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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Sheriffs' Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington. Barr vowed in an interview with The Associated Press Tuesday, March 17, that there would be swift and severe action if a foreign government is behind disinformation campaigns aimed at spreading fear in the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic or a denial of service attack on the networks of the Department of Health and Human Services.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

AP Exclusive: Barr creating task force on prison misconduct

Mar. 18, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is creating a special task force to address criminal misconduct by federal Bureau of Prison officers at several correctional facilities after a loaded gun was found at the same jail where wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, Attorney General William...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 file photo, an aerial view of the vacant Thomson Correctional Center is seen in Thomson, Ill., before that state sold it to the Bureau of Prisons. An inmate was killed Thursday, March 5, 2020, after being beaten inside the USP Thomson high-security federal prison in Illinois. That's according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on Friday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

AP sources: Inmate fatally beaten at US prison in Illinois

Mar. 6, 2020 10:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An inmate was killed after being beaten by another prisoner inside a high-security federal prison in Illinois, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Friday. The Thursday death is the latest serious security issue for the federal Bureau of Prisons, which has been...

AP sources: AG Barr names new director to run federal prison system long plagued by violence and staffing shortages

Feb. 25, 2020 2:50 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — AP sources: AG Barr names new director to run federal prison system long plagued by violence and staffing shortages.
This combination of undated photos provided by the The Tennessee Department of Correction shows Pervis Payne, left, and Byron Black. Tennessee has set two new execution dates, just days after putting to death its seventh inmate in the past year-and-a-half. On Monday, the Tennessee Supreme Court ordered an Oct. 8 execution date for inmate Black and a Dec. 3 execution date for Payne. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

Tennessee continues push for executions, setting 2 more

Feb. 24, 2020 9:01 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee on Monday set two new execution dates, days after putting to death its seventh inmate in the past year and a half. The Tennessee Supreme Court ordered an Oct. 8 execution date for Byron Black and a Dec. 3 execution date for Pervis Payne. Black was convicted by a Nashville...

FILE - This Jan. 9, 2020 file photo released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Jonathan Watson. Watson has confessed that he beat two child molesters to death with a cane while behind bars and says his urgent warning to a counselor that he might become violent was ignored. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP,File)

Inmate says in letter that he killed 2 molesters in prison

Feb. 21, 2020 3:03 PM EST

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — A California inmate serving a life sentence for murder confessed in a letter that he beat to death two child molesterswith another inmate's cane hours after a prison counselor ignored his urgent warning that he might become violent. In a letter to the Bay Area News Group, Jonathan...

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves speaks with reporters about the state prison system, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. Reeves also gave an update on the search for a Mississippi Department of Corrections commissioner. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi moving more inmates out of troubled state prison

Feb. 19, 2020 5:44 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi on Wednesday started transferring more inmates out of a state prison that has been rocked by deadly violence and that is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said about 50 inmates were moved from the Mississippi State Penitentiary...

Another Mississippi inmate dies; no signs of injuries

Feb. 16, 2020 8:22 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A 42-year-old inmate has died in Mississippi, making him at least the 18th prisoner to die in the state's troubled prison system since late December, corrections officials said Sunday. An officer serving breakfast on Sunday found David Lee May unresponsive in his cell at the Central...

California death row inmate dies; prisoner killed in attack

Feb. 15, 2020 10:00 PM EST

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — A death row inmate died Saturday at a hospital, while the previous day another prisoner was killed after two inmates attacked him, California officials said. John Abel — who was sentenced to death row for killing a man in 1991 during a robbery at a bank in Orange County...

Another Mississippi inmate dies; no foul play suspected

Feb. 15, 2020 7:58 PM EST

An inmate in Mississippi died Saturday, making him at least the 17th inmate in the state's troubled prison system to have died in less than two months. No foul play is suspected in the death of Bobby Lewis Vance, 54, the Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release. Officials said Vance died at a...

In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 photo Sherren Smith, mother of inmate Wesley Clayton's children, holds a set of photographs of the lower left arm that was broken in a recent prison riot at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, following a joint hearing of the House Corrections and Judiciary B Committees, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Clayton's family says the arm was left untreated for about a month. They credit a lawmaker for intervening and getting the inmate medical treatment. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi inmate with broken arm waits weeks for a cast

Feb. 14, 2020 2:51 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As the Justice Department investigates deaths and violence in the Mississippi prison system, one inmate had to wait about a month to get a cast on his arm that was broken during a prison riot, people close to the injured man say. They said Wesley Clayton only got help after people...