Latest Prisoners' health News

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

May. 24, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

Anderson Herald Bulletin. May 23, 2022. Editorial: Outbreak of Legionnaires’ may be costly to state Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in prisons are occasionally downplayed by the officials in charge of penal institutions. Earlier this year, it was...

Bill pushes feds to notify families of sick, dying inmates

May. 20, 2022 07:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New legislation introduced in the Senate would require the Justice Department to establish guidelines for the federal Bureau of Prisons and state correctional systems to notify the families of incarcerated people if their loved one has a serious illness, a life-threatening...

NC state employees getting extra day off for booster shot

May. 05, 2022 08:27 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state employees will get an extra day of vacation for receiving a COVID-19 booster, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday as state government uses a new incentive to increase vaccination rates. Cooper signed an executive order that provides the...

Judge finds Arizona prisoner mentally fit to be executed in the 1978 killing of university student

May. 04, 2022 11:27 AM EDT
PHOENIX (AP) — Judge finds Arizona prisoner mentally fit to be executed in the 1978 killing of university student.

Judge mulls Arizona prisoner’s mental fitness to be executed

May. 03, 2022 20:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge plans to issue a ruling Tuesday night on a request by an Arizona prisoner to stop his May 11 execution on the grounds that his psychological problems keep him from rationally understanding why the state wants to end his life. Lawyers for Clarence Dixon, who...

California inmate overdoses plummet under drug program

Apr. 26, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The spiraling number of overdose deaths and hospitalizations among California prison inmates fell dramatically during the first two years of a program that uses prescribed drugs to treat more incarcerated addicts than any such program in the country, officials said...

Federal probe finds severe problems in Mississippi prison

Apr. 20, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi prison violated inmates' constitutional rights by failing to protect them from violence, meet their mental health needs or take adequate steps for suicide prevention, and by relying too much on prolonged solitary confinement, the U.S. Justice Department said...

AG wants death-row prisoner’s mental fitness exam called off

Apr. 15, 2022 21:15 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors have asked the Arizona Supreme Court to call off an upcoming hearing scheduled by a lower-court judge to determine the mental fitness of a prisoner to be executed in what would be the state’s first use of the death penalty in nearly eight years. ...

State officials looking to launch prison tattoo program

Apr. 15, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State corrections officials are looking to a launch a prison tattoo program in hopes of curbing bloodborne diseases as inmates ink themselves with homemade tools. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Tuesday that the Corrections Department is searching for an...

Mississippi man gets prison for health care fraud

Apr. 14, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

GULFPORT Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who posed as a doctor in Biloxi has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for health care fraud. U.S. District Judge Taylor B. McNeel sentenced Douglas Christopher Gorman on Wednesday on a charge of providing false statements to illegally...