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Coronavirus outbreak hits Folsom State Prison in California

Aug. 12, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 90 inmates at Folsom State Prison have tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest outbreak to hit California's troubled corrections system. The prison 20 miles northeast of Sacramento reported 89 inmates with active COVID-19 infections, according to data updated...

An armed prison guard stands by the truck carrying Zimbabwean journalist Hopwell Chin'ono upon his arrival at the magistrates court, in Harare, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Lawyers for a jailed Zimbabwean journalist have asked a court to force prison authorities to stop the “blatant and malicious stripping away” of his rights, including lack of access to appropriate food and warm clothing. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe court orders chains removed from jailed journalist

Aug. 12, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean magistrate Wednesday ordered prison authorities to unchain a journalist accused of mobilizing anti-government protests, but then ruled that his testimony of poor prison conditions must be heard in private. Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, in jail for about three...

Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend balks at prison conditions

Aug. 11, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The reaction of federal prison officials to Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide last year is to blame for onerous conditions a British socialite faces in jail while awaiting trial on charges that she procured teenage girls for Epstein to abuse a quarter-century ago, her lawyers said Tuesday....

Jailed Zimbabwean journalist is denied rights, say lawyers

Aug. 11, 2020 6:34 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Lawyers for a jailed Zimbabwean journalist have asked a court to force prison authorities to stop the “blatant and malicious stripping away” of his rights, including lack of access to appropriate food and warm clothing. The efforts to improve jail conditions for...

Montana warden says he resigned over working conditions

Aug. 10, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The former warden at the Montana State Prison said he resigned because of problems with offered treatment programs and conflicts with Director Reginald Michael. Lynn Guyer disclosed why he resigned in an interview with the Missoulian that came about one month after he left the...

Guard at California's San Quentin prison dies of coronavirus

Aug. 10, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — A veteran guard at San Quentin State Prison has died as a result of the coronavirus, marking the first COVID-19 death of an employee at the California lockup where a large outbreak has infected staff and inmates, corrections officials said. Sgt. Gilbert Polanco, an Army veteran...

Hawaii correctional facility inmate tests positive for virus

Aug. 8, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Public Safety announced Friday that a new inmate at the Oahu Community Correction Center tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, raising concerns about the safety of others crowded in jails and prisons statewide. The inmate, who remained unidentified, was...

2nd federal prisoner at Marion dies this week of COVID-19

Aug. 7, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

MARION, Ill. (AP) — A second inmate diagnosed with COVID-19 at the federal prison in Marion, Illinois, has died this week, authorities said. Taiwan Davis, 39, died Wednesday at a hospital where he was receiving treatment for the disease, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said. Davis tested positive for...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

Man accused of firing shots at pursuing police officers

Aug. 6, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — A 37-year-old man sought on charges of domestic violence and other crimes was arrested after allegedly shooting at pursuing officers before and during a chase on local streets and three metro Phoenix freeways, authorities said Thursday. Bryan Lamb on Wednesday first fired one shot...