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Feds say California jail violates rights of mentally ill

Apr. 22, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alameda County in Northern California violated civil rights by failing to provide proper mental health services, especially in a jail where dozens of people have committed suicide, according to federal report released Thursday. The U.S. Department of...

Texas ends clergy, spiritual advisers ban in death chamber

Apr. 22, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas prisons have resumed allowing clergy as well as spiritual advisers in the death chamber, reversing a two-year ban created after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of an inmate who had argued his religious freedom was being violated because his Buddhist...

Legislature: Elected officials must OK tear gas use by cops

Apr. 22, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Mayors, county executives or even the governor would have to give their approval before police could use tear gas to quell riots under a compromise reached Thursday in the Washington Legislature. The deal came as a conference committee of the House and...

Mississippi governor agrees to expand possibility of parole

Apr. 22, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new Mississippi law will make more inmates eligible for the possibility of parole in a state with one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Thursday signed Senate Bill 2795, and it will become law July...

St. Louis County jail could take on some city detainees

Apr. 22, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — With new St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones moving to close one of the city's two jails, officials said Thursday that some inmates could be moved to the St. Louis County Jail. Spokesmen for Jones and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page told the St. Louis...

Inmate escapes Kansas jail, threatens officer with 2x4

Apr. 22, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are searching for an aggravated robbery suspect who is accused of threatening an officer with piece of lumber after escaping from a Kansas jail. The Atchison County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that 20-year-old Taggart...

Iowa officials say 77 prisoners got virus vaccine overdoses

Apr. 22, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Administration of the coronavirus vaccine has been halted at a Fort Madison prison after nursing staff there incorrectly gave 77 inmates overdoses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the Iowa Department of Corrections said. The incident happened...

Nevada inmate fighting execution seeks firing-squad option

Apr. 21, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A convicted killer who is fighting a possible June execution date that would make him the first person put to death in Nevada in 15 years is calling for the state to consider the firing squad as an option, a rare method in the United States. Attorneys...

S Carolina lawmakers keep firing squad as option in bill

Apr. 21, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small group of South Carolina House members kept firing squads in a bill meant to restart executions in a state that hasn't put an inmate to death in nearly 10 years. South Carolina no longer can obtain the lethal injection drugs and even through...

Death of inmate at Kansas' women's prison being investigated

Apr. 21, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials with Kansas' state policing agency have begun an investigation into the death of an inmate at the women’s prison in Topeka, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation confirmed. Jessica Chapman, 35, died Monday at the Kansas Department of...