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Rights groups warn Ethiopia against return to repression

Oct. 20, 2018 6:48 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Rights groups are calling on Ethiopia's reformist new leader to stop using repressive tactics once favored by the previous leadership, in their most outspoken criticism since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April. Human Rights Watch on Saturday highlighted the recent...

APNewsBreak: California revisits three-strike life sentences

Oct. 18, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Up to 4,000 California inmates serving life sentences for nonviolent convictions will have a chance at parole following the state's decision to let stand a judge's ruling saying those prisoners are eligible for freedom under a voter-approved law. The state will craft new...

Ex-head of juvenile detention sites faces child porn charges

Oct. 18, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former head of two Alaska juvenile detention facilities has been charged with possession of child pornography. Federal prosecutors announced the charge Wednesday against 54-year-old Dennis Weston. Anchorage television station KTVA reports Weston is the former superintendent of...

Authorities say they foiled escape attempt at Kentucky jail

Oct. 18, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say they stopped a planned jail escape in eastern Kentucky. The Big Sandy Regional Detention Center said in a statement to news outlets that correction officers at the jail in Paintsville found a hole chiseled in a shower room wall during a routine security check on...

South Dakota board to hear first 'compassionate parole' case

Oct. 15, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man sentenced in 1999 to nearly 60 years in prison for molesting boys while working as a counselor at a juvenile correctional center will be the first person to have a hearing after the state, facing rising prison health care costs, launched a new "compassionate...

The Latest: FEMA Chief: Florida damage among worst he's seen

Oct. 14, 2018 11:09 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on communities struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long is calling the damage left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he's ever seen. Long toured several towns in Florida's...

Guards, inmates ally against state in radon-exposure cases

Oct. 14, 2018 11:14 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Guards and inmates at a Connecticut prison find themselves on the same side of a legal fight against the state, which they say did not do enough to prevent their exposure to radon. A federal judge last month ruled against the state's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit by 13 inmates inside...

Jury selection complete in fatal prison riot prosecution

Oct. 12, 2018 8:44 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Jury selection is complete in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes following a fatal prison riot. With the process of picking jurors completed Thursday, opening statements and initial testimony are slated for Oct. 22. The four...

Mom protests teen son's 10-year prison sentence for robbery

Oct. 12, 2018 8:11 AM EDT

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman is protesting her 15-year-old son's 10-year prison sentence for robbery and handgun possession. The Kentucky New Era reports Amanda Campbell protested outside the county justice center Wednesday on behalf of Isaiah Campbell. Campbell says Isaiah was 14 when he...

Vietnam jails activist for using Facebook to abuse freedoms

Oct. 12, 2018 5:22 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in northern Vietnam has sentenced an activist to five years in prison after finding him guilty of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the government, organizations and individuals. Lawyer Ha Huy Son said his client, Do Cong Duong, was convicted in a...