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No charges for woman who killed jail escapee in her home

Dec. 18, 2018 6:23 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a South Carolina woman who shot and killed an escaped inmate who kicked in her door won't be charged. News outlets report the Pickens County Sheriff's Office announced Monday that the homeowner wouldn't face criminal charges in the shooting death of 30-year-old Bruce...

Good boy! Service dog gets honorary diploma

Dec. 18, 2018 1:56 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Whenever Brittany Hawley went to class, her loyal service dog Griffin was there. If she needed her cell phone, Griffin would fetch it. Even when she assisted patients as part of an internship, Griffin was there helping out as well. So it's only fitting that when Hawley was honored for...

Sheriff: Inmate mailed bomb-escape plot to wrong address

Dec. 14, 2018 1:35 PM EST

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A sheriff in North Carolina says a man jailed on a first-degree murder charge had an explosive escape plan. Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson says 43-year-old Sean Damion Castorina sent a letter from jail containing bomb-making instructions. The sheriff says Castorina wanted two...

Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018

Dec. 14, 2018 7:55 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday. The report by the District of Columbia-based Death Penalty Information...

European rights group: Moldova must stop violence in prisons

Dec. 13, 2018 11:04 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Europe's top human rights body on Thursday urged Moldova to stop "intimidation and violence" against prisoners allegedly carried out by other detainees with the tacit agreement of prison management. In the 21-page report, the Council of Europe's anti-torture committee urged the...

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...

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...