Latest Treatment of prisoners News

Hospital psychiatric wards now feel like prisons, some say

Nov. 19, 2019 6:06 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New safety standards aimed at limiting suicide risks have led to overhauls inside hospitals around the country, with psychiatric facilities and wards removing bathroom doors, stripping artwork from walls and requiring patients to wear paper gowns instead of their own clothes. The...

US prison system long plagued by staffing crisis, violence

Nov. 19, 2019 12:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, the federal Bureau of Prisons has been plagued by systematic failures, from massive staffing shortages to chronic violence. But the largest agency in the Justice Department has largely stayed out of the public view. The death of billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein and the...

Pennsylvania agrees to upgrade inmates’ death row conditions

Nov. 18, 2019 3:16 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s prison agency agreed to improve death row conditions under a settlement announced Monday of a federal lawsuit that called the inmates’ living standards degrading and inhumane. Lawyers for the inmates who sued said the agreement provides people on death...

Review: Driver brings 6,700 pages to life in ‘The Report’

Nov. 13, 2019 4:10 PM EST

Of all the statistics involving the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program — better known as the “Torture Report” — let’s focus on this for a second: It had 38,000 footnotes. This mammoth piece of work,...

In 'The Report,' setting the record on torture straight

Nov. 12, 2019 6:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The unredacted Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's detention and enhanced interrogation program runs approximately 6,700 pages and includes some 38,000 footnotes. It doesn't exactly scream Hollywood. But from an early stage, writer-director Scott Z. Burns was drawn to the...

Egypt lawmaker refutes UN report about ex-president's death

Nov. 11, 2019 2:58 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian lawmakers said Monday that the late President Mohammed Morsi was treated well in prison, just days after a U.N. report attributed Morsi's death to "brutal" conditions inside the country's jails. Alaa Abed, head of the Parliament's human rights committee, told The Associated Press that...

UN experts: 'Brutal' prison killed Egyptian ex-president

Nov. 8, 2019 2:39 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — U.N. rights experts say Egypt's ex-President Mohammed Morsi endured "brutal" prison conditions that contributed to his death in custody. They also warn that thousands more prisoners are "at severe risk" from "gross violations" in Egyptian prisons. Morsi, Egypt's first democratically...

Navy employee gets 40 years in prison for child pornography

Nov. 8, 2019 9:20 AM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A man who was employed by the U.S. Navy when he coerced children into sending him sexually explicit videos and photos has been sentenced in Maryland to 40 years in federal prison. U.S. District Court Judge Paul Grimm also on Thursday sentenced 36-year-old Spencer Steckman to lifetime...

Former Mississippi prison officer admits inmate assault

Nov. 4, 2019 5:27 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A woman who worked as an officer in a Mississippi prison has pleaded guilty to beating an inmate. A statement from federal prosecutors says 29-year-old Sharalyn McClain pleaded guilty Monday to violating the rights of a prisoner who was assaulted at the Central Mississippi...

Inmate says he was told to wash, reuse disposable catheters

Nov. 1, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Brad Vanzant uses a wheelchair, has one kidney, and since 2015 has relied on catheters to drain his bladder. He's also an Idaho prison inmate, which means his medical supplies must be approved and provided by the state's private health care contractor, Corizon Health. So when a Corizon...