Latest Correctional systems News

The Latest: Texas executes inmate for killing newlywed

Dec. 11, 2018 8:26 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Texas inmate (all times local): 7:25 p.m. A Texas inmate has been executed for fatally shooting a newlywed during a robbery more than 25 years ago. Alvin Braziel Jr. received lethal injection Tuesday evening at the state penitentiary in Huntsville....

Sentencing reforms get powerful backer in conservative state

Dec. 11, 2018 6:56 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A conservative Republican governor and former sheriff's deputy who once sought longer prison sentences for criminals says he's changed his mind and now wants to make Mississippi's justice system less punitive. Gov. Phil Bryant's statements came Tuesday at a meeting sponsored by groups...

Kentucky jail official: 9 inmates diagnosed with hepatitis A

Dec. 11, 2018 3:35 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Officials say several jail inmates have been diagnosed with hepatitis A in a Kentucky county where cases of the contagious liver disease have increased in recent months. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Tuesday that Lexington-Fayette County Health Department officials had warned...

Report: Alabama prison homicide rate highest in nation

Dec. 10, 2018 4:18 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In the span of three hours at a southwest Alabama prison, one inmate was fatally stabbed and another was seriously wounded after being stabbed in a separate fight. Eighteen inmates have been killed by other inmates since October of 2016, according to statistics and news releases...

Caregivers for 3600 migrant teens lack complete abuse checks

Dec. 7, 2018 7:57 PM EST

Nearly every adult working with children in the U.S. — from nannies to teachers to coaches — has undergone state screenings to ensure they have no proven history of abusing or neglecting kids. One exception: thousands of workers at two federal detention facilities holding 3,600 migrant teens in the...

Officials confirm suicide in death of prison riot suspect

Dec. 7, 2018 5:24 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials have confirmed that the death last month of an inmate who was charged in a fatal prison riot last year was a suicide. Delaware's public safety department confirmed in an email Friday that 30-year-old Kelly Gibbs killed himself on Nov. 22, just days after pleading...

Former Armenian president is arrested for deadly crackdown

Dec. 7, 2018 3:55 PM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — An Armenian court on Friday put the nation's former president in custody on charges linked to a deadly police crackdown on a 2008 protest over alleged voting fraud. Robert Kocharian, 64, spent two weeks in jail last summer on charges of violating the constitutional order by sending...

Ex-inmates: Torture rife in prisons run by Yemen rebels

Dec. 7, 2018 2:51 PM EST

MARIB, Yemen (AP) — Farouk Baakar was on duty as a medic at al-Rashid hospital the day a bleeding man was brought into the emergency room with gunshot wounds and signs of torture. He'd been whipped across the back and hung by his wrists for days. The patient, Baakar learned, had been left for dead by the...

Greek Ombudsman: Poor conditions in several detention areas

Dec. 7, 2018 11:46 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Conditions in some Greek detention facilities are so poor they constitute "inhuman and degrading treatment," Greece's Ombudsman said in a report released Friday, which also noted continued overcrowding in about half of the country's prisons despite efforts to reduce the inmate...

Dozens of state inmates removed from troubled jail

Dec. 7, 2018 10:57 AM EST

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Dozens of state inmates are being removed from a troubled jail in eastern Kentucky. The Independent reports 60 inmates are being removed from the Boyd County Detention Center to relieve overcrowding while newly appointed Jailer William Hensley works to address security concerns at...