Latest Prisoners' health News

Man given rare medical release from Kansas prison has died

Jun. 16, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who was granted a rare medical release from a Kansas prison in April because he had terminal cancer has died, the American Civil Liberties Union said. Christopher McIntyre, 48, was released April 12 from the Lansing Correctional Facility and...

2 nurses who gave inmates COVID-19 vaccine overdoses fired

Jun. 15, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two nurses who gave coronavirus vaccine overdoses to 77 inmates at a state prison have been fired, corrections officials said. Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman Cord Overton confirmed to the Des Moines Register Monday that the nurses were...

4 inmates may have contracted tuberculosis in Georgia prison

Jun. 12, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

ALAMO, Ga. (AP) — At least four inmates may have contracted tuberculosis at a privately run state prison in south Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health tells WMAZ-TV that one case has been confirmed and three are suspected at Wheeler Correctional Facility in...

Longest serving death row inmate in US resentenced to life

Jun. 09, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The longest serving death row inmate in the U.S. was resentenced to life in prison on Wednesday after prosecutors in Texas concluded the 71-year-old man is ineligible for execution and incompetent for retrial due to his long history of mental illness. ...

Edwards ends virus restrictions, lifts schools' mask mandate

May. 25, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday that he's scrapping nearly every remaining coronavirus restriction in Louisiana and lifting the statewide requirement that students must wear a mask in the classroom and at school events. The Democratic...

Cooks, nurses guard inmates with US prisons down 6K officers

May. 21, 2021 06:02 AM EDT

Nearly one-third of federal correctional officer jobs in the United States are vacant, forcing prisons to use cooks, teachers, nurses and other workers to guard inmates. At a federal penitentiary in Texas, prisoners are locked in their cells on weekends because there are...

Colorado bill aims to protect pregnant women's rights

May. 18, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado bill aims to improve healthcare for pregnant women, including those who are incarcerated, less than three years since a woman filed a federal lawsuit after giving birth in a Denver jail cell with no medical care. Diana Sanchez gave birth alone...

Two deputies fired after videos of SC jail death released

May. 17, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two sheriff's deputies involved in the January death of a South Carolina inmate with mental health issues have been fired, days after the release of video clips showing deputies repeatedly deploying stun guns and kneeling on the man’s back before he stops moving. ...

Governor lifting Delaware mask mandate effective next Friday

May. 14, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney said Friday that he will lift Delaware’s mask-wearing mandate effective May 21 after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social...

Videos show detail of death of inmate at South Carolina jail

May. 14, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In newly released video of the January death of a South Carolina inmate with mental health issues, deputies are seen repeatedly deploying stun guns and kneeling on the man's back before he stops moving. An hour later, officials said, the man was pronounced dead. ...