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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly discusses the COVID-19 pandemic during a Statehouse news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. State officials are trying to determine whether a coronavirus variant first identified in Great Britain or South Africa is responsible for an outbreak in a state prison. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

COVID-19 variant looked for as culprit of prison outbreak

Jan. 27, 2021 11:00 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health officials on Wednesday sought to determine whether a coronavirus variant might be fueling a new outbreak at a minimum-security state prison where inmates regularly work in surrounding communities. The state Department of Health and Environment has been watching for...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. All federal prisons in the United States have been placed on lockdown, with officials aiming to quell any potential violence that could arise behind bars as law enforcement prepares for potentially violent protests across the country in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Feds withheld info on virus cases following executions

Jan. 27, 2021 7:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least two journalists tested positive for coronavirus after witnessing the Trump administration's final three federal executions, but the Bureau of Prisons knowingly withheld the diagnoses from other media witnesses and did not perform any contact tracing, The Associated Press has...

Some Alabama lawmakers question Ivey's prison lease plan

Jan. 27, 2021 6:27 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday questioned Gov. Kay Ivey’s plan to lease three new mega-prisons, saying they want to see more financial details on the plan before the administration signs the agreements. The governor's administration plans to lease three mega prisons...

Guards upset over lack of vaccination plan in prisons

Jan. 27, 2021 5:06 PM EST

Connecticut's unionized prison guards expressed anger Wednesday over what they say is the lack of a plan to vaccinate them against COVID-19. Jody Barr, the executive director of AFSCME Council 4, said the union was told there would be a plan to vaccinate prison employees by early January, but they have yet to...

Health nonprofit barred from aiding inmates over BLM support

Jan. 27, 2021 12:56 PM EST

The Hancock County sheriff ended the work of a nonprofit with jail inmates recovering from addiction in June because the organization had put out a statement supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement. Sheriff Scott Kane terminated the agreement with Healthy Acadia, which provided peer mentors for inmates in...

Zimbabwean journalist Hopwell Chin'ono arrives at the magistrates courts in Harare, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. On Friday, Zimbabwe police arrested the prominent journalist for the third time in six months. Chin’ono posted on his Twitter account that police had picked him from his house and said they were charging him with “communicating falsehoods.”  (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwean journalist released on bail after weeks in prison

Jan. 27, 2021 6:22 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s High Court on Wednesday freed on bail journalist Hopewell Chin’ono who had spent nearly three weeks in prison — his third detention in five months. Chin’ono repeatedly expressed fears of catching COVID-19 in jail due to the overcrowded...

President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Washington. Vice President Kamala Harris listens at left. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden orders Justice Dept. to end use of private prisons

Jan. 26, 2021 8:04 PM EST

President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered the Department of Justice to end its reliance on private prisons and acknowledge the central role government has played in implementing discriminatory housing policies. In remarks before signing the orders, Biden said the U.S. government needs to change “its whole...

2 escaped inmates from an Arizona prison have medical issues

Jan. 26, 2021 7:29 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Two inmates who escaped from an Arizona prison in Florence last weekend both have medical issues and may try to visit drug stores or pharmacies, authorities said Tuesday as the search continued. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials on Tuesday released a surveillance photo they said...

Efforts slow to reduce crowded Texas jail amid pandemic

Jan. 26, 2021 5:08 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday expressed frustration over what she saw as a lack of progress in efforts to try and relieve overcrowding at Texas’ largest county jail, where some inmates have described the facility as a “metal can of contagion” because of ongoing concerns...

Indictment: Pair used drones to drop drug packages at prison

Jan. 26, 2021 4:10 PM EST

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Two men allegedly used a drone to drop drugs and cell phones into the yard at an Ohio prison last summer in what authorities described as an “Easter egg hunt” for inmates. Michael Eugene Russell Williford Jr., 28, of East Cleveland, and Bryan Douglas Shepherd, 27, of...