Latest Correctional systems News

Supreme Court rules for inmates seeking reduced prison terms

Jun. 27, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court made it easier Monday for certain prison inmates to seek shorter sentences under a bipartisan 2018 federal law aimed at reducing racial disparities in prison terms for cocaine crimes. The justices ruled 5-4 that trial judges who are asked to...

North Dakota's sex offender registry gets an upgrade

Jun. 27, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota passed a law that established a sex offender registry program in 1991. Now the registry is being upgraded to provide more information about offenders. The registry, like others across the country, were created to give citizens the tools to...

Officials: Georgia man sentenced to die kills self in prison

Jun. 27, 2022 08:51 AM EDT

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who was recently sentenced to death in the killings of two corrections officers during an escape attempt five years ago has died in prison of an apparent suicide, corrections officials said. Prison guards found Ricky Dubose unresponsive in his cell...

Arizona abortion providers halt procedures after Roe ruling

Jun. 25, 2022 00:30 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Abortion providers across Arizona halted procedures Friday while they try to determine if a law dating to pre-statehood days means their doctors and nurses could face prison time now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that abortion rights are not protected by the Constitution. ...

Ex-Argentine officer faces trial in Miami in massacre case

Jun. 24, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former Argentine navy officer goes on trial Monday in Miami for his alleged role in a 1972 massacre of political prisoners in his homeland. Roberto Guillermo Bravo, who has lived in the U.S. for decades, is the only former Argentine military officer accused of taking...

California Senate rejects involuntary servitude amendment

Jun. 23, 2022 19:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposal aimed at removing the last remnant of slavery from California law failed to pass the state Senate on Thursday after Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration warned it could cost taxpayers billions of dollars by forcing the state to pay prisoners a $15-per-hour...

Alabama OKs $725M bond sale to build 2 supersize prisons

Jun. 23, 2022 17:10 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials approved a $725 million bond sale on Thursday to help finance construction of two supersize prisons, housing up to 4,000 inmates each, as part of a building plan that also relies on a portion of the state’s pandemic relief dollars. The...

Official: 8 more die as Haiti prisons lack food, water

Jun. 23, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — An official said Thursday that at least eight inmates have died at an overcrowded prison in Haiti that ran out of food two months ago, adding to dozens of similar deaths this year as the country’s institutions crumble. Hunger and oppressive heat...

4 inmates who escaped federal prison camp back in custody

Jun. 22, 2022 15:24 PM EDT

HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) — All four inmates who escaped a minimum-security prison satellite camp in Virginia over the weekend are now back in custody, the U.S. Marshals Service and Federal Bureau of Prisons announced Wednesday. The inmates were discovered missing from the satellite camp...

Abortion bill, confederate holiday removal signed by Edwards

Jun. 21, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a bill that would make doctors who perform abortions subject to prison terms of one to 10 years — a measure that would take effect when and if the 1973 Supreme Court decision establishing abortion rights is overturned. The...