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Pope washes inmates' feet, says bishops must be servants

Apr. 18, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners Thursday and urged them to serve one another as brothers, as he ushered in the solemn pre-Easter rituals made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Francis travelled to a prison in Velletri, outside...

Legionnaires' disease found in adjacent California prisons

Apr. 17, 2019 9:27 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legionnaires' disease bacteria that killed one inmate and sickened another is more widespread than expected in a California state prison, officials said Wednesday, citing new test results. Preliminary results found the bacteria in the water supply at a prison medical facility in...

For-profit jail, family settle Arkansas inmate death lawsuit

Apr. 17, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — Lawyers reached an undisclosed settlement Tuesday in a federal lawsuit in which the family of an Arkansas man alleged employees of a for-profit jail left the man to die in his cell as his health deteriorated. Representatives for Michael Sabbie's family and LaSalle Corrections, which...

UN finds torture, ill-treatment in Afghan prisons

Apr. 17, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Around a third of all conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan say they have suffered from torture or ill-treatment, the U.N. said Wednesday. U.N. officials interviewed a total of 618 detainees held in 77 government facilities across the country between January 2017 and December...

Group seeks to reduce Oklahoma's high incarceration rate

Apr. 16, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A coalition of business and faith leaders pushing a package of bills aimed at lowering Oklahoma's highest-in-the-nation prison incarceration rate are running into a familiar obstacle — the state's elected district attorneys. Led by former Republican House Speaker Kris Steele,...

Ohio inmate who stabbed 4 prisoners goes on hunger strike

Apr. 16, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An inmate who stabbed four fellow prisoners and a guard in separate, bloody attacks that led to internal prison security changes is on a hunger strike inside Ohio's toughest lock-up, alleging mistreatment. Inmate Greg Reinke said he's being harassed by guards, denied proper recreation...

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails end hunger strike

Apr. 16, 2019 3:29 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials say dozens of prisoners in Israeli jails have ended a hunger strike over phone privileges. Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Minister Qadri Abu Bakir said on Tuesday that a deal was reached with Israeli authorities to end the eight-day strike in return for phone...

2nd inmate who escaped from Maui jail found, arrested

Apr. 15, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Two inmates escaped from a Hawaii jail and over a razor wire-topped fence, prompting a manhunt across the island of Maui before one of them turned himself in and the other was arrested. Troy Diego and Barret Paman escaped from the Maui Community Correctional Center early Sunday,...

The Latest: 2nd escaped Maui jail inmate found, arrested

Apr. 15, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on two inmates who escaped from a Maui jail (all times local): 3 p.m. An inmate who escaped from a Hawaii jail has been found. Police arrested Troy Diego Monday after an island-wide manhunt. The search began when he and another inmate escaped from Maui Community...

The Latest: 'Very good lead' helped authorities find teen

Apr. 13, 2019 2:02 AM EDT

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the escape of a 15-year-old inmate charged with killing his mother (all times local): 11 p.m. A law enforcement official said a "very good lead" led authorities about 9 p.m. Friday to a McDonald's restaurant in Anaheim, where officers recaptured a 15-year-old boy charged...