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Billionaire Boys Club's Joe Hunt seeks cut in life sentence

Oct. 22, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The young Joe Hunt once used his intelligence, a high-energy salesman's patter and powers of persuasion to convince wealthy friends to invest in his Billionaire Boys Club to fuel an opulent lifestyle that abruptly ended with a first-degree murder conviction and a prison sentence of...

Trial begins for inmates in fatal Delaware prison riot

Oct. 22, 2018 3:02 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The star prosecution witness in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes following a fatal prison riot last year played a key role in the disturbance and likely ordered the killing of a prison guard, a defense attorney claimed during...

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...

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...

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...

AP Exclusive: Costly plan aims to stem inmate overdoses

Oct. 11, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal official who controls medical care in California prisons wants as much as a quarter-billion dollars a year to provide medication intended to ease a record increase of fatal drug overdoses among inmates. The plan that Clark Kelso released to The Associated Press on...