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Execution dates scheduled for 6 Oklahoma death row inmates

Jul. 01, 2022 11:35 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday set execution dates for six death row inmates, just hours before an attorney for one planned to ask for a rehearing in his case. Execution dates for James Coddington, Richard Glossip, Benjamin Cole, Richard...

Californians won't weigh 'involuntary servitude' amendment

Jun. 30, 2022 20:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will not consider amending its constitution to eliminate indentured servitude as a possible punishment for crime after Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration predicted that it could cost the state billions of dollars to pay minimum wage to prison inmates. ...

Alabama bond sale for mega prisons falls $200 million short

Jun. 30, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials said Thursday that they will move forward with plans to build two supersize prisons despite a bond sale falling more than $200 million short amid a volatile market and pressure from activists. The Alabama Corrections Institution Finance...

80 people in Oregon’s federal prison go on hunger strike

Jun. 30, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

SHERIDAN, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s federal public defender says dozens of people inside the state’s only federal prison have been on a hunger strike protesting conditions inside the facility. “We heard last week that some incarcerated people had started a hunger strike, and the...

Police say inmate is killed in fight at upstate NY prison

Jun. 29, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

STORMVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — An inmate was killed in a prison fight at an upstate New York correctional facility, police said. The altercation at the maximum-security Green Haven Correctional Facility in the Dutchess County community of Stormville left one inmate dead at another...

Over 500 inmates escape from Sri Lanka drug treatment center

Jun. 29, 2022 07:33 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 500 inmates escaped from a heavily guarded drug rehabilitation center in northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday after a suspicious death led to an outbreak of violence, police said. The Kandakadu rehabilitation center, about 250 kilometers (150 miles)...

Bill forcing NC sheriffs to aid immigration agents revived

Jun. 28, 2022 22:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another effort by Republican lawmakers to force North Carolina’s sheriffs to learn the immigration status of their jails' inmates and assist federal agents who want to detain them resurfaced at the General Assembly on Tuesday, more than a year after the legislation passed...

Fire kills 51 after apparent riot attempt at Colombia prison

Jun. 28, 2022 19:38 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A fire at a prison in southwestern Colombia has killed at least 51 people and injured more than 20 others, authorities said Tuesday. The director of the national prison system, Tito Castellanos, told Radio Caracol that it's not clear if all of the dead were...

Fire kills at last 49 following prison riot in Colombia

Jun. 28, 2022 09:01 AM EDT
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Fire kills at last 49 following prison riot in Colombia.

Groups oppose $725M Alabama bond sale for building prisons

Jun. 27, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A coalition of advocacy groups is opposing Alabama's plan to sell $725 million in bonds to finance construction of two new supersize prisons. The Communities Not Prisons coalition, a group formed to oppose the construction, and other organizations issued...