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Colorado agrees to get jail inmates into treatment faster

Mar. 18, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Department of Human Services has agreed to speed up how soon people with severe mental illness who have been arrested get into treatment. Colorado Public Radio reports state officials signed off on a federal court agreement last week, expecting to pay out $10 million in fines...

Officials investigate 2 inmate deaths in Mississippi jails

Mar. 18, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi state police are investigating the deaths of two inmates in separate jails. News outlets reported 26-year-old Jefferson Russell Finch died early Friday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Lowndes County officers found Finch unresponsive in his cell around 5 p.m....

Pennsylvania prisons to implement system-wide tobacco ban

Mar. 18, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's prison system is banning all tobacco products inside every facility's secure perimeter, starting July 1. Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced the new policy Monday, citing the success of existing tobacco prohibitions in three state correctional institutions and...

Ex-inmates sue over jail beatings, blaming overcrowding

Mar. 18, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — Two former inmates who say they were severely beaten at an overcrowded South Carolina jail are suing the sheriff's office. The Greenville News reports Brett Ferguson and Adam Brodsky blame the longstanding overcrowding issues for the attacks, and said Pickens County jail staff didn't...

Colorado doctor sentenced for bankruptcy fraud

Mar. 17, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Colorado doctor has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud. According to U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn's office, 55-year-old Cathleen Van Buskirk pleaded guilty in August to bankruptcy fraud and was sentenced on Friday. She also...

Changes proposed to bail system that jails poor defendants

Mar. 17, 2019 4:16 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawmakers and advocates across the political spectrum are joining together to propose changes to Michigan's cash bail system, which is under criticism for allowing low-income defendants to be jailed when they cannot afford to post bond. Newly introduced legislation would allow more...

Youth miss out on school, mental services in Arkansas jails

Mar. 17, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Colton turned 17 alone in an unheated juvenile jail cell in Batesville, 370 miles from home. He had only a thin mat and blanket for sleeping. Slugs crept in through a space between the wall and the ground. Water was turned off. Guards took his Bible, he said, but supplied a few...

Alabama inmate stabbed to death

Mar. 16, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state inmate has been stabbed to death in the second fatal assault at an Alabama prison within one week. The Alabama Department of Corrections said in a news release that 56-year-old Ray Anthony Little was killed after being assaulted on Friday at the Bibb County Correctional...

The Latest: Governor wants to revive marijuana proposals

Mar. 16, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on activity at the New Mexico Legislature (all times local): 1:30 p.m. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants marijuana legalization back on agenda for the next legislative session. Lujan Grisham said Saturday that next year's limited 30-day legislative session will...

South Carolina inmates mistakenly released from prison

Mar. 16, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina prison system confirmed that 10 inmates were mistakenly released early from prison over the last two years. South Carolina Department of Corrections spokeswoman Chrysti Shain told The State newspaper that the inmates were mistakenly released because of a...