Latest Prisons News

Court: Jail's 3-book limit doesn't violate inmates' rights

Sep. 19, 2019 10:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago has ruled the confiscation by Cook County Jail guards of over 30 books from an inmate didn't violate his free-speech rights. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez agreed the First Amendment protected the right to read, not only...

Women inmates in Virginia to be moved to central region

Sep. 19, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — All women inmates in Virginia will soon be housed in the central region of the state in what prison officials are calling a "gender responsivity plan." The Virginian-Pilot reports that the move comes after several women died in state prisons this year, including three this summer at...

Former Alabama corrections supervisor indicted in beating

Sep. 18, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama corrections supervisor was indicted for failing to stop a sergeant under his command from kicking and beating a handcuffed inmate, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Federal prosecutors announced the indictment of 39-year-old Willie Burks, who was a lieutenant...

New Mexico court says prison settlements are public records

Sep. 18, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico appellate court has determined that settlement agreements reached between a prison health care contractor and its patients are public records. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state Court of Appeals upheld a judge's decision that prison settlements are public...

Weapons, phones, drugs found after Oklahoma prison fights

Sep. 18, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials said Wednesday that numerous weapons, cellphones and drugs have been found by investigators following a series of apparently coordinated fights at six state prisons that left one inmate dead, dozens injured and prisons statewide locked down....

Prison inmate back in custody after leaving SD work center

Sep. 17, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota corrections officials say a prison inmate is back in custody. Authorities say Randy High Horse was arrested Tuesday in Minnehaha County and is in jail. High Horse left the Sioux Falls Community Work Center without permission on Saturday. The 46-year-old High Horse is...

US court: Media should be able to hear Arizona executions,

Sep. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Journalists are entitled to hear and not just see the entire process of executing condemned inmates in Arizona, a U.S. appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling that criticized Arizona's "checkered past with executions." In the case stemming from what a lawyer called a botched execution, the...

Working on drug recovery inside correctional facilities

Sep. 17, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Hope can be hard to come by for Patricia Branley but while attending a recent Turning Point training for recovery coaches, she learned of a program available to incarcerated people in all six correctional facilities. She has now encouraged her son, who is expected to remain in jail...

Hundreds of Oklahoma inmates may be released under new law

Sep. 17, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New criminal justice guidelines will likely make hundreds of Oklahoma inmates eligible for accelerated release from prison, according to the executive director of the state Pardon and Parole Board. The board's staff is working with the Department of Corrections to ensure a single-stage...

Review of shelter data finds high numbers of ex-convicts

Sep. 17, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly half the people entering homeless shelters in Connecticut in the past three years have spent time in a state prison or jail at some point in their life, according to data collected by the state. The prevalence of former inmates at shelters highlights challenges many of them...