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Minnesota joins growing list of states counting inmates at home instead of prisons for redistricting

May. 23, 2024 12:08 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has joined a growing list of states that plan to count prisoners at their home addresses instead of at the prisons they're located when drawing new political districts. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz last week signed legislation that says last known...

Kosovo's parliament passes law on renting prison cells to Denmark

May. 23, 2024 11:40 AM EDT

Kosovo’s parliament approved a draft law Thursday on renting prison cells to Denmark to help it cope with its overpopulated prison system. The parliament voted 86-7, with no abstentions, in favor of the agreement which offers for a 10-year rent to Denmark 300 cells at the prison in...

Deputy Russian military chief of staff jailed for bribery in latest arrest of high defense official

May. 23, 2024 08:12 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A deputy chief of the Russian military general staff has been arrested on charges of large-scale bribery, Russian news reports said Thursday, the latest in a series of bribery arrests of high-ranking military officials. The arrest of Lt. Gen. Vadim Shamarin followed...

Egyptians held nearly a year over deadly shipwreck are released from Greek jail after case dismissed

May. 22, 2024 21:02 PM EDT

NAFPLIO, Greece (AP) — A group of Egyptians jailed for nearly a year pending trial for a deadly shipwreck were released from jail Wednesday, a day after a Greek court threw out the case against them on grounds that it had no jurisdiction to try it. Nine Egyptians had been charged...

Lawmakers call for further inquiry into Virginia prison that had hypothermia hospitalizations

May. 22, 2024 17:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A raft of hypothermia hospitalizations and other questionable conditions at a Virginia prison uncovered in a recent report deserve further scrutiny, leading Democratic state lawmakers said this week. Lawmakers pledged to press Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's...

Feds face trial over prison guards' abuse of incarcerated women at now-shuttered California facility

May. 22, 2024 17:43 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons will go to trial next year over claims it allowed an environment where guards at a now-shuttered California prison sexually abused incarcerated women, a judge ordered Wednesday. In the first public hearing since FCI Dublin...

A citizen journalist imprisoned for 'provoking trouble' by reporting on COVID in China is released

May. 22, 2024 03:07 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Zhang Zhan, a citizen journalist, was released from prison after serving four years for charges related to reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, according to a video statement she released Tuesday, eight days after her sentence ended, though there are concerns about...

Sen. Cory Booker questions US prison labor policies, calls for change

May. 21, 2024 23:45 PM EDT

Prisoners should be learning professional skills that help prepare them for their release instead of being forced to work, sometimes picking crops in triple-digit heat for pennies an hour or nothing at all, Sen. Cory Booker said at a Senate judiciary subcommittee hearing on prison labor Tuesday. ...

Jailed Guatemalan journalist to AP: 'I can defend myself, because I am innocent'

May. 21, 2024 20:20 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — José Rubén Zamora has spent nearly two years locked in a dark 16- by 13-foot cell in a Guatemalan prison, allowed only one hour a day in the sunlight. The journalist’s money laundering conviction was tossed out, and last week a judge finally ordered his...

A Canadian serial killer who brought victims to his pig farm is hospitalized after a prison assault

May. 21, 2024 18:12 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Convicted Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton, who brought female victims to his pig farm during a crime spree near Vancouver in the 1990s and early 2000s, was assaulted in prison and has been hospitalized in life-threatening condition, authorities said Tuesday. A...