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Mexico to close infamous island penal colony, region's last

Feb. 18, 2019 10:25 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico will close its infamous Isla Marias prison, the last island penal colony in a hemisphere once dotted with remote island jails like the one depicted in the movie "Papillon." President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that Mexico will relocate about two-thirds of the 659...

Trial over Delaware prison riot ends with no convictions

Feb. 18, 2019 4:04 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The trial for four inmates charged with murder in a 2017 Delaware prison riot ended Monday with no convictions. Jurors deliberated about five days before acquitting Abednego Baynes, 26, and Kevin Berry, 28, of all charges filed after the uprising at Vaughn Correctional Center near...

The Latest: DOC chief disappointed in prison riot verdict

Feb. 18, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Latest on the verdicts of four inmates charged in the prison riot at Vaughn Correctional Center in February 2017 (all times local): 4 p.m. The commissioner of Delaware's Department of Correction says he's disappointed that a jury delivered no guilty verdicts against four inmates...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump spins fiction about diversity visas

Feb. 18, 2019 12:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going after the "horror show" known as the diversity visa lottery program. His description of it is pure fiction. The president offered a multitude of fabrications and partial truths over the past week on the subject of immigration — both the legal and...

Work-release inmates help rescue Florida baby locked in SUV

Feb. 17, 2019 12:33 PM EST

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Some work-release inmates made a Valentine's Day rescue when a Florida couple accidentally locked their baby inside their SUV. Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll told WFLA-TV the parents could not afford a locksmith, and the father intended to break a window....

Guard fired, inmate charged following accidental release

Feb. 16, 2019 10:50 AM EST

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A supervisor for a Kentucky detention center has been fired following an investigation surrounding the accidental release of an inmate. Boyd County Jailer Bill Hensley says the guard — whose name is not being released — did not follow proper release protocol that led...

Inmates riot at San Diego prison, 10 prisoners injured

Feb. 15, 2019 4:25 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California corrections officials say a riot broke out among nearly 50 inmates at a San Diego prison and that 10 were injured, one of them seriously. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says the riot happened Friday morning in a medium-security yard at the Richard J....

LA sheriff: Fewer crimes spur transfer to immigration agents

Feb. 15, 2019 3:50 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The new leader of the nation's largest sheriff's department on Friday further limited when inmates in Los Angeles County jails can be transferred to U.S. authorities for deportation. The department has reduced the number of misdemeanor charges that can trigger an inmate's transfer to...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump declares emergency with faulty claims

Feb. 15, 2019 3:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the southern border while acknowledging that rapid construction of a wall is not a necessity, but rather his preference. In justifying the extraordinary step, he brushed aside his administration's conclusions that drugs...

Wife of imprisoned Chicago officer fears he's in danger

Feb. 14, 2019 4:59 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The wife of a Chicago police officer who was convicted of fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald demanded on Thursday to know why her husband was transferred from an Illinois state prison where he was kept from harm to a federal prison in Connecticut where he was assaulted and where...