Latest Correctional systems News

Coronavirus outbreak hits Folsom State Prison in California

Aug. 12, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 90 inmates at Folsom State Prison have tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest outbreak to hit California's troubled corrections system. The prison 20 miles northeast of Sacramento reported 89 inmates with active COVID-19 infections, according to data updated...

FILE - Curtis Watson, right, stands as a preliminary hearing is recessed in this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, in Ripley, Tenn. Shernaye Johnson filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 suing the facility and its warden, seeking a jury trial and $5 million in damages for the death of her mother, Debra Johnson. Curtis Ray Watson has been charged with raping and killing Johnson and escaping the prison on a tractor. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool, File)

Lawsuit filed in Tennessee prison administrator's killing

Aug. 11, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The daughter of a Tennessee corrections administrator who authorities say was killed during a prison escape has sued the facility and its warden for negligence in her death. Shernaye Johnson has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking a jury trial and $5 million in damages for the...

Oklahoma chief resigns after alleged threat by board member

Aug. 11, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board Executive Director has resigned after he says he was threatened by a board member. Steve Bickley resigned in a letter to the board effective Friday after receiving alleged threats from Allen McCall, a retired judge, who sent him an email accusing...

Judge: Teen jailed over homework released from probation

Aug. 11, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit judge who sent a 15-year-old girl to a juvenile detention facility for not doing her homework released the teen from probation on Tuesday, after an appeals court ordered her release. Oakland Circuit Judge Mary Ellen Brennan adopted a caseworker’s...

Police say 19 inmates, guards killed in Somalia prison riot

Aug. 11, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali police officer says at least 19 people were killed during a riot in the central prison in Somalia's capital on Monday evening. Abdiqani Mohamed Qalaf, spokesman for the police force in charge of prisons, told reporters the dead included 15 inmates and four guards. He said...

Montana warden says he resigned over working conditions

Aug. 10, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The former warden at the Montana State Prison said he resigned because of problems with offered treatment programs and conflicts with Director Reginald Michael. Lynn Guyer disclosed why he resigned in an interview with the Missoulian that came about one month after he left the...

Guard at California's San Quentin prison dies of coronavirus

Aug. 10, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — A veteran guard at San Quentin State Prison has died as a result of the coronavirus, marking the first COVID-19 death of an employee at the California lockup where a large outbreak has infected staff and inmates, corrections officials said. Sgt. Gilbert Polanco, an Army veteran...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Ben Salango, the Democratic candidate for West Virginia governor on Friday, July 31, 2020, said that he has agreed to debate Gov. Jim Justice five times before the November election and called on the Republican incumbent to sign on as well. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

WVa gov wants virus testing at all nursing homes, prisons

Aug. 10, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Monday the state must find a way to retest residents and staff at nursing homes and people at state correctional facilities for the coronavirus after recent outbreaks. The Republican governor also floated the possibility at a news conference...

California prisoner dies from injuries in June attack

Aug. 10, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

TRACY, Calif. (AP) — An inmate at a prison in California's Central Valley has died, two months after he was attacked by another inmate, state corrections officials said Monday. William Pratt, 61, died from his injuries last Friday at an outside long-term care facility, according to a statement from the...

Autopsies set for 3 latest inmate deaths in Mississippi

Aug. 9, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections says three inmates from three different prisons have died after being hospitalized. The department said in a news release late Saturday that autopsies will be done, and no foul play is suspected in any of the deaths. At least 59 Mississippi...