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Counties charge inmates lockup fee, but few pay

Jul. 11, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two single beds with semi-private bathroom. Shared shower and gym facilities. A balcony room that overlooks a spacious common area with tables and television. No safe in the room, and sunlight is minimal. Free parking. Meals and outfit included in $10 nightly fee. Book and movie...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks to reporters about the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference, Monday, July 6, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The state has seen its worst two-week spike in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began and Kelly is warning the public and local officials that wearing masks are necessary to check its spread. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

COVID-19 spike in Kansas casts doubt on allowing local rules

Jul. 10, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has not contained a resurgence in coronavirus cases, raising questions about whether Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-controlled Legislature erred in allowing local officials to set rules for businesses and public gatherings. State Department of Health and...

FILE - In this Oct. 31 1997 file photo Danny Lee waits for his arraignment hearing for murder in the Pope County Detention Center in Russellville, Ark. A federal judge in Indiana on Friday, July, 10, 2020, halted the first federal execution planned in 17 years scheduled three days from now over COVID-19 concerns. Daniel Lee had been scheduled to die by lethal injection. Lee, 47, of Yukon, Okla., was convicted of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell. (Dan Pierce/The Courier via AP, File)

US appeals to proceed with 1st federal execution in 17 years

Jul. 10, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Determined to proceed with the first federal execution in nearly two decades, the Justice Department plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that would halt authorities from carrying it out on Monday. The family of the victims in the case had requested that it be called off because their...

2 Nevada inmates plead guilty in deadly prison yard attack

Jul. 10, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two Nevada prison inmates have pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing another inmate in what authorities called a gang-related recreation yard attack at a correctional facility outside Las Vegas more than four years ago. Jeremy Kenneth Nuckles, 43, and Justin Matthias Muncy, 36, pleaded guilty...

FILE - This July 9, 2020, file photo shows a correctional officer closing the main gate at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. California is giving more than 100,000 state inmates earlier release dates in its latest response to the pandemic, building on earlier steps that together could free nearly 10% of prisoners as Gov. Gavin Newsom responds to intensifying pressure from advocates, lawmakers and federal judges. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California may release 10% of inmates in pandemic response

Jul. 10, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials will soon release another 2,100 inmates from state prisons in response to the coronavirus pandemic and in all now plans to release a total of more than 10,000 inmates, or nearly 10 percent of prisoners, as Gov. Gavin Newsom responds to intensifying pressure...

Review finds 20 deaths in Montana corrections custody

Jul. 10, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An inquiry by the Missoulian has found that 20 people have died in custody since the Department of Corrections agency quietly decided to stop issuing public notices of deaths 10 months ago. The review found 15 of those deaths have occurred this year, a number higher than 2018 and...

California plans call for early release of more 10,000 state prison inmates in response to coronavirus pandemic

Jul. 10, 2020 3:03 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California plans call for early release of more 10,000 state prison inmates in response to coronavirus pandemic.
A governor of the Khabarovsk region along the border with China, Sergei Furgal is escorted from a court room in Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 10, 2020. A provincial governor in Russia's far east has been arrested on charges of involvement in multiple murders and was flown to Moscow. The court ordered Frugal to be jailed for two months as the investigation continues. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russian court jails governor facing murder charges

Jul. 10, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow ruled Friday to jail a provincial governor pending a probe on charges of his involvement in multiple murders. Sergei Furgal, the governor of the Khabarovsk region along the border with China, was arrested in Khabarovsk on Thursday and was flown to Moscow for interrogation...

FILE - In this May 6, 2019, file photo, Michael Cohen, former attorney to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building before beginning his prison term in New York. Cohen, was returned to federal prison, weeks after his early release to serve the remainder of his sentence at home because of the coronavirus pandemic, the federal Bureau of Prisons said Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen back in federal prison

Jul. 9, 2020 11:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was returned to federal prison Thursday, after balking at certain conditions of the home confinement he was granted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Records obtained by The Associated Press said Cohen was...

California inmate dies after beating by other prisoners

Jul. 9, 2020 9:57 PM EDT

WASCO, Calif. (AP) — A California prisoner has died after he was beaten by other inmates, authorities said Thursday. Jose Mendoza, 33, was attacked Wednesday night by two other inmates at Wasco State Prison. He fell down, hit his head and lost consciousness and died about 40 minutes later despite efforts...