Latest Treatment of prisoners News

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...

Report: Use of solitary in Massachusetts prisons still high

Sep. 16, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of Massachusetts prison inmates placed in solitary confinement remains "staggeringly high," according a prisoners' rights advocate, despite an overall drop in the number of people behind bars. The Boston Globe reports that at least 2,100 prisoners were placed in isolation one or...

Virginia jails struggle to screen inmates, prevent suicide

Sep. 15, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Benjamin Wash had a long history of drug addiction and had tried to kill himself at least once before he was booked into the Riverside Regional Jail in Virginia on Nov. 28, 2017. But somehow, he was able to hang himself with a bedsheet two days after he was detained. Wash was one of 51...

New York and Milwaukee vary in approach to juvenile justice

Sep. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The walk from a subway station in Brooklyn, New York, to a secure facility for kids in the criminal justice system takes all of five minutes. The route passes by a laundromat, a Chinese takeout restaurant, a bodega with fresh flowers on the sidewalk and a college preparatory high school....

Delaware inmates sentenced in guard's killing during riot

Sep. 13, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Three convicted killers already serving life terms were sentenced Friday for their roles in a deadly riot at Delaware's maximum-security prison, bringing a close to a lengthy, costly and mostly failed prosecution. The self-proclaimed mastermind of the February 2017 riot, Dwayne...

Nebraska inmate being treated for illness dies in prison

Sep. 12, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska prison officials say a 55-year-old inmate serving life for murder has died in a Lincoln prison while being treated for a medical condition. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said Thursday in a news release that Donald Waldner died Wednesday night at the...

ACLU: Settlement allows inmate to get opioid addiction drug

Sep. 11, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas and Missouri affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union say they have reached a settlement with the Federal Bureau of Prisons which allows an inmate to receive a drug used to treat his opioid addiction. The ACLU said in a news release Wednesday that the...

Official: Texas violated settlement over hot prisons

Sep. 10, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The head of Texas' prison system acknowledged during a court hearing Tuesday that state officials violated the settlement of a lawsuit over oppressive heat faced by some prisoners. Bryan Collier, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, testified that mistakes were...

In Brazil, president's son questions democracy

Sep. 10, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Like father, like son? A son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has caused a stir by questioning democracy in Latin America's biggest country, which emerged from a two-decade military dictatorship in 1985. "The transformation that Brazil wants will not happen at the speed we are...

ACLU: Kansas inmate could die without opioid-addiction meds

Sep. 9, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas and Missouri affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons on behalf of an inmate they claim could die without a drug used to treat his opioid addiction. After an emergency hearing Wednesday in Kansas City, Kansas, U.S. District...