Latest Correctional systems News

Utah inmate's death may be homicide

Sep. 23, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — A Utah prison inmate's death is being investigated as a possible homicide. KUTV in Salt Lake City reported Monday that the inmate was discovered unresponsive in his cell Saturday night at Oquirrh Facility in Draper. The Utah Department of Corrections in a statement said he was declared...

New interview process for condemned inmates seeking mercy

Sep. 22, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Members of the Ohio Parole Board will be given extensive information about the background of condemned inmates asking for mercy before they interview the prisoners, under a change in board policy that addresses a longtime criticism of the interview process. Under the old approach,...

Porter County to offer genetic tests for juvenile offenders

Sep. 22, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — The juvenile court for northwestern Indiana's Porter County is partnering with a laboratory to offer genetic testing for young offenders to help see what psychiatric medications might help them. The county's juvenile court will collaborate with Valparaiso-based Great Lakes Labs to...

Texas jail repeats errors and mistakenly releases 2 inmates

Sep. 21, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The top administrator in Bexar County says the jail there is facing a "crisis situation" after guards wrongly released two inmates just hours apart, bringing to at least 12 the number of prisoners mistakenly released this year. County Judge Nelson Wolff on Friday called on Sheriff Javier...

Doctor involved in health care fraud scheme gets prison term

Sep. 21, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A doctor is headed to prison for his role in what authorities say was a complex scam by an addiction treatment firm to make millions of dollars by fraudulently billing insurance companies. Domenick Braccia was sentenced Friday to just over three years in federal prison. The 58-year-old...

Police: Escaped inmate caught after he stole ambulance

Sep. 21, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Police say they have caught a West Virginia inmate who escaped a prisoner transport van and tried to flee in a stolen ambulance. According to Morgantown Police, 45-year-old Craig Allen Martisko of Granville faces numerous charges in the incident Friday. Police say he is a North...

Inmate dies after being stabbed at prison

Sep. 20, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate died this month after being stabbed by another inmate, the prison system said Friday. The Department of Corrections said in a news release that Joshua David Willingham, 29, died days after being stabbed by another inmate at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton....

2 Louisiana inmates back in custody after escape

Sep. 20, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Two Louisiana inmates who fled a minimum-security building are back in custody. The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office says 21-year-old Brenden Jackson and 20-year-old Kodie Byrne were captured Friday afternoon in Tyler, Texas. The sheriff's office says the men were located together at a...

Virginia jail ends 'God Pod' after Muslim inmates sue

Sep. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia jail has ended a program which inmates dubbed the "God Pod" after a lawsuit alleged the program provided favorable treatment to Christians and discriminated against Muslims. Court documents show the Riverside Regional Jail south of Richmond ended the program on the advice...

Alabama corrections officer arrest on drug charges

Sep. 20, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

TROY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an Alabama corrections officer arrested on drug charges planned to buy methamphetamine and take it inside the prison where he worked. The Department of Corrections says 26-year-old Corey McClendon of Louisville worked at Easterling prison in Barbour County. He was arrested...