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AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

Jun. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

The last time Tanna Jo Fillmore talked with her mother, she was in a Utah jail, angry, pleading and desperate. She'd called every day that past week, begging for help. I need my medicine, she demanded. I have to get out of here! she screamed. Fillmore was in the Duchesne County Jail on a charge of violating...

AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

Jun. 18, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

The last time Tanna Jo Fillmore talked with her mother, she was in a Utah jail, angry and desperate. She'd called every day that week, begging for help. I need my medicine, she demanded. At 25, Fillmore had long struggled with mental illness, but medication had stabilized her. Now, she was locked up on a...

Government fails to release data on deaths in police custody

Jun. 18, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

More than four years after Congress required the Department of Justice to assemble information about those who die in police custody, the agency has yet to implement a system for collecting that data or release any new details of how and why people die under the watch of law enforcement. The information vacuum is...

Q&A: A look at the issue of mentally ill inmates in jails

Jun. 18, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

The nation's jails face increasing pressures as they house large numbers of mentally ill and addicted inmates. But the policies that contributed to this problem are decades in the making. Here's a look at why the population of troubled inmates has increased in jails and what's being done to address the problem:...

Some of the stories behind those involved in jail suicides

Jun. 18, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

A Marine with PTSD, a schizophrenic father, a granddad struggling with depression: They are just some of the many who've taken their lives in U.S. jails — a problem experts say is preventable with more training and safeguards. Here are their stories: ___ DEVIN LYNCH - COOK COUNTY JAIL The inmate,...

Overcrowding, abuse seen at Mexico migrant detention center

Jun. 17, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — The 36-year-old Cuban mechanic's eyes glazed over as he recalled his time at the Siglo XXI holding facility: 50 people sleeping in 9-by-12-foot pens, feces overflowing the latrines, food and water always scarce. Women slept in hallways or in the dining hall among rats, cockroaches...

Inmate fatally stabbed at state prison in south Alabama

Jun. 17, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — One prison inmate was stabbed to death by another over the weekend, state officials said Monday in Alabama, where high rates of prison violence have recently been criticized by the U.S. Justice Department. Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said in a news release...

Pakistan's top court halts execution of mentally ill inmate

Jun. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A rights group says Pakistan's Supreme Court has halted the execution of a mentally ill prisoner. In a statement, the Justice Project Pakistan said Monday's court order halting the execution of Ghulam Abbas, 36, was announced by the Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa. The development came a...

Protesters demand that embattled Hong Kong leader resign

Jun. 17, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Demonstrators in Hong Kong gathered Monday outside the office of the city's leader, demanding that she step down in the crisis over a highly unpopular extradition bill that has tested the durability of China's promises to respect the former British colony's quasi-autonomy. The mostly young...

Rights group: Pakistan shouldn't execute mentally ill man

Jun. 16, 2019 1:53 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A rights group has urged the Pakistani government not to execute a prisoner with "clear symptoms of mental illness" scheduled to be hanged in two days. Sarah Belal, executive director of Justice Project Pakistan, which campaigns against the death penalty, said Saturday that the...