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Ex-officer admits smuggling drugs to federal prison inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:10 AM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former corrections officer has admitted smuggling drugs and other contraband to inmates at a federal prison in return for cash bribes. Paul Wright pleaded guilty Thursday to a bribery charge. The 34-year-old Berlin man now faces up to 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced Feb....

Documents reveal sexual abuse at California women’s prisons

Nov. 14, 2019 8:25 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A state prison inmate incarcerated at the Central California Women’s Facility was awaiting her group therapy session on Aug. 23, 2017. She stepped backward in her cell toward the door, where Correctional Officer Israel Trevino waited with waist restraints. As he attached the...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Nov. 13, 2019 3:53 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Poor condition of many state dams should worry every Pennsylvanian The York Dispatch Nov. 13 Infrastructure isn’t the most scintillating topic. For most folks, it probably rates somewhere between researching tax deductions...

Rapper Kodak Black gets prison sentence in weapons case

Nov. 13, 2019 12:34 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Rapper Kodak Black was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to weapons charges stemming from his arrest just before a scheduled concert performance in May. The 22-year-old Black admitted in August that he falsified information on federal forms to...

Ex-inmate loses lawsuit filed over handling of prison riot

Nov. 13, 2019 12:25 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former inmate who accused the state of negligence has lost the lawsuit he filed after a Nebraska prison riot left two inmates dead in 2015. The judge said in a ruling filed Friday that John Wizinsky didn’t provide enough evidence to prove he had been injured, the state...

Oklahoma prosecutors question proposal to free more inmates

Nov. 13, 2019 11:27 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s district attorneys are raising concerns about a proposed new ballot measure aimed at further reducing the state’s prison population. In a statement late Tuesday, Oklahoma District Attorneys Association President Jason Hicks said one problem is that crimes such...

Kentucky State Police: Inmate jumped fence, escaped custody

Nov. 13, 2019 9:06 AM EST

DIXON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say authorities are searching for an inmate accused of jumping a fence and escaping from a detention center. News outlets report the agency put out a public call for help in locating 29-year-old William Casto on Tuesday. State police said they think he escaped on...

Oklahomans launch new petition to reduce prison population

Nov. 12, 2019 6:41 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Days after more than 450 Oklahoma inmates walked out of prison in the nation's largest single-day prisoner release, a group that championed that effort launched a new initiative Tuesday aimed at further reducing the state's high incarceration rate. The bipartisan group of business,...

4 Maryland correctional officers injured in prison fight

Nov. 12, 2019 5:55 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Officials in Maryland say four correctional officers have been injured trying to break up a prison fight. A Tuesday statement from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services says one officer from the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland was taken to...

The Latest: Teen in school shooting charged with escape

Nov. 12, 2019 5:05 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a teen in a South Carolina school shooting (all times local): 5:05 p.m. An official says a teen facing 30 years to life in prison for killing a first-grader on a South Carolina school's playground was charged with escape last month. A jail investigator...