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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...

State: No deal made to get prisoner to opt out of lawsuit

May. 23, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An inmate's decision to withdraw from a lawsuit alleging brutal treatment of mentally ill inmates at a north Louisiana prison prompted a warning to state officials from a federal judge: Don't grant privileges to inmates in hopes of undermining the lawsuit. The state Attorney General's...

Inmate acquitted of guard's slaying in Delaware prison riot

May. 23, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — An inmate accused of leading a riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison during which a guard was killed and other staffers taken hostage was acquitted of all charges Thursday and will soon be freed. A jury deliberated about nine hours over two days before declaring Roman...

Correction: Torture Lawsuit-Somalia story

May. 23, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — In a story May 13 about a civil lawsuit alleging a former Somali colonel now living in Virginia engaged in torture, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the plaintiff's lawyer, Ben Klein, works for the Center for Justice and Accountability. He works for DLA Piper, which...

Rhode Island prison guard charged with striking inmate

May. 23, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island prison guard has been arrested on simple assault charges because investigators say he struck a handcuffed inmate in the face. An investigation found that 55-year-old Mark Denis, an Adult Correctional Institutions officer, struck the maximum security inmate while...

'When They See Us' actors revisit the Central Park Five case

May. 23, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Jharrel Jerome, perhaps best known for his role in "Moonlight," recalls walking to school a few years ago in his native New York City, worried about an upcoming test, when he was stopped by two police officers. "Stop! Can I see your bag?" one asked him. He immediately froze in fear....

Whitmer signs bills to allow parole of seriously ill inmates

May. 23, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed laws letting Michigan release seriously ill and incapacitated prisoners early by having them treated at nursing homes or hospitals instead. Whitmer says the four new measures will help the state properly manage treatment options for an aging prisoner...

'American Taliban' fighter to be released after 17 years

May. 22, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison. But conditions imposed recently on Lindh's release, slated for...

Lawsuit alleges no hepatitis C treatment for inmates

May. 22, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The ACLU of Vermont and Harvard Law School have sued leaders of two state departments and a private health care provider, accusing them of refusing to treat inmates diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C. The federal lawsuit in Burlington was filed Tuesday on behalf of two prisoners....

Former jail nurse sues county, hospital over his firing

May. 22, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man removed as nursing supervisor at a troubled county jail in Cleveland and then fired by the county hospital system employing him says in a lawsuit those dismissals came after he criticized the jail's director. Gary Brack says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that he lost his job for telling...