Latest Correctional systems News

Security video captures jail inmate's fall through ceiling

Feb. 22, 2020 8:00 AM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A security camera captured footage of a jail inmate's apparent escape attempt from a holding room that ended with her falling through a ceiling and landing head-first in a trash can. Jessica Boomershine, 42, was charged with escape and vandalism following the episode late last month,...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Feb. 21, 2020 7:39 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Gov. Lamont, get the data before expanding gambling in Connecticut Hartford Courant Feb. 19 Gov. Ned Lamont should take a cue from the professional gamblers: Don’t get in the game before you know the odds. Recent news shows that the New England gaming...

Another $34M sought to fill gaps in Louisiana prisons budget

Feb. 21, 2020 6:08 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is seeking another $34 million to cover Louisiana prison costs this year, prompting questions from state lawmakers who have seen continued requests for infusions of cash for corrections charges annually. The Democratic governor's budget office...

Fire at Kentucky prison forces inmates to be relocated

Feb. 21, 2020 5:06 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A fire broke out Friday at an eastern Kentucky prison, forcing authorities to relocate about 500 inmates, Gov. Andy Beshear said. No injuries had been reported from the fire at the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex, the governor told reporters. The medium-security prison is in...

FILE - This Jan. 9, 2020 file photo released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Jonathan Watson. Watson has confessed that he beat two child molesters to death with a cane while behind bars and says his urgent warning to a counselor that he might become violent was ignored. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP,File)

Inmate says in letter that he killed 2 molesters in prison

Feb. 21, 2020 3:03 PM EST

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — A California inmate serving a life sentence for murder confessed in a letter that he beat to death two child molesterswith another inmate's cane hours after a prison counselor ignored his urgent warning that he might become violent. In a letter to the Bay Area News Group, Jonathan...

Honolulu council approves correctional center relocation

Feb. 21, 2020 12:02 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Councilhas approved a plan to relocate the Oahu Community Correctional Center. The council unanimously approved a permit to move the facility from Kalihi to Halawa, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. The project still requires funding from state lawmakers....

Protesters gather near Riverbend Maximum Security Institution to protest the execution of Nicholas Sutton Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Sutton was sentenced to death in 1986 for killing a fellow inmate. The 58-year-old had already been serving time for murdering his grandmother and two others when he was 18. Sutton chose the electric chair over the state's preferred lethal injection method. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

Tennessee man gets electric chair for killing fellow inmate

Feb. 21, 2020 9:52 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A convicted murderer was put to death in Tennessee's electric chair Thursday, becoming the state's fifth prisoner over 16 months to choose electrocution over the state's preferred method of lethal injection. Nicholas Sutton, 58, was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. at the Riverbend...

16 inmates indicted in prison attack that injured 4 guards

Feb. 20, 2020 4:24 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Sixteen inmates were indicted Thursday in a January attack that injured four guards at a maximum security prison in Massachusetts. Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said the inmates face a range of charges including felony assault and battery and aggravated kidnapping....

Texas plans to close 2 state prisons amid population decline

Feb. 20, 2020 1:59 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Texas will close two of its more than 100 state prisons amid a yearslong decline in the incarcerated population and serious understaffing at some facilities, officials said Thursday. The closures of a prison in South Texas and another in suburban Houston will result in annual savings of about...

New Mexico counties partner to house juvenile defendants

Feb. 20, 2020 12:28 PM EST

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — The San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center will soon house youth from two more New Mexico counties as options for some counties shrink. The county commission this week approved contracts with Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties to keep youth at the facility in Farmington at a cost of...