Latest Correctional systems News

Corrections shakeup follows new allegations at Long Creek

Sep. 16, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three senior officials in the Maine Department of Corrections are leaving or being reassigned because of ongoing problems at the Long Creek Youth Development Center, officials said. The superintendent at Long Creek has resigned; an associate...

NYC's Rikers Island jail spirals into chaos amid pandemic

Sep. 16, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A spate of inmate deaths. Cellblocks unguarded. Staggering staffing shortages caused by AWOL guards. Detainees deprived of food and medical care. New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail complex, troubled by years of neglect, has spiraled into...

3rd lawsuit alleges abuse at New Hampshire youth center

Sep. 16, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Workers at New Hampshire's youth detention center abused children like it was a team sport, according to a 42-year-old man who on Thursday filed the latest of what is expected to be many individual lawsuits after a judge denied a class action earlier this year. ...

South Carolina jail to add virus protections after ACLU deal

Sep. 16, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county jail will implement new COVID-19 protections for inmates to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other legal groups. Operators of the Spartanburg County Detention Center agreed in July...

Records: Ohio prison guards disciplined before inmate death

Sep. 15, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three of the Ohio prison guards involved in the February death of inmate Michael McDaniel were previously disciplined for excessive use of force or not intervening when inmates were in danger or guards used unjustified force, records show. The...

Report: Nebraska prison workforce crisis 'alarmingly worse'

Sep. 15, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s prisons face a persistent staffing crisis that has created dangerous conditions, including maximum-security units that are going unstaffed for hours at a time and one incident where an employee fell asleep on the job and woke up to inmates holding his keys,...

Sri Lankan prison minister resigns over prisoner threats

Sep. 15, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan minister in charge of prisons submitted his resignation on Wednesday following a public outcry after he allegedly threatened to kill two ethnic minority prisoners. Lohan Ratwatte, state minister of Prison Management and...

Wife of jail inmate who died sues Ohio sheriff, county

Sep. 15, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — County jail guards in southern Ohio failed to heed cries of help from a man suffering from acute drug withdrawal symptoms, who died after trying to kill himself inside an isolation cell, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Columbus. The...

Second inmate gets life term for killing Iowa prison workers

Sep. 15, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — A second inmate received a life sentence Wednesday for the beating deaths of two Iowa prison workers during a failed escape attempt in March. Michael Dutcher, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Anamosa State...

Lawyers say Palestinian prisoners were beaten after capture

Sep. 15, 2021 11:25 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Lawyers for two Palestinians who were captured after escaping from an Israeli prison last week said Wednesday their clients were badly beaten during their arrest, with the most well-known of the prisoners suffering a broken jaw and two broken ribs while in...