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Court rules Tennessee probation overhaul unconstitutional

Aug. 15, 2018 8:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee appeals court has ruled that Gov. Bill Haslam's overhaul of the state's probation system is unconstitutional, saying it violates defendant's rights. The Tennessean reports the court also ruled Tuesday that the overhaul encroaches on judicial powers by allowing probation...

Ex-union boss at Rikers Island jail convicted of corruption

Aug. 15, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former union boss who was once thought of as the king of New York City's jails may be headed to federal prison after a jury convicted him of corruption charges Wednesday. The Manhattan jury returned its verdict against Norman Seabrook months after another jury deadlocked on the charges...

Officials unveil plan to replace Rikers with smaller jails

Aug. 15, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City unveiled an ambitious plan on Wednesday to replace the notorious Rikers Island jail complex with four smaller lockups located in densely populated neighborhoods, including turning an Art Deco government building that went up in lower Manhattan in 1930 into a tower for up to...

The Latest: Ex-union boss at NY jail convicted of corruption

Aug. 15, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the trial of the former head of New York City's jail guard union (all times local): 5 p.m. A former union official who was once thought of as the king of New York City's jails may be headed to federal prison. A jury in Manhattan on Wednesday convicted Norman Seabrook of honest...

Official suggests alternative to $120M Omaha justice center

Aug. 15, 2018 2:50 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A county board member has offered a cheaper alternative to a proposed $120 million plan for a juvenile justice center in Omaha. The Douglas County Board and residents are disputing over the plan to create a juvenile justice campus that places courts, detention, services and attorneys all...

Juvenile facility guard placed on leave after teen injured

Aug. 15, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — Officials say a guard at a northeast Kansas juvenile detention facility has been placed on leave after a teen was injured so severely that his mother said he required emergency brain surgery. Franklin County juvenile services director Ken Halliburton told The Associated Press that the...

Ex-leader of troubled prison gets new corrections system job

Aug. 15, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The former superintendent of a troubled state prison has a new job in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Jacquelyn Banks has been named acting director of private and regional facilities and joint state and county work programs Corrections Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall made the...

Authorities: 5 inmates recaptured after Alabama jail escape

Aug. 15, 2018 7:41 AM EDT

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say five inmates who escaped from an Alabama jail have all been recaptured. The Marshall County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets in a statement the inmates used the Guntersville jail's ventilation system to escape Tuesday morning. The statement says the problem that...

Judge jails congressional candidate through election for DUI

Aug. 14, 2018 6:32 PM EDT

A Georgia congressional candidate convicted of drunken driving was ordered by a judge Tuesday to spend the next six months in jail — a sentence that would keep the candidate locked up long past Election Day. It was unclear what would become of Democrat Steven Foster's campaign after he was sentenced by a...

Jury says partial verdict reached in union boss bribery case

Aug. 14, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury in the bribery trial of a once-powerful New York union boss says it has reached a partial verdict and will resume its work Wednesday. The jury said in a note Tuesday that it had reached a verdict on one of two charges facing Norman Seabrook. It began deliberations after hearing...