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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...

Autopsy set for inmate serving life at Mississippi prison

Aug. 8, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An autopsy will be conducted on a Mississippi inmate who died in the emergency room at a prison hospital. The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release Friday that Antonio D. Hay, 54, was pronounced dead Friday at the hospital at the Mississippi State Penitentiary...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2015, file photo, Marlin Gusman, sheriff of New Orleans, speaks outside a new jail facility in New Orleans as buses transferring inmates from the old jail arrive. Gusman can be put back in control of the city’s notoriously troubled jail despite still-serious problems that triggered a 2012 lawsuit and U.S. Justice Department oversight, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

New Orleans sheriff regains authority over troubled jail

Aug. 5, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The sheriff of New Orleans can be put back in control of the city’s long-troubled jail despite still-serious problems that triggered U.S. Justice Department oversight and a 2012 lawsuit, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Sheriff Marlin Gusman had agreed to cede authority over the...

Inmate stabbed to death at California prison

Aug. 3, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

DELANO, Calif. (AP) — An inmate was stabbed to death at a Central California prison, authorities said Monday. Omar Orane, 40, was attacked by another inmate last Thursday morning at Kern Valley State Prison, according to a statement from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Guards used...

Mississippi inmate dies after days in hospital; autopsy set

Aug. 3, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An autopsy will be done on a Mississippi inmate who died after being hospitalized several days. The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release Monday that Brandon Flowers, 42, was pronounced dead Sunday at Allegiance Specialty Hospital of Greenville. Flowers was at...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Jul. 29, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ July 28 The Cullman Times on wearing masks correctly: The governor’s mandate for Alabamians to don masks in public spaces in order to rein in community spread of COVID-19 was the right call to make. For students and teachers to get back in the classrooms, for...

FILE - Sandy Ray, holds photos of her son, Steven Davis, during a news conference at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery on Dec. 4, 2019. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday, July 23, 2020 that it believes Alabama’s prisons for men are unconstitutional because inmates are subjected to excessive force at the hands of prison staff. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler, file)

Federal review: Alabama inmates subjected to excessive force

Jul. 23, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama prisons have a pattern of using excessive force against male inmates, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in an investigation released Thursday, as it again accused the state of keeping prisoners in unconstitutional conditions. In its report, the Justice Department...

Mississippi Corrections Department investigates inmate death

Jul. 22, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections said Wednesday that it is investigating the death of an inmate at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville. Nathaniel Bryan Taylor, 32, was taken by ambulance to the Greene County Hospital on Wednesday and was pronounced...

Inmate's death probed as a homicide, foul play suspected

Jul. 21, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

CARLISLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State Police are investigating the death of an inmate who was found unresponsive Sunday in his southwestern Indiana prison cell as a homicide. Foul play is suspected in Kevin J. Carpenter's death at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, state police said Monday. The state...