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FILE - This photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows death row inmate Nicholas Sutton. Sutton has been placed on death watch. According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, Sutton was moved to a cell next to the execution chamber early Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, where he'll be under 24-hour surveillance. The 58-year-old is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 20 for killing a fellow inmate.  (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Tennessee governor won't intervene in scheduled execution

Feb. 19, 2020 1:18 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday he will not grant clemency to a death row inmate whose group of supporters includes family members of his victims and past and present prison workers. Nicholas Sutton, 58, was sentenced to death in 1986 for killing fellow inmate Carl Estep in a...

In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 photo Sherren Smith, mother of inmate Wesley Clayton's children, holds a set of photographs of the lower left arm that was broken in a recent prison riot at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, following a joint hearing of the House Corrections and Judiciary B Committees, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Clayton's family says the arm was left untreated for about a month. They credit a lawmaker for intervening and getting the inmate medical treatment. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi inmate with broken arm waits weeks for a cast

Feb. 14, 2020 2:51 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As the Justice Department investigates deaths and violence in the Mississippi prison system, one inmate had to wait about a month to get a cast on his arm that was broken during a prison riot, people close to the injured man say. They said Wesley Clayton only got help after people...

Smoke billows from Kabanjahe prison during a prison riot in Kabanjahe, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Angry inmates set fire to the overcrowded prison on Indonesia's Sumatra island during a riot that erupted Wednesday, officials said. (AP Photo)

Inmates set fire to overcrowded prison in western Indonesia

Feb. 12, 2020 4:17 AM EST

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Angry inmates set fire to an overcrowded prison on Indonesia's Sumatra island during a riot that erupted Wednesday, officials said. Hundreds of police and soldiers were deployed to take control of Kabanjahe prison in North Sumatra province, which is designed to house 193 inmates...

Ex-inmate acquitted in fatal prison riot back in custody

Feb. 2, 2020 1:28 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former prison inmate who was accused of leading a fatal riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison but acquitted on all charges is back behind bars. Authorities at Howard R. Young prison in Wilmington took custody of 33-year-old Roman Shankaras shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday after he...

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 1980 file photo National Guardsmen carry the body of a prison inmate from the main entrance to the New Mexico State Penitentiary in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Forty years after inmates seized control of the New Mexico State Penitentiary, the costs related to the uprising are still being tallied. (AP Photo/Brian Horton,File)

Legacy of New Mexico prison riot costs still linger today

Feb. 1, 2020 11:41 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The carnage didn’t end when state and local police reclaimed the prison after 36 hours of unspeakable violence that left 33 inmates dead and much of the prison a smoldering ruin. The cost — in money and how lives were changed forever — would take years tally and...

This document provided by the Mexico City government shows the Oct. 28, 2017 mug shots and criminal record of Victor Manuel Felix Beltran, from the Reclusorio Sur jail in Mexico City. Beltran, an important financial operator for the Sinaloa Cartel and two other inmates facing extradition to the United States, escaped from the penitentiary in a jail transport van, city officials said. (Mexico City government via AP)

3 inmates facing US extradition driven out of Mexican jail

Jan. 30, 2020 5:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An important financial operator for the Sinaloa Cartel and two other inmates facing extradition to the United States who escaped from a Mexico City prison were driven out of the penitentiary in a jail transport van, city officials said Thursday. The escape is feeding a debate over a...

Director of Mexican prison where 17 killed to be replaced

Jan. 3, 2020 8:12 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The governor of the central Mexico state of Zacatecas said Friday the director of a state prison where 17 inmates were killed this week will be relieved of his position. Gov. Alejandro Tello said in a news conference that he was not denigrating the efforts of the prison director, but...

FILE - In this May 16, 2009 file photo, soldiers patrol outside the Regional Center for Social Reintegration in Cieneguillas, Mexico. Another inmate was killed Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at the state prison in northern Mexico where 16 inmates died during a riot on New Year’s Eve. (AP Photo/Oscar Baez, File)

Inmate dies in new riot at Mexico jail where 16 were killed

Jan. 2, 2020 4:59 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Another inmate was killed Thursday at a prison in northern Mexico where 16 inmates died during a riot on New Year's Eve. Security officials in Zacatecas state said four other prisoners were injured in the latest riot at the Cieneguillas prison, where 16 prisoners died on Tuesday. The...

At least 16 dead, 5 wounded in central Mexico prison riot

Jan. 1, 2020 1:10 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — At least 16 inmates in a central Mexico prison were killed and five more were wounded in a riot that closed out a violent 2019 for the country, authorities said. Zacatecas state security secretary Ismael Camberos Hernández told local press that authorities confiscated four guns that...

A woman cries outside the morgue after learning her husband, Dionisio Heriberto Solis, is one of the prisoners who died in a riot inside El Porvenir prison, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. At least 16 prisoners died during fighting inside a detention center in Honduras on Sunday, two days after rioting at another prison killed 18 inmates, authorities said. (AP Photo/Elmer Martinez)

Graft, gangs, bad conditions fuel Honduras prison killings

Dec. 23, 2019 4:24 PM EST

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A top security official in Honduras said Monday the Mara Salvatrucha gang ordered prison riots that killed 37 inmates since Friday. Assistant Security Minister Luis Suazo said the gang known as MS-13 staged the bloody riots to force the government to back down from emergency...