provided by the...

W.Va. jail inmates build flag boxes for vets' families

May. 26, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — The box containing a deceased veteran's flag means a lot to surviving family members, and perhaps just as much to the jail inmate who crafted it. Inmates at the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail Corrections Center have the opportunity to learn woodworking skills while in prison,...

Hawaii plans to build addition for Maui's overcrowded jail

May. 25, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The state Department of Public Safety plans to build an addition at Maui's overcrowded jail, where rioting by inmates caused $5 million in damage earlier this year. The new Maui Community Correctional Center unit for medium-security detainees will have 80 beds. The department said...

Search continues for teens who fled Arkansas youth lockup

May. 25, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

MANSFIELD, Ark. (AP) — Authorities continue looking for four teenagers who escaped from an Arkansas youth prison. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the teenagers are between the ages of 14 and 16. Capt. Philip Pevehouse, spokesman for the Sebastian County sheriff's office, says the four escaped on...

Wisconsin man who kidnapped Jayme Closs gets life in prison

May. 24, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents after the girl told the judge she that wanted him "locked up forever" for trying to steal her. Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional...

Official: 29 inmates killed in Venezuelan jail riot

May. 24, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A showdown between armed inmates and guards in an overcrowded cellblock of a Venezuelan jail Friday left at least 29 prisoners dead, an official said. The clash started when inmates, many armed, refused to let authorities enter, fearing they would be robbed, said Humberto Prado of...

3 prisoners recaptured after escaping at Georgia truck stop

May. 24, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say three prisoners who escaped from a transport van at a Georgia truck stop have been recaptured. News outlets report police found Sean Henley and Hope Rogers hiding in a trash bin outside an apartment complex Friday morning. They were being taken from Florida to...