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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2017 file photo, Kodak Black arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The mother of the rapper and a group of lawyers called a news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, to discuss what they claim is his mistreatment in a federal prison in Miami. But they discovered that just an hour earlier, Black had been put on a prison bus to federal facility in Kentucky, a thousand miles away. Black was sentenced in November 2019 to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to weapons charges stemming from his arrest just before a scheduled concert performance in May. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Lawyers: Kodak Black moved to federal prison in Kentucky

Jan. 23, 2020 8:32 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The mother of rapper Kodak Black and a group of lawyers called a news conference on Wednesday to discuss what they claim is his mistreatment in a federal prison in Miami. But they discovered that just an hour earlier, the rapper had been put on a prison bus to federal facility in Kentucky, a...

Woman charged with helping Alabama prison escapee

Jan. 23, 2020 8:06 AM EST

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A woman is charged with assisting an Alabama inmate who was recaptured in the Tennessee Valley, authorities said. Escapee Xavier Lamont Armstead, 26, was arrested in Florence on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Department of Corrections. Officers also arrested 23-year-old...

NJ inmates to be counted as residents of their district

Jan. 22, 2020 7:51 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Inmates in New Jersey will now be counted as residents of their most recent address when it comes to drawing the state's legislative districts. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law Tuesday that will change how the state's political power is distributed when it comes to...

FILE - This file photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows Nicholas Sutton. Tennessee death row inmate Nicholas Sutton has chosen to die by the electric chair, making him the fifth inmate in a little over a year to choose electrocution over the state's preferred execution method of lethal injection. Sutton, sentenced to death in 1985 for stabbing fellow inmate Carl Estep after a confrontation over a drug deal,  is scheduled to be executed on Feb. 20.  (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

Fifth condemned Tennessee inmate opts for the electric chair

Jan. 22, 2020 4:59 PM EST

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate has chosen the electric chair for his scheduled execution next month, opting like four other inmates in little more than a year for electrocution over the state's preferred execution method of lethal injection. Nicholas Sutton, 58, is scheduled to be put to death...

Prisoner advocates hold signs supporting inmate rights at a protest outside the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. The protesters called on the federal government to investigate Mississippi's prison system for possible civil rights violations. They say five deaths in recent days highlights deliberate violations of inmates' constitutional rights. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Another inmate dies in a troubled Mississippi prison

Jan. 22, 2020 4:47 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi inmate died in a troubled state prison Wednesday, and state corrections officials said his death appeared to be a suicide by hanging. At least 10 inmates have died in the state's prisons since late December, most of them in outbursts of violence. Eight of the men...

South Carolina Corrections Department Director Bryan Stirling holds up a key that can lock and unlock every cell in a wing of a state prison after a hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina. Stirling is asking for more than $100 million in his next budget to add electronic locks to all his cells among other security upgrades (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

With Mississippi on his mind, SC prison chief asks for $100M

Jan. 22, 2020 4:31 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With a wary eye toward recent violence in Mississippi prisons and acknowledging the problems that have plagued his own prisons, the South Carolina Corrections chief is asking lawmakers to make a more than $100 million investment into his agency. Most of the money would go toward...

Rhode Island to divest from private prisons, gun makers

Jan. 22, 2020 4:16 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island public pension fund will stop investing in companies that either operate private for-profit prisons or make assault-style weapons that are sold to civilians, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced Wednesday. “We don't want to be associated with businesses...

Cuomo wants quicker process for closing New York prisons

Jan. 22, 2020 4:13 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is recommending a proposal that would give him the ability to close state prisons on a faster timeline. The measure is included in Cuomo's budget proposal, which was rolled out Tuesday. The proposal would allow the governor to close state prisons if he gives...

W.Va. inmate who walked out of jail gets 5 additional years

Jan. 22, 2020 2:12 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man who escaped a West Virginia jail and was later caught trying to flee into Mexico was sentenced to five additional years in jail Wednesday. Todd Boyes of Caldwell, Ohio, was sentenced in Kanawha County Circuit Court for his October 2017 escape from the South Central...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jan. 22, 2020 2:09 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Jan. 21 The Greenwood Commonwealth on the recent violence in Mississippi prisons: If there’s anything positive about the recent violence in Mississippi prisons, it’s that the continuing news coverage makes it more likely that substantial...