Latest Treatment of prisoners News

Michigan settles lawsuit over teen abuse in prison for $80M

Feb. 27, 2020 2:22 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $80 million to settle a class-action lawsuit on behalf of male teens who said they were sexually harassed or assaulted in prison while housed with adults, officials said Thursday. The deal closes years of litigation. The lawsuit accused the Corrections...

Relatives sue Alabama prisons over 4 inmate suicides

Feb. 27, 2020 9:47 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Relatives of four inmates who killed themselves inside Alabama prisons are suing the state over the men's suicides, adding to the legal problems for an agency already in court over its treatment of prisoners. The lawsuit claims corrections officials didn't provide proper care for...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Two candidates running campaigns based around criminal justice reforms are trying to unseat the two-term district attorney of Los Angeles. Lacey is opposed by former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and ex-public defender Rachel Rossi. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

High-stakes Los Angeles DA's race: Status quo vs. reform

Feb. 27, 2020 9:13 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jackie Lacey, the first black woman to lead the nation's largest local prosecutor's office, is fighting for a third term as Los Angeles County district attorney against a former police chief who says Lacey is too protective of law enforcement and puts too many people of color behind...

Many attendees of a rally at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, carried signs that protested conditions in prisons where inmates have been killed in violent clashes in recent weeks, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. They called upon the administration to specifically close the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, where a number of deaths have occurred. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

New lawsuit: Mississippi prison has 'abhorrent conditions'

Feb. 26, 2020 4:25 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman is a violent, rat-infested place where inmates live in “abhorrent conditions” and their medical needs are routinely ignored, attorneys say in a new lawsuit filed on behalf of 152 prisoners The suit was filed in federal court...

Report: Most youth jailed because state lacks better options

Feb. 26, 2020 3:59 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A majority of nonviolent youth are jailed in Maine because the state's juvenile system lacks treatment options, a new analysis found. The report commissioned by the Maine Juvenile System Assessment found that the state unnecessarily imprisons juveniles who pose “low or...

2 Ohio county jail guards sentenced for inmate beating

Feb. 26, 2020 2:38 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two corrections officers at a troubled county jail in Cleveland were sentenced Wednesday for the beating of a mentally ill inmate strapped to a restraint chair. Nicholas Evans, 35, received nine months in prison. Timothy Dugan, 50, who agreed to testify at other trials involving Cuyahoga...

This image released by The Lebanon County, Pa., Correctional Facility shows Eric McGill, awaiting trial in a shooting case. McGill wants a federal judge to release him from solitary confinement in the central Pennsylvania county jail, where he has been confined for more than a year because he refuses to cut dreadlocks that hold religious significance for him.
(Lebanon County Correctional Facility via AP)

Inmate seeks end to solitary over refusal to cut dreadlocks

Feb. 25, 2020 6:02 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An inmate awaiting trial in a shooting case wants a federal judge to release him from solitary confinement in a central Pennsylvania county jail, where he has been for more than a year because he refuses to cut dreadlocks that hold religious significance for him. The hand-written...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by the GOP leadership, speaks to reporters just after meeting with Attorney General William Barr to discuss expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other government intelligence laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dems thwart Senate Republicans on 2 abortion-related bills

Feb. 25, 2020 5:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a pair of Republican bills that would ban most late-term abortions and threaten prison for doctors who don't try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions. The measures have been defeated multiple times in recent years, but Senate...

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook, depicting Julian Assange, centre, in the dock with his defence team, Edward Fitzgerald QC, left, and Mark Simmons QC, at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London, during an extradition hearing, Monday Feb. 24, 2020.  The U.S. government began outlining its extradition case against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a London court. (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP)

Lawyer complains of prison treatment of WikiLeaks' Assange

Feb. 25, 2020 12:39 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A lawyer for Julian Assange complained Tuesday that the WikiLeaks founder was handcuffed 11 times, stripped naked twice and had court papers taken away on the first day of a hearing on his extradition to the United States. Attorney Edward Fitzgerald told a judge that the treatment of Assange...

This is a court artist sketch of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the dock reading his papers as he appears at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court for his extradition hearing, in London, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. The U.S. government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face off Monday in a high-security London courthouse, a decade after WikiLeaks infuriated American officials by publishing a trove of classified military documents.  (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP)

Hero or criminal? Court hears 2 views of WikiLeaks' Assange

Feb. 24, 2020 2:28 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Truth-telling journalist or reckless criminal: A British judge was given two conflicting portraits of Julian Assange as the WikiLeaks founder's long-awaited extradition hearing began Monday in a London court. A lawyer for the U.S. authorities, who want to try Assange on espionage charges,...