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Egyptians held nearly a year over deadly shipwreck are released from Greek jail after case dismissed

May. 22, 2024 21:02 PM EDT

NAFPLIO, Greece (AP) — A group of Egyptians jailed for nearly a year pending trial for a deadly shipwreck were released from jail Wednesday, a day after a Greek court threw out the case against them on grounds that it had no jurisdiction to try it. Nine Egyptians had been charged...

Lawmakers call for further inquiry into Virginia prison that had hypothermia hospitalizations

May. 22, 2024 17:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A raft of hypothermia hospitalizations and other questionable conditions at a Virginia prison uncovered in a recent report deserve further scrutiny, leading Democratic state lawmakers said this week. Lawmakers pledged to press Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's...

Feds face trial over prison guards' abuse of incarcerated women at now-shuttered California facility

May. 22, 2024 17:43 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons will go to trial next year over claims it allowed an environment where guards at a now-shuttered California prison sexually abused incarcerated women, a judge ordered Wednesday. In the first public hearing since FCI Dublin...

A citizen journalist imprisoned for 'provoking trouble' by reporting on COVID in China is released

May. 22, 2024 03:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Zhang Zhan, a citizen journalist, was released from prison after serving four years for charges related to reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, according to a video statement she released Tuesday, eight days after her sentence ended, though there are concerns about...

Sen. Cory Booker questions US prison labor policies, calls for change

May. 21, 2024 23:45 PM EDT

Prisoners should be learning professional skills that help prepare them for their release instead of being forced to work, sometimes picking crops in triple-digit heat for pennies an hour or nothing at all, Sen. Cory Booker said at a Senate judiciary subcommittee hearing on prison labor Tuesday. ...

Jailed Guatemalan journalist to AP: 'I can defend myself, because I am innocent'

May. 21, 2024 20:20 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — José Rubén Zamora has spent nearly two years locked in a dark 16- by 13-foot cell in a Guatemalan prison, allowed only one hour a day in the sunlight. The journalist’s money laundering conviction was tossed out, and last week a judge finally ordered his...

A Canadian serial killer who brought victims to his pig farm is hospitalized after a prison assault

May. 21, 2024 18:12 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Convicted Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton, who brought female victims to his pig farm during a crime spree near Vancouver in the 1990s and early 2000s, was assaulted in prison and has been hospitalized in life-threatening condition, authorities said Tuesday. A...

Mississippi woman pleads guilty to stealing government funds

May. 21, 2024 17:43 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally taking unemployment benefits, authorities said Tuesday. Misty Burgess, of Plantersville, entered the plea to one count of theft of government funds in U.S. District Court for the Northern...

Former New Hampshire youth center leader defends tenure after damning trial testimony

May. 21, 2024 16:38 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The former head of New Hampshire’s youth detention center is defending himself against claims that he either encouraged physical abuse or was “ willfully blind” to it during his nearly 40 years at the facility. Ron Adams didn’t testify during the...

Hawaii installing new cameras at women’s prison after $2 million settlement over sex assaults

May. 21, 2024 15:24 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii prison system is finally installing new video cameras at the Women’s Community Correctional Center nearly two years after staff at the facility reported about 40% of the existing cameras were not working. Tommy Johnson, director of the Department of...