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FILE - In this July 8, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer looks on during an operation in Escondido, Calif. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement subpoenaed a sheriff's office in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, for information about two Mexican citizens wanted for deportation, a move that is part of a broader escalation of the conflict between federal officials and local government agencies over so-called sanctuary policies. ICE, the Homeland Security agency responsible for arresting and deporting people in the U.S. illegally, served the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Hillsboro, Oregon with the subpoenas in an attempt to get more information about two men, including one who has already been released from custody, said ICE spokeswoman Tanya Roman. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Immigration agency subpoenas Oregon county over 2 inmates

Feb. 18, 2020 11:07 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement subpoenaed a sheriff's office in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday for information about two Mexican citizens wanted for deportation, a move that is part of a broader escalation of the conflict between federal officials and local...

FILE - This photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows death row inmate Nicholas Sutton. According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, Sutton is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 20 for killing a fellow inmate. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Ultimate choice: Tennessee inmates wrestle with how to die

Feb. 18, 2020 7:52 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After more than three decades on death row, Don Johnson weighed the options for his own demise: He could keep a promise to his daughter that he wouldn't die in the electric chair. Or, he could opt for the chair and avoid a method that he had heard might make him feel like he was...

Florida woman in fraud case among those with Trump clemency

Feb. 18, 2020 6:53 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman convicted in a $205 million Medicare fraud scheme is among the 11 federal inmates around the nation on whose behalf President Donald Trump has taken clemency actions. Trump commuted 48-year-old Judith Negron's sentence Tuesday. Her husband, Hector Negron, sat his two...

Nebraska eyes new prison projects to ease crowding

Feb. 18, 2020 6:45 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are looking to build new prison space to ease chronic overcrowding that's expected to worsen over time, the state corrections director announced Tuesday. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director Scott Frakes said he plans to seek more information about...

FILE - This file photo provided by The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows Curtis Ray Watson. State prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty in the trial of Watson, a Tennessee convict charged with killing a corrections administrator and escaping prison on a tractor. (The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation via AP, File)

Prosecutors seeking death penalty against Tennessee inmate

Feb. 18, 2020 4:07 PM EST

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — State prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty in the trial of a Tennessee convict charged with killing a corrections administrator and escaping prison on a tractor. Lauderdale County district attorney Mark Davidson said Tuesday that he has filed a notice of intent to seek death...

Jerry Kruse, right, dean and provost of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, discusses SIU’s pilot project with the Illinois Department of Corrections to provide inmate health care at two prisons with Dawn DeFraties, executive director of SIU’s Office of Correctional Medicine, in this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 photo. Defraties is responsible for the health care initiative that will begin this summer, add two prisons early next year, and eventually could expand statewide. (AP Photo/John O’Connor)

SIU Medical School to pilot state prison health care

Feb. 17, 2020 5:54 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will provide health care at two state prisons in a test that could expand statewide and which could provide answers for a troubled, $180 million-a-year medical program for 40,000 inmates, officials said Monday. SIU aims to have...

Inmate death at Ohio prison being investigated as homicide

Feb. 17, 2020 1:43 PM EST

LONDON, Ohio (AP) — The weekend death of an inmate at an Ohio prison is being investigated as a homicide. Robert Leach Jr., 23, died after “an incident” midday Saturday at Madison Correctional Institution, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction confirmed by...

Another Mississippi inmate dies; no signs of injuries

Feb. 16, 2020 8:22 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A 42-year-old inmate has died in Mississippi, making him at least the 18th prisoner to die in the state's troubled prison system since late December, corrections officials said Sunday. An officer serving breakfast on Sunday found David Lee May unresponsive in his cell at the Central...

Gov. Tate Reeves, left, laughs as Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann uses his fist as a gavel to dissolve a joint session of the Legislature that gathered to listen to Reeves' first State of the State speech, outside the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Legislators approaching busy part of 2020 session

Feb. 16, 2020 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers have had a slow start to their four-month session, but the pace is about to quicken as committees start debating bills dealing with the criminal justice system and other issues. March 3 is the first big deadline. That's the last day for House and Senate...

In this Feb. 11, 2020 photo, University of Louisiana-Lafayette students Kelu Archbold, left, and Kaylin Miller, right, listen as Chad Williams, a head chef inmate at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center in Lafayette, La., gives directions in the jail's kitchen on. Archbold and Miller are both seniors in the hospital management program and are completing their internship at the correctional center. (Ashley White/The Daily Advertiser via AP)

Inmates, UL students work side-by-side to serve meals

Feb. 16, 2020 12:01 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The smell of meatloaf drifted through the air as knives hit cutting boards. Hands grabbed salad mix and placed it in Styrofoam lunch boxes. An assembly line of people scooped mashed potatoes, baked beans, cookies and crackers onto brown trays. In the back of the kitchen, University of...