Latest Prison overcrowding News

Overcrowding at W.Va. jail being investigated after fight

Jun. 10, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A fight that broke out at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville, West Virginia, involved makeshift weapons and left three inmates injured. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is investigating overcrowding issues at the...

The Latest: W Virginia steps up prizes for vaccination

May. 27, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia will step up its prizes for vaccines, enrolling all residents who have received a coronavirus shot into a lottery for the chance to win a college scholarship, an F-150 pickup truck or cash rewards. Republican Gov. Jim Justice announced...

The Latest: Michigan governor: State's surge may be ending

Apr. 18, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says her state could be seeing a drop in infections after leading the nation’s COVID-19 daily case rate for weeks. Whitmer has extended a pandemic order that limits business capacity and requires masks in public, but...

Zimbabwe frees some inmates to reduce COVID-19 risk in jails

Apr. 17, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has begun releasing about 3,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty aimed at easing congestion to reduce the threat of COVID-19 in the country’s overcrowded jails. About 400 prisoners were released from Chikurubi prison and other...

Nebraska sets stage for new prison, stops short of approval

Apr. 09, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers set the stage Friday for a new, $230 million prison even as other states close theirs, but they stopped short of fully endorsing the idea. Lawmakers gave first-round approval to $14.9 million in state funding that would allow the...

Senators give initial OK to $9.7B Nebraska budget package

Apr. 08, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a $9.7 billion state budget that includes more money for property tax credits and college scholarships while setting aside $115 million for a possible state prison to ease overcrowding. Lawmakers...

As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

Apr. 07, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

This week, Florida expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to all residents 16 and older. But across the state, more than 70,000 people still don’t have access to the vaccine. Those men and women are Florida state prisoners. More than half the country has opened up...

Inmate sues over Maui jail riot that injured him

Mar. 30, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — An inmate who was injured in a Maui jail riot is suing the Hawaii Department of Public Safety. Kevin Lifoifoi's lawsuit alleges the department failed to keep prisoners safe in an overcrowded jail, The Maui News reported Tuesday. ...